ROY MASTERS 10:00pm The sports scientist at the centre of the supplements scandal at Essendon and Cronulla, Stephen Dank, was simultaneously dismayed but defiant at Friday’s judgement.
MALCOLM KNOX 10:00pm Brett Stewart has been the most valuable rugby league player of the past 10 years. There is only one stat to back this assertion, but it's not a bad one: in the two seasons since 2008 that Stewart has been injury-free, his team has won the premiership. Can that be said about any other player? Not Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston, Greg Inglis, Billy Slater, Darren Lockyer, Jarryd Hayne or any other of the claimants in this golden age of league talent. Only about Stewart can it be said that when he is fit and firing, his team wins the big prize.
Darren Walton 10:16pm The Sydney Roosters have scored a heartstopping 31-30 win over North Queensland to set up a blockbuster NRL preliminary final with South Sydney.
MICHAEL CHAMMAS 10:16pm For the third consecutive year, the North Queensland Cowboys have been bundled out of the finals in scenes of disbelief after a controversial refereeing decision denied them of the match-winning try.
ADRIAN PROSZENKO 8:00pm James Graham may yet end up seeing out the rest his days in Australia, but he almost didn’t get on the plane.
Laine Clark 3:54pm Outspoken Salford owner Marwan Koukash has upped the ante in his bid to buy an NRL club, saying it is very very likely.
James MacSmith 2:46pm Prop James Graham says the Bulldogs are wary of Manly's extensive finals experience ahead of Saturday's NRL semi-final.
James MacSmith 6:34pm Manly rake Matt Ballin is set to lose his race against the clock to be fit for Saturday's NRL semi-final against Canterbury.
2:03pm Phil Gould and Andrew Webster discuss Sonny Bill's frustration with the Roosters and preview the weekend finals action.
James MacSmith 4:07pm Manly hooker Jayden Hodges, not Matt Ballin, is set to make a shock return from injury to meet Canterbury in their NRL semi final.
9:17am Former Newcastle Knights premiership-winning coach Michael Hagan has been appointed to the new role of director of football at the club.
St George Illawarra Dragons winger Brett Morris' mooted Canterbury Bulldogs deal under investigation
MICHAEL CARAYANNIS 11:45pm The NRL is set to investigate St George Illawarra's claims that a rival club approached Brett Morris despite the winger being contracted for 2015.
CHRIS WILSON Former Raiders coach David Furner says he's been revived by a successful season at the Cowboys.
BRAD WALTER Mitchell Pearce readily admits the nightclub incident that cost the Sydney Roosters star his place in this year NSW Origin team was a catalyst for him becoming the No.1 halfback in the NRL on recent form.
MICHAEL CARAYANNIS Manly's Jorge Taufua has "bombed" out of the Sea Eagles side with Geoff Toovey set to drop the winger after his horrendous opening finals game.
CHRIS WILSON What prompts a sacked NRL coach to dust themselves off and want to go at it again?
ROY MASTERS If governance is the special skill set of Wests Tigers’ recently appointed trio of independent directors, they have already failed with the process to appoint their coach.
LUCY CORMACK When Ronnie Palmer first began working in rugby league 30 years ago, there was little science to the magic on the field, he says.
PHIL LUTTON Brent Tate says the Cowboys will take an 'us versus them' mentality into their elimination final against the Roosters but Maroons coach Mal Meninga has warned North Queensland not to let a week of off-field turblence unsettle their performance.
LUCY CORMACK According to Alf Jennings, an avid Bulldogs supporter for more than 60 years, the boys in white and blue will champion the Manly Sea Eagles on Saturday, without a doubt.
CHRIS BARRETT If it were up to Jake Friend he would not be making his comeback from a life-threatening lung condition against the Cowboys on Fright night. He would have played last week.
Laine Clark North Queensland's Brent Tate admits his club not only have an "us and them" attitude, he hopes they use it to their advantage in the NRL finals.
Darren Walton Canterbury are bracing for backs-to-the-wall Manly to come out firing in their sudden-death NRL semi-final on Saturday night.
Penrith have been fined $20,000 by the NRL over an incident involving centre Jamal Idris against the Warriors.
MICHAEL CARAYANNIS Sam Perrett believes the greatest obstacle Canterbury have had to overcome this season has been beating themselves.
Ian McCullough Coach Trent Robinson is comfortable with his decision to select Sydney Roosters hooker Jake Friend less than three weeks after a serious chest injury.
Darren Walton John Lang, the coach of the last Penrith team to win the NRL title, believes the unfancied Panthers' class of 2014 can also go all the way.
MICHAEL CHAMMAS Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has launched a withering attack on North Queensland's attempts to create a siege mentality before Friday's NRL semi-final clash with the premiers at Allianz Stadium.
Ian McCullough Coach Paul Green says the his North Queensland side have nothing but respect for Sydney Roosters skipper Anthony Minichiello.