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Finucane thrilled despite his new role

Michael Carayannis 12:11 AM   Dale Finucane knew he was in the Country side – just no one bothered to tell the Melbourne Storm forward he would be doing it in the No. 8 jersey.

Rabbitohs blow lead to suffer shock defeat

Commitment: George Burgess is dumped by Josh Papalii.

Michael Carayannis 12:09 AM   South Sydney's mixed start to the season has continued after squandering a 12-point lead to lose 30-22 to a resilient Canberra side.

Eastwood profits from Taumalolo's injury

Beneficiary: Greg Eastwood.

David Long 10:06 PM   Kiwis assistant coach David Kidwell said Greg Eastwood became the lucky player to come into the squad for Friday's Anzac Test when Jason Taumalolo became unavailable.

Rick Stone hopes rest will help team reset

Stunned: Jarrod Mullen left the field five minutes before half-time suffering concussion.

Brett Keeble 10:02 PM   Knights coach Rick Stone hopes a week off will help his frustrated team regroup and refocus.

Gallipoli was my inspiration, says Marshall

"It's honestly the weirdest game I've ever been involved in": Marshall.

Mitch Jennings 9:05 PM   Dragons halfback Benji Marshall has revealed a match-day viewing of Peter Weir's epic war film Gallipoli was behind his outstanding performance.

Kiwis recall four stars for one-off duel

Backed: Watene-Zelezniak.

David Long 8:54 PM   Four players have made it into the Kiwis' team for Friday night's Anzac Test in Brisbane who didn't play in the Four Nations final against Australia.

Sheens to give Slater No.1 for Anzac Test

Cameron Smith and Billy Slater celebrate the World Cup win at Old Trafford in 2013.

Brad Walter 8:53 PM   World Cup heroics earns Billy Slater chance to play for Australia in Anzac Test.

Dugan caps turnaround with Test selection

Kangaroo Josh: Josh Dugan will make his debut for Australia.

Brad Walter 8:53 PM   Josh Dugan's Test selection labelled the "ultimate redemption story" for the NRL.

Pair would have had to replay within 24 hours

Wrestle: Jack de Belin of the Dragons is tackled by Jake Friend and Jared Waerea Hargreaves of the Roosters on Saturday.

Michael Carayannis 10:00 PM   What would have happened if the Dragons-Roosters clash was postoned?

Heighington a 'cleanskin', pleads Flanagan

Chris Heighington and Michael Ennis of the Sharks are put on report for a tackle on Jeremy Latimore.

Chris Barrett 8:50 PM   Cronulla's Chris Heighington is facing a lengthy stint on the sidelines for a spear tackle on Penrith's Jeremy Latimore.

Host of NRL stars to turn out for Juniors

Rising star: Sharks player Valentine Holmes.

Michael Carayannis 8:46 PM   Which NRL players are set to line up for the Junior Kangaroos on Saturday?

Robinson unhappy but diving here to stay

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Steve Mascord 8:41 PM   Referees cannot accuse players of diving because they're not doctors – so how can a journalist sitting 100 metres away do so?

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Chambers to make Kangaroos debut

Will Chambers has been named to start at centre for the Kangaroos in the Anzac Test against New Zealand.

Roy Ward 8:25 PM   Australian selectors have heeded the calls of Cameron Smith and named Melbourne Storm centre Will Chambers to make his Kangaroos debut.

Australia name four debutants for Test match

Kangaroo Josh: Josh Dugan will make his debut for Australia.

Chris Boulous 6:17 PM   Australia have named for four debutants for the Anzac test on Friday night. 

Moylan ready for Origin, says Cleary

Magic Moylan: Panthers fullback Matt Moylan in action against the Sharks.

Chris Barrett 5:42 PM   Matt Moylan is in a three-way contest for the NSW fullback's spot but did himself no harm on Sunday

Taumalolo ruled out of test match

Out of action: Jason Taumalolo has been ruled out of the test match.

3:33 PM   Jason Taumalolo has been ruled out next week's Test against Australia.

Warriors beaten in clash with Titans

Josh Hoffman of the Titans competes with Ryan Hoffman.

David Long 9:14 AM   Warriors coach Andrew McFadden criticised his side for lacking energy in their 32-28 loss to the Titans at Mt Smart Stadium on Saturday.

Thurston masterclass sinks Newcastle Knights

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - APRIL 25:  Johnathan Thurston of the Cowboys is tackled by Tariq Sims of the Knights  during the round eight NRL match between the Newcastle Knights and the North Queensland Cowboys at Hunter Stadium on April 25, 2015 in Newcastle, Australia.  (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

Brett Keeble 9:09 AM   North Queensland overcame the loss of two key players in the opening minutes to outlast Newcastle 26-24 in a topsy-turvy ANZAC Day battle at Hunter Stadium.

Halves at sixes and sevens, so bring back the Roosters

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Phil Gould   Regardless of who plays half and five-eighth, it will take a monumental team performance for the Blues to retain their Origin title.

Hayne's enjoying the simple life

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Danny Weidler   Jarryd Hayne is no stranger to roughing it – he grew up in housing commission in Campbelltown and now he's living the simple life in every sense as he chases his NFL dream. 

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