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Mansour selected for Test debut, but Penrith teammate Watene-Zelezniak sidelined by injury

Michael Carayannis 10:00 PM   A broken foot is expected to rob Dallin Watene-Zelezniak of a Test debut but Penrith teammate Josh Mansour has capped a remarkable rise by being picked on the flank for the Kangaroos.

Sheens names five debutants in Kangaroos team

Green and gold: Dylan Walker will make his Test debut against New Zealand.

Michael Carayannis 4:35 PM   Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens has named five debutants, including South Sydney premiership winner Dylan Walker, for Australia's opening Four Nations clash against New Zealand on Saturday.

Inglis only has thoughts for No.1

Number one: Greg Inglis is keen to take advantage of Billy Slater's absence from the Kangaroos side.

Michael Carayannis 3:26 PM   After waiting nine years to become Australia's first choice fullback Greg Inglis has every intention of making the No.1 jersey his own.

Sharks circle Barba in hunt to replace Carney

Hot property: Broncos playmaker Ben Barba.

Adrian Proszenko 11:30 PM   Cronulla are in negotiations to sign Ben Barba as a replacement for sacked superstar Todd Carney.

Hayne wants to meet with NFL officials

Big dream: Jarryd Hayne is ready for the next challenge.

Peter Mitchell 8:09 PM   Jarryd Hayne has reached out to the NFL to help him in his bold bid to put on a helmet and pads and play in its multi-billion dollar league.

Kiwis slam Aussie juniors' haka response

Getting heated: The opposing sides get up close and personal before the game.

New Zealand bosses have criticised Australia's "disrespectful" response to the haka last Sunday.

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Hayne Plane touches down in Los Angeles

New challenge: Jarryd Hayne arrives in Los Angeles on Monday with the intention of playing in the NFL.

Ben Everill   The former Eels star says the next few days will determine how his NFL challenge unfolds, writes Ben Everill in Los Angeles.

Cronk says players and coaches under pressure from young guns

Thinking outside the square: Kangaroos halfback Cooper Cronk.

Steve Mascord   Cooper Cronk has admitted Australia’s senior players and coaching staff are “under pressure” to get their rookies up to speed in time for Saturday’s Four Nations opener against New Zealand.

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Raiders aim to lift memberships

The Raiders are out to attract more members in 2015 with a variety of packages available.

Jon Tuxworth   The NRL ladder isn't the only table the Canberra Raiders want to scale next year, the club hopeful a change in results will lift them off the bottom of the membership ranks. 

Kangaroos focused on strong defence, says Farah

"Attack I think we'll be OK but in D will be the big thing for the centre/wing combination": Farah.

Michael Carayannis   Australian coach Tim Sheens has challenged his side to replicate the defensive effort that helped them lift last year's World Cup, after the disappointment over their last-start performance.

Showdown with Green proved Hayne’s mettle

Special motivator: Danny Green.

Daniel Lane   When Jarryd Hayne was pitted to wrestle Danny Green at 17, it was to prove he had the right stuff.

NRL star arrested over Brisbane brawl

Tautau Moga in action for the Cowboys in July.

The NRL integrity unit is investigating an incident involving the Samoa rugby league team over the weekend in which up to eight people were arrested, including North Queensland threequarter Tautau Moga.

Pre-season is too long and the competition's longer

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Brad Walter   When Wendell Sailor and the other members of the 1994 Australian squad get together in Brisbane this week to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the last Kangaroo tour, there won't be any complaints about having had to play up to 18 games in Britain and France at the end of the season.

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Former Raider Joe Picker retires content after playing part in Souths' premiership

The back rower played 110 games with the Raiders from 2007-13.

Jon Tuxworth   He's just won an NRL premiership at South Sydney but Joe Picker has hung up the boots despite admitting he could have played on at the Rabbitohs next season.

Jarryd Hayne invited to meet NFL chief

"I need to transform my body into an NFL player": Hayne.

Brad Walter   Jarryd Hayne has been invited to meet NFL commissioner and offered help to find coaches and an American agent.

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Plan to make stars global ambassadors

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Steve Mascord   Top players would be sent to promote the game around the world as part of a new proposal.

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Hayne believes Origin will help NFL prospects

Under no illusions: Jarryd Hayne says he is even below rookie status.

Brad Walter   Jarryd Hayne believes the intensity of State of Origin will help him in his battle to make it in NFL as he begins a 12 month campaign to become the first NRL star to play American football at the highest level.

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Parker hails Australia's 'generation next'

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Jon Tuxworth   Think the heavily depleted Kangaroos are vulnerable? Think again, says Australian forward Corey Parker.

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Raiders' Hodgson wants to finish career in NRL

Raiders recruit Josh Hodgson.

Jon Tuxworth   Canberra Raiders recruit Josh Hodgson may be on the cusp of his first English jersey, but he hopes he doesn't play in his homeland again and wants to finish his career in the NRL. 

Sydney Roosters deny player involvement in Sydney pub brawl at Double Bay hotel

The 35-year-old man believed to have been involved in the assault outside the hotel.

The Sydney Roosters say they have informed the NRL integrity unit of an incident outside a Double Bay hotel on Sunday morning that allegedly involved Frank-Paul Nu'uausala being in the vicinity.

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