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Cameron Smith warns shot clock laws may slow down, not speed up, rugby league

Phil Lutton 1:15 AM   Laws giving players a set time to pack scrums were intended to speed up the game. On Saturday night, it had the opposite effect.

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Cameron Smith stars as World team holds out Indigenous All Star charge

Collision: Tom Burgess runs into a wall of Indigenous All Stars defenders.

Phil Lutton 10:26 PM   The more things change - bunker systems, new rules - the more they stay the same as Cameron Smith calmly guided the World All Stars team to victory at Suncorp Stadium.

Pritchard is keen to help Hull out of doldrums

"I've definitely come here with a job in mind to help the club move forward": Frank Pritchard

Ian Laybourn 10:17 PM   Former New Zealand international Frank Pritchard is a man on a mission as he seeks to make his mark in Super League.

Off-contract Soliola keen to stay at Raiders

Reigning Canberra Raiders player of the year Sia Soliola is keen to stay at the club next year.

Jon Tuxworth 9:48 PM   Off-contract Canberra veteran Sia Soliola¬†wants to play on at the club next year.

Matt Lodge out of jail and back mentoring Aussie youngsters

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Adrian Proszenko 9:28 PM   Sacked Wests Tiger forward Matthew Lodge, who narrowly escaped a 25-year American jail sentence following a wild night in which he allegedly told two women he stalked "This is the night you die", is back in Australia mentoring youngsters at his junior club St Patricks.

South Sydney beat St George Illawarra 18-14 to win lacklustre Charity Shield clash

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 13:  The Rabbitohs team celebrate with the Charity Shield after victory during the NRL ...

Michael Carayannis 9:15 PM   At least both teams finished unscathed and there were no competition points on the line. Aside from that there were few positives to take from South Sydney's 18-14 win in the annual Charity Shield clash at ANZ Stadium in front of 13421 people on Saturday.

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Canterbury Bulldogs fullback Will Hopoate injured in trial loss against Penrith Panthers

Big unit: Sam Kasiano looks to offload in a tackle.

Michael Chammas 9:14 PM   With regular Bulldogs fullback Brett Morris racing the clock to be fit for round one, Canterbury's woes were compounded wih new recruit Will Hopoate succumbing to a knee injury in a trial on Saturday night.

Wigan coach reminds players of 2015 defeat

Repeat clash: Anthony Milford runs away from Wigan defenders in 2015.

Steve Mascord 6:27 PM   Wigan coach Shaun Wane says he will show his players video in the lead-up to Saturday's World Club Series clash with Brisbane of the Broncos goading the DW Stadium crowd at full-time last year.

NRL captains and coaches pledge to show respect

Pledge: Feras Karam, Lyndsay Packer, Faye Lehane and Nathan Loveday pose as part of the Respect campaign.

Adrian Proszenko 6:18 PM   Captains and coaches in all NSWRL-sanctioned competitions will have to sign a respect pledge in a landmark initiative to combat referee abuse and offensive behaviour.

Jack Bird tipped to make a Josh Dugan-style impact at fullback

Thumbs up: Sharks young gun Jack Bird.

Adrian Proszenko 3:09 PM   Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan predicts Jack Bird can a similar impact to Josh Dugan in the No.1 jersey ahead of the Dally M rookie of the year's first game at fullback.

Give Pearce a chance: James Maloney defends former Roosters teammate

Mitchell Pearce

Adrian Proszenko 6:00 PM   James Maloney believes former Roosters teammate Mitchell Pearce deserves another chance at redemption, saying the troubled playmaker will make amends if allowed to return to the game.

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Why All-Stars is most important game of season

Healing hands: Indigenous All Stars player Joel Thompson on Stradbroke Island.

Brad Walter   It is hoped that the dance that Greg Inglis will lead before the All Stars match is adapted by the Kangaroos before the 2017 World Cup and becomes a symbol of unity for all Australians.

Set of Six: Will the All Stars be back?

Cameron McInnes of the Rabbitohs will start at hooker against St George Illawarra.

Michael Carayannis   The talking points around this weekend's matches.

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'Messy' Manly shaping up strong for 2016, says Mateo

Staying a Sea Eagle: Back-rower Feleti Mateo.

Michael Carayannis 2:44 PM   Feleti Mateo described the Sea Eagles situation as "messy" at times last year and despite uncertainty surrounding his future he made it clear to incoming coach Trent Barrett that he would fulfil his contract.

Bennett, Smith urge fans not to expect perfection from bunker refs

Supporter:  Cameron Smith is hoping for more consistency from the new referee system.

Phil Lutton   The NRL enters a new era of refereeing on Saturday night but the coaching great and Australian captain have advised against expecting miracles.

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Raiders set to sign Tapine to mammoth deal

Top deal: Joseph Tapine looks set to join Canberra this season.

Jon Tuxworth   Joseph Tapine's manager believes his client will be given a release by Newcastle to join Canberra this season.

Push continues for Kangaroos to adopt pre-game Indigenous war dance

Brothers in arms: Greg Inglis at the Indigenous All Stars camp.

Phil Lutton   Australian captain Cameron Smith says he remains open to the concept, while Greg Inglis heads the push for a fresh tradition for the Australian rugby league team.

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No Cronk to Dragons but Marshall's future still unclear

Future unclear: Benji Marshall is none the wiser about his place at the Dragons.

Brad Walter   St George-Illawarra Dragons coach Paul McGregor called Benji Marshall to a meeting to advise him that rumours linking Cooper Cronk to the club were untrue

Footy codes compared to 'gladiatorial sports'

Forensic pathologist and neuropathologist Dr Bennet Omalu.

Samantha Lane   The doctor who made game-changing discoveries about dead, brain damaged American footballers has likened Australia's football codes to "gladiatorial sports in ancient Rome".

Mann ready to make fullback spot his own

Willing and able: Kurt Mann would prefer to play fullback or five-eighth.

Michael Carayannis   Kurt Mann spent his final few months at the Storm picking the brain of Billy Slater. His arrival at St George Illawarra saw him shadow Josh Dugan.