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Blake Austin of the Raiders runs the ball.

Austin long odds for City Origin

Canberra Raiders star Blake Austin appears no chance to line up for City Origin next week, with coach Ricky Stuart adamant three games in less than two weeks "isn't the best case scenario" for his five-eighth. 

Papalii 'shocked' at Kangaroos call-up

Josh Papalii has been selected to play for Australia.

Canberra Raiders second-rower Josh Papalii set himself to reclaim his Kangaroos jersey, but he was still "shocked" to find out he had made Mal Meninga's starting XIII – probably because he broke his phone and couldn't be contacted.

Gould anoints Payne as his successor

Panthers future: New Penrith CEO Corey Payne.

Baby-faced former league hardman Corey Payne, the youngest CEO in the business, is being groomed as the heir apparent when Phil Gould decides his services are no longer required at the foot of the mountains.