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Sam Williams returns to Canberra Raiders

Sam Williams will return to the Raiders.

Chris Wilson The Canberra Raiders have bolstered their halves depth and got one of their juniors back, signing prodigal son Sam Williams for the next two seasons.

The FItz Files

When it comes to gambling, the people breaking the rules aren't ultimately the problem, the NRL is the problem

Peter FitzSimons dinkus

Peter FitzSimons In the words of Billy Birmingham channeling Richie Benaud, “I’m sorry, but I am just going to have go with me on this one.

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League

Discord: Why can't the NRL ban people from stadiums?

Fairfax Media writer

Steve Mascord The aspect of today's NRL media conference about Cronulla which really stunned Discord was CEO David Smith's admission that the League wouldn't have the power to ban Shane Flanagan from Remondis...

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Cowboys must dine out on conspiracy theories

Paul Green with Johnathan Thurston.

Phil Lutton That escalated quickly. The Phoney War between the Cowboys and the NRL has officially come to an end. Now, how to get the bayonets and mortars through airport security on the way to Sydney.

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Beau remains a man of the people

Beau Ryan

Daniel Lane Beau Ryan reckons Kevin Rudd and Tony Abbott would give their election chances a significant boost if they follow his weekly ritual for his television slot and walked more among everyday folk.

League

Wests Tigers utility Blake Austin still keen to join Canberra Raiders

Blake Austin wants to join the Raiders.

Chris Wilson Blake Austin will renew his push to join the Raiders in 2015 after the Tigers sacked coach Mick Potter.

Eels target Watmough, plus two premierships by 2020

In Parra's sights: Anthony Watmough.

Adrian Proszenko Parramatta has publicly declared their interest in disgruntled Sea Eagle Anthony Watmough for the first time amid growing speculation his next game could be in blue and gold.

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Canterbury Bulldogs prop David Klemmer nearly a Sydney Swan before switching

The big man: David Klemmer has had a remarkable season for Canterbury Bulldogs.

Adrian Proszenko David Klemmer seemed destined to be involved in finals footy this weekend, although at one point it was more likely to be with a Sherrin in hand rather than a Steeden.

NRL should encourage healthy criticism of the code

Steve Mascord

Steve Mascord The NRL should encourage, not supress, free speech.

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Three former Cronulla Sharks players not offered backdated ASADA deal

Paul Aiton in action for the Sharks in 2011.

Chris Barrett Three former Cronulla players targeted by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority's probe have not been offered the backdated ban "deal" accepted by a dozen of their ex-teammates last month and...

Axed Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter could end up at St George Illawarra Dragons

Out of a job: Mick Potter.

Adrian Proszenko Mick Potter could relaunch his coaching career at St George Illawarra as Wests Tigers begin their search for his replacement.

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Penrith Panthers centre Jamal Idris still being wrong-footed by deadpan coach Ivan Cleary

Back on track: Jamal Idris.

Michael Chammas It took Jamal Idris half a season to begin to understand his coach and double that time to get him to laugh at one of his jokes.

Sydney Roosters desperate to avoid NRL ignominy

Knock out: Sonny Bill Williams and the Roosters are hoping they won't repeat the Dragons' 2009 feat.

James MacSmith Only once in the NRL era has a minor premier been dumped out of the finals in successive losses – an ignominy the Sydney Roosters are desperate to avoid.

Des Hasler, like his troops, is in fine form before Manly match-up

Adrian Proszenko Manly are beset by injuries, player unrest and are despised outsiders before an elimination finals game. Which is just where they want to be, says their former coach Des Hasler.

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NRL boss Dave Smith dismisses 'ridiculous notion' Cowboys are being unfairly treated

Dave Smith

Laine Clark NRL CEO Dave Smith says it is a "ridiculous notion" to think the North Queensland Cowboys are being unfairly treated.

League

Todd Carney signs three-year deal with Catalan Dragons

Todd Carney.

Ian Laybourn Axed NRL star Todd Carney has been given a lifeline by English Super League outfit Catalan Dragons, who landed the former Dally M medal winner on a three-year deal.

Canterbury comes calling but Brett Morris is not for sale, say St George Illawarra

Hands off: The Dragons are holding firm on Brett Morris.

Michael Carayannis, Adrian Proszenko St George Illawarra have accused a rival NRL club of tapping up Brett Morris, claiming the club has offered their Test winger a contract for next season despite Morris being contracted to the Dragons.

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Manly need Anthony Watmough to win, says Brett Stewart

Heading to Parramatta?: Anthony Watmough.

Michael Carayannis, Adrian Proszenko Brett Stewart may believe Manly "need" Anthony Watmough to win but the Sea Eagles will have to beat Canterbury minus their star back-rower after he accepted a one game ban for a dangerous throw.

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NRL says please explain after Manly's Jayden Hodges kept playing after injury

All smiles: Jayden Hodges during training on Tuesday.

Brad Walter Manly officials have no concerns about responding to an NRL enquiry about why Jayden Hodges was allowed to play on for 35 minutes after his head contacted Greg Inglis' hip in last Friday night's loss...

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North Queensland Cowboys and NRL at war after Tariq Sims pleads guilty

On report for a late challenge: Tariq Sims.

Phil Lutton An explosive afternoon has seen the NRL slap down North Queensland with a $10,000 fine, only hours after Cowboys coach Paul Green declared he had "no faith" in rugby league officialdom.

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