Bird closer to securing Sharks No.1 jersey

Brad Walter 8:24 PM   Jack Bird moved a step closer to securing the Cronulla No.1 jersey but it was much travelled former NRL bad boy, Arana Taumata, who helped save the Sharks from a disappointing trial loss to a second string Manly team on Saturday night.

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'It was change the club or lose DCE'

Michael Chammas   Manly owner Scott Penn has opened up on the tumultuous year at the club, revealing star halfback Daly Cherry-Evans wouldn't have backflipped on the Titans had they not made significant changes in the football department within the club.

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NRL 2016 season draw

The full fixture list for the 2016 NRL season.

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Sign up for Ultimate League now

Matt Bungard   With just a few weeks until the NRL season gets under way, it's time to get serious about your fantasy team for 2016.

Croker humbled by Bennett's Origin call

Phil Lutton 6:04 PM   The Raiders centre has a huge fan in Wayne Bennett, who said he would be one of the first men picked if he was putting together a Blues outfit in 2016.

NRL captains and coaches pledge to show respect

Adrian Proszenko   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.

Give Pearce a chance: Maloney 

Adrian Proszenko   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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Mann ready to make fullback spot his own

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.

Mary gives Benji Marshall two months

St George-Illawarra coach Paul McGregor has poured cold water on off-contract Melbourne star Cooper Cronk coming to the Dragons in 2017.

Roosters 'could rack up 80'

Steve Mascord   Sydney Roosters could rack up 80 points against St Helens next weekend unless the English team dramatically improves its attitude, according to their halfback.

Barba can return to his prime for Sharks, says Ennis

Phil Lutton   Ennis believes a fit Barba can thrive in the Shire after overcoming injuries that put the brakes on a patchy 2015 campaign.

Papalii disappointed with youngsters

Zac Lowe   Josh Papalii believes Queensland Origin players have a right to feel let down by eight players who broke a curfew.

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Matt Lodge out of jail and mentoring

Adrian Proszenko   Sacked Wests Tiger forward Matthew Lodge, who narrowly escaped a 25-year American jail sentence following a wild night is back in Australia mentoring youngsters at his junior club St Patricks.

League needs to win over bigwigs

Steve Mascord   It's much easier to live in Sydney and ignore rugby league than it is to do the same in Melbourne with the AFL.

Tensions run deep at Rabbitohs

Adrian Proszenko   Much has been made of Luke Keary's stoush with Russell Crowe, but the South Sydney halfback had a bigger issue with teammate Sam Burgess during that infamous bonding session.

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How can the inmates take charge of the asylum?

Roy Masters   Mitchell Pearce's 120 seconds of drunken stupidity on Australia Day hit Rugby League Central like a perfect storm and the wreckage will endure, well after it has blown its last ruinous breath.

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The Roosters must sack Pearce

Andrew Webster   Rehab is being considered for the troubled halfback, but the club must let him go.

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Australia must handicap itself 

Steve Mascord   Rugby league needs the NRL to make decisions, over and over again, that may well result in Australia losing Test matches.

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Eels, Souths sound out Richo

Andrew Webster    Parramatta have targeted NRL powerbroker Shane Richardson to come on board as chief executive – but they could have competition from South Sydney.

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NRL 2016 season draw

The full fixture list for the 2016 NRL season.

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Blackout NRL red tape at its worst

Steve Mascord   In the world of sports rights, warehousing is never a good sign. Warehousing, in this sense, is where a broadcaster owns the rights to something and does not show it – but prevents others from showing it instead.

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2015 in review

Adrian Proszenko   Chief rugby league reporter Adrian Proszenko looks back at a dramatic season for the greatest game of all.

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League is missing a trick with Nines

Steve Mascord   ​The increasing success of abbreviated versions of cricket and colleague Phil Gould's criticism of the NRL Nines would appear to be quite disparate subjects.

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