Adrian Proszenko

Adrian Proszenko

Adrian Proszenko is chief rugby league reporter at The Sydney Morning Herald

NRL Preliminary Final: Canterbury Bulldogs hold off Penrith Panthers to book grand final tickets

Adrian Proszenko Despite being under the pump for much of the contest, it was Des' Dogs who won the key moments and, in turn, the contest.

Penrith Panthers see the bright side after heartbreaking loss

Taking the ball to the line: Dean Whare.

Adrian Proszenko Upon reflecting on a season which had only just ended, Ivan Cleary concluded: "It's just not quite our time yet."

Penrith Panthers forward Nigel Plum is one of only two players still at the club since Ivan Cleary took up coach's role

Survivor: Nigel Plum has seen plenty of changes at the foot of the mountains.

Adrian Proszenko To fully appreciate the rostering revolution that has occurred at the foot of the mountains, consider that only two Panthers playing on Saturday night were in the club’s top 25 when Ivan Cleary...

Sandow won't be giving up Eels No.7 jersey without a fight

Mine: Chris Sandow wants to keep the playmaking role at Parramatta.

Adrian Proszenko Chris Sandow has heard all the talk about Parramatta’s interest in Daly Cherry-Evans.

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Penrith Panthers beat Sydney Roosters with field goal in dying seconds

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Adrian Proszenko Those upstart Penrith Panthers did it again. In scenes that are becoming all too familiar, Jamie Soward, with the game on the line, rose to the occasion.

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Penrith Panther Will Smith following in dad's footsteps

Stirring debut: Will Smith is subdued by the Bulldogs' defence on August 1 at ANZ Stadium.

Adrian Proszenko Will Smith was always destined to follow in his father's footsteps, even if he couldn't keep up at first.

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Penrith Panthers rookie Will Smith used to shouldering a heavy burden

Training hard: Will Smith goes through his paces at Penrith with the NRL squad.

Adrian Proszenko Will Smith is no stranger to responsibility.

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80-minute man: Nathan Peats is thriving at Parramatta.

Daniel Lane and Adrian Proszenko They may not be the biggest names in the game, but each has added a new dimension to his team after having arrived at new locations.

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Sin Bin: Plumbers crack the origin of Ryan-Soward stink

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Adrian Proszenko Beau Ryan taking the mickey out of Jamie Soward is not a new phenomenon. While Ryan's send-ups of Soward on The Footy Show have made headlines, the Panthers playmaker has been a target long before...

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Injuries and infection leave Cronulla hamstrung in the halves

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Adrian Proszenko and Michael Chammas Cronulla is facing a halves crisis ahead of its season opener against the Gold Coast after Wade Graham suffered a blood infection.

James Segeyaro switching allegiances to boost Queensland selection chances

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Adrian Proszenko Penrith hooker James Segeyaro is planning to change his nation of allegiance in order to be eligible for Queensland selection.

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NRL 2014 draw: Ben Barba to face Bulldogs in opener

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Adrian Proszenko The NRL season will open with three blockbusters, highlighted by Ben Barba's clash against former club Canterbury.

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No charity case: hurt Dragons vow to rally for daunting opener

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Adrian Proszenko MATT COOPER, Jason Nightingale and Mitch Rein started the Charity Shield but failed to finish it. Cameron King, the back-up Dragons hooker, was medicabbed off ANZ Stadium in the worst possible...

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Hill comes from the clouds to be frontrunner for Eels top job

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Adrian Proszenko Andrew Hill has emerged as the early favourite to take the vacant job of chief executive at Parramatta.

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Perth franchise wants Mr Sheens to shine in the west if NRL expands its horizons

Adrian Proszenko Tim Sheens has been targeted as the man to coach the Perth franchise should they gain entry into an expanded NRL competition.

Moltzen's hat-trick seals Dragons' fate

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Adrian Proszenko TIM MOLTZEN has burnt St George Illawarra. Again.

Farah tackle not worthy of send-off, says Raper

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 16:  Referer Tony Archer speaks to Robbie Farah of the Tigers during the round three NRL match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Wests Tigers at WIN Jubilee Stadium on March 16, 2012 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Adrian Proszenko REFEREES' co-coach Stuart Raper was adamant officials were right not to send off Wests Tigers hooker Robbie Farah during Friday night's spiteful encounter at Kogarah.

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Tough time on the horizon for Mannah as cancer returns

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Adrian Proszenko Parramatta forward Jon Mannah has had a relapse in his battle with cancer. Mannah, who had bravely fought back to resume his football career after being diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in 2009,...

Carney declares state aspirations

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Adrian Proszenko Todd Carney looked good in a sky blue jersey last night. Really good.

Annesley gives try the red light

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Adrian Proszenko, Daniel Lane THE State of Origin refereeing controversy has reached Parliament House. The NSW Minister for Sport, Graham Annesley, a former grand final referee, has called for the controversial rule that cost the...