Star players absent from final NRL round

The NRL’s final round will be devoid of several stars with 29 players rested or managed through to October by the league’s top-eight clubs. Melbourne have led the charge with an unprecedented 12 changes, while Canberra have sat out…

NRL change game with rule experiments

The NRL will limit the use of scrums and minimise stoppages for bunker referrals and penalties under a set of rules to be trialled in this weekend’s dead rubbers. In some of the most drastic rule changes experimented with…

Coaches Stuart, Bellamy warned by NRL

Canberra coach Ricky Stuart has been put on notice ahead of the NRL finals, while Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy has revealed he escaped with a warning for his offensive gesture from the coaches’ box toward Cameron Smith during the…

Fonua-Blake signing can turn Warriors

The Warriors have hailed Addin Fonua-Blake’s signature as potentially one of the “most important” in the club’s history after luring the Manly prop across the Tasman. Fonua-Blake has officially played his last game for the Sea Eagles, set to…

Raiders’ Scott faces season-ending surgery

Canberra have confirmed that Curtis Scott will miss the NRL finals, with the premiership-winning centre to undergo surgery to remove the plate in his right leg. But the injury news is better for game-breaking second-rower John Bateman, who has…

Storm to leave stars out of Dragons clash

Melbourne are planning to leave most of their stars out of their last-round dead-rubber clash with St George Illawarra to keep them fresh for week one of the NRL finals. With a top-two place on the competition ladder locked…

Penrith leaders emerge ahead of Tamou exit

He has been key to revamping the club’s culture and Penrith captain James Tamou insists there won’t be a leadership vacuum when he joins Wests Tigers next season. The former representative prop is by far the most experienced player…

Naden accepts apology over racial abuse

An NRL investigation into racial abuse hurled at Brent Naden last month has been closed after one of the men ejected from Central Coast Stadium apologised to the Penrith centre. The apology was made on behalf of the eight…

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