New Parramatta coach Brad Arthur has cautioned against getting carried away by Sunday’s 36-16 win over the Warriors, but said the defensive attitude of his players showed the club is slowly turning a corner.
St George Illawarra’s offensive woes could be a thing of the past as Gareth Widdop sparked their attack in a way not seen in five NRL seasons in the Dragons’ 44-24 round one thumping of Wests Tigers.
Penrith coach Ivan Cleary is confident his new-look side will get better as the season progresses after opening their NRL campaign with a 30-8 win over Newcastle on Saturday.
The incident Gould was refereeing to was a first-half gang tackle involving Williams, Napa and Aidan Guerra on Souths back-rower Ben Lowe that didn’t earn the ire of the NRL Match Review Committee.
Brisbane coach Anthony Griffin has backed prize recruit Ben Barba to handle the hostile reception expected when he runs out against former side the Bulldogs in their NRL season opener at ANZ Stadium tomorrow night.
The NRL has rejected appeals by Cronulla, suspended Sharks coach Shane Flanagan and their former trainer Trent Elkin over penalties relating to the club’s controversial 2011 supplements program.
Newcastle captain Kurt Gidley has confirmed he’ll start the new NRL season at hooker, with Michael Dobson expected to fill the No.6 role left vacant by the injured Jarrod Mullen.
Former Broncos captain Sam Thaiday has hinted that prized recruit Ben Barba’s foot injury may be more serious than first thought ahead of their NRL season opener against the Bulldogs.
The NRL has launched an investigation into banned Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan’s appearance at Remondis Stadium at Saturday’s trial between the Sharks and Wests Tigers.
Sam Burgess’ NRL career appears set to end after the 2014 season, with South Sydney poised to accept an offer of over $900,000 from English rugby side Bath to release him from the final three years of his contract.
Michael Maguire has confirmed Luke Keary and Adam Reynolds will almost certainly be South Sydney’s halves pairing for the season opener against the Sydney Roosters on March 6.
Key recruit Gareth Widdop played vital minutes in St George Illawarra’s 60-12 trial win over a combined Mudgee Dragons/Illawarra Cutters side on Friday but coach Steve Price is still yet to decide on his halves partner for 2014.
Rugby league players reportedly might have their mobile phones confiscated on game day as part of the biggest NRL crackdown on gambling security in the game’s history.
Cronulla will submit their response on Wednesday to the NRL’s breach notice issued over the ASADA scandal, with the Sharks expected to “vigorously” contest the charges including a $1 million fine.
After finding out they would lose one of the biggest names in the game midway through last season, the one positive is that the Tigers had plenty of time to start planning for life without Benji Marshall.
If St George Illawarra don’t make early headway in the 2014 season, calls will come thick and fast for the Dragons to part ways with coach Steve Price.
It’s been no secret that South Sydney is having one of their best periods in recent memory, but there’s a distinct feeling around the league that they just can’t get it done on the field when it matters.
The league world hasn’t seen back-to-back-to-back wooden spoons since the Gold Coast Seagulls won just nine of a possible 66 NSWRL games from 1991-93.
One of rugby league’s most successful sides of the modern era has been built around the contributions of captain Cameron Smith, fullback Billy Slater and halfback Cooper Cronk.
Newcastle sat in the bottom half of the eight for much of last year, and had they not made the preliminary final then it definitely would have been quite the average season.
Okay, so Manly reached the grand final and they didn’t disgrace themselves either. But for so long they were considered too old and too broken to again challenge for the premiership. In parts of last season, this actually looked true.
What will come of suspended coach Shane Flanagan? The Sharks will plead their case to the NRL in a bid to have the 12 month ban overturned and hope for the best.
Canterbury started last season behind the eight-ball when front-row forward James Graham missed seven games at the start of the season after his suspension for biting Billy Slater’s ear in the 2012 grand final.
He might not be in as much immediate danger as Dragons counterpart Steve Price, but after three years in the finals wilderness John Cartwright might pay the price if Gold Coast get off to a poor start in 2014.
It was a season to forget for the Raiders due to off-field drama, with big names Josh Dugan and Blake Ferguson now gone and Sam Williams and Joel Thompson on their way to the Dragons.