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Melbourne NRL coach Craig Bellamy says he doesn’t know if Brisbane will come out firing or flat after its surprise announcement its NRL coach Anthony Griffin will be replaced next season by former mentor Wayne Bennett.
Wayne Bennett will return home to Brisbane next season after the NRL club decided to jettison current coach Anthony Griffin with a year left on his contract.
Coach Wayne Bennett was lost for answers after a lacklustre Newcastle failed to lift for the NRL’s Rise for Alex Round, instead falling 22-8 to the Gold Coast at Hunter Stadium on Sunday.
Wests Tigers say they are not getting ahead of themselves after jumping to the edge of the NRL top eight with a 46-18 thrashing of high-flying Canterbury at ANZ Stadium on Sunday.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.