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Newcastle Knights vs Sydney Roosters 2014 NRL Round 20 preview, tips and teams

Coming of three consecutive wins and with a huge build-up leading into the Rise For Alex round last week, the Knights were short priced favourites to defeat the Titans who had only won one of their previous eight matches. In front of a capacity...

Brisbane Broncos vs Melbourne Storm 2014 NRL Round 20 preview, tips and teams

After suffering a narrow 34 – 35 loss to the Panthers on a Monday night in round 18, their third loss on the trot, the Broncos had to back up last week against in an in form Warriors outfit who were looking for the fourth consecutive win. Special...

Knights brothers to break 72-year record

Brothers Sione and Chanel Mata’utia will break a 72-year-old rugby league record when they make their NRL debuts for Newcastle in Friday night’s round 20 clash with premiers the Sydney Roosters. Rugby league statistical guru David...

Super League could change points system

Super League clubs could be playing for bonus points under the radical new structure for English rugby league’s top competition in 2015. Top-flight clubs currently operate a traditional system of two points for a win and one for a draw but...

Boyd in the right place: Bennett

Darius Boyd is comfortable and in “the right place”, according to Newcastle coach Wayne Bennett, just 24 hours after the Knights star checked himself into a mental health facility to be treated for depression. Bennett said he spoke to...

Griffin aims to end Broncos’ Storm jinx

Broncos coach Anthony Griffin has shut down talk of his imminent departure as Brisbane focus purely on ending their Storm drought on Friday night. Told five days ago he would be replaced by Wayne Bennett at Red Hill, Griffin had no time whatsoever...

Roosters wary of unknown Knights

What to expect of a Newcastle side bereft of their State of Origin stars, out of NRL finals contention and their coach with one foot out the door? That’s the situation facing the Sydney Roosters in their round-20 match against the Knights at...

Cherry-Evans non-committal on Manly future

Superstar halfback Daly Cherry-Evans has declined to dampen speculation he could exit Brookvale when his contract with Manly concludes at the end of the 2015 NRL season. One of the game’s leading players, Cherry-Evans has already been linked...

Bulldogs rookie seeks Reynolds’ JT tips

Johnathan Thurston may be his idol but that won’t stop Canterbury rookie Moses Mbye aiming to emulate teammate Josh Reynolds’ niggle against the North Queensland star. Reynolds got under Thurston’s skin during this year’s...

NRL set to double serious injury payouts

NRL players who suffer career-ending injuries will be eligible for payouts of up to $1 million under a newly-proposed temporary insurance scheme. The planned policy, unanimously supported by the league and all 16 clubs, doubles the current amount of...

Manly should release Matai: says Foran

Manly five-eighth Kieran Foran has conceded player contractual issues are afflicting the NRL competition leaders and has called for Sea Eagles management to allow centre Steve Matai to make a big money move to the Warriors. Matai has requested a...

Graham backs interim Sharks coach Shepherd

Stand-in Cronulla captain Wade Graham says keeping interim coach James Shepherd at the helm for the rest of 2014 is the best outcome for the NRL club. The Sharks board confirmed late on Wednesday that Shepherd would officially assume the role as...