Nathan Brown to leave Newcastle Knights, with Roosters assistants leading the race to replace him in 2020

Current Queensland coach Kevin Walters was also expected to be in contention, but ruled himself out of the race on Tuesday night. Walters had been at the Knights in the past in a part-time coaching capacity under Wayne Bennett. There is also a host of ex-NRL coaches without a job headed by the likes of Anthony Griffin, Shane Flanagan, Geoff Toovey, Trent Barrett and Garth Brennan whose names will no doubt be bandied about in the coming weeks. Adam O’Brien has been an assistant coach at both the Roosters and…

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Graham explains spray at Woods

“That’s shithouse, and while he’s down, and his shoulder is f—ed, you shitbag,” Graham said. The Dragons forward then tells the referees: “He’s f—ing injured, and you want to talk safety and all that shit.” I viewed the incident as unsavoury, and when you see something happen to your mate, that’s how I sometimes react. James Graham Graham then gets sent away before he turns to stand-in skipper Paul Vaughan and tells him to ”fire up” at the officials. When asked about the blow-up on Tuesday, Graham said: “It’s part…

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Inside Nathan Brown’s departure as Newcastle Knights coach

Gardner informed him that an end-of-season review was coming and he laid out the reasons why. He and his board had been concerned about the events of the past month or so after the Knights’ finals hopes fell off a cliff. They’d won six straight to nail down a top-eight spot. Not too much later they lost six in a row. Just as disturbing had been Brown’s rationale when asked by the press to explain it, admitting he should have rested his five Origin players. Jesse Ramien is on the…

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Statistics show Melbourne Storm aren’t worst ruck offenders

Storm officials are wary of stoking the fire after the backlash Donaghy’s comments provoked last week, but the club remains bemused by the barrage they have copped in the past week. While Donaghy said attacks on the Storm’s tactics at the ruck ramp up like clockwork on an annual basis – typically when finals football appears on the horizon – the club believes there is extra venom in the shots fired from north of the border over the past week than in recent years. But as the feuding between the…

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Brisbane’s Pangai cops five-week NRL ban

Brisbane’s Tevita Pangai jnr has copped a five-week ban from the NRL judiciary after failing to have his crusher tackle charge downgraded. He opted to front the judiciary on Tuesday night after being hit with a grade- two dangerous contact charge for his tackle on Penrith’s James Maloney in round 22. Tevita Pangai (left) in action during the Round 22 match between the Broncos and Panthers at Suncorp Stadium on Friday.Credit:Darren England/AAP Pangai will only play again this year if Brisbane – sitting seventh on the ladder – make the…

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Sam Burgess hits back at Anthony Siebold’s attack claim

“I find it a bizarre comment, but it’s probably not his only one in the past couple of months if you know what I mean,” Burgess said in reference to Seibold. “I don’t know what he’s playing at there. But whatever. If he has an agenda somewhere, we’ll just get on with it. “If you want to delve into it and have a little look [at our attack], you make your own mind up if there’s been change or not. One hundred per cent it has changed.” No love lost:…

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Sydney Roosters halfback Cooper Cronk’s premiership crusade won’t be halted by late hits

Loading Robinson reserved judgment on the Tevaga tackle post-match but Cronk had no qualms with the way NRL officials have handled the crackdown on late hits this season. “I think they’ve done a reasonable job. It’s obviously a new trend, as such,” Cronk said. “It’s been around for a while but obviously the officials have taken things into their own hands on the field. “I think the officials do a tremendous job. “They have a thousand things to do in split seconds of every game and yeah, they’re humans. “Like…

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St George Illawarra Dragons star Jack de Belin’s season almost certainly over regardless of Federal Court result

The Dragons are already out of finals contention and have only three games left this season. Any verdict is likely to come too late for de Belin to be considered for Saturday’s clash with the Roosters or the final two matches, against the Tigers and Dragons. That would mean the former NSW lock will miss an entire season. The original decision of Justice Melissa Perry can only be overturned if it can be established that she made an error of law. While de Belin has assembled a formidable legal team…

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Newcastle Knights to part ways with coach Nathan Brown: report

Newcastle are reportedly set to part ways with coach Nathan Brown at the end of this NRL season. Despite reassurances in recent weeks from club hierarchy that Brown would lead the side in 2020, The Newcastle Herald is reporting that he will exit the club. Nathan Brown addresses the media after the Newcastle Knights’ clash against the St George Illawarra Dragons in Round 10.Credit:ninevms The Knights have lost seven of their past nine games to sit in 10th spot despite a star-studded roster which was expected to be a finals…

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North Queensland Cowboys star Matt Scott suffers stroke

Star Cowboys prop Matt Scott is expected to make a full recovery after suffering a mild stroke on Sunday. North Queensland released a statement on Tuesday with details of the scare, though Scott’s doctors are confident the stroke was unrelated to football and expect him to make a full recovery. Matt Scott suffered a stroke on Sunday.Credit:Quinn Rooney Scott, who will draw the curtains on his career at the end of this season, remains in hospital in Brisbane. When he will return to Townsville is not yet known. “The Cowboys…

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