Melbourne Storm-Manly Sea Eagles Grudge match has Brookvale on target for first sellout in five years

They may be the NRL’s most successful club for the best part of 20 years, but Melbourne do not traditionally draw big crowds at Sydney venues. However, the combination of a tantalising top -our clash and the long-standing rivalry between the two clubs makes this match an exception for Manly fans. Manly and Melbourne players go at it during the infamous “Battle of Brookvale” in 2011.Credit:Action Photographics The players that fuelled the bitter rivalry may have all moved on – except for Daly Cherry-Evans – in the years since the…

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Clint Gutherson and Parramatta Eels dreaming of grand final

There is method to what some would call Gutherson’s madness. If you’re not playing football to try and win a premiership ring, why bother playing at all? “If you’re not playing footy to win the comp, you’re not playing for the right reasons,” Gutherson said. “You want to be winning comps. You want to do it the hard way, the easy way, you just want to get out there and rip in and put your body on the line. Clint Gutherson believes the Eels can win the competition.Credit:AAP “If you’re…

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Newcastle Knights CEO Phil Gardner opens up about the Nathan Brown departure

“We went with something different, particularly coming off three wooden spoons that this was a way to find out where we are as a club. Certainly, the traditional way to write and manage contracts is the better way to go. It gives the coach more certainty, it gives the club more certainty and the players know when that there is that period of tenure that it’s much simpler to then come to an amicable conclusion in rugby league. The break-up It was hoped the announcement of Brown’s departure at season’s…

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Operation Farewell Robbie Farah cranks up with injured Wests Tigert star set to run next week

Should Farah play on Sunday week in front of a packed house against Cronulla, it will have been just 29 days since he hobbled off ANZ Stadium against Canterbury. The retiring Farah, a noted quick healer, knows time is not on his side. The Herald has learned he’s already started jogging on a trampoline and has also used an anti-gravity treadmill. Tiger Tough … Robbie Farah will try to run on his broken leg next week.Credit:AAP Farah has already made peace with the fact if he doesn’t play again, but…

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Cronulla Sharks veteran Paul Gallen has no regrets after rejecting huge Newcastle Knights offer

Gallen had come to the end of the 2017 season when he spoke to former Knights footy manager Darren Mooney and Newcastle-bound Cronulla assistant James Shepherd about a move up the M1 Motorway. The cashed-up Knights were prepared to pay him as much as $750,000 for the season, only for Gallen – one of the few loyal one-club players left in the game – to settle on a Cronulla deal worth closer to $300,000. Gallen turned his back on almost half-a-million dollars to remain a one-club man.Credit:AAP “I thought we…

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Nathan Brown to leave Newcastle Knights immediately

Coach Nathan Brown has left the Newcastle Knights NRL club, effective immediately. The club says the decision, made in conjunction with Brown, was in the club’s best interests and revealed assistant Kristian Woolf will take over the team for the rest of their season. Nathan Brown’s time at the helm of the Knights is over.Credit:Marina Neil Brown announced last week he would leave at the end of the season amid reports the club was canvassing a replacement. However his exit has been brought forward following the 46-4 loss to Wests…

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How Manly prop Addin Fonua Blake missed out on extra $200k a year

During his short time working under coach Des Hasler, Fonua-Blake has joined the top bracket of front-rowers including big money-earners David Klemmer, Matt Lodge, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Melbourne’s Jesse Bromwich, who he will try to stop on Saturday evening at Brookvale Oval. Fonua-Blake knows he could have earned a stack more cash had he held off committing his future to the Sea Eagles, but told the Herald he could not be any happier on the northern beaches under Hasler. Even if he had held out for a better deal, there…

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Knights reject Brown’s offer to exit immediately after Tigers debacle

Gardner, however, backed Brown to remain at the helm for Newcastle’s final two games against Gold Coast and Penrith. Even if the Knights were to win both games, they would need a miracle to reach the play-offs given that they trail eighth-placed Brisbane by three points. There is a deeper issue as a playing group. It comes back on us as players. Knights captain Mitchell Pearce Knights captain Mitchell Pearce rejected suggestions that the drama surrounding Brown contributed to last week’s landslide loss, admitting Newcastle have long-term problems that remain…

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More details come to light of Penrith’s blighted season

While the sex-tape scandal took an emotional toll on the Panthers, the Herald has learned of several other incidents that caused further turmoil and division among the playing group. In one, a player caused damage to a teammate’s car when he became angry and threw a punch. Club insiders have also revealed how a young player was forced to skip an interstate game, much to the anger of his teammates, because his partner refused to let him travel. There was also the constant stress behind the scenes for officials trying…

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NSW Trainers Association lobby to reduce whip allowance and impose tougher bans for Darren Weir-like electric shock device charges

But after South Africa trialled whip-free racing last year and French authorities lowered the amount of times a jockey can use the instrument on a horse to five times per race, the NSWTA wants Racing Australia to scrap its current guise. Australian jockeys are allowed to use the whip on a horse five times before the 100-metre mark of any flat race. Its use is then unlimited over the final stages of the race under a rule which has stood since 2015. Loading But the NSWTA is lobbying for the…

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