Storm rest Origin stars for Titans test

But the Storm will back their depth players to stand up to the challenge, although they have made an unusual call at five-eighth with utility forward Joe Stimson named to start in the role. Stimson has pinch-hit in such positions for short parts of games in the past when injuries have caught the Storm in need but there remains the possibility the team could play full-back Jahrome Hughes at five-eighth and start Ryan Papenhuyzen at full-back. Storm forward Tom Eisenhuth has earned a recall after he suffered a fractured larynx…

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Best of cartoons, July 17, 2019

Best of cartoons, July 17, 2019 Skip to sections navigationSkip to contentSkip to footer 7 Images Our talented team of artists, illustrators and cartoonists give us their very own humorous version of the news of the day. July 16, 2019 — 10.31pm 1/7 Michael Leunig 2/7 Cathy Wilcox 3/7 Andrew Dyson 4/7 Matt Golding 5/7 Matt Golding 6/7 Matt Golding 7/7 Judy Horacek Politics

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Missing pieces make list tough to fully evaluate

Richardson was sacked because of six years of missed finals, and just six wins in his sixth year. He was also sacked because he oversaw a list that was not good enough to make finals for five years and not fit enough or good enough yet to make it in the sixth year. St Kilda’s own action on their list, list management and recruiting staff over the last year or so showed they felt a significant fault for where they found themselves resided not just in the coaching staff but…

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Richmond Tigers Jack Higgins hospitalised with brain bleed

Richmond small forward Jack Higgins is in hospital and facing an indefinite period on the sidelines after scans showed he had suffered a brain bleed. Second-year Tiger Higgins is understood to have suffered headaches following Richmond’s VFL game against Werribee on Sunday. Scans revealed the 2018 goal of the year winner had bled from his brain. The cause is unknown. The Tigers are expected to release a statement on Wednesday morning with more details. Higgins, who was a revelation last year after being taken as a first round draft pick…

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Luke Keary will donate brain

“It’s something that I probably will do,” Keary said. Loading “I will have talk to my family a bit more about it but anything that can help . . . this game has given me so much . . . anything that can help the game and help the research and make it safer for future generations, it’s only beneficial. “I don’t really care once I’m gone. I think a lot of footy players will be on the same page.” While Keary admits current NRL players have been given little…

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Kalyn Ponga returns as Melbourne Storm rest stars

Waerea-Hargreaves was just one game into his return from a two-game suspension for another dangerous contact charge earlier this year. However, he again landed in hot water after being tackled by Gavin Cooper and Shane Wright, which resulted in a collision with McGuire. Waerea-Hargreaves admitted his head made minor contact with McGuire, but described the impact as a ‘‘tap’’. It was part of a compelling defence from the New Zealand international, who claimed his arms were pinned and it was an act of self-preservation. ‘‘I can honestly say it was…

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No deal in place with Brad Scott: St Kilda president

‘‘You know, Alastair Clarkson is a great coach and I understand he’s under contract. That makes it a lot tougher. ‘‘So of course if there was any opening with a Clarkson or a Beveridge, or some of these other guys, in the same way that Longmire … was asked the question by North Melbourne, you’d have to consider it.’’ But he said the club had been focused only on Richardson and his position and had not asked these questions yet. Bassat, who will chair the panel that selects Richardson’s successor,…

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Richardson accepts his body of work was not good enough

Richardson leaves the Saints as the club’s second-longest serving coach, having steered the side through 126 games. However, just 43 of those matches have resulted in St Kilda wins, with the Saints unable to reach the finals during Richardson’s tenure. Richardson headed into 2019 knowing full well that he was coaching for his future, having won just four matches during a disastrous 2018 campaign. A host of key players have had long stints on the sidelines this year, with Jake Carlisle, Jack Steven, Jarryn Geary, Dan Hannebery, Paddy McCartin, Dylan…

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