Latrell Mitchell backed by Roosters captains over online abuse

Latrell Mitchell takes to Instagram to post the shocking racist message sent to him by a troll. Mitchell spent Tuesday in Taree undertaking cultural work with family and local indigenous elders while the NRL Integrity Unit continued their inquiries into the identity of the cowardly troll. “That comment [on Sunday] was disgusting and I’m very proud of Latrell to stand up and call that out,” Cordner said. “He’s set a precedent now and it’s important for all of us to take note and if we need to call more of…

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Cronulla Sharks prop Braden Hamlin-Uele ready to take fight to St George Illawarra Dragons

“I’m ready for the derby. The street fight happened when I bumped off James Graham off the kick-off. “I’ll be looking to carry that on. I didn’t iron him out, but it was a good moment for me. “I got the ball, they’re a big team, sometimes you look at players and think ‘I’ll run at you’, but there was nowhere to run this day. I saw him run out a bit to try and put a shot on me, but I turned. It was a memorable moment. “That typified…

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NSW and Parramatta Eels star Blake Ferguson latest victim of on-line racial abuse

It was sent to Ferguson straight after the Eels’ round 15 match against Canberra in Darwin on June 29 from a person claiming to be a 22-year-old Knights supporter. Ferguson showed the message to Eels officials, who then immediately put together a report and notified the NRL. Ferguson didn’t go public with the racial abuse because he did not want to distract from NSW preparations for the State of Origin decider on July 10, in which he was one of the best players on the field. “As soon as Blake…

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Ray Warren, Peter Frilingos, JJ Giltinan become first contributor inductees in NRL Hall of Fame

The voice of rugby league – Ray ‘Rabbits’ Warren – is among the first ever group of contributors inducted into the NRL Hall of Fame. Warren has been the lead rugby league caller at Nine since 1992, his voice punctuated every famous moment the game has witnessed since. Ray Warren is widely known as the voice of rugby league. Having already been honoured with an Order of Australia Medal and induction into the Sydney Cricket Ground Hall of Fame, Warren joins famous print journalist Peter Frilingos and JJ Giltinan –…

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Peter Beattie expresses concerns about churn of club CEOs

“We’re trying to bring the club CEOs and chairs together to develop the culture across the whole of the game, we don’t just want to operate as 16 clubs. Loading “What we can do is encourage the clubs to go out and get the best people, you don’t want to compromise on that, and then keep them for consistency. We need stability in those key positions, otherwise you can’t grow the game. “If we do that, we get better results. At the moment there is too much change, too much…

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Cordner uses injury to mentally reboot

“I’m pretty confident I’ll be OK for this week. Soft-tissue injuries can be a bit temperamental, especially at this time of year. You don’t want any setbacks. “I’ll get through a full week of training this week and if all goes well hopefully I’ll be able to run out here [SCG] on Sunday. I don’t think there’s any rush, but at the same time I don’t want another week off if I’m fully fit to play. Boyd Cordner is ready to roll at the SCG on Sunday.Credit:AAP “That’s what I’m…

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Hughes, Papenhuyzen named to return for Storm

Hughes has had back issues earlier this season but overcame them within a week so he is expected to play unless the issue flares up, while the Storm will be cautious with Papenhuyzen as foot injuries can take longer to recover from. Utility back Billy Walters, who came in for Papenhuyzen last game, is still in the extended squad so could again play if Papenhuyzen can’t take his place. The Storm have also kept Fijian forward Tui Kamikamica and emerging prop Tino Fa’asuamaleaui as bench players for Saturday’s showdown after…

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Parramatta Eels rally around Shaun Lane after Mad Monday photo makes headlines

He is expected to train this afternoon and Eels captain Clint Gutherson said the players will all lend their support wherever possible. “We will support Laney as much as we can but that’s up to the club and the NRL to sort out,” Gutherson said. Eels forward Shaun Lane.Credit:AAP “I’m sure it will probably hit him but he has the support avenues there to look after him and to make sure he’s all right. “It has nothing to do with me. We just have to support him as a mate…

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Titans youngster wants to end season on high

But as a threat, it has failed to spark results. A roster clear-out looks unlikely with reports suggesting new coach Justin Holbrook will have to make do with just $100,000 in salary cap space for next season. Underperforming big-money recruits like Tyrone Peachey, Shannon Boyd, Leilani Latu and Bryce Cartwright are all under contract until at least the end of 2020. Ryley Jacks and Brenko Lee the only first team regulars without a deal for next year. Despite having little left to play for this season, Whitbread is urging his…

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Wests Tigers fight Luke Garner charge at judiciary as Graham Annesley rejects claims game has gone ‘soft’

As the Bulldogs shied away from challenging the same charge levelled against Chris Smith – he was contentiously also sin-binned for a tackle on Ryan Matterson – the Tigers will take up the fight. Smith will be free to play in the Bulldogs’ clash against South Sydney at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night. What’s our reaction when other highly credible people in the game say they’re perfectly happy with it? Of course the game hasn’t [gone soft] Graham Annesley It comes after some pundits claim officials are using the sin…

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