The 2018 debacle that is driving Brad Arthur and the Parramatta Eels

But the coach noticed something creeping into the playing group at the start of the following season. There was a blowout trial win over Newcastle in Maitland. Then there were players declaring in the media they could win the competition. Some even started to believe the hype and tried to squeeze the club for more money. It all went wrong from there, the Eels lost 11 of their first 13 games of the 2018 season and finished last. High-profile recruit Reagan Campbell-Gillard.Credit:Benjamin Cuevas Arthur has good reason to believe things…

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Sharks board “confident” in vote to secure long-term home despite backlash

But Kareela members have expressed objection to the amalgamation both on social media and to the Herald, due to already stretched facilities at the club. Sharks chairman Dino Mezzatesta noted backlash from Kareela members, particularly in terms of plans for the golf club once Woolooware had been developed, but said the Sharks’ intentions were long-term. Loading “One of the comments doing the rounds is we are doing this just for time being, whilst we have no club, however we can categorically answer that by saying we are at Kareela for…

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Mitchell can be ‘dominant’ in Rabbitohs’ No.1 jumper, says Slater

“Latrell is one of the most talented players in the competition and I’ve always thought whatever he puts his mind to he’ll be successful at,” Slater said. “That’s no different with fullback. His skill and footy knowledge will help him work out the position quickly. Loading “He showed really good signs in 2019. He came off the disappointment of being left out of Origin and played some really good football off the back of that. “It’s been a late start for him and he’s obviously playing a bit of catch-up…

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Sonny Bill Williams to fly back to NZ for birth of fourth child and on track for Super League round one debut for Toronto Wolfpack

Such is the impact of Williams with Super League newcomers Toronto that Hunter said ticket sales had already surged 30 per cent, as had sponsorship from major Canadian and English companies. Loading “The significance of Sonny’s personal brand has been wonderful,” Hunter said. “On both sides of the pond it has been very positive. “I’d say sponsorship has increased about 25 to 30 per cent, and our season ticket sales are up at least 30 per cent from last year. But one of the problems is we play our first…

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Mose Masoe can’t feel anything from the chest down – but he’s still smiling

The silver lining is the way Masoe can still flex his feet, knees and quadriceps, if ever so slightly, with his pregnant wife Carissa by his side encouraging him. When you mention this to Alex McKinnon, the Knights backrower who was left a quadriplegic following a tackle in a match against the Storm in 2014, he can see the silver lining, too. “The fact he can flex his legs below the injury is massive,” said McKinnon, who is now the Knights recruitment manager. “Regardless of whether he can feel below…

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‘I’ll support Latrell for the rest of his career’, says Robinson

As for his emotions at seeing Mitchell paraded alongside Wayne Bennett at Redfern Oval, Robinson said: “We had our time together. We had our conversation. Monday had no affect on me personally. “We knew where we were at – we knew our time had come to an end. I will support Latrell for the rest of his career. What he delivered for us in his time here, not only a couple of premierships but also an under-18s premiership … all that stuff is not lost. But time’s up.” Robinson was…

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Roosters’ Nines recruit no ugly duckling when it comes to league

Handed his own Roosters’ Nines jersey by Robinson, complete with the No. 2 he wore with such success during his six seasons at the Swans, Davis was excited by the rare chance to run around in a different code in the west. Loading “I grew up in Sydney and played league as a junior and followed league my whole life. I can catch and pass and can kick more than anything,” Davis said. He had already spoken to Brad Fittler, the club legend who came out of retirement to play…

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Sydney Roosters add former Sydney Swans and Collingwood Magpies AFL player Nick Davis to their NRL Nines squad

“I can catch and pass, but I can kick more than anything and that’s what I’ll be relying on,” Davis said on Friday. “I’ve always loved rugby league, growing up in Sydney it’s part of your DNA. “There was a time there when I would have liked to play rugby league, but the family tradition in AFL was the thing that changed me in the end.” Davis won a premiership with the Swans in 2005 and played 168 AFL games across his career with Sydney and Collingwood until he retired…

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Arthars emerges as Broncos’ No.1 option

Boyd is likely to shift to the outside backs where Corey Oates, Jack Bird, Kotoni Staggs, Xavier Coates are all jostling for spots. Former Queensland Reds talent Izaia Perese, Herbie Farnworth, Richie Kennar and the returning Jordan Kahu are also competing for positions. But, boosted by the fact Seibold sought him out, Arthars is hopeful he has a compelling case to build on his 12 NRL games this season. “I had a year under him (at Souths), really enjoyed my time and thought I learnt a lot, thought I progressed…

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Former Sydney Roosters and Penrith foreward Mose Masoe’s rugby league career over, may never walk again after spinal injury

“If Mose is able to walk again that will be a success. “I don’t want to paint a picture that everything is going to be fine and he’s going to be back doing things he used to do. It’s going to be a long old haul for Mose. Mose Masoe suffered a serious injury while playing a pre-season game for Hull KR on Sunday.Credit:PA “I’m really proud to know him and to know the manner he’s conducted himself under the most extreme pressure. “He’s a big, strong man who was…

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