Seibold would welcome Te’o, but only on minimum wage deal

“Ben is obviously a player of interest but I have been pretty transparent,” Seibold said. “If Ben wants to come and play for us on a minimum wage, we’d love to have him. My understanding is that he’s still contracted to the Sunwolves, so until he gets a bit of clarity about their commitments in Super Rugby, he’s not available. “But as soon as he becomes available, we’ve got to fill a spot, two spots, before June 30. They are both minimum wage. We aren’t going to invest any more…

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Canterbury Bulldogs keen to bring English international Luke Thompson to Belmore for 2020

“There’s lots of hurdles for us to overcome at this stage and there has been no real progress on that opportunity.” Thompson’s addition to the squad this year would be a huge boost for Canterbury. The English international is considered one of the best props in the world, winning the Harry Sunderland Trophy as man of the match in Saints’ Super League grand victory over Salford last year. Luke Thompson could join the Bulldogs this year.Credit:PA However, many challenges must be overcome for the shift to happen. The NRL is…

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South Sydney Rabbitohs and Cameron Murray agree four-year contract extension

Rabbitohs young gun Cameron Murray has signed a mammoth contract extension and will stay with South Sydney until the end of the 2025 season. The 22-year-old joined the club in 2017 and has since played in 62 NRL matches. Rabbitohs head of football Mark Ellison said Murray’s contract extension was important for the club’s future, with the Bunnies working hard to secure his signature for the next four seasons. “I’ve watched Cameron play since he was five years of age. He never ceases to amaze me,” Ellison said. “He has…

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Canberra Raiders prop Josh Papalii not fretting over losing Queensland jumper after citing ‘personal reasons’ for refusing flu vaccine

Papalii, pending fitness, will also be a shoo-in for Kevin Walters’ Origin side at the end of the year. The series will be played after the grand final with one match scheduled for Brisbane. On the eve of his 200th NRL match, Papalii said he wasn’t yet concerned about having to forfeit his Queensland jumper if Annastacia Palaszczuk’s government does not relax its strict COVID-19 controls for NRL players. Josh Papalii has so far refused to take a flu vaccine.Credit:Getty Images “It’s still a long way away,” Papalii said. “When…

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Scott Morrison weighs in on Cronulla Sharks teen

“He was as quick as lightning and this is very disappointing. I feel for the players and the club but there is no tolerance for drugs in sport. ASADA should do their job and follow that through. “There are no exceptions and it would appear – and I hope it’s not the case – but it would appear that he has made some very poor decisions.” Prime Minister Scott Morrison described Bronson Xerri as being “as quick as lightning”.Credit:AAP Xerri has not spoken in the 24 hours since news of…

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Peter V’landys has primed rugby league for reduced pay TV deal with Foxtel

Australia’s leading media and sports rights analyst, Colin Smith, warns against TV contracts not being co-terminus, saying pay and FTA deals must have the same beginning and end date to maximise competitive tension and therefore the biggest sum at the end. Nine Entertainment Co boss Hugh Marks has reportedly told V’landys he will see out the existing 2018-22 deal before deciding to bid again. Do the maths: according to reports, the News Corp deal is $1.7 billion over eight years without FTA rights compared to the existing $1.8b over five…

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Arrow points to anti-jab players’ good attitudes

Both players have since returned to training ahead of the Titans’ round-three match against North Queensland on Friday evening in Townsville. Arrow believes despite being under a public spotlight, neither player had let it affect them. “They’ve been great. Obviously, with all the stuff going on, they’ve been getting hammered,” the Queensland State of Origin representative said. “As a teammate, I’ll always stick up for them and, no matter what their decision is, that’s their decision. “They’ve brought a great attitude towards training and Carty put on an absolute clinic…

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Cronulla Sharks star’s PED cocktail on eve of NRL restart

That cocktail of performance-enhancing substances immediately raised the curiosity of doping experts. “No good drugs end in ‘one’,” said one. “How bad?” asked another. “Try Ben Johnson in the late 1980s bad.” Swimmer Shayna Jack and Broncos journeyman hooker James Segeyaro have declared their innocence after testing positive to anabolic agent Ligandrol, claiming the banned substance inadvertently crept into their system. Bronson Xerri has tested positive for four performance-enhancing substances.Credit: But Xerri has returned positive results to four different substances on the World Anti-Doping Association’s banned list and now faces…

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Bronson Xerri ban opens door for Josh Dugan

Not only is the 30-year-old tipped to deliver on his hefty price tag for the Shire club, he will relish the chance to play on the same left edge as Chad Townsend and Wade Graham. Josh Dugan has been backed to make the most of the centre jersey he’s won back by default.Credit:Jon Veage So says Luke Lewis, the Sharks legend and 2016 Clive Churchill Medallist who told the Herald he could not recall seeing Dugan in a better physical or mental state. “Over the last few weeks I know…

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Foran’s NRL return for Bulldogs put on ice

In his place, coach Dean Pay has named Lachlan Lewis and Jack Cogger in the halves for Sunday’s clash with the Sea Eagles at Central Coast Stadium. South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett has named James Roberts on an extended bench for Friday’s clash with the Roosters. Campbell Graham and Braidon Burns have been named to start in the centres after Roberts spent two weeks in a rehabilitation facility to deal with mental health issues. Loading Skipper Adam Reynolds said while Roberts has been full of energy around the team, there…

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