Coyne to front commissioners next week to explain Singapore slip-up

Coyne has admitted he broke the self-reporting rule but hasn’t resigned from his post, although he said he would accept the commission’s decision if the board deemed his position untenable. Loading The letter goes on to say: “It is important for us to handle this matter sensibly by giving Mark natural justice through an opportunity to present his case face to face with Commissioners. A phone hook up is not good enough. “Besides, there are currently three Commissioners overseas in different time zones. I am sure rugby league fans would…

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Tom Trbojevic on fire again in Sea Eagles romp over Eels

Hasler’s counterpart was equally impressed by the quality of Trbojevic, but scathing of the Eels’ defending that allowed him to shine so brightly. “He’s a really good player but he was playing touch footy today,” Parramatta coach Brad Arthur said. “We gave him too much time and you give a bloke like him too much time, he’ll make you pay.” The Eels offered little resistance to the flying fullback or his winger in tow Reuben Garrick, who scored a hat-trick of tries as Manly claimed outright fifth place on the…

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NRL launch answer to Auskick for next generation of League Stars

“Our strategy needs to provide options. There is this other part of the market which say they just want skill-based development for our kids,” Ellis said. “That is a space where rugby league – outside of the great work our volunteers do in junior league – that’s a space we haven’t been active in with a product like this. “This is an opportunity for us to build that product and to get participants playing in a program that is our version of what those participants have been looking for. We…

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Gold Coast Titans haven’t reached out to Kevin Walters as Justin Holbrook takes interview

As the stalemate continues, the Titans will begin interviewing other candidates for the job this week. The Herald understands Justin Holbrook will be one of those candidates interviewed. Holbrook is keeping one eye on any potential movement at Canterbury but opportunities to take a first NRL head coaching job are few and far between. Kevin Walters hasn’t spoken to the Titans.Credit:AAP With Dean Pay seemingly safe at the helm of the Bulldogs, for now, Holbrook is firming as the coach of choice should Walters remain unavailable. The 43-year-old has steered St Helens…

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Josh Reynolds’ Sydney suitors dwindling after heading to open market

“It’s still early days. There a lot of machinations to come but there hasn’t been anything significant yet, no,” Reynolds’ manager George Mimis told the Herald. Reynolds last week said he would be open to a return to Canterbury but Bulldogs coach Dean Pay shot speculation of a potential homecoming down on Thursday after his team’s loss to Brisbane. Josh Reynolds has endured a tough run at the Tigers.Credit:AAP “That’s the first I’ve heard of it, that he’s coming back,” Pay said. “So, we’ll have to address that one as it…

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Storm heap more misery on Titans with comeback demolition

With assistant Craig Hodges thrust into the hot seat, the Titans would have thought their luck had turned when 401-gamer Smith’s first touch of the ball gifted them first points after just two minutes. The Storm hooker’s pass found the grass, with Brenko Lee swooping to run 45m untouched to score. Nathan Peats was denied what appeared a try on review three minutes later, with officials ruling there was a hand under the ball. That only allowed the Gold Coast to improve their position though, when Jarrod Wallace barged through…

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Darius Boyd won’t wear the No.1 jersey again, says Lockyer

Loading Lockyer, a Broncos board member, said Boyd would not wear the No.1 again but didn’t rule out another move before he retires, saying he could end up at centre. “Darius is improving with every game in the five-eighth role, Milford is doing his job at fullback,” Lockyer told the Sunday Footy Show. “But I think as he gets more time in that role he’ll find more spark. Asked where Boyd will play out his career, Lockyer said: “Six or the centres, in the front-line anyway. “I just don’t know…

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New twist raises chances decider could leave Sydney for first time

Allianz, previously known as the Sydney Football Stadium, hasn’t hosted a premiership decider since Brisbane beat Canterbury in the final game of 1998. There’s a feeling the novelty of going to the rebuilt ground as a one-off would be acceptable to the NRL if compensation is provided to offset the loss of earnings of having ANZ Stadium unavailable. But the prospect of two consecutive deciders at the SCG has little appeal to the governing body due to the relatively poor spectator experience that comes with watching league at a cricket…

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Rugby league is a simple game complicated by people who should know better

Anyway, I got distracted there for a moment. That’s not the point of this column. Over the past five years, the manner in which refereeing has dominated the spectacle of rugby league has been frustrating to all. Exactly what motivated or led referees to officiating in this completely overzealous manner is best known to themselves. What is more concerning is the fact that the NRL gave them the latitude to run their own interpretation of the game, without any real understanding of the damage they were actually doing. Nick Cotric is…

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NSW coach Brad Fittler critical of the media’s coverage of the series

We need to fill in the blanks here, as there’s quite a bit to fill in. The reporting of one story, in particular, seriously upset Fittler and the Blues’ hierarchy. But, let’s deal with the anthem story first. It was only amplified in the lead-up to Origin I because Cody Walker was selected. Walker, as captain of the Indigenous team for the All-Stars match that kicked off the season, didn’t sing the anthem and it became an issue. He became the face of non-anthem-singing Indigenous Australians. Happy days: Brad Fittler…

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