Richmond Tigers working hard to help premership hero resolve financial hardship

“I do feel for them [the AFL] a little bit too because everyone’s got a great idea to spend money outside of the TPP [total player payments] and a lot of them they do have to knock back a lot. They’ve been quite challenging on making sure that these are bona fide. “It’s terrific that the players’ association are aware of his circumstances and I’m pretty sure they’ll help him also. “He’s a bit of an unusual one too because he was so late in getting picked up and we…

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No goalposts at Blundstone Arena may force North Melbourne into other Tasmanian venues

“The club has plenty of options to play AFL games in Tasmania,” a spokesman from North Melbourne said. Apart from Hawthorn’s home ground, the UTAS Stadium in Launceston, there is also Kingston Twin Ovals, which is located just north of Hobart and is the home of the Kingsborough Football Club that hosted North Melbourne and Sydney in this year’s pre-season series. A view of Blundstone Arena from last year’s AFL match there between North Melbourne and Melbourne.Credit:Getty Images The issue has caused a furore in Hobart with the Clarence Football…

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Morley backs Inglis to shine in Super League

Morley left the Roosters after six seasons to join Warrington in 2007 and said he understands why Inglis wants to play again and backed him to be a success at his former club. “When I retired in 2015 I was ready” Morley said. Greg Inglis will turn out in Super League next year after signing a one-year deal with Warrington.Credit:Kate Geraghty “I had played for 20 years and couldn’t wait to hang up the boots. “But after being retired for about a year it was amazing how refreshed I felt.…

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Former NRL forward Mose Masoe continues rehab from career-ending spinal injury

Speaking to Britain’s Daily Mirror newspaper, Masoe said the feeling he experienced when he walked was akin to winning the Super League grand final with St Helens in 2014. “It was something that sounded impossible 16 weeks ago,” Masoe said. “If you’d said to me then I’d be walking again now, I never would have thought it would come this quickly.” Masoe’s wife is due to give birth to the couple’s third child in July and he has started to undertake some basic, daily chores to compensate for the physiotherapy…

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Canberra Raiders unloved on free-to-air TV schedule

“We won’t apologise for it. The amount of free-to-air games is really good news for our club but, more importantly, our sponsors who will get some great exposure during the year. “Our fans expect success, as do fans at every club, but our club will be in brighter lights more than most for the balance of the year. “We weren’t involved in the decision-making process for the draw. Our coach and players are not troubled if they play during the day or night or on Fox or Nine. But the…

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McCullough bids good Knight to Brisbane

Chris Randall and Connor Watson had been duelling for the vacant Knights No.9 jersey but O’Brien said 260-gamer McCullough’s experience was too hard to pass up. “We have faith in the depth of our roster but also recognise that promising talent Chris Randall is on the start of his journey having joined the team as a train and trial player late last year,” he said. “Connor Watson is another exceptional player who can fill the role at nine but given his versatility it’s important for the make-up of the team…

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Former Eel and Bronco set to make debut for Rabbitohs if Walker banned

Any potential suspension for Walker will pave the way for Dargan, who was an Eels junior before he made his way to Brisbane and was lured to Redfern last year by Bennett. Troy Dargan will replace Cody Walker should he be suspended.Credit:NRL Photos Dargan was signed after Connor Tracey announced he would leave for Cronulla, while the halves stocks thinned over the summer with Adam Doueihi’s departure for Wests Tigers. Dargan played in the Australian Schoolboys team in 2014 alongside Souths pin-up Mitchell, who will generate his own headlines next…

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Selwood set to mark 300th game with subdued celebration

He said Mitch Duncan and Sam Menegola had also benefitted from the shutdown while Patrick Dangerfield – who plays his 250th game in round two – is also better for the rest than he may have been otherwise. The Cats are not overly fussed where the milestone matches are scheduled given there are no crowds but they are keen to play all their home games at GMHBA Stadium this year. With crowds unable to attend matches for the foreseeable future, the Cats see no reason why home games against Hawthorn…

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Irish rugby club Munster inspires Anthony Seibold’s approach to Brisbane Broncos’ disrupted season

“It is something we have never done because we have the bye. To get a player up for 21 or 22 weeks straight is physically and mentally very challenging. “So if there is an opportunity to rest a player for a weekend and two weeks later rest another if they are looking fatigued … that is something we will get a feel for as we go. “For us to be consistent and successful we will have to look at our whole squad, not just expect the 17 players to play…

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Referees turn to crisis manager ahead of Fair Work Commission arbitration hearing

They have engaged AMC Media’s Anthony McClelland, a specialist in crisis management, in an attempt to better position the referees publicly. McClellan, who won three Logies during a journalistic career that included a stint at A Current Affair, has a client list that includes swim star Thorpe, controversial bookmaker Robbie Waterhouse, Rabbitohs chairman Pappas and Catholic church whistleblower John Cleary. The PRLMO claims the NRL would save only $500,000 by switching to one referee, with most of those savings set to be eroded in up to $200,000 in legal fees.…

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