Brisbane coach Kevin Walters has breathed a sigh of relief after confirming an ankle injury suffered by captain Adam Reynolds was not as serious as first thought.Reynolds failed to finish Broncos training on Thursday but Walters spoke with the 32-year-old halfback on Friday morning and said the injury was "not going to cause us too many dramas".
Promising Brisbane hooker Cory Paix wants to win the battle for the club's No.9 jersey and force Broncos coach Kevin Walters into picking him ahead of his own son.
Cronulla have rewarded the form of Tongan wrecking ball Siosifa Talakai with a new contract through to the end of 2026.Already contracted for this season, Talakai's three-year deal follows a breakout season under Craig Fitzgibbon in which he earned Test and State of Origin honours for the first time.
AJ Brimson plans to get a tattoo that he will point to whenever he scores a try, as the Gold Coast flyer dedicates this NRL season to mate Liam Hampson.The Titans talent was holidaying in Europe with his former schoolmate when Hampson fell and died in a tragic accident during a night out in Barcelona.
Wayne Bennett has confirmed the Dolphins have five positions left in their roster for 2023 as the new NRL franchise continues negotiations with Brisbane fullback Tesi Niu.Coach Bennett was at the helm of the club's inaugural open training session attended by 600 fans on Wednesday.
Prodigious playmaker Sam Walker has inked a two-year NRL extension with the Sydney Roosters.Walker, who has played 46 senior games, is one of the most highly rated youngsters in the competition and will remain in Roosters colours until the end of 2025.
They recognise they will never be a match for the likes of production-line NRL powerhouses Penrith and Parramatta but Melbourne have taken a large stride towards developing more homegrown young talent with the launch of their Storm Academy.Former premiership player Matt Duffie has returned to Melbourne to run their junior program, lured away from his rugby union career in Japan.
Brisbane Broncos five-eighth Ezra Mam has bulked up five kilos over the off-season as he targets improving his defensive clout and securing the No.6 jersey in round one next year.
Rugby league trailblazer and Gold Coast Titans founding father Paul Broughton has been remembered as one of the sport's most intelligent and passionate men.The inaugural Titans chairman, whose name is attached to the club's annual best and fairest medal, has died aged 91.
Banned centre Bronson Xerri is poised to make his return to professional rugby league with Canterbury in 2024 but the NRL will not register his contract until after his four-year doping suspension lifts next November.The Bulldogs confirmed on Friday afternoon they had tabled a two-year contract to Xerri, who has not played NRL since testing positive for anabolic steroids in November 2019 after his promising rookie season with Cronulla.
Reigning premiers Penrith have re-signed the last uncontracted member of their 2022 grand-final team, Jaeman Salmon, as well as veteran forward Matt Eisenhuth.Salmon mostly played off the bench this season, including in the 28-12 grand-final defeat of his former club Parramatta, and has signed a one-year contract for the 2023 season.
New Warriors coach Andrew Webster will take cues from former club Penrith as he looks to re-energise his new side's pathways system but is warning it will take some time to parlay development into dynasty.An assistant to Ivan Cleary in the Panthers' 2021 and 2022 premiership-winning seasons, Webster is the fifth man to coach the Warriors since the onset of the pandemic but the first with the luxury of basing the side out of Auckland.
Brisbane winger Corey Oates is in the best mental and physical condition of his career as he closes in on breaking the club's all-time try-scoring record.The 28-year-old has scored 118 first-grade tries for the Broncos and is in striking distance of four-time premiership winner Steve Renouf's record of 142 tries, which has stood since 1999.
Brisbane forward Keenan Palasia has signed a two-year contract with Gold Coast that will begin in 2024.Palasia had a breakout season in 2022, playing 22 of a possible 24 games as the Broncos narrowly missed out on a return to the finals.
With several key players departing NRL champions Penrith, the Panthers have a tough battle ahead to secure a rare three-peat, says club great Greg Alexander.Alexander lamented the losses of second-rower Viliame Kikau and hooker Api Koroisau, but says they have quality replacements lined up.
Newcastle have completed their second player swap in the space of a month, signing Gold Coast's Greg Marzhew with hooker Chris Randall heading in the opposite direction.Marzhew, a winger who scored nine tries in 17 games for the Titans in 2022, joins on a season-long deal, while Randall will remain on the Gold Coast for the next two years.
Billy Walters says he must become a genuine threat out of dummy-half and emulate the best hookers in the game if he is to hold down the starting number nine jersey for Brisbane's next NRL season.The Broncos' spine combination had several strong games as a unit last season but the personnel varied due to injuries and form.
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New Manly coach Anthony Seibold will not have any performance triggers attached to his contract, unlike his predecessor, and has backed talented youngster Josh Schuster to step up and become the club's long-term five-eighth.Seibold has replaced Sea Eagles great Des Hasler, whose contract was laced with kickers and get-out clauses related to on-field performance.
Manly chief executive Tony Mestrov has retreated on the Sea Eagles' commitment to wear a rainbow jersey next season, claiming the club will only play in one if it is part of a game-wide initiative.At a press conference where Anthony Seibold was welcomed as the club's new NRL head coach on a three-year deal on Tuesday, the focus was firmly centred on the exit of his predecessor Des Hasler.
Nathan Fien won an NRL premiership under Wayne Bennett at the Dragons in 2010, so on one level, reuniting with him as an inaugural Dolphins assistant coach made perfect sense.On another level even the 43-year-old Fien said the call from Dolphins coach Bennett came "a little bit out of the blue", after he'd won four premierships as a coach with Thirroul and Collegians in the Illawarra competition since retiring as a player.
George Burgess' NRL career is over after the English prop announced his retirement from rugby league.Released by St George Illawarra last month after a drama-filled first year back in the NRL, Burgess confirmed on Sunday he would not return to the game.
Brad Fittler claims widening State of Origin eligibility rules to include Australian-raised New Zealand and England players will benefit both the domestic and international game.Crucial decisions loom on both the domestic and global front in the coming months, with both Origin eligibility rules and the tiered international system up for discussion.