Wayne Bennett’s reigning NRL Premiership winners the Dragons are in danger of missing out on a home game semi final, St George Illawarra stuck in fifth spot on the ladder after another upset loss this time to South Sydney on Sunday afternoon.
Injured North Queensland Cowboys co-captain Johnathan Thurston is eyeing a 2011 NRL return earlier than first expected, the highly-capped test star hoping to get back to business in Round 23 for the Cowboys crucial clash against the Brisbane Broncos.
After a year on the sidelines and another injury scare at the start of the 2011 NRL season, Brisbane Broncos veteran centre Justin Hodges looks to be back to full fitness and ready to play on through the finals alongside his long-time friend and mentor, retiring skipper Darren Lockyer.
Canberra prop Trevor Thurling will miss the chance to hit the 100 game milestone for the ‘Green Machine’ this season, the boy from Queanbeyan having been ruled out for the remainder of the year after rupturing his Achilles tendon.
St George Illawarra five-eighth Jamie Soward is confident the Dragons have the form and fitness to overcome a decade old hoodoo against the Raiders when they take them on at Canberra Stadium tonight.
This week the NRL commission put forward a proposed overhaul of the NRL schedule for 2012, the major change being an extended season to save the game’s star players from having to back up just 24 hours after representative games such as the State of Origin.
The in-form Ben Barba, nicknamed the ‘X-Factor’ in the NRL, has re-signed with the Canterbury Bulldogs confirming he will don the Doggies’ jersey until the end of the 2015 season.
Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs captain Andrew Ryan is being forced to consider life after the NRL, the 12-time State of Origin Blues representative star facing retirement or a move to the Super League.
The Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs have revealed the list of potential coaches to replace the recently-resigned Kevin Moore, but the club’s chief executive Todd Greenberg said a final decision could still be many months away. 1
Melbourne Storm have retained their lead in the 2011 NRL Telstra Premiership, the club still top of the table after their securing their seventh straight victory with a commanding win over the Canberra Raiders on Sunday afternoon. 1
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