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National Rugby League 2012 season

NRL State of Origin Kangaroos

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Brisbane winger Jharal Yow Yeh, who suffered a horrific ankle injury last weekend, has been told he will not play until next season.
The best case scenario for the 22-year-old is that he will be able to undergo pre-season training in November after the Broncos were earlier hopeful he would be available by early September.
Orthopaedic surgeon Dr Peter Myers delivered the prognosis yesterday saying Yow Yeh's "compound comminuted fracture dislocation" of the right ankle is more like a road trauma incident rather than a footballing injury.
Comminsuted fractures are caused by a sudden, hard or heavy crushing weight that splinters the bone into pieces.
Dr Myers said a decision on when to operate on Yow Yeh will depend on one thing.
"When it is determined that the wound is satisfactory to proceed, then definitive stabilisation of the fracture and dislocation will be undertaken," her told The Courier Mail.
"This will be either Thursday or Saturday of this week.
"Jharal is not planning to return to rugby league this year, but hopefully will be able to join the team for pre-season training."

http://au.sports.yah...pes-killed-off/

Parramatta star Nathan Hindmarsh revealed today he would retire at the end of the season. 32-year-old Hindmarsh, who played more than 300 games for the Eels in 15 years, made his decision public via a light-hearted video released on the club's official website.
With the Eels sitting at the bottom of the ladder after losing their first four games - their worst start to a season in 22 years - Hindmarsh said he wanted to end speculation about his future to help ease the pressure on the team and under-fire coach Stephen Kearney.

http://au.sports.yah...bow-out-of-nrl/

Melbourne half-back Cooper Cronk has re-signed with the Storm for another four years, staying loyal to the club that gave him his NRL break nine seasons ago.
The new deal means the 28-year-old Cronk will likely end his career in Melbourne when the deal expires at the end of 2016.
Cronk, who was out of contract at the end of the 2012 season, received lucrative offers from rival clubs believed to have included the the debt-ridden Gold Coast Titans as well as the rebuilding St George Illawarra.

http://au.sports.yah...loyal-to-storm/



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The Federal Government has approved the Nine Network’s request to broadcast specific 2012 NRL Telstra Premiership games on digital channel GEM in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia, Tasmania and remote Central and Eastern Australia.
In a first for rugby league, the Federal Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Senator Conroy, has removed these matches from the anti-siphoning list. This allows the Nine Network to broadcast 2012 NRL Telstra Premiership matches into the southern markets on digital channel GEM from this Friday, as well as the New Zealand-Australia rugby league test on April 20.
The decision has reinforced the Nine Network’s and Senator Conroy’s commitment to provide viewers access to sport nationally, giving Australians the chance to watch the action as it unfolds.
“This is a win-win situation for all the stakeholders – the viewers in these markets, the NRL, the Federal Government and of course Nine, whose joint mission is to bring the game to as many people as possible,” Jeffrey Browne, Nine Network Managing Director, said.
“We are particularly grateful for Minister Conroy’s positive and prompt consideration of the network’s application to make it a reality.”
From round five of the NRL, the southern markets will broadcast two games in Friday Night Football, one live at 7.30pm AEST and the next one at 9.30pm AEST. Then on Sunday afternoon, a third match will go to air at 4.00pm nationally.
The two-hour NRL Sunday Footy Show hosted by Peter Sterling and a panel of rugby league experts, broadcast in Sydney and Brisbane live at 11.00am on Nine, will be shown at 2.00pm on GEM in Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania in the lead-up to Sunday Afternoon Football at 4.00pm.

http://www.nrl.com/n...75/default.aspx

The new broadcast arrangement begins this Friday (March 30) when Melbourne hosts Newcastle and Brisbane takes on St George Illawarra. It is not immediately clear if any Sunday afternoon match involving the Storm will be shown live into Victoria. Also, for the time being, the Friday night doubleheader will remain on WIN WA at 11.30pm while the Sunday afternoon match will remain at 2pm local time.

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about bloody time NRL fans get decent NRL coverage down here.

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Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei has defiantly made inroads in Canberra - not with the federal government, but by signing a two-year sponsorship deal with the Canberra Raiders.
The $1.7 million deal is a significant coup for the NRL club, but also for Huawei which has been battling a week of negative press over its failed ambitions to get involved in the government's billion-dollar National Broadband Network (NBN).
The government stepped in last year and banned the Chinese telco from tendering for NBN contracts after ASIO advised its involvement could compromise national security.
But on Friday, Huawei officials proudly took to the lawns of Parliament House to boast at least one ally in the nation's capital.
It's the company's first official foray into sports sponsorship, having pulled out at the last minute of a deal with ACT Super Rugby franchise the Brumbies last year.
The Raiders will wear the Huawei emblem on their jerseys for Monday's clash against North Queensland and every game until the end of next year, having made it a month into this season without a major sponsor.
Huawei is the second largest telecommunications company in the world behind Ericsson with an annual revenue of $32 billion, and aims to be the biggest by the end of the year.
But critics have questioned Huawei's motives in picking a Canberra-based team.
One local sports commentator, who asked not to be named, accused the company of using the Raiders as a political football, noting the symbolism of holding the sponsorship announcement at Parliament House.

http://www.nrl.com/r...09/default.aspx

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South Sydney chief executive Shane Richardson has called for all Sydney clubs to abandon their traditional home grounds for the city's two major stadiums.
Rather than see games continue at favourites like Leichhardt Oval, Brookvale, Parramatta Stadium, Centrebet Stadium, WIN Jubilee and Toyota Stadium, Richardson said it would be financially viable to play all games at ANZ and Allianz Stadiums.The AFL has the same system in which Melbourne teams play out of the MCG and Etihad Stadium.
In a move that is sure to anger league fans who have generational attachment to their local suburban ground - in some cases dating back decades - Richardson said a strong stadium policy was the only way to address the issue of match-day attendance.

http://www.dailytele...r-1226319065578

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Richardson it's not just the inner-city that has fans and I know Manly fans don't really like to travel to support their team at away games.

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Australian rugby league selectors have lit a trans-Tasman fuse, handing a debut green and gold jumper to New Zealand-born prop James Tamou for Friday night's Auckland Test.
Just months after narrowly missing Kiwi selection, when part of the New Zealand train-on squad for last year's Four Nations tournament, Tamou will instead face up to the haka as part of a powerful Kangaroos pack.
Australia coach Tim Sheens said he had no qualms picking the in-form North Queensland Cowboys prop, who moved to Sydney at age 13 after growing up in Palmerston North.
"He's eligible to play for Australia - he wants to play for Australia," Sheens said.
"The lad's made his decision. That's what he wants to do, as many other lads have done with respect to play for New Zealand or play for Australia.
"It's an issue for the players to make a decision, same with Queensland or NSW, but they make that decision based on the criteria."

Squads:
AUSTRALIA: Billy Slater, Darius Boyd, Greg Inglis, Justin Hodges, Akuila Uate, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Paul Gallen (vice captain), Cameron Smith (captain), David Shillington, David Taylor, Sam Thaiday, Luke Lewis.
Interchange: Daly Cherry-Evans, Ben Hannant, James Tamou, Anthony Watmough. 18th man: Matt Gillett.

NEW ZEALAND: Gerard Beale, Adam Blair, Jesse Bromwich, Nathan Fien, Alex Glenn, Josh Hoffman, Shaun Johnson, Shaun Kenny-Dowell, Issac Luke, Simon Mannering, Ben Matulino, Benji Marshall, Sam McKendry, Jason Nightingale, Jarad Warea-Hargraves, Frank Pritchard, Jeremy Smith, Jason Taumalolo, Manu Vatuvei

http://www.foxsports...w-1226327014580

The squads for the Country-City match, to be held in Mudgee, NSW, next Sunday, were also announced last night.
Country
Brett Morris, James McManus, Josh Morris, Matt King, Blake Ferguson, Todd Carney, Jarrod Mullen, Luke Douglas, Danny Buderus, Michael Weyman, Beau Scott, Ben Creagh, Greg Bird.
Interchange: Ryan Hinchcliffe, Tom Learoyd-Lahrs, Trent Merrin, Tariq Sims. 18th man: Chris Houston.

City
Lachlan Coote, David Williams, Joseph Leulia, Chris Lawrence, Steve Turner, Jarryd Hayne, Mitchell Pearce, Keith Galloway, Robbie Farah, Tim Mannah, Ryan Hoffman, Corey Payne, Feleti Mateo.
Interchange: Aaron Woods, Jason King, Jamie Buhrer, Liam Fulton. 18th man: Bryce Gibbs. 19th man: Wade Graham.

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Buderus is out due to injury, Hinchcliffe has replaced him as Hooker with Josh McCrone coming into the side.

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Sorry no Ladders will be Posted here this year as when you edit a Post it doesn't keep the content the way it is when you post it which would Happen when I add a link to the Leaderboards

I think this has happen once this forum had maintenance done earlier this year

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The Newcastle Knights have signed controversial forward Willie Mason for the rest of the 2012 season: http://www.theherald...on/2526438.aspx

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MELBOURNE is muscling in with a cashed-up campaign to poach State of Origin games, leaving Queensland in danger of losing one of its marquee matches as soon as next year.
Victorian Sports Minister Hugh Delahunty has told The Courier-Mail that Melbourne is seeking hosting rights for one Origin match a year - and is keen to stage them at an MCG packed with 90,000 fans.
Queensland is due to have two Origin games next year.
But an Australian Rugby League Commission spokesman said the 2013 Origin venues were not locked in and there were ongoing discussions with the Victorian Government.
Queensland Rugby League chief executive Rob Moore revealed there were plans for a festival of events around Origin III on July 4, which would help boost Brisbane's case to keep its Origin games.
But Moore, reluctant to automatically stand in the way of league's expansion, was philosophical about Melbourne's poaching bid.
"It will be a challenge for the ARLC to weigh up the tradition of Origin with the need for development of the game in the future," Moore said.
"It will be quite a balance.
"There is no point in me jumping up and down at the moment until everyone has a look at the due diligence of Victoria's proposal.
"But I am certainly not surprised that Melbourne is keen to have Origin games every year."
Origin attracted a then-record Australian league crowd of 87,161 when it was played at the MCG in 1994.

http://www.courierma...x-1226337371361

AUSTRALIAN and Kiwi stars have appealed for administrators not to axe the mid-season Test and want the trans-Tasman clash played on Anzac Day as part of gala military tributes to save the match from the scrapheap.
In a move aimed at ramping up interest in international football, Australian five-eighth Johnathan Thurston has called for the annual April 25 showdown between NRL rivals the Roosters and Dragons to be shifted to accommodate the Test.
The future of Australia-New Zealand clashes mid-season is on shaky ground, with the trans-Tasman Test yet to be scheduled next season ahead of the 2013 World Cup in England and Wales.
But Thurston believes international hierarchy should take the Test to another level in 2013 by staging a gala week of celebrations involving Australia and New Zealand's defence forces, culminating in the trans-Tasman Test at the SFS.
"At the moment we call it the Anzac Test - but we don't play it on Anzac Day. I love representing my country and it's a great concept. We need to keep it going, but I think we could tinker with a few things and make it a big annual event."
The New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) is keen for the Test to remain on the calendar, with chief executive Jim Doyle and chairman Scott Carter expressing their strident support at a meeting with the Australian Rugby League Commission in Auckland last Friday.
Brisbane Broncos skipper and Australian forward Sam Thaiday backed Thurston's plan to generate more interest in the trans-Tasman Test.
"I love playing against the Kiwis," Thaiday said. "Every game against them is very tough and very physical."
Thurston and Thaiday received support from their Kiwi rivals, with Brisbane and New Zealand utility Alex Glenn saying the code would suffer if the trans-Tasman Test was jettisoned.
"I'd love to play in the Anzac Test this time next year," Glenn told the Kiwi media in the wake of Australia's 20-12 victory in the one-off Test at Auckland's Eden Park last Friday night.

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I'm 2/2 in tipping, Dean probably is as well

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The Australian Rugby League Commission has made a free-to-air game on Saturday afternoon or evening a key component of negotiations for the game's new broadcast deal: http://www.smh.com.a...0430-1xv66.html

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interesting taking one of the games away from Foxtel

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Melbourne is bidding to host a State of Origin every year for the next 5 years: http://www.dailytele...r-1226346218831
And Manly and NZ Warriors will play at Perth's Patersons Stadium (Subiaco Oval) on July 28: http://au.news.yahoo...e-off-in-perth/

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having a SOO game down here every year would do wonders for game development and possibly will pave the way for a Victorian SOO team.

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Channel Nine has submitted its first bid for the next NRL broadcast rights. It wants to have more ads during stoppages such as scrums and line dropouts.

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On Friday NRL chief executive David Gallop met senior executives from Seven and Ten for the first time, as negotiations for the next broadcast rights entered the next stage.
http://www.theaustra...d-1226353387277
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Ricky Stuart has selected Michael Jennings in the New South Wales State of Origin side despite the centre being dropped by Penrith this week.
Manly's Jamie Buhrer and Tony Williams, Cronulla's Todd Carney and North Queensland's James Tamou will make debuts in Origin I in Melbourne on May 23.
Williams is in the 17 despite missing the last seven weeks, a timeframe which will stretch to nine weeks when he runs onto the field for the Blues at Docklands.
The selection of Jennings, who will line up for his fifth Origin game, will raise eyebrows after poor form for the Panthers this season.

NSW team: Brett Stewart, Akuila Uate, Michael Jennings, Josh Morris, Jarryd Hayne, Todd Carney, Mitchell Pearce, Paul Gallen, Robbie Farah, James Tamou, Luke Lewis, Glenn Stewart, Greg Bird. Interchange: Trent Merrin, Tony Williams, Jamie Buhrer, Ben Creagh.

http://www.abc.net.a...4?section=sport

The Queensland team will be announced tomorrow (Monday).





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