NRL

NRL players banned from pubs, clubs, movies under new Covid measures

The escalating Covid-19 threat across Australia has prompted the NRL to impose a series of hardline restrictions on its players, even though there’s still two months until season kick-off.

Part of the measures include a return to the bubble-like protocols which ensured the 2020 and 2021 seasons were completed, with sources familiar with the situation saying all players had been told not to enter pubs, bars, nightclubs, bowling alleys and cinemas until further notice.

Storm star stood down by NRL under no-fault stand down policy after assault charges

“The NRL has today advised Melbourne Storm prop Tui Kamikamica that he will be subject to the NRL’s No Fault Stand Down policy,” the Storm said in a statement.

“Kamikamica was stood down from training by Storm in November after he was charged with assault.

“He has since informed the club he intends to enter a plea of not guilty to the charges.

“The NRL’s No Fault Stand Down policy allows Kamikamica to continue training, but he will be unavailable for selection to play while court proceedings are ongoing.

‘Was just over it’: Norman calls time on rugby league career despite interest to play on

Norman was reportedly being considered by a number of clubs to play on in 2022 after he was let go by the Dragons last season.

However after 228 NRL games and one Origin for Queensland, the controversial playmaker confirmed to yktr.sports that he would hang up the boots.

“Yeah I was just like na I’m not even keen to play anymore hey,” Norman said on yktr.sports.

“I was just over it so I thought just call it a day.”

 

Raiders duo make the move to the Eels to replace a wave of star players leaving the club

The England international is set to sign a two-year deal and will provide leadership and experience to the club, having been a crucial figure in the Raiders set up over the past seven years.

The signing will mark a rare incoming for the Eels according to The Daily Telegraph, after a raft of key players signing elsewhere.

Fiji international’s NRL return confirmed

Naiqama exited the competition at the end of 2018 after stints with the Wests Tigers, Panthers and Knights. He joined Super League team, St Helens, whom he won three grand finals with.

He returns to the NRL after his two-try performance in the 2021 Super League grand final saw him claim the Harry Sunderland Medal as man of the match.

The Fijian international adds experience and depth to the Roosters’ outside backs after Brett and Josh Morris retired.

 

Reynolds' experience already rubbing off at Broncos: Mead

The former Rabbitohs skipper has stopped in for a few sessions already even though his grand final commitments earned him a longer rest, in a move that impressed his new team-mates, according to Mead.

"Adam Reynolds has joined the squad a couple of times throughout the year which has brought a lot of excitement and enthusiasm from a lot of the young guys," Mead said.

"He's played at the top level for a long time, he's an experienced halfback, knows how to organise.

"Good talker, an experienced organiser so we enjoy having those qualities about him."

Bulldogs part ways with John Asiata following Covid-19 vaccine refusal

The NRL has not mandated the vaccine but have allowed clubs to and it’s understood Canterbury have become the first side to lose a player over the issue.

Asiata, 28, had only just joined the Bulldogs on a one-year deal after playing in 2021 with the Broncos.

The 28-year-old told the Bulldogs last month he’d rather work on a construction site than be inoculated.

Club bosses warned Asiata last week he’d be sacked if his stance didn’t change.

‘One of the first players Wayne spoke about’: Dolphins land second signing

The 25-year-old will finish up with Parramatta at the end of next season and will then join the Dolphins for on a two-year deal.

Stone — a former New South Wales under 20s, Junior Kangaroos and Australian Schoolboy — can cover lock or hooker. He’s played 28 NRL games since making his debut for the eels in 2018.

The Dolphins confirmed the signing on Tuesday with CEO Terry Reader revealing Stone was short-listed early.

YOUNG PROP OPENS UP

Bullemor made his NRL debut at the Broncos last year but the club struggled during his 25-game tenure.

The 21-year-old told News Corp he wanted to taste success so made the move to Manly, who finished fourth on the ladder this season.

“For myself, I got to a point where I felt like I wanted to be succeeding more than I was,” he told The Daily Telegraph.

Tigers win race for Panthers star

Koroisau will play with the Panthers in 2022 before joins the Tigers, the deal has a mutual option for the third season in 2025.

The 29-year-old made his NRL debut for the Rabbitohs in 2014 and won the grand final that year. He won his second premiership this year.

The hooker has played 145 NRL games across eight seasons with the Rabbitohs, Panthers and Sea Eagles.

Koroisau has played 13 Tests for Fiji and made his State of Origin debut for New South Wales this year.