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Taulagi, Arrow called into Maroons squad for Game II

Taulagi, who was part of the extended squad for Game One, will replace the injured Xavier Coates as one of two key changes for the Maroons with Reuben Cotter also ruled out with a hamstring injury suffered last weekend.

Hunters, Dolphins Partner Towards NRL Pathway

This agreement will provide a genuine pathway for Papua New Guinean rugby league players beginning in the Digicel Cup competition, through to the Hunters and right into an NRL system.

The partnership is in alignment with the Hunters’ strategic plan to develop more Papua New Guinean players into the NRL competition by 2025.

Under the agreement, four Hunters’ players will attend a full pre-season with the Dolphins NRL squad, starting in 2023.

Cobbo, A Man In Demand

Cobbo has become one of the best young players in the game this season and is attracting plenty of interest from rival clubs. The 19-year-old winger dominated the Bunnies last week and face Manly at Suncorp Stadium tonight.

The winger is considered a long-term fullback at Brisbane and has been compared to a young Greg Inglis.

Cobbo is on $180,000 this season but his stellar form has seen his value skyrocket and he’ll soon earn more than $600,000 per year.

Is Ponga giving Knights value for money? Heat on Griffin after Dragons’ horror run: Jimmy Brings

But the bigger question Ponga is still yet to answer is are the Knights really getting value for money out of one of the NRL’s most naturally gifted players?

When Ponga inked what was supposedly a four-year deal worth $4.4 million in July of 2020 the view was Newcastle were a club on the rise and Ponga was the untapped superstar talent to take them to the next level.

The reality is it was only a two-year deal with options in Ponga’s favour for 2023 and 2024 which is simply poor management from Newcastle CEO Phil Gardener.

The Mole: NRL clubs circling rising England Test star, as intrigue surrounds Shane Flanagan's future

A powerhouse middle forward from St Helens, Lees has been knocking on the door of Test selection for some time, with only injuries halting his progress to the international stage.

Several NRL clubs have made inquiries about Lees, who has already played for England Knights and won a Challenge Cup and Super League grand final.

George Burgess Statement

So as not to prejudice Burgess’ criminal proceedings case, the NRL will wait the outcome of that case before taking any action for possible breaches of NRL rules.

The decision in no way forms a judgement on the allegations against Burgess which are serious and the NRL reserves the right to impose a No Fault Stand Down in the future.

Source: NRL

Better by the dozen: Inside Bellamy's coaching factory

That was the only advice Craig Bellamy gave to Jason Ryles before he addressed the Melbourne Storm playing group for the first time in his role as an assistant to the NRL’s current longest serving head coach.

“I was petrified,” Ryles said. “There was Billy Slater, Cameron Smith and Cooper Cronk in the room, and Craig was sitting there. I was just thinking, ‘what am I going to tell these guys’. But Craig never checked me, he never had a look at what I was presenting.

‘Too much power in the game’: Buzz calls out Bunker as coaches fume over HIA chaos

Independent doctors were drafted in by the NRL this season and given the power to overrule club doctors and order players from the field following head knocks.

On Saturday, Roosters enforcer Victor Radley initially passed his HIA after trying to tackle Knights half Jake Clifford 25 minutes into the game only to be pulled off by the bunker moments later.

Meaney ready for No.6 and goal kicking duties

Papenhuyzen must get through Thursday and Friday training sessions to face the Wests Tigers on Saturday night as he completes his recovery from an ankle injury – but either way he is likely to hand the goal-kicking over to former Bulldogs Meaney at least in the short term.

"I think I might be, depending on how his foot is," Meaney told melbournestorm.com.au.

Knights Bid For Milford News To NRL

Milford was cut by the Rabbitohs after he was arrested on September 20 and charged with three counts of assault occasioning bodily harm and one count of wilful damage involving a vehicle.

However Milford recently was linked to a move to the Knights in time to debut for the club next month.