NRL News

Granville extends time at Cowboys

Friday November 27, 2015 by  

Exciting North Queensland Toyota Cowboys hooker Jake Granville has extended his current contract with the club until the end of the 2018 season.

Granville, 26, was contracted until the end of 2016, with the club and player this week finalising a two-year extension following his breakout year in 2015.

A former player in the Intrust Super Cup for Wynnum Manly under current Cowboys mentor Paul Green, Granville blossomed in his first year at the Cowboys and was a key player in the club’s run to their maiden premiership. Read more

Papalii re-signs with the Raiders

Friday November 20, 2015 by  

The Canberra Raiders have continued securing their talent, with news today that superstar second rower Josh Papalii has re-signed with the club until the end of the 2018 season.

Papalii joins Jack Wighton, Shannon Boyd and Joey Leilua who have all recently re-signed with the club.

2015 was a huge season for Papalii, as he regained his Queensland State of Origin Jersey with a string of outstanding performances for the Raiders. Papalii played all 24 matches for the Raiders in 2015 and passed 100 NRL career matches. Read more

Sea Eagles welcome Taupau and Brown

Wednesday November 18, 2015 by  

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles have today officially welcomed New Zealand internationals Martin Taupau and Lewis Brown to the Club.

Manly’s new recruits Lewis Brown (left) and Martin Taupau (right) talking to the media.
Photo courtesy of Manly Sea Eagles RLFC

Both players proudly pulled on the Sea Eagles colours for the first time shortly after arriving at Sydney International Airport following the Kiwis tour of England.

The recruitment of Taupau on a four-year deal was touted as one of the Club’s biggest signings since two time premiership winning forward Malcolm Reilly.

Manly Head Coach Trent Barrett said Taupau was a massive coup for the Club.

“Martin’s signing made everyone sit up and take notice that we are hell bent on succeeding. He is going to be a huge part of that,” Barrett said. Read more

Sam Burgess returns to the Rabbitohs

Friday November 6, 2015 by  

The South Sydney Rabbitohs have signed dual International, Sam Burgess, with the Englishman re-joining the Club until at least the end of the 2018 season, it was announced today.

Burgess, 26, will re-join his only NRL Club, the Rabbitohs, after a 12-month period in English Rugby where he played five Rugby Test matches for England including the 2015 Rugby World Cup, one match for England Saxons and 26 appearances for Bath.

Burgess played 96 NRL matches for South Sydney, including a Clive Churchill Medal-winning performance in the 2014 NRL Grand Final where he played virtually the entire game with a fractured face following a head-clash with fellow Englishman, James Graham of the Bulldogs. Read more

World team to revamp All Stars concept

Wednesday November 4, 2015 by  

The game’s finest Indigenous players will clash with a new World All Stars team following a revamp of the Rugby League All Stars concept.

NRL Head of Football Todd Greenberg today announced that next year’s match, to be played on February 13 at Suncorp Stadium, will feature the Indigenous All Stars against the newly-termed World All Stars.

The World All Stars team will feature a minimum of four players each from Australia, New Zealand and England, while the remaining players will be made up from other nations – Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, PNG and France (if available). Read more

Wests Tigers secure experienced duo

Tuesday November 3, 2015 by  

Wests Tigers are pleased to confirm the re-signing of utility Dene Halatau on a one-year deal, and also the addition of hooker Matt Ballin from Manly-Warringah.

The pair boast more than 400 first grade games between them, strengthening the level of experience within the Club’s playing roster for the 2016 season.

Halatau has played a total of 226 NRL matches since making his debut in 2003, with 157 appearances for Wests Tigers over two separate stints. Read more

Kurt Gidley wins Buderus Medal

Friday October 9, 2015 by  

Newcastle Knights’ captain Kurt Gidley has won the 2015 Danny Buderus Medal, the Newcastle Knights Player of the Year Award.

The award, presented at Friday’s 2015 Newcastle Knights awards evening, is a fitting accolade for Gidley who departs the Club to join the English Super League in 2016 after an illustrious 15-year career in the red and blue.

Gidley became the Club’s most capped skipper and the second most capped player in 2015 and showcased his leadership, skill and versatility playing in a number of positions throughout the season. Read more

Morris and Tolman named joint Players of the Year

Thursday October 8, 2015 by  

Fullback Brett Morris and front row forward Aiden Tolman have tonight taken out the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs top award, being named joint winners of the 2015 Dr George Peponis NRL ‘Player of the Year’ Award at the Club’s annual Presentation Night held at Le Montage, Lilyfield.

Both Morris and Tolman were awarded the Dr George Peponis Medal after being judged to have made the most outstanding on field contribution to the Bulldogs over the course of the NRL season by their team mates and coaching staff.

In his first season at the club, Brett played 16 games, averaged 142m per game and for the season had 68 tackle breaks, 12 line breaks and scored 9 tries of his own. Read more

Bromwich named Storm’s best in consecutive years

Thursday October 8, 2015 by  

New Zealand international Jesse Bromwich claimed Melbourne Storm’s Player of the Year award for the second year running after being crowned the Club’s best player in 2015, at the Storm’s end of season awards ceremony on Wednesday night.

Bromwich backed up his outstanding 2014 season with another exceptional campaign in 2015, finishing five votes clear of Captain Cameron Smith and youngster Cameron Munster who both finished in second place.

In front of a sold out function at Peninsula Docklands, Head Coach Craig Bellamy presented Bromwich with the bronze trophy and medallion after a season where the 26-year old confirmed his status as rugby league’s premier front-rower. Read more

Thurston wins fourth Dally M Medal

Monday September 28, 2015 by  

North Queensland Cowboys halfback Johnathan Thurston has won an unprecedented fourth Dally M Player of the Year award.

Thurston polled 32 points, beating Michael Ennis, Aaron Woods and Benji Marshall (21 points) to the prestigious Medal.

In doing so, Thurston became the first ever player to win four Dally M Player of the Year awards.

Thurston also won his second consecutive Dally M Player of the Year award, following his joint award with Jarryd Hayne in 2014, as well as his sole Medals in 2005 and 2007. Read more