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Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan has been cleared to return to the club from suspension by the NRL. Flanagan was stood down for a year on December 17 in relation to Cronulla’s 2011 supplement program but he was eligible to return after nine months if he satisfactorily completed education and training courses. NRL integrity unit chief […]

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NRL gave Gallen $80,000 for lawyers: report

Cronulla captain Paul Gallen reportedly received almost $80,000 from the NRL while under investigation by ASADA to cover his legal costs.

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Josh Hoffman joins Gold Coast Titans

Fullback Josh Hoffman has signed a three-year NRL deal with Gold Coast after being released by Brisbane.

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Sheens faces his sternest Test

Tim Sheens is bringing his vast experience to bear by easing pressure on rookie players as he faces the sternest examination of his six-year, 18-Test tenure as Australian rugby league team coach.

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Prop Martin Kennedy has rejoined the Sydney Roosters after a disappointing 2014 NRL season with Brisbane.

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Parramatta Eels have put an end to the conjecture announcing they have signed former Manly Sea Eagle Anthony Watmough on a four-year-deal.

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Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson has signed a contract extension to stay with the NRL club until the end of the 2017 season.

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What is the point of continuing the salary cap?

For years the salary cap has been seen as the main way to equalise talent between the clubs in the NRL. But now, 25 years after it was first introduced, is there any point in continuing the charade?

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Former Great Britain winger Martin Offiah believes Australia are “there for the taking” as England prepare to deliver the knockout punch in the Four Nations Series.

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Manu Vatuvei’s keen on making his mark against Samoa, knowing that a good performance could see him back in the starting line-up for the rest of the Four Nations competition.

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Canberra coach Ricky Stuart insists captain Terry Campese has not played his last game for the Raiders despite the NRL club granting a last-minute request for an extra month’s leave.

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The NRL is again under siege in regard to player misbehaviour, but this time from within their own ranks over the $50,000 fine handed out to NSW skipper Paul Gallen over his Twitter rant.

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Australia are growing increasingly wary of an England side set to be bolstered by the return of captain Sean O’Loughlin ahead of Sunday’s must-win Four Nations clash at AAMI Park.

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NSWRL chairman George Peponis is set to lock horns with the ARL Commission on Thursday over his support for embattled Blues skipper Paul Gallen.

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NRL judiciary chairman Paul Conlon has quit in protest over the $50,000 fine the governing body imposed on NSW skipper Paul Gallen for his Twitter rant.

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PRENTICE: Time to ban league’s twits once and for all

Plenty has happened in rugby league over the past couple of weeks, with the Four Nations tossing up some interesting games and results, a large amount of player movement, and yet another mindless act from a player involving a mobile phone or computer.

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Greg Inglis dons the Rourke's drift jersey

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The Roar of the crowd

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Can we please stop feeling sorry for Paul Gallen?

Poor Paul Gallen… earning so many hundreds of thousands of dollars, captaining your state to Origin glory, World Cup glory for your country… life seems tough.

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Gold Coast Titans will benefit from Broncos’ short-sightedness

Player movements are part and parcel of rugby league – and any Australian code for that matter – so you’re a good chance to witness at least one of your favourite players move on from your club in your lifetime.

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Rugby league’s full-circle relationship with Paul Gallen

I’m a Maroon-blooded Queensland supporter. That being said, I’ve spent time on both sides of the Paul Gallen fence, including time on the fence itself.

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I don’t like Mondays: NRL should follow AFL’s common sense example

For those who missed it, on Thursday the AFL released its 2015 fixture list, scrapping Sunday and Monday evening games, and introducing more Saturday afternoon football.

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If players are exhausted let’s postpone Origin, not internationals

The other day Ray Warren and Mal Meninga questioned the decision to hold a Four a Nations tournament this year and suggested maybe it ought to have been cancelled.

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Plenty of experience among the depleted Kangaroos

While the Kangaroos are largely understrength for the Four Nations, let’s not dwell on the fact that there were missing Kangaroos in the loss to the Kiwis.

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I want Australia to win the Four Nations, but…

By Daniel Nichols, 29 Oct 2014
I want Australia to win the Four Nations, but…

Saturday night’s game was a close to a train wreck as Kangaroo performances get, yet there could not have been a better result for the Four Nations tournament, or the international game.

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Manly making the right moves

By Louis McIntyre, 29 Oct 2014
Manly making the right moves

As a Manly fan, I am happy with the events of the last week. The Penn buyout to end the boardroom bickering was great news (and unexpected), and now the club can build and move forward.

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Forget the criticism, the Four Nations is off to a flyer

The reports of my death are greatly exaggerated, Mark Twain once famously said. The same can be said for international rugby league, after the Four Nations kicked off successfully in Brisbane on the weekend.

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NRL players aren’t overworked, they’re overpaid

Much has been made of the withdrawals from the Four Nations tournament, not just from Australia but also from the New Zealand side.

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Rugby league is ruining its players

By Karlo Tychsen, 29 Oct 2014
Rugby league is ruining its players

On Saturday it was easy to sit back and enjoy the enterprising play of Samoa, the luckiness of England, the grittiness of New Zealand, and the injuries of Australia.

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Newcastle have the roster to make the eight in 2015

We all know how lethal the knights can be when on song. We saw glimpses of their 2013 form, in which they made the finals, this season but they still struggled to get out of that bottom four.

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50 grand for a tweet? Criminals get off lighter

On Monday, the NRL handed down their punishment to Paul Gallen for the comments he made on Twitter last week.

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Four Nations: We’ve got a real tournament on our hands

This year’s Four Nations is a right proper tournament, with New Zealand warning others to bring their best or face a thumping, and Samoa confirming that it’s impossible to win it if you’re not in it.

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Gallen’s $50k fine: NRL punishment is massive overkill

Today the NRL officially fined Cronulla Shark and NSW captain Paul Gallen $50,000 over his controversial tweet following the announcement of Steve Noyce’s dismissal from the club.

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2014 Four Nations: Talking points from Week 1

Well, the first week of matches in the 2014 Four Nations is now done and dusted with the double header in Brisbane producing two outstanding contests, showcasing why the game continues to go from strength to strength at international level.

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The Kiwis perform the Haka

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Hey Paul Gallen, footballers are not boxers

By johnmacdonald, 27 Oct 2014
Paul Gallen (c) and Nate Myles fight during the opening match of the 2013 State of Origin.

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New Zealand's Kevin Proctor (left) celebrates with try-scorer Shaun Johnson during the Four Nations Rugby League match between Australia and New Zealand at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Saturday, Oct. 25, 2014.

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Australia's Daly Cherry-Evans, second right, makes a break against Wales

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Tonga show Samoa a thing or two in their league Test match

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The Kiwis perform the Haka

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Sam Burgess

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George Burgess. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Robb Cox)

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