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I recall an article at the beginning of the year that 2024 could be the year that all coaches survived. Like death and taxes, at least one will always go. I pointed out that if Souths lost their first 3 games, based on last year’s effort, JD would be the first to go. If the Roosters don’t fire this year I see Robbo getting the chop, with Uncle Nick and Bennett burying the hatch and Wayne at the Roosters in 2025.

Darwin theory dictates only the strongest survive - Arthur on the rocks at Eels after embarrassing capitulation

And Gus will claim he was responsible for it.

'Crazy scene in the tunnel': Hetherington in strife after scuffle outside sheds, Ponga hobbled as Dogs flog Knights

Nice one Maso. Like others on the thread I think Cam Murray will be one of the first picked. Centre will be interesting- both Best and Crichton have had average starts to the year. Lomax could get a run if he keeps up current form.

'Attitude and loyalty surpass strength and speed': The Blues need to 'out-Queensland' the Maroons to have Origin success

The better team won. Yes ref made some mistakes, but for both teams. What mystifies me is JWH gets yet another fine and no suspension!

'Both were really clear': Roosters in a rage over ref's contentious calls as Storm win on the back of two dubious tries

I feel sports people like Kyrios and Latrell know they are better than the average pro, and sit in that space of being “good but not great.” Making a nice living by doing “just enough.”

The Kyrgios case of Latrell and Lomax: Star duo need to put what's best for the team ahead of individual interests

Got rid of experience in John Morris, only to bring back experience in Furner, who was there previously. What’s old is new again. Maguire back after origin.

Rabbitohs call on veteran Furner to fix leaky defence

Really nice move for the Wahs. Nice to see a kiwi heading home with a few years left in the legs!

Fisher-Harris on his way out of Panthers to join NRL rivals after 'one of the game's elite players' gets early release

Yes, we know who should be picked, but the selectors always seem to go down the path of ‘he deserves another chance,’ or ‘he’s never let us down in the past,’ combined with also picking players out of position. Centre and wing seems to be the favoured position where NSW put five eights and fullbacks.

Wild idea but Blues should actually pick Origin team on form this time around - and that means Tedesco’s time is up

Seems half backs get better with age – their longevity perhaps associated with more protection in recent years. DCE, Hunt, Reynolds, Johnson, Townsend all having decent twilight years – maybe someone will get onto Mitch Pearce?

NRL Round 6 Talking Points: Concussion sub needs a fix, learning about 'disruption', why does everyone hate Gutho?

I can’t decide if the Dragons were good or the Tigers were just bad. Seemed like the Dragons made less dumb mistakes than the Tigers – only just.

Lomax shines on a wing with some flair in Dragons' win over Tigers as Bunker hauls off Bird but spares Klemmer ... twice

I don’t think Souths have too many options. If Hornby is the assistant coach, what will he do differently? Mal, well his NRL coaching resume isn’t great, he’s been an advisor to the Titans the last few years, and they ain’t much better, yes he coached the QLD team to a lot of success, but a pretty handy roster. There are a lot of assistant coaches in the NRL that didn’t make it as head coach – Barrett, Cartwright, Furner – I think I saw Jason Taylor also? Best option for Souths is stick with JD and hope Latrell gets injured.

Demetriou to be 'given the time he needs' as Souths back coach - for now - after Mal all but turns down job

I thought dropping Cook was a bit strange. Poor Cam Murray will now have more work.

Why his latest ban could be best thing for Latrell’s career - or the beginning of the end

To borrow a line from Paul Keating, I think Latrell is all tip and no iceberg. He’s been selected and paid on potential and never gone close to being an above average fullback. I recall he said he wanted to be the most successful indigenous player- I think he’ll be the most suspended.

Why his latest ban could be best thing for Latrell’s career - or the beginning of the end

Players being signed on long contracts, big coin and mostly on potential. Real market value becomes apparent and potential not reached. Happens too often.

NRL News: Sea Eagles show Schuster the door, Eels encounter 'market value' hitch in Lomax deal, Reynolds eyes early return

Meninga? Seriously. Latrell must be appointing the coach.

Rabbitohs rubbish Meninga rumour as Cook admits he's 'frustrated, angry and sad' over losing his spot

I think Latrell is over paid and as a fullback, wouldn’t be in the top NRL 5. Problem for Souths is they are over paying, problem for Latrell is he won’t make this sort of coin anywhere else. I don’t know the guy, but just looks like he’d rather be somewhere else, and I hope he finds it soon.

NRL News: Wighton says 'sorry' Latrell has burning desire after Gus raises retirement call, Annesley refutes hip-drop critics

I wrote here at the beginning of the year JD will be the first coach to go if Souths don’t start well. The guy just put too much pressure on himself, saying Ilias will be the next great half, booting out Sm Burgess and John Morris, refusing to put Latrell to centre. He must watch the Broncos each weekend and ponder what could have been. I also wonder about the management of Campbell Graham. From what I understand, they hoped his sternum injury would heal itself over the off season.

Demetriou facing sack after Souths' disastrous start with Bennett, Bellamy, Burgess possible replacement options

Yes, they need a winger.

Phins up but three stars down for the count in casualty ward as Bennett ponders cost of bruising Tigers win

Not many clubs would want him, certainly not ones that are winning.

Latrell cops lengthy ban for high elbow hit on Johnson as Souths coach laments 'stupid' acts

Similar to last yer unfortunately for the Phins, injuries to key players and no depth.

Phins up but three stars down for the count in casualty ward as Bennett ponders cost of bruising Tigers win

I think Latrell is extremely overrated as a player. He hasn’t done anything other than attract controversy. He has been a dud buy for Souths, he left his best footy in the centres at the Roosters.

Latrell cops lengthy ban for high elbow hit on Johnson as Souths coach laments 'stupid' acts

Latrell should get about 3-4 weeks. I think he got fined last week for his careless hit on Ado Carr? That elbow was intentional, obvious when he grabs Johnson by the back of the head to stop him dropping. As for the lift, hand between the legs and lifting – again intentional. I can’t see Souths coach lasting the month.

'I don't know what goes through Latrell's mind': Mitchell on report twice as Wahs dominate sorry Souths

Enjoyed that game. Broncos definitely need a Reynolds contingency plan.

Wishart does Dad proud with match-winning try as Storm chase down Broncos after Reynolds limps off again

I’d be happy to let an overpaid underperforming winger go, rather than a top tier half who is also the captain.

NRL News: Bellamy fires back at nasty NAS rumours, Slater slams Dragons' double standards, Brooks' advice for Galvin

I can’t see him finishing the year at the Dragons.

Dragons finally letting Lomax leave - and his exit might start a feeding frenzy across the NRL

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