Player movements, injuries & judiciary news

  • by NRL
  • June 19 2006 12:00AM

Cronulla utility Nigel Vagana has signed a two-year deal with South Sydney, the NRL club announced today. The 31-year-old, a veteran of 198 first grade games and 32 Tests for the Kiwis, will join the Rabbitohs at the end of the current season.

Rabbitohs chief executive Shane Richardson says Vagana's experience will be an invaluable asset for the club's young backline.

Brisbane utility Greg Eastwood will miss New Zealand's rugby league Test against Great Britain next week after being ruled out for two weeks with a torn hamstring. Eastwood was due to fly out tomorrow to make his Test debut in England on June 28 (AEST) but was today given the bad news by Broncos medical staff.

Forward Ben Hannant had cartilage removed from his knee on Saturday but could be back in three weeks in the round 17 clash against Melbourne.

Meanwhile, Brisbane utility Casey McGuire has confirmed speculation that he will link with French-based Super League club Catalans Dragons next year. The former Queensland Origin utility has signed a two year deal with a one year option.

Elasewhere, Bulldogs winger Matt Utai has been charged with making a grade one dangerous throw during his side's 20-12 NRL victory over North Queensland on the Gold Coast yesterday.

The New Zealand international was placed on report for his 74th minute tackle on Cowboys winger Matt Sing and faces a week on the sidelines unless he successfully contests the charge. Utai, who suffered a suspected broken thumb during the encounter, is the only player charged from round 15.

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