THE odds of Dragons coach Nathan Brown being the first NRL axed in 2008 have shortened dramatically following St George Illawarra's woeful season-opening loss.
CANBERRA Raiders representative forward Neville Costigan has been ruled out for six to eight weeks with a quadriceps strain.
MELBOURNE skipper Cameron Smith has become the second player to be charged with making a grapple tackle from the opening round of the NRL season.
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PARRAMATTA five-eighth Feleti Mateo is free to play in Sunday's NRL match against the New Zealand Warriors.
THE Brisbane Broncos are battling a string of forward injuries three days out from their Good Friday clash with the Sydney Roosters.
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THE North Sydney Bears have pushed through a 30-16 half time deficit to beat the Western Suburbs Magpies at Concord Oval on Saturday
THE Melbourne Storm have opened their premiership defence in style with a convincing 32-18 victory over the New Zealand Warriors in blistering heat at the Telstra Dome this evening.
WESTS Tigers superstar Benji Marshall claims his NRL career has reached a new low with the injury-prone pivot set to spend more time on the sidelines.
SYDNEY Roosters hooker Riley Brown has escaped sanction for his role in the tackle which has sidelined South Sydney star Craig Wing.
NORTH Queensland skipper Johnathan Thurston has backed up "100 per cent" after making a remarkable comeback from shoulder surgery.
A visit to a specialist has confirmed South Sydney halfback Craig Wing will require shoulder surgery followed by three months of rehabilitation.
SENIOR Dragons players have pleaded with coach Nathan Brown to give the side which lost to Wests Tigers an opportunity to atone for their abysmal performance.