AUSTRALIA'S Pacific Minister Duncan Kerr has backed calls for a Papua New Guinean club to enter the NRL competition.
PARRAMATTA workhorse Nathan Hindmarsh says the Eels have everything to prove in the clash with Gold Coast after "playing like crap" against North Queensland.
YOUNG winger Patrick Ah Van is relishing the NRL education he is getting by partnering experienced centre Brent Tate for the New Zealand Warriors.
IMPROVING prop Nick Kenny is hungry for more physical action after revelling in his first run on game for Brisbane in three years against Melbourne.
PAST Australian fullback greats are split on the intriguing jostle for the No.1 jumper in next month's Centenary Test clash with New Zealand.
FLYER Matt Petersen says Gold Coast players must break out of the "holiday mindset" to end their appalling away record in the NRL.
BULLDOG Reni Maitua has lost the chance to earn a first grade recall in Sunday's NRL match against the NZ Warriors after being ruled out with a rib injury.
CRONULLA will not fine suspended forwards Ben Ross and captain Paul Gallen, a Sharks board meeting has decided.
PARRAMATTA have recommitted to their home ground of Parramatta Stadium for the next five years.
CHAMPION Brisbane five-eighth Darren Lockyer has been urged to stop playing for several weeks by one of the country's most qualified physiotherapists.
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GOLD Coast Titans prop Luke Bailey has been ruled out for up to six weeks following a broken arm...
WOOLNOUGH, Lockyer, Shillington and Minichiello all out of the NRL action this weekend.
CANBERRA prop Michael Weyman has copped a six-match NRL ban after pleading to guilty to two counts of striking, including punching Gold Coast's Daniel Conn.
PENRITH prop Adam Woolnough could return within 10 weeks despite earlier fears a knee injury suffered against the Wests Tigers was set to end his NRL season.