NRL chief executive David Gallop says he is willing to risk losing representative stars such as St George Illawarra centre Mark Gasnier to rugby union if it means preserving the salary cap.Gallop says the NRL will not relax its rules to keep the likes of Gasnier and fellow internationals Anthony Minichiello and Willie Tonga from switching codes. He says the salary cap is responsible for creating one of the most even competitions in the game's history, and he is not willing to jeopardise that to retain one player.Dragons three-quarter Gasnier is believed to be in talks with Australian Rugby Union officials about a switch next season, with rumours of contracts worth up to $750,000 a season said to be on offer.
ANXIOUS Brisbane Broncos officials hope to find out today whether prop Shane Webcke will be available for Sunday's NRL clash against Parramatta.
AFTER the heartbreaking loss last week in Golden Point extra time against the Panthers, this week the Dragons back up against Russells Rabbitoh's on Sunday. The Dragons still have a number of players out with injury, but will welcome Trent Barrett back with open arms as his leadership and passing game were both sorely missed last week. After losing the Charity Shield the team should be fired up to knock off the Rabbitoh's and register their first win of the season. This weeks match will be shown at The Grosvenor Hotel at East St Kilda at 2:30. With the Commonwealth Games Closing Ceremony being held that night after the match, we would like to invite all and sundry to also come into The Beach at The Arts Centre to watch the Closing Ceremony on the big screen. This is a great place to soak up the atmosphere of the final night of the Games, and the tram from the Grosvenor takes you straight up St Kilda Rd to the Arts Centre! Plan is to meet up there at 5:30 if you are able to make it. WHAT: Dragons v Rabbitohs + Commonwealth Games Closing CeremonyWHEN: Sunday 27th March 2:30pmWHERE: Grosvenor Hotel 10 Brighton Rd, East St Kilda for the footy - followed by The Beach At The Arts Centre at 5:30 Look forward to catching up with you this weekend!!
FIRST up, apologies for my absence last week, had a corked thigh which ruled me out. I?m back and hitting it up hard this week though with normal service having resumed here at LU.
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A classy display from Castleford heaped more pressure on Wigan as Ian Millward?s Warriors were soundly beaten 38-18 at the Jungle.
HULL arrested a run of three straight engage Super League defeats against Wakefield at Belle Vue, although their 28-20 victory was not as convincing as they might have wished.
RAMPANT Huddersfield ran in 11 tries as beleaguered Harlequins suffered a 64-14 drubbing at the Galpharm Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
CATALANS Dragons gave new coach Mick Potter a dream start to his reign by pulling off their first away victory in the engage Super League at the expense of a stunned Warrington by 28-26.
LEEDS wore down Salford?s spirited resistance to edge a hard-fought encounter but Karl Harrison?s men left Headingley with their pride intact and their reputation enhanced despite going down 20-12.
FORMER Bradford favourite Leon Pryce helped wreck his old club?s 18-match unbeaten run in Friday night?s engage Super League table-topping clash at Knowsley Road as St Helens got bast the Bulls 38-16.
IN hot conditions the Bears Premier League have been defeated by a strong South Sydney outfit 28-14 at T G Milner Field on Sunday.
TWO leading rugby league player managers have reportedly been found to have broken salary cap rules following an investigation into the New Zealand Warriors NRL salary cap scandal.
NEW South Wales Police Minister Carl Scully will raise the possibility of using a riot squad to control crowd violence when he meets with club and National Rugby League officials today.
NEWCASTLE utility Anthony Quinn has a nervous wait as he prepares to contest a two-match ban at the NRL judiciary tonight.