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3 hours ago | Tim Costello
A quick wrap around of all the weekend's key news from the NRL and in the UK.
After last night's batch of trials, there's a handful of issues around the NRL with regards to injuries. Headlining these is Manly fullback Tom Trbojevic, who picked up a hamstring injury in his side's 28-22 loss to Cronulla and could miss several weeks at the start of the season.
Manly's issues don't end there with interchange players Kelepi Tanginoa and Taniela Paseka both also looking at around four weeks on the sidelines.
Brisbane meanwhile had concerns over Tevita Pangai Junior following their 26-12 win over local side Wynnum Manly. The bustling forward came off complaining of hamstring soreness, although Brisbane today allayed fears of any serious injuries. Regardless, it seems unlikely he'll take the field in Brisbane's final trial on Saturday against the Titans.
The other major issues came from Cronulla's Ava Seumanufagai (knee) and Penrith second rower Viliame Kikau (medial ligament tear), with their prognosis still to be confirmed.
Parramatta rookie Jaeman Salmon is set to miss the opening NRL round and will need to pay a $10,000 fine after the club opted to punish him in the wake of the low-range drink driving charge he plead guilty to in 2018.
Following the news throughout the week that relegated UK club Widnes Vikings are in financial trouble, the club's indepdendent supporters association VIQI (Vikings Quids-In) is now coordinating a fundraising effort to help save the club.
SAVE OUR CLUB: Independent supporters association VIQI steps forward to help coordinate fundraising efforts. All donations ring-fenced. Please donate as generously as possible and sign up to become a VIQI Member. https://t.co/vkkeZ7uY81 #RiseAgain *Please share* pic.twitter.com/JODvzXIgiR
— Widnes Vikings (@WidnesRL) February 23, 2019
Meanwhile, the fourth round of the Betfred Championship is coming up overnight with all bar Widnes v Sheffield going ahead. Teams and officials here.
Yes, we're less than three weeks from kickoff. You can view the full NRL draw for season 2019 by clicking here.