How the search for State of Origin saviours turns the NRL into an individual sport

For about two months of every season, the NRL sacrifices almost everything it’s got on the altar of State of Origin.

Rightly or wrongly, everything else fades into the background for the pinnacle of rugby league to take centre stage.

The matches themself change. They can still be tough and willing, but when 34 of the game’s best players are carrying the fatigue of the sport’s most intense matches, it’s going to throw the vibes off.

Which makes it even tougher if you’re New South Wales, a state searching for heroes to save the series.

As the same annual debates about scheduling, player workloads and injury tolls flare up again alongside the constant hype machine that surrounds the series itself, games like Monday’s showdown between Canterbury and Parramatta take a back seat.

Every Bulldogs-Eels game can feel big to some degree because their shared history will bind them together forever.

This one had some extra juice to it, though, enough to get more than 45,000 through the gates to mark the largest-ever regular season crowd between the two old rivals.

It was the biggest non-finals crowd for a Sydney game in a decade and proof that even Stadium Australia can find a little bit of soul when two of the old tribes go to war.

Canterbury’s win was rollicking and dramatic, resilient and well-earned, especially given their injury toll. They’ve got some flash footy in them and a fair bit of ticker to back it up.

But unless you’re of a blue and gold or a blue and white persuasion, that was always going to be secondary.

Parramatta halfback Mitchell Moses wasn’t earning double time, but he still had the most to gain from a public holiday’s work.

Halfback speculation follows a New South Wales defeat like lightning follows thunder and Moses had been earmarked as a potential replacement for Nicho Hynes for Game II in Melbourne from the second the whistle blew to end Game I.

He didn’t knock the door down with his showing against Canterbury but it’s still ajar.

Moses and Clint Gutherson’s return from injury coincided with the Eels snapping a five-match losing streak but Parramatta are still the team who developed enough bad habits during that time to get their coach sacked and who are struggling to fill their back line out at the moment due to injuries.

As good as they both are, neither can fix things overnight.

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Broncos play ‘worst half of football’ as Cronulla bulldoze their way to win at Lang Park

The Cronulla Sharks scored three tries in a devastating seven-minute spell to overcome a half-time deficit and defeat the Brisbane Broncos 22-12.

Cronulla halfback Braydon Trindall produced one of his finest performances, scoring a try and setting up two others at Lang Park as the visitors rebounded after trailing 12-4 at the break.

The win ended a two-match losing streak for the Sharks and returned them to the top of the ladder.

Meanwhile, it was a second consecutive loss for the Broncos, who also gave up a half-time lead to the Gold Coast Titans at home two weeks earlier.

Brisbane coach Kevin Walters lamented the errors from his team, calling the second half the worst of the season.

“I’m not sure what happened, to be honest … probably our worst half of football,” Walters said.

“Our first set in the second half was poor, with the ball, and it just got worse from there.”

Cronulla’s back five are a key strength and it was winger Sione Katoa who stepped his way through from a scrum with power and deception to narrow the margin to two points straight after the break.

Five minutes later, Trindall threw a dummy and blitzed his way past back-rower Brendan Piakura and the Sharks had the lead.

The Broncos had barely drawn breath after that double blow when a Trindall bomb was dropped by fullback Tristan Sailor and Blayke Brailey scored.

Sharks prop Royce Hunt came off the bench and was enormous with his energy and brute strength, while centre Jesse Ramien put in a stellar display to stake his claim to replace the suspended Joseph-Aukuso Sua’ali’i in the NSW State of Origin side.

Brisbane captain Patrick Carrigan, backing up from Origin with Queensland, backed up a burst by hooker Billy Walters to score the opening try under the sticks after 11 minutes.

But the Sharks returned serve when back-rower Siosifa Talakai started and finished a left-edge attacking movement with brute strength.

The Broncos defended set after set on their own line as the Sharks launched repeated waves of attack but came up empty.

As so often happens, the Broncos then took their first opportunity up the other end.

Hooker Tyson Smoothy scored when half Jock Madden’s grubber kick ricocheted back into Madden’s arms.

The Broncos, with several players backing up from Origin, ran out of gas in the second half and made multiple errors, with their last-play options poor.

Earlier, South Sydney earned back-to-back wins with a 46-12 victory over the Titans, while the New Zealand Warriors defeated the North Queensland Cowboys 42-12 in Townsville.

Re-live all the action in our live blog below.

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That is all for the blog

We will wrap up the ABC Sport live blog there.

Big wins for Souths and the Warriors was followed by an impressive triumph by the Cronulla Sharks.

We will be back tomorrow as round 14 of the NRL continues.

Goodnight.

Brisbane coach Kevin Walters calls the second half the worst of the season

Brisbane coach Kevin Walters is fronting the media.

A clearly disappointed coach says errors cost his side in the second half.

“I’m not sure what happened, to be honest … probably our worst half of football,” he says.

“Our first set in the second half was poor, with the ball, and it just got worse from there.”

Broncos CEO doesn’t think the four match Sua’ali’i suspension is enough

Broncos CEO Dave Donaghy has spoken to ABC Sport following Reece Walsh’s injury in State of Origin.

He doesn’t think the four match Sua’ali’i suspension is enough.

What are your thoughts?

Captain McInnes happy his team showed commitment

Victorious Cronulla Sharks captain Cam McInnes has spoken to ABC Sport after defeating Brisbane 22-12 at Lang Park.

The Sharks were coming off consecutive losses where they had gave up a total of 76 points.

But tonight, the Sharks were back at their destructive best.

They dominated the Broncos in contact, which brought delight to McInnes.

“Footy is a simple game, but if you want to play it the right way, it’s a hard game,” he tells ABC Sport.

Brisbane let themselves down with a slow start to the second half

Brisbane halfback Jock Madden has joined ABC Sport following his side’s 22-12 defeat to Cronulla.

Brisbane had a 12-4 lead at half-time, but conceded three tries in the opening 10 minutes of the second half.

“We talked about [how] we wanted to come out firing in the second half. We did the opposite,” Madden says.

“It wasn’t good enough at the start of the second half and we couldn’t come back from that.”

FULL-TIME: Cronulla Sharks 22 def Brisbane Broncos 12

What an outstanding second half from the Cronulla Sharks.

A 10-minute blitz where they scored three tries — followed by punishing defence — has given the Shire boys a confidence-boosting win.

74′ Trindall and Kennedy deny Brisbane

The Broncos came so close to getting back into this game.

A drop ball was collected by Deine Mariner who looks to run 85 metres.

Mariner is fast, but the last line of defence knocks him into touch.

It was a Braydon Trindall who made an ankle tap, then Will Kennedy completed the tackle into touch.

70′ Katoni Staggs limps off the field

More issues for the Broncos.

Centre Katoni Staggs has just limped off the field.

His right knee is his problem.

He has gone up the tunnel.

65′ Missed penalty goal: Sharks miss chance to extend lead to 12 points

The Sharks have missed a penalty goal after Brisbane were pinned for being offside.

The Sharks were attacking Brisbane’s line again after another knock-on.

This time it was Deine Mariner who spilled a bouncing ball, while under no pressure.

Cronulla will get another chance as Brisbane will have a 20 metre drop out.

But Cronulla drop the ball near the Brisbane line.

The Broncos survive with the deficit still 10 points.

61′ Jordan Riki passes HIA and returns

Jordan Riki, with a cut under his eye, has passed his HIA and is back for the Broncos.

50′ TRY: Another Broncos error, another Sharks try

Brisbane has imploded to start the second half.

The Sharks, on the set after scoring, marched up field and put up a kick to Tristan Sailor.

Sailor drops it cold.

It lands in the lap of Siosifa Talakai and gives it to Blayke Brailey who scores.

48 TRY: Trindall scores and Cronulla take the lead

Brisbane have made two errors in their own end, and have conceded two tries from it.

This time it was Katoni Staggs who dropped the ball.

Cronulla are attacking Brisbane’s line and halfback Braydon Trindall steps off his right foot, beats Brendan Piakura, and scores.

46′ Jordan Riki off after an accidental boot to the face

Brisbane forward Jordan Riki has gone up the tunnel with a towel over his right eye.

Riki, while making a tackle, copped a stray boot which appears to have cut him.

43′ TRY: Sione Katoa scores for the Sharks

Sione Katoa has scored early in the second half.

Off a scrum 10 metres from the Broncos’ line — following a Tristan Sailor knock-on — Katoa beats Selwyn Cobbo and crashes over the line.

That is Katoa’s ninth try of the season.

The second half begins at Lang Park

Cronulla kick-off with a big 40 minutes coming up.

The Sharks this time will run to the left of your screen.

Brisbane and Cronulla on a knife’s edge

Tight first half, but I think the score reflects the state of play…

– Mike

Thanks for joining me on the live blog Mike.

This is shaping up to be a cracking game.

HT: Brisbane Broncos 12 leading Cronulla Sharks 4

Half-time at Lang Park and we have a cracker.

The Broncos’ defence has been tested but the home side have held firm.

Brisbane’s eight-point lead has been built on goal line defence and taking their opportunities.

The Sharks will believe they can score points tonight, while Brisbane will be buoyed with confidence.

33′ TRY: Brisbane punish the Sharks with a try

Tyson Smoothy is over for the Broncos — against the run of play.

Cronulla had the ball for 26 of 27 plays, and it was all on the Brisbane line.

But the Broncos survived, got a relieving penalty, and then scored as soon as they tested the Sharks’ line.

It was a grubber kick on the last play which hit a Shark, and the ball pops up perfectly for Jock Madden, who gives it to Smoothy for the try.

32′ Brisbane’s goal line defence survives again

Great work from Brisbane to repel the Sharks.

The away side threw everything at the Broncos.

Brisbane gets the ball, and a penalty.

Pressure relieved for now.

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2024 NRL Transfer Centre: Tiger making immediate switch to Manly, Panthers pounce on Kiwi star

Manly have added depth to their dummy-half options by adding Jake Simpkin from the Wests Tigers, effective immediately.

Simpkin could be rushed into the NRL side with regular hooker Lachlan Croker battling an inner-ear problem after a suffering a heavy head knock a month ago.

Utility forward Karl Lawton, who has signed with the Cowboys next year, has been sharing the role with rising star Gordon Chan Kum Tong.

Simpkin, who has fallen out of favour at the Tigers, has inked a deal until the end of 2026 with Manly.

His exit comes hot on the heels that Kiwi international Isaiah Papali’i will leave the Wests Tigers at the end of the year.

He had been told that he was free to talk to other clubs the by Tigers hierarchy and the Panthers, bolstered by a huge slice of salary cap freed up by the departure of James Fisher-Harris, swooped quickly.

Meanwhile, Aaron Schoupp has joined Manly on a two-year deal after Gold Coast granted the centre’s request for a release.

The 22-year-old arrived at the Titans last season, but had struggled for opportunities in 2024 under new coach Des Hasler.

Schoupp has played only two of a possible 10 games this NRL season, with Harley Smith-Shields, Brian Kelly and AJ Brimson all preferred as centre options.

Maroons forward Jaydn Su’A is staying with St George Illawarra after signing a two-year extension until the end of the 2026 season. 

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Team by team, here’s how each club’s roster is shaping up. PO denotes player option, CO club option and MO mutual option.

Brisbane Broncos

Jesse Arthars 2024 2025 2026
Fletcher Baker 2024 2025
Patrick Carrigan 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028
Selwyn Cobbo 2024 2025
Jack Gosiewski 2024 2025
Payne Haas 2024 2025 2026
Kobe Hetherington 2024 2025
Delouise Hoeter 2024
Jaiyden Hunt 2024 2025
Corey Jensen 2024 2025
Jock Madden 2024 2025 2026
Ezra Mam 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029
Deine Mariner 2024 2025 2026 2027
Blake Mozer 2024 2025
Corey Oates 2024
Cory Paix 2024 2025
Brendan Piakura 2024 2025 2026 2027
Jordan Pereira 2024
Adam Reynolds 2024 2025
Jordan Riki 2024 2025 2026 2027
Tristan Sailor 2024 2025
Tyson Smoothy 2024
Kotoni Staggs 2024 2025
Martin Taupau 2024
Ben Te Kura 2024 2025 2026
Reece Walsh 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028
Billy Walters 2024
Xavier Willison 2024 2025

2024 recruits

Fletcher Baker (Roosters), Jaiyden Hunt (Dragons), Jack Gosiewski (Cowboys)

2024 departures

Herbie Farnworth (Dolphins), Keenan Palasia (Titans), Tom Flegler (Dolphins), Logan Bayliss-Brow (unsigned), Kurt Capewell (Warriors)

Canberra Raiders

Nick Cotric 2024
Jamal Fogarty 2024 2025 2026
Emre Guler 2024 2025
Corey Harawira-Naera 2024 2025 PO
Peter Hola 2024
Albert Hopoate 2024 2025
Zac Hosking 2024 2025 2026
Corey Horsburgh 2024 2025 2026 2027
Sebastian Kris 2024 2025 2026 2027
Danny Levi 2024 2025
Ata Mariota 2024
Trey Mooney 2024
Brad Morkos 2024
Josh Papali’i 2024 MO
Hohepa Puru 2024 MO
Jordan Rapana 2024
Ethan Sanders 2025 2026
Simi Sasagi 2024 2025
Pasami Saulo 2024 2025 2026
Xavier Savage 2024 2025
James Schiller 2024
Morgan Smithies 2024 2025 2026
Tom Starling 2024 2025
Chevy Stewart 2024 2025 2026 MO
Ethan Strange 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028
Joseph Tapine 2024 2025 2026 2027 PO
Matt Timoko 2024 2025
Kaeo Weekes 2024 2025
Elliott Whitehead 2024
Zac Woolford 2024
Hudson Young 2024 2025 2026 2027

2024 recruits

Simi Sasagi (Knights), Kaeo Weekes (Sea Eagles), Morgan Smithies (Wigan), Zac Hosking (Panthers)

2024 departures

Jarrod Croker (retired), Clay Webb (unsigned), Jack Wighton (Rabbitohs), Matt Frawley (Leeds), Harley Smith-Shields (Titans)

2025 recruits

Ethan Sanders (Eels)

Canterbury Bulldogs

Josh Addo-Carr 2024 2025
Bailey Biondi-Odo 2024
Matt Burton 2024 2025 2026 2027
Stephen Crichton 2024 2025 2026 2027
Josh Curran 2024 2025
Sam Hughes 2024
Drew Hutchison 2024 2025
Kitione Kautoga 2024 2025
Viliame Kikau 2024 2025 2026
Jacob Kiraz 2024 2025 2026 2027
Max King 2024 2025 2026 2027
Liam Knight 2024
Reed Mahoney 2024 2025 2026
Kurt Mann 2024 2025
Zac Montgomery 2024
Karl Oloapu 2024 2025 2026
Chris Patolo 2024
Hayze Perham 2024
Jacob Preston 2024 2025 2026 2027
Jaeman Salmon 2024 2025
Jordan Samrani 2024 2025
Toby Sexton 2024
Jeral Skelton 2024
Daniel Suluka-Fifita 2024
Ryan Sutton 2024 2025
Blake Taaffe 2024 2025
Zane Tetevano 2024
Jackson Topine 2024
Connor Tracey 2024 2025 2026
Jake Turpin 2024 2025
Blake Wilson 2024
Bronson Xerri 2024 2025

2024 recruits

Stephen Crichton (Panthers), Blake Taaffe (Rabbitohs), Bronson Xerri (drugs ban), Stephen Crichton (Panthers), Jaeman Salmon (Panthers), Josh Curran (Warriors), Drew Hutchison (Roosters), Kurt Mann (Knights), Jake Turpin (Roosters), Poasa Faamausili (Dolphins), Connor Tracey (Sharks), Zane Tetevano (Leeds), Daniel Suluka-Fifita (Rabbitohs)

2024 departures

Jake Averillo (Dolphins), Raymond Faitala-Mariner (Dragons), Tevita Pangai jnr (retired), Kyle Flanagan (Dragons), Paul Alamoti (Panthers), Luke Thompson (Wigan), Corey Waddell (Sea Eagles), Braidon Burns (unsigned), Declan Casey (unsigned), Harrison Edwards (Cowboys)

Cronulla Sharks

Daniel Atkinson 2024 2025
Jayden Berrell 2024
Blayke Brailey 2024 2025 2026
Jesse Colquhoun 2024
Kade Dykes 2024 2025
Dale Finucane 2024
Braden Hamlin-Uele 2024 2025 2026
Tom Hazelton 2024 CO
Royce Hunt 2024 2025
Nicho Hynes 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029
Sione Katoa 2024 2025 2026
Oregon Kaufusi 2024 MO
William Kennedy 2024 2025
Kayal Iro 2024
Cameron McInnes 2024 2025
Ronaldo Mulitalo 2024 2025
Briton Nikora 2024 2025
Niwhai Puru 2024
Jesse Ramien 2024 2025 2026
Toby Rudolf 2024 2025 2026
Sam Stonestreet 2024 2025
Siosifa Talakai 2024 2025 2026
Siteni Taukamo 2024
Braydon Trindall 2024 2025
Jack Williams 2024
Teig Wilton 2024 2025

2024 recruits

Nil

2024 departures

Wade Graham (retired), Jensen Taumoepeau (unsigned), Matt Moylan (Leigh), Connor Tracey (Bulldogs)

2025 departures

Dale Finucane (retired)

The Dolphins

Euan Aitken 2024
Jake Averillo 2024 2025 2026
Jack Bostock 2024 2025
Jesse Bromwich 2024
Kenneath Bromwich 2024 2025
Herbie Farnworth 2024 2025 2026
Kulikefu Finefeuiaki 2025 2026 2027
Thomas Flegler 2024 2025 2026 2027
Tom Gilbert 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028
Harrison Graham 2024 2025
Jamayne Isaako 2024 2025 2026
Robert Jennings 2024 MO
Isaiya Katoa 2024 2025
Felise Kaufusi 2024 2025
Oryn Keeley 2024 2025 2026
Josh Kerr 2024 2025
Edrick Lee 2024
Connelly Lemuelu 2024 2025
Jeremy Marshall-King 2024 2025
Anthony Milford 2024
Mark Nicholls 2024 CO
Kodi Nikorima 2024
Tesi Niu 2024
Sean O’Sullivan 2024 2025
Max Plath 2024 2025 2026 2027
Ray Stone 2024
Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 2024 2025 2026 2027
Valynce Te Whare 2024
Mason Teague 2024 MO
Jarrod Wallace 2024

2024 recruits

Herbie Farnworth (Broncos), Tom Flegler (Broncos), Oryn Keely (Knights), Jake Averillo (Bulldogs)

2024 departures

Brenko Lee (retired), Herman Ese’ese (Hull FC), Poasa Faamausili (Bulldogs), JJ Collins (unsigned)

2025 recruits

Kulikefu Finefeuiaki (Cowboys)

Gold Coast Titans

Tanah Boyd 2024 2025
AJ Brimson 2024 2025 2026
Jayden Campbell 2024 2025 2026
Erin Clark 2024 2025
Iszac Fa’asuamaleaui 2024 2025
Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 2024 2025 2026 PO until 2033
Beau Fermor 2024 2025 2026
David Fifita 2024 PO PO
Jojo Fifita 2024 2025
Kieran Foran 2024
Ryan Foran 2024 2025
Moeaki Fotuaika 2024 2025 2026 2027
Tony Francis 2024 2025
Klese Haas 2024
Jaimin Jolliffe 2024 2025 2026
Brian Kelly 2024 2025 2026
Alofiana Khan-Pereira 2024 2025 2026
Keano Kini 2024 2025 2026
Isaac Liu 2024
Ken Maumalo 2024 2025
Josiah Pahulu 2024 2025
Keenan Palasia 2024 2025
Chris Randall 2024 2025 2026
Phillip Sami 2024 2025 2026
Aaron Schoupp 2024 2025
Harley Smith-Shields 2024 2025
Treymain Spry 2024
Joe Stimson 2024
Sam Verrills 2024 2025 2026
Thomas Weaver 2024

2024 recruits

Keenan Palasia (Broncos), Harley Smith-Shields (Raiders)

2024 departures

Kruise Leeming (Wigan), Joe Vuna (unsigned).

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

Josh Aloiai 2024 2025
Jake Arthur 2024 2025
Luke Brooks 2024 2025 2026 2027
Ethan Bullemor 2024 2025
Gordon Chan Kum Tong 2024
Daly Cherry-Evans 2024 2025
Ben Condon 2024 2025
Lachlan Croker 2024 2025 2026
Reuben Garrick 2024 2025 2026
Jamie Humphreys 2024
Tolutau Koula 2024 2025 2026 PO
Karl Lawton 2024
Matthew Lodge 2024
Haumole Olakau’atu 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030 2031
Brad Parker 2024 2025
Taniela Paseka 2024 2025 2026
Jaxson Paulo 2024 2025 2026
Jason Saab 2024 2025 2026
Jake Simpkin 2024 2025 2026
Toafofoa Sipley 2024 2025
Tommy Talau 2024 2025
Ben Trbojevic 2024
Jake Trbojevic 2024 2025 2026
Tom Trbojevic 2024 2025 2026
Raymond Vaega 2024
Corey Waddell 2024

2024 recruits

Corey Waddell (Bulldogs), Luke Brooks (Wests Tigers), Tommy Talau (Wests Tigers), Jaxson Paulo (Roosters), Aitasi James (Wests Tigers), Jake Simpkin (mid-season, Wests Tigers)

2024 departures

Kelma Tuilagi (Eels), Morgan Harper (Eels), Kaeo Weekes (Raiders), Sean Keppie (Rabbitohs), Morgan Boyle (unsigned), Latu Fainu, Samuela Fainu (Tigers) , Christian Tuipulotu (Dragons), Zac Fulton (Bradford), Josh Schuster (released mid-season)

2025 departures

Karl Lawton (Cowboys)

Melbourne Storm

Nelson Asofa-Solomona 2024 2025 2026 2027 MO
Shawn Blore 2024 2025 2026
Joe Chan 2024 MO
Xavier Coates 2024 2025 2026
Sua Fa’alogo 2024 2025 2026 2027
Bronson Garlick 2024 2025
Harry Grant 2024 2025 PO
Jack Howarth 2024 2025 2026 2027
Jahrome Hughes 2024 2025 2026
Dean Ieremia 2024
Tui Kamikamica 2024 2025
Eliesa Katoa 2024 2025 2026 2027
Josh King 2024 2025
Chris Lewis 2024
Trent Loiero 2024 2025
Alec MacDonald 2024 2025
Nick Meaney 2024 2025 2026
Tepai Moeroa 2024
Cameron Munster 2024 2025 2026 2027
Ryan Papenhuyzen 2024 2025
Aaron Pene 2024
Jonah Pezet 2024 2025
Marion Seve 2024
Reimis Smith 2024
Young Tonumaipea 2024
William Warbrick 2024 2025 2026
Christian Welch 2024 2025 MO
Tyran Wishart 2024 2025 PO

2024 recruits

Shawn Blore (Tigers)

2024 departures

George Jennings (unsigned), Jordan Grant (unsigned), Tom Eisenhuth (unsigned), Tariq Sims (Catalans), Jayden Nikorima (Catalans), Justin Olam (Tigers)

Newcastle Knights

David Armstrong 2024
Bradman Best 2024
Jayden Brailey 2024 2025
Paul Bryan 2024 2025
Jed Cartwright 2024 2025
Jack Cogger 2024 2025 2026
Mathew Croker 2024
Phoenix Crossland 2024 2025 2026
Adam Elliott 2024 2025
Tyson Frizell 2024 PO MO
Dane Gagai 2024
Tyson Gamble 2024
Jackson Hastings 2024 2025
Jack Hetherington 2024 2025
Thomas Jenkins 2024 2025
Brodie Jones 2024
Riley Jones 2024 2025
Dylan Lucas 2024 2025
Krystian Mapapalangi 2024
Myles Martin 2024
Greg Marzhew 2024 2025 2026
Kai Pearce-Paul 2024 2025
Kalyn Ponga 2024 2025 2026 2027
Will Pryce 2024 2025
Ryan Rivett 2024
Daniel Saifiti 2024 2025 2026
Jacob Saifiti 2024 2025 2026 2027
Leo Thompson 2024 2025
Enari Tuala 2024

2024 recruits

Kai Pearce-Paul (Wigan), Will Pryce (Huddersfield), Tom Jenkins (Panthers), Jack Cogger (Panthers), Jed Cartwright (Rabbitohs)

2024 departures

Dominic Young (Roosters), Lachlan Fitzgibbon (Warrington), Adam Clune (Huddersfield), Simi Sasagi (Raiders), Lachlan Miller (Leeds), Fa’amanu Brown (Hull FC), Oryn Keeley (Dolphins), Kurt Mann (Bulldogs), Dane Aukafolau (unsigned), Hymel Hunt (unsigned), Jack Johns (unsigned)

NZ Warriors

Bunty Afoa 2024 2025
Tom Ale 2024 2025
Mitchell Barnett 2024 2025
Rocco Berry 2024 2025 2026
Kurt Capewell 2024 2025 2026
Jett Cleary 2025 2026 2027
Wayde Egan 2024 2025
James Fisher-Harris 2025 2026 2027 2028
Addin Fonua-Blake 2024 2025 2026
Jackson Ford 2024 2025
Tohu Harris 2024 2025
Chanel Harris-Tavita 2024 2025 MO
Shaun Johnson 2024
Edward Kosi 2024 2025
Jacob Laban 2024
Ali Leiataua 2024 2025
Freddy Lussick 2024 2025 2026
Zyon Maiu’u 2024
Te Maire Martin 2024 2025
Luke Metcalf 2024 2025 2026
Marcelo Montoya 2024 2025
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2024 2025 CO
Marata Niukore 2024 2025 2026
Adam Pompey 2024 2025
Demitric Sifakula 2024 2025
Jazz Tevaga 2024
Taine Tuaupiki 2024 2025
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2024 2025 2026
Ronald Volkman 2024 2025
Dylan Walker 2024 2025
Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2024 2025

2024 recruits

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (All Blacks), Chanel Harris-Tavita (sabbatical), Kurt Capewell (Broncos)

2024 losses

Viliame Vailea (Cowboys), Bayley Sironen (Catalans), Brayden Wiliame (retired), Josh Curran (Bulldogs)

2025 recruits

James Fisher-Harris, Jett Cleary (Panthers)

North Queensland Cowboys

Tom Chester 2024
Jake Clifford 2024
Reuben Cotter 2024 2025
Tom Dearden 2024
Robert Derby 2024 2025
Scott Drinkwater 2024 2025 2026 2027
Thomas Duffy 2024 2025
Harrison Edwards 2024 2025 CO
Kyle Feldt 2024
Kulikefu Finefeuiaki 2024
Jake Granville 2024
Coen Hess 2024
Valentine Holmes 2024 2025
Karl Lawton 2025 2026
Zac Laybutt 2024
Luciano Leilua 2024 2025
Helium Luki 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029
Sam McIntyre 2024
Jordan McLean 2024
Jeremiah Nanai 2024 2025 2026 2027
Griffin Neame 2024 2025
D’Jazirhae Pua’avase 2024 2025
Reece Robson 2024 2025
Murray Taulagi 2024 2025 2026
Jason Taumalolo 2024 2025 2026 2027
Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 2024
Chad Townsend 2024
Viliami Vailea 2024 2025
Semi Valemei 2024

2024 recruits

Jake Clifford (Super League), Viliami Vailea (Warriors), Harrison Edwards (Bulldogs)

2024 departures

James Tamou (retired), Peta Hiku (Hull KR), Mitch Dunn (unsigned), Ben Hampton (unsigned), Gehamat Shibasaki (unsigned), Jake Bourke (unsigned), Brendan Elliot (unsigned), Riley Price (Panthers), Jack Gosiewski (Broncos)

2025 recruits

Karl Lawton (Sea Eagles)

2025 departures

Kulikefu Finefeuiaki (Dolphins)

Parramatta Eels

Daejarn Asi 2024
Dylan Brown 2024 2025 PO until
2031
Reagan Campbell-Gillard 2024 2025
Bryce Cartwright 2024 2025
Zac Cini 2024
Matt Doorey 2024 2025
Haze Dunster 2024 MO
Wiremu Greig 2024 2025
Clint Gutherson 2024 2025
Brendan Hands 2024 2025
Morgan Harper 2024
J’maine Hopgood 2024 2025
Shaun Lane 2024 2025 MO
Zac Lomax 2025 2026 2027
Joey Lussick 2024 2025
Makahesi Makatoa 2024
Uinitoni Mataele 2024 2025
Ryan Matterson 2024 2025 PO
Jirah Momoisea 2024
Mitchell Moses 2024 2025 2026 PO PO
Joe Ofahengaue 2024 2025
Ofahiki Ogden 2024
Junior Paulo 2024 2025 2026
Will Penisini 2024 2025 PO
Ky Rodwell 2024
Sean Russell 2024 2025
Bailey Simonsson 2024
Maika Sivo 2024 2025 MO CO
Blaize Talagi 2024 PO
Tevita Taumoepenu 2024
Kelma Tuilagi 2024 2025

2024 recruits

Kelma Tuilagi (Sea Eagles), Morgan Harper (Sea Eagles).

2024 departures

Josh Hodgson (retirement), Jack Murchie (Huddersfield), Andrew Davey (retirement), Waqa Blake (unsigned), Samuel Loizou (unsigned)

2025 recruits

Zac Lomax (Dragons)

2025 departures

Ethan Sanders (Raiders)

Penrith Panthers

Paul Alamoti 2024
Nathan Cleary 2024 2025 2026 2027
Jack Cole 2024 2025 2026
Dylan Edwards 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028
Matt Eisenhuth 2024
James Fisher-Harris 2024 2025 2026
Luke Garner 2024
Mavrik Geyer 2024 2025
Harrison Hassett 2024 2025
Liam Henry 2024 2025 2026
Mitch Kenny 2024
Daine Laurie 2024
Moses Leota 2024 2025 2026 2027
Ativalu Lisati 2024
Jarome Luai 2024
Soni Luke 2024 2025
Liam Martin 2024 2025 2026 2027
Taylan May 2024
Jesse McLean 2024 2025 2026
Isaiah Papali’i 2025 2026 2027
Tyrone Peachey 2024
Brad Schneider 2024 2025
Lindsay Smith 2024 2025 2026
Scott Sorensen 2024 2025 2026
Brian To’o 2024 2025 2026 2027
Sunia Turuva 2024
Izack Tago 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028
Isaah Yeo 2024 2025 2026 2027

2024 recruits

Daine Laurie (Wests Tigers), Brad Schneider (Hull KR), Paul Alamoti (Bulldogs)

2024 departures

Stephen Crichton (Bulldogs), Jack Cogger (Knights), Spencer Leniu (Roosters), Jaeman Salmon (Bulldogs), Tom Jenkins (Knights), Chris Smith (unsigned), Eddie Blacker (unsigned), Zac Hosking (Raiders)

2025 recruits

Isaiah Papali’i (Tigers)

2025 departures

Jarome Luai, Sunia Turuva (Tigers)

St George Illawarra Dragons

Corey Allen 2024 2025
Jack Bird 2024 MO
Josh Coric 2024
Jack de Belin 2024
Ryan Couchman 2024 2025
Toby Couchman 2024 2025
Raymond Faitala-Mariner 2024 2025
Mathew Feagai 2024
Max Feagai 2024
Viliami Fifita 2024 2025
Sione Finau 2024 2025
Kyle Flanagan 2024 2025
Ben Hunt 2024 2025
Zac Lomax 2024
Francis Molo 2024
Michael Molo 2024
Ben Murdoch-Masila 2024
Blake Lawrie 2024 2025 2026
Jacob Liddle 2024 2025 MO
Cody Ramsey 2024
Mikaele Ravalawa 2024 2025 2026
Daniel Russell 2024 MO
Hame Sele 2024 2025 2026
Tyrell Sloan 2024
Jaydn Su’A 2024
Moses Suli 2024
Savelio Tamale 2024
Christian Tuipulotu 2024 2025

2024 recruits

Hame Sele (Rabbitohs), Kyle Flanagan, Raymond Faitala-Mariner (Bulldogs), Corey Allan (Roosters), Christian Tuipulotu (Sea Eagles)

2024 departures

Jayden Sullivan (Wests Tigers), Zane Musgrove (Warrington Wolves), Billy Burns (unsigned), Tyrell Fuimaono (unsigned), Jaiyden Hunt (Broncos), Nick Lui-Toso (unsigned), Tautau Moga (unsigned), Junior Amone (deregistered), Paul Turner (Featherstone Rovers)

2025 departures

Zac Lomax (Eels)

South Sydney Rabbitohs

Jai Arrow 2024 2025 2026 2027
Tom Burgess 2024
Michael Chee Kam 2024
Damien Cook 2024 2025
Tallis Duncan 2024 2025
Campbell Graham 2024 2025 2026 2027
Jye Gray 2024
Siliva Havili 2024 2025
Dean Hawkins 2024
Jacob Host 2024 2025
Lachlan Ilias 2024 2025
Alex Johnston 2024 2025
Josiah Karapani 2024
Sean Keppie 2024 2025 2026
Keaon Koloamatangi 2024 2025 2026
Ben Lovett 2024
Peter Mamouzelos 2024 2025 2026 2027
Taane Milne 2024
Latrell Mitchell 2024 2025 2026 2027
Shaquai Mitchell 2024
Davvy Moale 2024 2025
Tyrone Munro 2024 2025
Cameron Murray 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028
Isaiah Taas 2024
Tevita Tatola 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028
Leon Te Hau 2024
Izaac Tu’itupou Thompson 2024
Cody Walker 2024 2025
Jack Wighton 2024 2025 2026 2027

2024 recruits

Jack Wighton (Raiders), Sean Keppie (Sea Eagles)

2024 departures

Blake Taaffe (Bulldogs), Hame Sele (Dragons), Jed Cartwright (Knights), Daniel Suluka-Fifita (Bulldogs)

2025 departures

Thomas Burgess (Huddersfield)

Sydney Roosters

Egan Butcher 2024 2025
Nat Butcher 2024 2025 2026 2027
Lindsay Collins 2024 2025 2026
Angus Crichton 2024
Zach Dockar-Clay 2024
Michael Jennings 2024
Spencer Leniu 2024 2025
Luke Keary 2024
Joseph Manu 2024
Terrell May 2024 2025 2026
Tyler Moriarty 2024
Junior Pauga 2024 2025
Victor Radley 2024 2025 2026 2027
Billy Smith 2024 2025 2026 2027
Brandon Smith 2024 PO
Sandon Smith 2024
Joseph Suaali’i 2024
James Tedesco 2024 2025
Robert Toia 2024 2025
Daniel Tupou 2024
Sitili Tupouniua 2024 2025 2026 2027
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 2024
Sam Walker 2024 2025
Connor Watson 2024 2025
Naufahu Whyte 2024 2025 2026
Siua Wong 2024 2025 2026
Dominic Young 2024 2025 2026 2027

2024 recruits

Dominic Young (Knights), Lewis Murphy (Wakefield Trinity), Spencer Leniu (Panthers), Michael Jennings (drugs ban)

2024 departures

Fletcher Baker (Broncos), Jake Turpin (Bulldogs), Corey Allan (unsigned), Nathan Brown (unsigned), Paul Momirovski (unsigned), Ben Thomas (unsigned), Jaxson Paulo (Sea Eagles), Matt Lodge (Sea Eagles), Paul Momirovski (Leeds Rhinos), Drew Hutchison (Bulldogs)

2025 departures

Joseph Suaalii (rugby), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Hull KR), Joseph Manu (Toyota Verblitz), Luke Keary (retiring)

Wests Tigers

John Bateman 2024 2025 2026
Jahream Bula 2024 2025 2026 MO
Tallyn Da Silva 2024 2025 2026
Adam Doueihi 2024
Latu Fainu 2024 2025 2026 2027
Samuela Fainu 2024 2025 2026 2027
Sione Fainu 2024
Josh Feledy 2024 2025
Lachlan Galvin 2024 2025 2026
Asu Kepaoa 2024
David Klemmer 2024 2025 MO
Apisai Koroisau 2024 2025 2026
Justin Matamua 2024 2025
Jordan Miller 2024 2025 2026
Brent Naden 2024 2025
Justin Olam 2024 2025 2026
Isaiah Papali’i 2024
Fonua Pole 2024 2025
Triston Reilly 2024
Alex Seyfarth 2024 2025
Aidan Sezer 2024 MO
Jake Simpkin 2024
Charlie Staines 2024 2025
Jayden Sullivan 2024 2025 2026 2027
Starford To’a 2024 2025 2026
Brandon Tumeth 2024 PO
Junior Tupou 2024
Sunia Turuva 2025 2026 2027
Alex Twal 2024 2025 2026 2027
Stefano Utoikamanu 2024 MO
Brandon Webster-Mansfield 2024

2024 recruits

Jayden Sullivan (Dragons), Aidan Sezer (Leeds), Latu Fainu, Samuela Fainu (Sea Eagles), Justin Olam (Storm)

2024 departures

Shawn Blore (Storm), Tuki Simpkins (unsigned), Brandon Wakeham (unsigned), Luke Brooks (Sea Eagles), Tommy Talau (Sea Eagles), Daine Laurie (Panthers), Aitasi James (Sea Eagles), Rua Ngatikaura (unsigned), David Nofoaluma (Salford)

2025 recruits

Jarome Luai, Sunia Turuva (Panthers)

2025 departures

Isaiah Papali’i (Panthers)



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How the battle of art vs science will define this year’s State of Origin series

Michael Maguire couldn’t stop touching the jersey.

As the new coach fronted the media for the first time as New South Wales boss in earnest and outlined the choices he made for his first game in charge, he had a sky blue jersey on the desk in front of him.

Periodically, he’d reach out and feel the fabric. When he wanted to stress a point, he’d take the whole thing in his hand.

When he really wanted to emphasise something – like why he chose Jake Trbojevic as captain or why he won’t be distracted by any possible links to joining Parramatta – he’d hold it up in front of the media horde.

“It represents what this is all about. I grew up watching it, dreaming. It’s the opportunity of a lifetime,” Maguire said.

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James Tedesco dropped from NSW Blues, Jake Trbojevic named captain for Game I

James Tedesco has been axed as NSW’s State of Origin fullback, with Michael Maguire calling up Dylan Edwards in a bold start to his coaching tenure.

Maguire named his maiden Blues squad on Sunday night, with Jake Trbojevic as captain and Nicho Hynes to partner Jarome Luai in the halves despite a calf injury for the Cronulla star.

Reece Robson was selected as hooker ahead of Apisai Koroisau, while Joseph-Aukuso Suaalii and Zac Lomax are set to make their debut in the backline.

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Ricky’s Raiders flogged 40-0 in coach’s 500th NRL match as Cronulla move to top of ladder

Ricky Stuart’s 500th NRL match as coach has ended on a sour note, with his Canberra Raiders thumped 40-0 by Cronulla.

Earlier, Newcastle held off a fast-finishing Dolphins to win 18-14 at Lang Park.

Without vital halfback Jamal Fogarty, the Raiders looked blunt in attack and were no match for the surging Sharks, who scored seven unanswered tries to make it four wins on the bounce.

Defence was just as much of a problem for the hosts, with lapses allowing their rivals to skip clear early without playing their best football.

When the Sharks hit their straps late, they carved them up. Winger Sione Katoa took full advantage of the soft edges to score an easy double.

Makeshift halfback and Raiders debutant Kaeo Weekes struggled to leave a mark on the contest, his kicking game lacking the expertise Fogarty’s had been delivering.

Cronulla had no such problems without Braydon Trindall after his midweek drink-driving charges. Dan Atkinson confidently took the five-eighth role and paired with the in-form Nicho Hynes.

Halfback Hynes scored one try, assisted another, kicked a 40-20 and ran the Sharks’ potent attack to continue building into his 2024 campaign.

The Raiders were down 12-0 after two poor breakdowns, although could have found a way back in on 26 minutes when speedster Xavier Savage put Danny Levi clean through.

But the hooker dropped the ball cold with minimal pressure on him, and instead of trailing 12-6 they were down 18-0 just a minute later when Katoa crossed out wide.

The Sharks made the Raiders pay for not taking their chances again shortly after half-time, second-rower Briton Nikora skipping through the line just two minutes after Canberra five-eighth Ethan Strange was held up in-goal.

NSW State of Origin candidate Cam McInnes had gotten the ball rolling for the Sharks with a scrambled team effort on 14 minutes, but the alarm bells really began ringing for the Raiders when prop Thomas Hazelton galloped through to score untouched soon after.

The Raiders, whose spine features Weekes (22 years old, one club game), Strange (19, nine games) and fullback Chevy Stewart (18, three games), won’t have Fogarty for about three months as he recovers from a ruptured bicep.

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That is all for the weekend of rugby league

A terrific round of NRL has come to an end.

Big crowds and big scores were the theme of Anzac Round this year.

The NRL ladder is starting to take shape as we approach winter.

ABC Sport will be back next week for more live coverage of the NRL.

Goodnight.

Newcastle focus on themselves

Joe Tapine after a very disappointing performance from the Raiders

Joe Tapine has spoken to ABC Sport following a 40-0 defeat.

Tapine’s missed tackle allowed Tom Hazelton to score in the first half.

“That’s gonna haunt me for a couple of weeks, that’s not up to my standards.”

Tom Hazelton making try-scoring a habit

Historic loss for thr Raiders

It’s bad reading for Canberra fans.

This is the first time they have been kept scoreless since 2013, when they didn’t score against the Titans at Robina.

It’s the first time they have been held scoreless at home since 2012 against the Tigers.

FT: Cronulla flog Canberra 40-0

A great outing for the Sharks.

They have easily accounted for the Raiders in Canberra.

Canberra were not good today — or in the words of Luke Lewis, boring.

75′ TRY: Sharks make it 40 with a seventh try

Too easy for the Sharks.

They have their seventh try of the afternoon.

This time Jesse Ramien receives the pass from Nicho Hynes who carries two Raiders over the line for the try.

62′ TRY: Sione Katoa gets a double after a Nicho Hynes intercept

Another chance for the Raiders has been wasted.

Attacking the Sharks’ line, Nicho Hynes intercepts a pass and returns it to halfway.

The Raiders are back-peddling.

A couple of plays later and the Sharks are in again, Sione Katoa finishes off the passage by strolling into the corner.

Cronulla leads 36-0.

55′: Nicho Hynes completes a passage of individual brilliance

Nicho Hynes is a superstar.

The Sharks are coming out of their own end.

Final tackle after not many metres gained, and Hynes nails a 40/20.

Great kick. I don’t think the Canberra winger knew Hynes had kicked it from inside the 40-metre line.

Two plays later, Hynes takes the ball and carves through the Raiders’ defence to score.

And he kicks the goal.

What a couple of minutes from Hynes.

52′: Ronaldo Mulitalo on report

The Raiders get a full set of six starting just 10 metres away from the Sharks’ try line.

It comes after they received a penalty after Ronaldo Mulitalo hit someone late.

Ronaldo is on report.

46′ TRY: Sharks score through Briton Nikora

The Sharks are in for their fourth try.

Briton Nikora scores his first try. 

The Sharks were awarded their first penalty of the afternoon and it allowed them to get into attacking range.

Last play, 10 metres out. Nicho Hynes goes short-side and delivers a great pass to Briton Nikora.

John Gibbs says Canberra’s goal line defence was not up to scratch during that passage.

44′: Sharks fullback William Kennedy produces a fantastic try-saving tackle

Well done Will Kennedy.

Canberra’s Ethan
Strange  looked certain to score.

But Kennedy wraps around his ball and keeps the ball in the air, as Stange tries to ground it.

Stage knocks-on.

That is a fantastic effort.

Second half begins in Canberra

Cronulla will want to return to the error-free football that guided them to an 18-0 lead.

The Raiders will think if they can convert one opportunity, more will come.

A State of Origin hypothetical

Hi Michael, love your work,
Question, If Harry grant gets injured (god forbid), who is the next best rake for QLD? Maxi Plath? SOO smokie?

– Mike Evans

Hey Mike.

Thanks for reading.

Firstly, let’s not wish injury to anyone.

But, in your scenario I think Ben Hunt would be the starting hooker for the Maroons.

Max Plath is an interesting suggestion.

I think Reed Mahoney would probably be next in line.

Interesting debate.

Match report: Newcastle Knights 18 def. Dolphins 14

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Newcastle fullback David Armstrong had a stunning debut in the absence of the injured Kalyn Ponga to help orchestrate an 18-14 upset win over the wasteful Dolphins.

And the Dolphins’ afternoon at Lang Park grew worse when captain Jesse Bromwich left the field in the second half with a calf injury.

The Knights also lost forward Daniel Saifiti to a lower leg injury.

Armstrong and Dolphins pocket dynamo Trai Fuller, in just his third NRL game, had a classic fullback battle and were two of the best players on the field.

The 23-year-old Armstrong scored the opening try and made a try-saving tackle on Fuller in the second half. He was magnificent under the high ball and in general play with his elusive running.

Ponga is set to miss 12 weeks with a Lisfranc injury to his foot but Armstrong showed coach Adam O’Brien he was more than ready to play at the top level.

Fuller was electric and brave but his teammates struggled to get out of second gear until it was too late.

Knights props Leo Thompson and Jacob Saifiti, in his 150th NRL game for the club, ripped in early to set up a 10-0 lead as a sluggish Dolphins outfit bumbled their way through the opening quarter of the match.

The visitors were rewarded for their discipline and patience when half Jackson Hastings threw a sublime inside ball to Armstrong who sliced over untouched.

Five-eighth Tyson Gamble found veteran Dane Gagai with a slick pass and the centre showed his experience to hit a hole and score.

The Dolphins didn’t get out of first gear until centre Jake Averillo blitzed opposite number Bradman Best and found second-rower Oryn Keeley, who scored his first NRL try against his former club.

Dolphins forward Kenny Bromwich failed a category two HIA and Knights forward Jed Cartwright was ruled out with an ankle injury, both in the first half.

Gagai waltzed over after the break after pathetic defence by the Dolphins allowed bench hooker Phoenix Crossland to burst into the clear.

The Dolphins bombed two tries, one when Averillo failed to collect a grubber kick through by Kodi Nikorima.

Nikorima set up Jamayne Isaako for a try and Averillo finished an electric movement, both in the last five minutes, but it was too little and too late.

HT: Cronulla takes an 18-0 lead over the Raiders at half-time

The Sharks were on top for the first 25 minutes and they got three tries out of it.

But Cronulla made several errors, giving the Raiders a chance at the end of the half.

Canberra were wasteful, however, and could not make an imprint on the scoreboard.

35′: Canberra get a full set at the Sharks line

A few more errors from the Sharks have put them on the back foot.

Nicho Hynes has kicked a goal line drop out, out on the full.

But Canberra dropped the ball on the third tackle.

Ricky Stuart is not having a happy 500th game as coach.

31′: Canberra starting to gain some momentum

The Raiders have been given a few opportunities.

The Sharks were penalised for being downtown after a kick, and the Sharks a few minutes later spilled the ball on halfway.

This is a good chance for the Raiders to get their first points.

25′ TRY: Sharks make the Raiders pay with another try

Directly after Danny Levi dropped the ball with the line begging, the Sharks marched downfield and scored.

Sione Katoa on the right wing strolls in as the Sharks finish off the nice play to his side of the field. 

Alarm bells are sounding for the Raiders.

Cronulla lead 18-0.

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Reece Walsh scores try of the year contender as Broncos beat the Tigers, Panthers hold on over impressive Cowboys

Brisbane’s superstar fullback Reece Walsh had an eventful Saturday evening, scoring two tries, vomiting on the field and limping off with cramp in the Broncos’ win over Wests Tigers.

Last year’s grand finalists were too good for the Tigers, running in six tries to two in the 34-10 win at Campbelltown Stadium.

Walsh was in the thick of the action from the kick-off, playing a pivotal role in Brisbane’s opening try in the sixth minute, before scoring two of his own.

The fullback finished off one of the best tries of the season for the Broncos, who crossed the line on the stroke of half-time following a cross-field kick 60 metres out which was collected by winger Deine Mariner.

There was concern for Walsh late in the game when he was grabbing at his left calf following a 60-metre line break.

But the fullback was suffering from bad cramp, also throwing up on the field with 10 minutes left in the game.

Walsh told ABC Sport he may need to make a few adjustments to his preparation.

“I was cramping and spewing up a little bit there but I’ll probably have a chat to the dietician and see what we can work on so I can get that s*** stuff out,” he said.

Brisbane captain Adam Reynolds also suffered from cramping towards the end of his return.

The Broncos finished the game with 12 men, with Reynolds limping off the field despite the team not having any interchanges left.

Penrith survives late scare against Cowboys

The Penrith Panthers have held off a fast-finishing North Queensland Cowboys to record a 26-20 win in Townsville.

The premiers led 24-4 after 45 minutes on Saturday evening before the Cowboys made a resurgence.

The home side scored the final three tries of the match, and came close to sending the game to golden point in the final minutes.

But Penrith held firm in Nathan Clearly’s return.

The Panthers were their own worst enemy at times especially in the second half, turning the ball over and giving away penalties which put them under pressure.

Captain Isaah Yeo told ABC Sport his side had “things to fix” moving forward.

“I thought we did alright to hold on, but we’re just making it hard on ourselves at the minute,” he said.

“Got out of jail on that one, I think.”

Despite conceding three second half tries, Penrith will be pleased by their defensive effort, particularly in the first 40 minutes.

They kept North Queensland to just four points in the opening half, despite the Cowboys enjoying the better of possession and territory. 

Meanwhile, North Queensland will rue their mistakes.

An interception by Paul Almaoti off a Scott Drink Water pass in the final seconds of the first half extended the Panthers’ lead to 18-4.

Penrith secured the 24-4 lead early in the second half when Liam Martin collected a Semi Valemei drop ball to score.

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That is all for the Saturday rugby league blog

We were treated to a pair of really good games.

Brisbane and Penrith were the winners, but Wests and North Queensland were in the fight.

Thank-you for reading the ABC live blog through out the evening.

We will be back again tomorrow for the final two games of round eight.

Goodnight.

Chad Townsend reflects on 250 NRL games

18 tackle breaks from Brian To’o tonight

I had to take a second look at that statistic.

Brian To’o broke 18 tackles.

He scored a try and was solid in defence. A great 100th NRL match.

Isaah Yeo says Panthers ‘got out of jail’ against Cowboys

Penrith captain has spoken to ABC Sport following his side’s 26-20 win over the North Queensland Cowboys.

Yeo said errors were making life hard for the Panthers.

“I thought we did alright to hold on, but we’re just making it hard on ourselves at the minute,” he said.

“Two points is nice, but things to fix.

“Got out of jail on that one, I think.”

FT: Pentrith hold on to defeat North Queensland 26-20

What a fight back from the Cowboys.

They will rue the intercept try on half time, and the drop ball which led to the try in the 44th minute.

But full credit to the Panthers.

Three starters were late withdrawals. But it didn’t matter.

It is next man up for the premiers.

Great game.

79′: Holmes knocks on and the Panthers will win

North Queensland were so close.

Kulikefu Finefeuiaki carried five Panthers over the try line, but was held up.

Valentine Holmes takes a crash ball, but he bobbles it.

Penrith will win.

78′: Chad Townsend is clutching his leg, Cowboys get a penalty 40 metres out

It looked like a turnover of possession, but the Cowboys said a player was held back following a chip and chase.

The Bunker agrees.

They have a penalty 40 metres out, with two minutes to play.

Townsend was down, but he is back up.

77′: Cowboys hold on with great goal line defence

The Cowboys survive.

They have three minutes to get one more try.

Dylan Edwards looked like he was going to score, but the home side held him out.

Can they march down the field?

73′: Semi Valemei spills another high ball. Penrith on the attack

Poor Semi Valemei.

He has dropped another high ball from Nathan Cleary.

Second one of the half.

Not the best catching technique.

But his teammates bail him out. Cowboys concede a goal line dropout and they regather it.

71′: Panthers get a penalty in front as Cowboys suffer head clash

Penrith marched downfield with the help of a penalty for a crusher tackle.

The Panthers are looking to end the game right here.

High tackle. Penalty Penrith.

Oh, there is a head clash between two Cowboy players involved in the offending tackle.

Reuber Cotter and Reece Robson hit each other.

Robson is bleeding under his cheekbone.

Nathan Cleary kicks the goal and Penrith lead 26-20.

68′: Cowboys full of running but Penrith hold firm

North Queensland are really asking questions of the premiers.

Jeremiah Nanai nearly crossed the line again, but 
Jarome Luai made a brilliant leg tackle.

Panthers hold on.

61′ TRY: Cowboys are back with another try after helping penalties

It’s three tries in a row for Jeremiah Nanai.

The Cowboys are marching here.

North Queensland received back-to-back penalties. Both were high tackles from Taylan May.

The Cowboys convert their great field position. They have found a method to success — and it is running hard.

They tried going around the Panthers’ defence in the first half.

In the second half, they have run right though the middle.

This time Jeremiah Nanai gets the short ball near the line and crashes over.

54′ TRY: Cowboys score again

Kulikefu Finefeuiaki scores for the Cowboys.

North Queensland get rewarded for weight of possession.

Penrith worked so hard in defence, but eventually, the Cowboys figured out the puzzle.

The key was patience. They kept the pressure on.

Then Scott Drinkwater went from dummy half to the short-side, passed to Holmes, who then gave it to Kulikefu Finefeuiaki who crashed over.

Holmes is one from three with the boot.

Panthers lead 24-14.

52′: Cowboys go close to scoring. They have another set at the Panthers’ line

The Cowboys marched up the field off the kick-off.

Kyle Feldt made a big run.

North Queensland get a few set restarts for infringements and forces a goal line drop out.

Can the Cowboys score again?

49′ TRY: Holmes goes over for the Cowboys

And it takes them one play to score.

Valentine Holmes gets the ball off the scrum (second scrum after an offside penalty was awarded) and he steps off his left foot and crashes over.

Liam Martin was unable to bring him down.

Penrith lead 24-10.

48′: Cowboys get a chance after Dylan Edwards knock-on

The Cowboys get a full set from 10 metres out.

Dylan Edwards drops the ball.

It was probably knocked out by a Cowboy, but the Panthers have wasted their challenge.

44′ TRY: Panthers score a soft try. Cleary kicks his 600th goal for Penrith

Liam Martin has been given a gift.

Cowboys’ winger Semi Valemei dropped a fairly innocuous high-kick, and Martin collected the ball in stride and crashed over.

Nathan Cleary kicks the conversion. That is his 600th goal for the Panthers.

Reaction from Brisbane’s win over Wests: Adam Reynolds

Adam Reynolds joined ABC Sport after Brisbane’s win over the Tigers.

After being told Payne Haas called him a fossil following cramps, Adam Reynolds said that is one of the nicer things he gets called at Red Hill.

“Cramps … not the best. I cop all sorts of nicknames at the club, that’s (fossil) probably one of the nicer ones.”

Reaction from Brisbane’s win over Wests: Reece Walsh

Reece Walsh has spoken to ABC Sport after his eventful evening in Campbelltown.

“I was cramping and spewing up a little bit there but I’ll probably have a chat to the dietician and see what we can work on so I can get that s*** stuff out,”

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2024 NRL Transfer Centre: Souths land Super League half, Three-team trade confirmed

South Sydney have made a major move for 2025 with the signing of St Helens halfback Lewis Dodd.

Dodd, who kicked the winning field goal in Saints’ World Club Challenge win over Penrith last year, has informed his club that he will not extend beyond this year and Souths’ recruitment chief Mark Ellison is en route to the UK to make the deal.

According to the Daily Telegraph, he will ink a four-year deal with the Bunnies, who have Lachlan Ilias and Cody Walker both off contract at the end of next year.

North Queensland coach Todd Payten has confirmed the signing of Canterbury forward Harrison Edwards to join the club immediately from the Bulldogs.

Edwards’ arrival will allow Cowboys second-rower Jack Gosiewski to be granted a release on compassionate grounds to be close to family in Brisbane.

“Harrison is a skilful middle forward/back-rower and highly motivated, a nice kid, works hard and is the right fit for us,”  Payten said.

“Jack is getting towards the final days here at the club, but it is a family and welfare issue and he is going home to be closer to family.” 

Meanwhile, the Dragons’ recruitment issues have continued with the club set to lose out on the signature of reigning Rookie of the Year Sunia Turuva as he opted instead to link up with Benji Marshall and the Wests Tigers.

The Panthers had long since acknowledged that they would not be able to offer Turuva as much as he would get on the open market, but few expected the Tigers to jump in.

St George Illawarra had been offering the chance to play fullback, competing with Tyrell Sloan for the number 1 jumper, and had been ready to insert clauses into a contract that jacked up the Fijian international’s wage if he won the battle to play at the back.

He will instead join his childhood friend Api Koroisau and current teammate Jarome Luai at the Tigers, where he will play centre given the long-term future of Jahream Bula at 1.

Turuva addressed Penrith’s playing group on Thursday morning to inform them he would leave the NRL club and move to the Tigers on a three-year deal.

Brent Naden and Charlie Staines are among other former Penrith players at the joint-venture.

The Dolphins have continued building their roster with the recruitment of back-rower Kulikefu Finefeuiaki.

The Cowboys forward has agreed to a three-year deal with the Dolphins from next season.

A product of the Ipswich Jets, Finefeuiaki made his NRL debut at the age of 19 in round 10 last year, and has now played 19 matches for the Cowboys, including all seven of North Queensland’s games this season.

It is another blow to St George Illawarra as well as the Cowboys as Dragons coach Shane Flanagan had also been chasing his signature.

Dolphins’ chief executive Terry Reader said the signing of the 20-year-old aligned perfectly with the club’s recruitment strategy.

“We are very excited to have Kuli join the Dolphins for the next three seasons, starting in 2025,” said Reader. “The Dolphins have always said that recruitment was not just about year one and that we would take our time to build the squad and gain in strength with the right players.”

“Kuli is also another example of a kid from south-east Queensland having the opportunity to come home to play NRL near his friends and family.”

The Dolphins have also retained utility Max Plath on a contract extension until the end of 2027.

It comes as North Queensland secure second-rower Heilum Luki through 2029 with a bumper contract extension.

The contract is a strong showing of faith in Luki after a horror run of injuries. The 23-year-old, who has been in the Cowboys’ system since he was 15, is currently sidelined with an ankle issue and has been restricted to 40 appearances since making his debut in 2021.

He is tasked with helping reinvigorate an inconsistent Cowboys side when he returns to the fold in round nine.

“(Luki) epitomises everything we value as a club,” said Cowboys general manager of football Micheal Luck. “He works hard at training, he’s prepared to do the tough stuff on the field, and on top of that he is one of the elite back-row talents in the competition.”

Jett Cleary, uncapped brother of NRL superstar Nathan, will join the Warriors from 2025. Cleary’s three-year deal returns his famous surname to Auckland; father and current Penrith boss Ivan is the Warriors’ most-capped coach, leading the club to the 2011 grand final during his 154 games at the helm.

The younger Cleary, 19, played halfback for Penrith’s SG Ball side this season, which ended in a seventh-placed finish for the Panthers.

Cleary’s signing comes only days after the Warriors announced they had signed talismanic Penrith prop James Fisher-Harris on a four-year deal that begins in 2025.

Josh Schuster’s time at Manly is officially up, after the second-rower agreed to a release from his lucrative NRL deal without a new home locked in for 2025. 

Signed to a three-year extension last June worth close to $2.4 million, Schuster is now officially a free agent after being cut loose. Such is the 22-year-old’s rapid exit from Manly, he will be out the door before the new contract was due to commence on November 1 this year. 

Told by Manly officials a fortnight ago he was free to look elsewhere, the five-eighth-turned-second-rower was granted personal leave almost immediately afterwards. It’s believed the Sea Eagles will pay out part of Schuster’s remaining contract for this season as part of the exit, as well as around $200,000 for each of the next three years.

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Team by team, here’s how each club’s roster is shaping up. PO denotes player option, CO club option and MO mutual option.

Brisbane Broncos

Jesse Arthars 2024 2025 2026
Fletcher Baker 2024 2025
Patrick Carrigan 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028
Selwyn Cobbo 2024 2025
Jack Gosiewski 2024 2025
Payne Haas 2024 2025 2026
Kobe Hetherington 2024 2025
Delouise Hoeter 2024
Jaiyden Hunt 2024 2025
Corey Jensen 2024 2025
Jock Madden 2024 2025 2026
Ezra Mam 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029
Deine Mariner 2024 2025 2026 2027
Blake Mozer 2024 2025
Corey Oates 2024
Cory Paix 2024 2025
Brendan Piakura 2024 2025 2026 2027
Jordan Pereira 2024
Adam Reynolds 2024 2025
Jordan Riki 2024 2025 2026 2027
Tristan Sailor 2024 2025
Tyson Smoothy 2024
Kotoni Staggs 2024 2025
Martin Taupau 2024
Ben Te Kura 2024 2025 2026
Reece Walsh 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028
Billy Walters 2024
Xavier Willison 2024 2025

2024 recruits

Fletcher Baker (Roosters), Jaiyden Hunt (Dragons), Jack Gosiewski (Cowboys)

2024 departures

Herbie Farnworth (Dolphins), Keenan Palasia (Titans), Tom Flegler (Dolphins), Logan Bayliss-Brow (unsigned), Kurt Capewell (Warriors)

Canberra Raiders

Nick Cotric 2024
Jamal Fogarty 2024 2025 2026
Emre Guler 2024 2025
Corey Harawira-Naera 2024 2025 PO
Peter Hola 2024
Albert Hopoate 2024 2025
Zac Hosking 2024 2025 2026
Corey Horsburgh 2024 2025 2026 2027
Sebastian Kris 2024 2025 2026 2027
Danny Levi 2024 2025
Ata Mariota 2024
Trey Mooney 2024
Brad Morkos 2024
Josh Papali’i 2024 MO
Hohepa Puru 2024 MO
Jordan Rapana 2024
Ethan Sanders 2025 2026
Simi Sasagi 2024 2025
Pasami Saulo 2024 2025 2026
Xavier Savage 2024 2025
James Schiller 2024
Morgan Smithies 2024 2025 2026
Tom Starling 2024 2025
Chevy Stewart 2024 2025 2026 MO
Ethan Strange 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028
Joseph Tapine 2024 2025 2026 2027 PO
Matt Timoko 2024 2025
Kaeo Weekes 2024 2025
Elliott Whitehead 2024
Zac Woolford 2024
Hudson Young 2024 2025 2026 2027

2024 recruits

Simi Sasagi (Knights), Kaeo Weekes (Sea Eagles), Morgan Smithies (Wigan), Zac Hosking (Panthers)

2024 departures

Jarrod Croker (retired), Clay Webb (unsigned), Jack Wighton (Rabbitohs), Matt Frawley (Leeds), Harley Smith-Shields (Titans)

2025 recruits

Ethan Sanders (Eels)

Canterbury Bulldogs

Josh Addo-Carr 2024 2025
Bailey Biondi-Odo 2024
Matt Burton 2024 2025 2026 2027
Stephen Crichton 2024 2025 2026 2027
Josh Curran 2024 2025
Sam Hughes 2024
Drew Hutchison 2024 2025
Kitione Kautoga 2024 2025
Viliame Kikau 2024 2025 2026
Jacob Kiraz 2024 2025 2026 2027
Max King 2024 2025 2026 2027
Liam Knight 2024
Reed Mahoney 2024 2025 2026
Kurt Mann 2024 2025
Zac Montgomery 2024
Karl Oloapu 2024 2025 2026
Chris Patolo 2024
Hayze Perham 2024
Jacob Preston 2024 2025 2026 2027
Jaeman Salmon 2024 2025
Jordan Samrani 2024 2025
Toby Sexton 2024
Jeral Skelton 2024
Daniel Suluka-Fifita 2024
Ryan Sutton 2024 2025
Blake Taaffe 2024 2025
Zane Tetevano 2024
Jackson Topine 2024
Connor Tracey 2024 2025 2026
Jake Turpin 2024 2025
Blake Wilson 2024
Bronson Xerri 2024 2025

2024 recruits

Stephen Crichton (Panthers), Blake Taaffe (Rabbitohs), Bronson Xerri (drugs ban), Stephen Crichton (Panthers), Jaeman Salmon (Panthers), Josh Curran (Warriors), Drew Hutchison (Roosters), Kurt Mann (Knights), Jake Turpin (Roosters), Poasa Faamausili (Dolphins), Connor Tracey (Sharks), Zane Tetevano (Leeds), Daniel Suluka-Fifita (Rabbitohs)

2024 departures

Jake Averillo (Dolphins), Raymond Faitala-Mariner (Dragons), Tevita Pangai jnr (retired), Kyle Flanagan (Dragons), Paul Alamoti (Panthers), Luke Thompson (Wigan), Corey Waddell (Sea Eagles), Braidon Burns (unsigned), Declan Casey (unsigned), Harrison Edwards (Cowboys)

Cronulla Sharks

Daniel Atkinson 2024 2025
Jayden Berrell 2024
Blayke Brailey 2024 2025 2026
Jesse Colquhoun 2024
Kade Dykes 2024 2025
Dale Finucane 2024
Braden Hamlin-Uele 2024 2025 2026
Tom Hazelton 2024 CO
Royce Hunt 2024 2025
Nicho Hynes 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029
Sione Katoa 2024 2025 2026
Oregon Kaufusi 2024 MO
William Kennedy 2024 2025
Kayal Iro 2024
Cameron McInnes 2024 2025
Ronaldo Mulitalo 2024 2025
Briton Nikora 2024 2025
Niwhai Puru 2024
Jesse Ramien 2024 2025 2026
Toby Rudolf 2024 2025 2026
Sam Stonestreet 2024 2025
Siosifa Talakai 2024 2025 2026
Siteni Taukamo 2024
Braydon Trindall 2024 2025
Jack Williams 2024
Teig Wilton 2024 2025

2024 recruits

Nil

2024 departures

Wade Graham (retired), Jensen Taumoepeau (unsigned), Matt Moylan (Leigh), Connor Tracey (Bulldogs)

2025 departures

Dale Finucane (retired)

The Dolphins

Euan Aitken 2024
Jake Averillo 2024 2025 2026
Jack Bostock 2024 2025
Jesse Bromwich 2024
Kenneath Bromwich 2024 2025
Herbie Farnworth 2024 2025 2026
Kulikefu Finefeuiaki 2025 2026 2027
Thomas Flegler 2024 2025 2026 2027
Tom Gilbert 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028
Harrison Graham 2024 2025
Jamayne Isaako 2024 2025 2026
Robert Jennings 2024 MO
Isaiya Katoa 2024 2025
Felise Kaufusi 2024 2025
Oryn Keeley 2024 2025 2026
Josh Kerr 2024 2025
Edrick Lee 2024
Connelly Lemuelu 2024 2025
Jeremy Marshall-King 2024 2025
Anthony Milford 2024
Mark Nicholls 2024 CO
Kodi Nikorima 2024
Tesi Niu 2024
Sean O’Sullivan 2024 2025
Max Plath 2024 2025 2026 2027
Ray Stone 2024
Hamiso Tabuai-Fidow 2024 2025 2026 2027
Valynce Te Whare 2024
Mason Teague 2024 MO
Jarrod Wallace 2024

2024 recruits

Herbie Farnworth (Broncos), Tom Flegler (Broncos), Oryn Keely (Knights), Jake Averillo (Bulldogs)

2024 departures

Brenko Lee (retired), Herman Ese’ese (Hull FC), Poasa Faamausili (Bulldogs), JJ Collins (unsigned)

2025 recruits

Kulikefu Finefeuiaki (Cowboys)

Gold Coast Titans

Tanah Boyd 2024 2025
AJ Brimson 2024 2025 2026
Jayden Campbell 2024 2025 2026
Erin Clark 2024 2025
Iszac Fa’asuamaleaui 2024 2025
Tino Fa’asuamaleaui 2024 2025 2026 PO until 2033
Beau Fermor 2024 2025 2026
David Fifita 2024 PO PO
Jojo Fifita 2024 2025
Kieran Foran 2024
Ryan Foran 2024 2025
Moeaki Fotuaika 2024 2025 2026 2027
Tony Francis 2024 2025
Klese Haas 2024
Jaimin Jolliffe 2024 2025 2026
Brian Kelly 2024 2025 2026
Alofiana Khan-Pereira 2024 2025 2026
Keano Kini 2024 2025 2026
Isaac Liu 2024
Ken Maumalo 2024 2025
Josiah Pahulu 2024 2025
Keenan Palasia 2024 2025
Chris Randall 2024 2025 2026
Phillip Sami 2024 2025 2026
Aaron Schoupp 2024 2025
Harley Smith-Shields 2024 2025
Treymain Spry 2024
Joe Stimson 2024
Sam Verrills 2024 2025 2026
Thomas Weaver 2024

2024 recruits

Keenan Palasia (Broncos), Harley Smith-Shields (Raiders)

2024 departures

Kruise Leeming (Wigan), Joe Vuna (unsigned).

Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles

Josh Aloiai 2024 2025
Jake Arthur 2024 2025
Luke Brooks 2024 2025 2026 2027
Ethan Bullemor 2024 2025
Gordon Chan Kum Tong 2024
Daly Cherry-Evans 2024 2025
Ben Condon 2024 2025
Lachlan Croker 2024 2025 2026
Reuben Garrick 2024 2025 2026
Jamie Humphreys 2024
Tolutau Koula 2024 2025 2026 PO
Karl Lawton 2024
Matthew Lodge 2024
Haumole Olakau’atu 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029 2030 2031
Brad Parker 2024 2025
Taniela Paseka 2024 2025 2026
Jaxson Paulo 2024 2025 2026
Jason Saab 2024 2025 2026
Toafofoa Sipley 2024 2025
Tommy Talau 2024 2025
Ben Trbojevic 2024
Jake Trbojevic 2024 2025 2026
Tom Trbojevic 2024 2025 2026
Raymond Vaega 2024
Corey Waddell 2024

2024 recruits

Corey Waddell (Bulldogs), Luke Brooks (Wests Tigers), Tommy Talau (Wests Tigers), Jaxson Paulo (Roosters), Aitasi James (Wests Tigers)

2024 departures

Kelma Tuilagi (Eels), Morgan Harper (Eels), Kaeo Weekes (Raiders), Sean Keppie (Rabbitohs), Morgan Boyle (unsigned), Latu Fainu, Samuela Fainu (Tigers) , Christian Tuipulotu (Dragons), Zac Fulton (Bradford), Josh Schuster (released mid-season)

2025 departures

Karl Lawton (Cowboys)

Melbourne Storm

Nelson Asofa-Solomona 2024 2025 2026 2027 MO
Shawn Blore 2024 2025 2026
Joe Chan 2024 MO
Xavier Coates 2024 2025 2026
Sua Fa’alogo 2024 2025 2026 2027
Bronson Garlick 2024 2025
Harry Grant 2024 2025 PO
Jack Howarth 2024 2025 2026 2027
Jahrome Hughes 2024 2025 2026
Dean Ieremia 2024
Tui Kamikamica 2024 2025
Eliesa Katoa 2024 2025 2026 2027
Josh King 2024 2025
Chris Lewis 2024
Trent Loiero 2024 2025
Alec MacDonald 2024 2025
Nick Meaney 2024 2025 2026
Tepai Moeroa 2024
Cameron Munster 2024 2025 2026 2027
Ryan Papenhuyzen 2024 2025
Aaron Pene 2024
Jonah Pezet 2024 2025
Marion Seve 2024
Reimis Smith 2024
Young Tonumaipea 2024
William Warbrick 2024 2025 2026
Christian Welch 2024 2025 MO
Tyran Wishart 2024 2025 PO

2024 recruits

Shawn Blore (Tigers)

2024 departures

George Jennings (unsigned), Jordan Grant (unsigned), Tom Eisenhuth (unsigned), Tariq Sims (Catalans), Jayden Nikorima (Catalans), Justin Olam (Tigers)

Newcastle Knights

David Armstrong 2024
Bradman Best 2024
Jayden Brailey 2024 2025
Paul Bryan 2024 2025
Jed Cartwright 2024 2025
Jack Cogger 2024 2025 2026
Mathew Croker 2024
Phoenix Crossland 2024 2025 2026
Adam Elliott 2024 2025
Tyson Frizell 2024 PO MO
Dane Gagai 2024
Tyson Gamble 2024
Jackson Hastings 2024 2025
Jack Hetherington 2024 2025
Thomas Jenkins 2024 2025
Brodie Jones 2024
Riley Jones 2024 2025
Dylan Lucas 2024 2025
Krystian Mapapalangi 2024
Myles Martin 2024
Greg Marzhew 2024 2025 2026
Kai Pearce-Paul 2024 2025
Kalyn Ponga 2024 2025 2026 2027
Will Pryce 2024 2025
Ryan Rivett 2024
Daniel Saifiti 2024 2025 2026
Jacob Saifiti 2024 2025 2026 2027
Leo Thompson 2024 2025
Enari Tuala 2024

2024 recruits

Kai Pearce-Paul (Wigan), Will Pryce (Huddersfield), Tom Jenkins (Panthers), Jack Cogger (Panthers), Jed Cartwright (Rabbitohs)

2024 departures

Dominic Young (Roosters), Lachlan Fitzgibbon (Warrington), Adam Clune (Huddersfield), Simi Sasagi (Raiders), Lachlan Miller (Leeds), Fa’amanu Brown (Hull FC), Oryn Keeley (Dolphins), Kurt Mann (Bulldogs), Dane Aukafolau (unsigned), Hymel Hunt (unsigned), Jack Johns (unsigned)

NZ Warriors

Bunty Afoa 2024 2025
Tom Ale 2024 2025
Mitchell Barnett 2024 2025
Rocco Berry 2024 2025 2026
Kurt Capewell 2024 2025 2026
Jett Cleary 2025 2026 2027
Wayde Egan 2024 2025
James Fisher-Harris 2025 2026 2027 2028
Addin Fonua-Blake 2024 2025 2026
Jackson Ford 2024 2025
Tohu Harris 2024 2025
Chanel Harris-Tavita 2024 2025 MO
Shaun Johnson 2024
Edward Kosi 2024 2025
Jacob Laban 2024
Ali Leiataua 2024 2025
Freddy Lussick 2024 2025 2026
Zyon Maiu’u 2024
Te Maire Martin 2024 2025
Luke Metcalf 2024 2025 2026
Marcelo Montoya 2024 2025
Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad 2024 2025 CO
Marata Niukore 2024 2025 2026
Adam Pompey 2024 2025
Demitric Sifakula 2024 2025
Jazz Tevaga 2024
Taine Tuaupiki 2024 2025
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2024 2025 2026
Ronald Volkman 2024 2025
Dylan Walker 2024 2025
Dallin Watene-Zelezniak 2024 2025

2024 recruits

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (All Blacks), Chanel Harris-Tavita (sabbatical), Kurt Capewell (Broncos)

2024 losses

Viliame Vailea (Cowboys), Bayley Sironen (Catalans), Brayden Wiliame (retired), Josh Curran (Bulldogs)

2025 recruits

James Fisher-Harris, Jett Cleary (Panthers)

North Queensland Cowboys

Tom Chester 2024
Jake Clifford 2024
Reuben Cotter 2024 2025
Tom Dearden 2024
Robert Derby 2024 2025
Scott Drinkwater 2024 2025 2026 2027
Thomas Duffy 2024 2025
Harrison Edwards 2024 2025 CO
Kyle Feldt 2024
Kulikefu Finefeuiaki 2024
Jake Granville 2024
Coen Hess 2024
Valentine Holmes 2024 2025
Karl Lawton 2025 2026
Zac Laybutt 2024
Luciano Leilua 2024 2025
Helium Luki 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028 2029
Sam McIntyre 2024
Jordan McLean 2024
Jeremiah Nanai 2024 2025 2026 2027
Griffin Neame 2024 2025
D’Jazirhae Pua’avase 2024 2025
Reece Robson 2024 2025
Murray Taulagi 2024 2025 2026
Jason Taumalolo 2024 2025 2026 2027
Jamayne Taunoa-Brown 2024
Chad Townsend 2024
Viliami Vailea 2024 2025
Semi Valemei 2024

2024 recruits

Jake Clifford (Super League), Viliami Vailea (Warriors), Harrison Edwards (Bulldogs)

2024 departures

James Tamou (retired), Peta Hiku (Hull KR), Mitch Dunn (unsigned), Ben Hampton (unsigned), Gehamat Shibasaki (unsigned), Jake Bourke (unsigned), Brendan Elliot (unsigned), Riley Price (Panthers), Jack Gosiewski (Broncos)

2025 recruits

Karl Lawton (Sea Eagles)

2025 departures

Kulikefu Finefeuiaki (Dolphins)

Parramatta Eels

Daejarn Asi 2024
Dylan Brown 2024 2025 PO until
2031
Reagan Campbell-Gillard 2024 2025
Bryce Cartwright 2024 2025
Zac Cini 2024
Matt Doorey 2024 2025
Haze Dunster 2024 MO
Wiremu Greig 2024 2025
Clint Gutherson 2024 2025
Brendan Hands 2024 2025
Morgan Harper 2024
J’maine Hopgood 2024 2025
Shaun Lane 2024 2025 MO
Zac Lomax 2025 2026 2027
Joey Lussick 2024 2025
Makahesi Makatoa 2024
Uinitoni Mataele 2024 2025
Ryan Matterson 2024 2025 PO
Jirah Momoisea 2024
Mitchell Moses 2024 2025 2026 PO PO
Joe Ofahengaue 2024 2025
Ofahiki Ogden 2024
Junior Paulo 2024 2025 2026
Will Penisini 2024 2025 PO
Ky Rodwell 2024
Sean Russell 2024 2025
Bailey Simonsson 2024
Maika Sivo 2024 2025 MO CO
Blaize Talagi 2024 PO
Tevita Taumoepenu 2024
Kelma Tuilagi 2024 2025

2024 recruits

Kelma Tuilagi (Sea Eagles), Morgan Harper (Sea Eagles).

2024 departures

Josh Hodgson (retirement), Jack Murchie (Huddersfield), Andrew Davey (retirement), Waqa Blake (unsigned), Samuel Loizou (unsigned)

2025 recruits

Zac Lomax (Dragons)

2025 departures

Ethan Sanders (Raiders)

Penrith Panthers

Paul Alamoti 2024
Nathan Cleary 2024 2025 2026 2027
Jack Cole 2024 2025 2026
Dylan Edwards 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028
Matt Eisenhuth 2024
James Fisher-Harris 2024 2025 2026
Luke Garner 2024
Mavrik Geyer 2024 2025
Harrison Hassett 2024 2025
Liam Henry 2024 2025 2026
Mitch Kenny 2024
Daine Laurie 2024
Moses Leota 2024 2025 2026 2027
Ativalu Lisati 2024
Jarome Luai 2024
Soni Luke 2024 2025
Liam Martin 2024 2025 2026 2027
Taylan May 2024
Jesse McLean 2024 2025 2026
Tyrone Peachey 2024
Brad Schneider 2024 2025
Lindsay Smith 2024 2025 2026
Scott Sorensen 2024 2025 2026
Brian To’o 2024 2025 2026 2027
Sunia Turuva 2024
Izack Tago 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028
Isaah Yeo 2024 2025 2026 2027

2024 recruits

Daine Laurie (Wests Tigers), Brad Schneider (Hull KR), Paul Alamoti (Bulldogs)

2024 departures

Stephen Crichton (Bulldogs), Jack Cogger (Knights), Spencer Leniu (Roosters), Jaeman Salmon (Bulldogs), Tom Jenkins (Knights), Chris Smith (unsigned), Eddie Blacker (unsigned), Zac Hosking (Raiders)

2025 departures

Jarome Luai, Sunia Turuva (Tigers)

St George Illawarra Dragons

Corey Allen 2024 2025
Jack Bird 2024 MO
Josh Coric 2024
Jack de Belin 2024
Ryan Couchman 2024 2025
Toby Couchman 2024 2025
Raymond Faitala-Mariner 2024 2025
Mathew Feagai 2024
Max Feagai 2024
Viliami Fifita 2024 2025
Sione Finau 2024 2025
Kyle Flanagan 2024 2025
Ben Hunt 2024 2025
Zac Lomax 2024
Francis Molo 2024
Michael Molo 2024
Ben Murdoch-Masila 2024
Blake Lawrie 2024 2025 2026
Jacob Liddle 2024 2025 MO
Cody Ramsey 2024
Mikaele Ravalawa 2024 2025 2026
Daniel Russell 2024 MO
Hame Sele 2024 2025 2026
Tyrell Sloan 2024
Jaydn Su’A 2024
Moses Suli 2024
Savelio Tamale 2024
Christian Tuipulotu 2024 2025

2024 recruits

Hame Sele (Rabbitohs), Kyle Flanagan, Raymond Faitala-Mariner (Bulldogs), Corey Allan (Roosters), Christian Tuipulotu (Sea Eagles)

2024 departures

Jayden Sullivan (Wests Tigers), Zane Musgrove (Warrington Wolves), Billy Burns (unsigned), Tyrell Fuimaono (unsigned), Jaiyden Hunt (Broncos), Nick Lui-Toso (unsigned), Tautau Moga (unsigned), Junior Amone (deregistered), Paul Turner (Featherstone Rovers)

2025 departures

Zac Lomax (Eels)

South Sydney Rabbitohs

Jai Arrow 2024 2025 2026 2027
Tom Burgess 2024
Michael Chee Kam 2024
Damien Cook 2024 2025
Tallis Duncan 2024 2025
Campbell Graham 2024 2025 2026 2027
Jye Gray 2024
Siliva Havili 2024 2025
Dean Hawkins 2024
Jacob Host 2024 2025
Lachlan Ilias 2024 2025
Alex Johnston 2024 2025
Josiah Karapani 2024
Sean Keppie 2024 2025 2026
Keaon Koloamatangi 2024 2025 2026
Ben Lovett 2024
Peter Mamouzelos 2024 2025 2026 2027
Taane Milne 2024
Latrell Mitchell 2024 2025 2026 2027
Shaquai Mitchell 2024
Davvy Moale 2024 2025
Tyrone Munro 2024 2025
Cameron Murray 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028
Isaiah Taas 2024
Tevita Tatola 2024 2025 2026 2027 2028
Leon Te Hau 2024
Izaac Tu’itupou Thompson 2024
Cody Walker 2024 2025
Jack Wighton 2024 2025 2026 2027

2024 recruits

Jack Wighton (Raiders), Sean Keppie (Sea Eagles)

2024 departures

Blake Taaffe (Bulldogs), Hame Sele (Dragons), Jed Cartwright (Knights), Daniel Suluka-Fifita (Bulldogs)

2025 departures

Thomas Burgess (Huddersfield)

Sydney Roosters

Egan Butcher 2024 2025
Nat Butcher 2024 2025 2026 2027
Lindsay Collins 2024 2025 2026
Angus Crichton 2024
Zach Dockar-Clay 2024
Michael Jennings 2024
Spencer Leniu 2024 2025
Luke Keary 2024 2025
Joseph Manu 2024
Terrell May 2024 2025 2026
Tyler Moriarty 2024
Junior Pauga 2024 2025
Victor Radley 2024 2025 2026 2027
Billy Smith 2024 2025 2026 2027
Brandon Smith 2024 PO
Sandon Smith 2024
Joseph Suaali’i 2024
James Tedesco 2024 2025
Robert Toia 2024 2025
Daniel Tupou 2024
Sitili Tupouniua 2024 2025 2026 2027
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves 2024
Sam Walker 2024 2025
Connor Watson 2024 2025
Naufahu Whyte 2024 2025 2026
Siua Wong 2024 2025 2026
Dominic Young 2024 2025 2026 2027

2024 recruits

Dominic Young (Knights), Lewis Murphy (Wakefield Trinity), Spencer Leniu (Panthers), Michael Jennings (drugs ban)

2024 departures

Fletcher Baker (Broncos), Jake Turpin (Bulldogs), Corey Allan (unsigned), Nathan Brown (unsigned), Paul Momirovski (unsigned), Ben Thomas (unsigned), Jaxson Paulo (Sea Eagles), Matt Lodge (Sea Eagles), Paul Momirovski (Leeds Rhinos), Drew Hutchison (Bulldogs)

2025 departures

Joseph Suaalii (rugby), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Hull KR), Joseph Manu (Toyota Verblitz)

Wests Tigers

John Bateman 2024 2025 2026
Jahream Bula 2024 2025 2026 MO
Tallyn Da Silva 2024 2025 2026
Adam Doueihi 2024
Latu Fainu 2024 2025 2026 2027
Samuela Fainu 2024 2025 2026 2027
Sione Fainu 2024
Josh Feledy 2024 2025
Lachlan Galvin 2024 2025 2026
Asu Kepaoa 2024
David Klemmer 2024 2025 MO
Apisai Koroisau 2024 2025 2026
Justin Matamua 2024 2025
Jordan Miller 2024 2025 2026
Brent Naden 2024 2025
Justin Olam 2024 2025 2026
Isaiah Papali’i 2024 2025
Fonua Pole 2024 2025
Triston Reilly 2024
Alex Seyfarth 2024 2025
Aidan Sezer 2024 MO
Jake Simpkin 2024
Charlie Staines 2024 2025
Jayden Sullivan 2024 2025 2026 2027
Starford To’a 2024 2025 2026
Brandon Tumeth 2024 PO
Junior Tupou 2024
Sunia Turuva 2025 2026 2027
Alex Twal 2024 2025 2026 2027
Stefano Utoikamanu 2024 MO
Brandon Webster-Mansfield 2024

2024 recruits

Jayden Sullivan (Dragons), Aidan Sezer (Leeds), Latu Fainu, Samuela Fainu (Sea Eagles), Justin Olam (Storm)

2024 departures

Shawn Blore (Storm), Tuki Simpkins (unsigned), Brandon Wakeham (unsigned), Luke Brooks (Sea Eagles), Tommy Talau (Sea Eagles), Daine Laurie (Panthers), Aitasi James (Sea Eagles), Rua Ngatikaura (unsigned), David Nofoaluma (Salford)

2024 recruits

Jarome Luai, Sunia Turuva (Panthers)



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NRL Round-Up: A new leader surges, a new lowest sinks and a new Lomax special

After one of the closest rounds in recent memory last week, round seven featured a cavalcade of blowouts.

The congested ladder was shaken up time and time again, with a new leader, a new lowest and still no real premiership favourite.

Here is our Round-Up.

1. Uncanny X-Man keeps going hard

Xavier Coates looks a different player this year and it’s going well beyond his highlight reel, as impressive as it’s been. 

Coates has three tries this season but every one of them has made a huge impact — the all-time effort against the Warriors in round two lit up the sporting world and his high-flying act against Brisbane a few weeks later earned Mark of the Week honours from the AFL. 

But his latest one, the match-winner against the Roosters, is the true measure of his improvement. 

Coates has always been a player capable of the incredible. He can fly high and perform acrobatic finishes in the corner, and he’s done so for a while now.

But this year Coates is playing tougher. He’s running harder, using every bit of his 194cm, 108kg frame, especially in yardage and in defence, two areas of the game that haven’t always been his strength.

To score the winner on Thursday night he barged through Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Connor Watson and Victor Radley, all tremendous defenders, to score. 

It’s the kind of finish he might not have made last year and that willingness to throw himself around physically has helped Coates become a far more well-rounded player for the Storm. 

ABC Player of the year awards:

3 – Jahrome Hughes (Storm)

2 – Xavier Coates (Storm)

1 – Lindsay Collins (Roosters)

2. Zac Lomax’s Origin case might soon be undeniable

In the space of seven weeks Zac Lomax has played some of the best football of his career in a position he doesn’t want to play, asked for a release from the Dragons, signed with another club and, incredibly, has entered New South Wales Origin calculations. 

Blues coach Michael Maguire has confirmed Lomax on his radar and the Temora product again showed why with a scintillating display against the Warriors.

Lomax scored a try, kicked five goals, booted a two-point field goal and was involved throughout the Dragons brilliant upset win over the Warriors. His four-pointer, a spectacular leaping effort early in the second half, was a mark of his seemingly unlimited talent. 

For a while now it seemed as though that talent might not be fully realised. But if Lomax keeps going like this the stages will only get bigger because he’s playing the kind of football that’s impossible to ignore. 

ABC Player of the year awards:

3 – Zac Lomax (Dragons)

2 – Ben Hunt (Dragons)

1 – Francis Molo (Dragons)

3. Young sensations and late bloomers dazzle for Dolphins

The Dolphins were without four of their best players for their trip to Darwin to play Parramatta and, just to make things a little more difficult, they also didn’t have coach Wayne Bennett after the veteran mentor was struck by illness. 

Any win over Parramatta in those circumstances would have been impressive but running out 44-16 winners made this one of the finest performances in the club’s nascent history and it was two contrasting players who led the way. 

Isaiya Katoa is fast becoming the side’s dominant attacking presence and the young halfback again orchestrated his side’s attack with a veteran’s touch in a superb showing of control and play making skill. At just 20 years old, he’s already going a long way towards justifying the hype which surrounded him in his junior days at the Panthers. 

Trai Fuller has never quite attracted the same attention, although that might change now. The 27-year-old has spent the last six seasons playing with Redcliffe in the Queensland Cup but this was just his second NRL game. You’d never have guessed it from his performance though as Fuller scored a try, set up another and looked sharp with every touch of the ball.

The Dolphins will need to navigate more rough waters as they wait for their stars to return but with Katoa and Fuller leading the way they’ll still be very dangerous for any team who dares to take them lightly. 

ABC Player of the year awards:

3 – Jeremy Marshall-King (Dolphins)

2 – Trai Fuller (Dolphins)

1 – Isaiya Katoa (Dolphins)

4. Panthers remain favourite in a messy comp

There have been those who have been quick to write off the Penrith Panthers as having fallen off, and while they may have lost a step, no-one else has established themselves as the primary challenger.

Cronulla and Melbourne are on top of the table with five wins, but are you really convinced by either of those sides — the scrappy Storm who refuse to win by more than single digits and the Sharks who got pumped 32-6 by the Tigers less than a month ago?

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‘Every time we do black and white, it doesn’t work’: Does anyone actually understand the obstruction rule?

The NRL likes to go through phases where everyone throws their hands up and wonders what the rules actually are – and boy, are we in one at the moment.

The last week of footy has been a riot of interpretations of the obstruction rule, from Jake Trbojevic’s seemingly understandable call last week to Jared Waerea-Hargreaves’ totally inscrutable call on Thursday night via a plethora of given and not given examples.

The rules as most people understand them are fairly simple, but the interpretation of those rules is anything but.

Here’s the best attempt to work out what they actually are. You’re allowed to run decoy lines, but not if you take anyone out.

“The onus is on the attacking players or ‘block-runners’ not to initiate contact with the defenders,” reads the NRL’s advice on this, and that seems easy enough to follow.

If the defender takes the bait on your decoy, that’s their choice and well done.

“If the defender initiates contact, it will not be deemed to be an obstruction, says the official guideline, and ‘defensive decision’ is what you’ll hear the Bunker say.

But wait, there’s more.

“The ball carrier must not run behind an active block-runner and disadvantage the defensive line,” it continues, adding “Block runner(s) (who do not receive the ball) must not stop in the middle of the defensive line” and “must not run at (chest or outside shoulder of) defender(s) and initiate contact”.

Oh.

“Attacking players who run a ‘Sweep’ line must receive the ball beyond the inside shoulder of the ‘Block’ runner(s)”

Wait.

Don’t stop in the line, you’d think, would be easy to police, but given the moving nature of the line and the vital point of where the ball is in relation to anyone’s theoretical ability to make a tackle, it really isn’t.

If a winger on the other side of the field moves up and stands in the line, it’s obviously not an obstruction, so clearly there is a level of proximity necessary to make it relevant, and that’s a grey area at the discretion of the Bunker.

Given that we’re invariably talking about these calls after a try has been scored – aka when the line has been broken – then where that line becomes a point of discussion, too.

Jurbo stopped in the line, but far enough that the impeded defender, Luca Moretti, mightn’t have made it anyway, which the Bunker then has to rule on.

Jared didn’t stop in the line, but was close enough to another defender, fullback Dylan Edwards, that the Bunker had to rule on whether he theoretically could have.

Then you throw in the 13 moving parts in a defensive line, all making microscopic mini-movements and it becomes even harder, and the myriad patterns in attack and you wonder why we don’t make more mistakes than we actually do.

It’s not *that* complicated, honestly, but given the complexity inherent in it, there’s a lot of room for interpretation. That’s why coaches tend to be slightly philosophical about the whole affair.

Ivan Cleary, for example, saw the futility of it all.

“I’m kind of trying to avoid talking about bunkers and stuff this year,” he told the post-match media conference following his side’s victory at the Roosters in which, in fairness, it was easy to say something like that as he had just won and, undeniably, been the beneficiary of an obstruction call that fell right in the middle of the confusing section.

“If you got me at the right time on the right night then I could talk for half an hour, but I’m not going to tonight. It is what it is. You win some, you lose some.

“I’ll say one thing – I feel like every time we’ve done a black and white interpretation in rugby league, it’s been a failure.

“I’m not saying that was the case tonight – I’m not saying yes or no – but every time we have, it doesn’t work. That’s just my opinion.”

The next morning, Anthony Seibold – who had been on the other side of an interpretation the weekend before – wanted to point out how hard the refs had it, and that players knew that there was an advantage to be gained and could always play up to it.

“I think the biggest challenge for the referees and officials is if someone is through the line,” explained.

“Jared did a good job – Dylan Edwards is working really hard, so I’m not saying he did this – but sometimes you see a defender literally run into the back of an attacking player.

“That didn’t happen last night so I want to be really clear on that, but they’re hard for the referees, touch judges and the Bunker to rule on. 

“It’s a tough a job, right? They don’t need an extra person shouting from the rooftops on what I think, they’re doing the best that they can. But it’s hard sometimes because defenders will play for penalties and that’s the grey (area) for officials.”

Graham Annesley, who writes the rules and fronts the media frequently on them, had already admitted that the call on Thursday night was wrong.

“Last week I supported two obstruction rulings by the Bunker,” he said on Friday morning.

“I talked about the need for the lead runner to continue through the defensive line, and for the play not to be turned back through the gap created by a collision with a defender.

“Neither of these factors were present in last night’s decision (on the Waerea-Hargreaves incident).

“In the circumstances, the Bunker does have discretion to consider whether a defender could have prevented the try.

“In my opinion, the try would have been scored regardless and the on-field decision should not have been overturned.”

Without going full Alcoholics Anonymous, admitting you have a problem is the first step to recovery.

Annesley, to his credit, is happy to front up when these things go wrong and say as much, and generally does it in a way that doesn’t also throw his refs under the bus.

But in doing so, he proves that the rules are wide open to whatever the Bunker sees, which can often be wildly different from what everyone else sees.

It’s not so much that the law is an ass, but that the law is inspecific about what equine is in question at all. Fans love the idea of consistency, but when you have interpretation, consistency is unattainable.

We thought that bringing in tighter policing of these things with the Bunker would lead to greater clarity, but (as anyone could have told you in advance, had they put their mind to it) the more you look at a grey area, the greyer it gets.

Soccer struggles to deal with an offside law that has three moving parts: the attacker, the defender and the ball.

Cricket struggles with LBW, which has just two: the ball and the batter.

Rugby league is faced with far, far more than that. It’s an impossible task and bound to go wrong a lot of the time and, crucially, we only really care in the most heightened moments.

Ivan Cleary knows more about this than almost anyone, and Anthony Seibold the same. Both think it’s too difficult to police and anyone asking for consistency isn’t going to get it. Maybe we should all take that approach.



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