during the round nine NRL match between the Canterbury Bulldogs and the Canberra Raiders at ANZ Stadium on April 29, 2017 in Sydney, Australia.

Canberra; contenders for the spoon

The Canberra Raiders are the biggest losers following the Rugby League World Cup. Losing dummy-half Josh Hodgson – to a nine-month layoff due to an ACL rupture (in England’s semi-final win against Samoa) – has put a major dent in the clubs hopes of returning to playoffs next season.

In recent years, Canberra’s game plan has heavily relied on Josh Hodgson to take on a heavy burden, which often saw him doing more ball playing and playmaking than halves Aidan Sezer and Blake Austin.

Sezer and Austin will need to step up in Hodgson’s absence…otherwise they may be in line for their first wooden spoon in over 30 years.

#FightEB

Epidermolysis Bullosa is a disease which severely weakens the skin to ‘tissue paper strength’, causing blisters to form while also reducing life expectancy in some cases. Brisbane Broncos supporter, Dean Clifford, 37, suffers from this deadly disease. Earlier this year, Fox League did a story on Dean and he expressed his desire to have more done for this rare disease.

London organisation The Brothers Trust in conjunction with DEBRA have stepped in to help. The Brothers Trust, spearheaded by Spider-Man star; Tom Holland, focuses on charities that may ‘struggle to be heard’, with EB being such a rare disease this is certainly the case for DEBRA.

It is a worthy cause all Rugby League fans should get behind in support of people like Dean Clifford and the 500,000 other sufferers across the world who live every day with EB. I was very happy to donate $470 on behalf of the NRL Infinite and Zero Tackle team.

Every dollar helps, to donate, please visit: http://www.thebrotherstrust.org/just-donate.html

Fifth chance to do the trick?

Last week, Todd Carney joined Queensland Cup club the Northern Pride as captain/coach. This week, he received a phone call from the Manly Sea Eagles offering him a potential NRL lifeline.

Does Carney deserve yet another chance on the big stage though? It’s a tough one but I definitely think so. He behaved during his three-year stint in the UK in the incident which saw him deregistered by the NRL a year prior to his arrival in the old smoke was minor to say the least compared to some of the current crop of players off-field histories in the NRL.

Matthew Lodge, for example, should not be allowed to set foot on an NRL field let alone a state-wide competitions’ next year.

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