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.

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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

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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.

27 COMMENTS

  1. Not that I’m really worried whether e gets to manly or not but what carney done is nothing compared to others mainly lodge playing in the nrl.
    Still going manly stick with Hastings at 5/8th

    • Agree. His worst stuff was very early in his career (DUI, high speed chase), since then it has just been dumb stuff. Compared to Lodge in particular I cannot see any genuine reason why Carney should not be allowed back.

  2. I am not sure that they will win the spoon but I can`t see the Raiders making the 8. We need a 7, Sezer just doesn’t create enough, and Austin isn`t going to direct us around the park, he`s just not that type of 6

    Most of our forwards seemed overweight last year, they looked slow and at times unfit

    I would also move Whighton to the centres, try Abbey at fullback ( I don`t know much about him) or put him on the wing and try Cotric or Rapana

    Only time will tell, can`t wait for season to start

    • Abbey looked clearly outclassed and very ordinary in his games with dogs last year, definetely didn’t live up to his hype he had

    • Cotric grew up playing fullback and in my opinion, he’d be a better option than Abbey. I’d also bring up another kid on the wing by the name of Sebastian Kris, he’s one to watch.

  3. Raiders biggest losers , baaaaaa
    Bet Ricky’s no ZT fan 😂😂😂😂😂 where are you hiding Milton , you stupid household appliance

  4. Sure to stir the pot.

    Manly accused of cheating the cap for the last five years. Interesting times ahead for them, good luck.

    • Yeah, this will be interesting to say the least.

      Feel for the fans who have to go through this sh!t as it unfolds.

        • South Sydney don’t cheat eels47. There is no proof to the contrary and judging from some of our recent signings (or lack thereof) it just shows the Rabbits aren’t that smart either so we wouldn’t be clever enough to pull it off. If only we had the account that controls the books for the chooks then we might be a chance of doing some mischief with “creative accounting”.

          Rabbits only know how to multiple mate. That’s about as mathematically creative as we get. 😉

    • Wanna bet , the cap issues are strictly TPA’s, DCE salary goes up every year guaranteed for life , how can we afford that ? We couldn’t afford Buhrer , Killa left a year maybe 2 to early ( he would have killed it at 5/8) they forced Snake out , Matt Ballin , Fulton has made a big mess how ironic his called it a day , love to read your thoughts EagleRock , Screaming, what do you boys think ? Turbos on way to much this is ridiculous

      • You know more about Manly than me just hard to believe DCE would have been on that much 5yrs ago. As for the bro they probably are on to much for this early stage of their careers but if you want to retain the talent you have to pay the price. Personally I’ve always wondered about Walkers contract.

      • Hence my big debate with Holmsey, and the “potential “ salary instead of what players are really worth , I’ve said it and il repeat, the current state of salary’s in NRL are not sustainable, the current clubs in Sydney are not sustainable,

  5. i considered the raiders the biggest losers before they even lost josh hodgson. bickering sticky coaches them.

      • No Pappa Smurf prefers to smirk and snicker and set his baleful gaze on the object of his derision while he tries to channel “Clint Eastwood” to intimidate all those who displease him. I used to see him more as a Montgomery Burns clone but then his PR agent paid some stooge to call him Clint Eastwood in front of the cameras and it stuck. I still think he bears a closer resemblance to Darth Sidious from Return of the Jedi than Clint Eastwood in any case. Anyone else see the resemblance? Bahahahahahahahahaha

  6. WOW PLENTY OF DISGRUNTLED MANLY SUPPORTERS POSTERS DISGRUNTLED HERE , 2018 SEASON HAVE 2
    RE LEASE A PLAYER OR 2 TO BE 2018 SEASON CAP COMPLIANCE NO PROBLEM PLAYERS LIKE
    DALEY CHERRY EVENS THE 10 MILLION DOLLAR MAN WONT HAVE MUCH TROUBLE FINDING A NEW CLUB
    MARTIN TAPAU CAN RETURN HOME 2 THE BULLDOGS AS GREG EASTWOOD WONT BE RESIGNED PAST 2018 END
    EVEN DYLAN WALKER A RETURN 2 SOUTH SYDNEY WHERE IT @ STARTED SO MY POINT IS LETTING 1 OR 2 PLAYERS GO 2 BE CAP COMPLIANCE IS A GOOD THING AGAIN MANLY THE PRICE OF THE N R L I DONT THINK SO

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