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RLATG Division 2: Round 3 Round Up

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The curtain comes down on yet another highly enjoyable weekend of Jamaican Rugby League in the RLATG National Division 2, the Red Sharks taking on the Hounds and the Dragons facing the Spartans.

Duhaney Red Sharks vs Kingston Hounds

The Sharks are now the only unbeaten team in RLATG Division 2, after seeing off title challengers, the Kingston Central Hounds in a thrilling game. The game was tight going into the half, the Sharks leading by 8 points to 6, the second half would be a different story, the Sharks bringing their A game and racking up plenty of points. The Hounds were unable to cease the Sharks attack, the Sharks scoring 14 unanswered points in the second half, giving the Sharks a 22-6 win on the day.

Sharks tries - Roy Calvert (2), Jenson Morris (2), Chawn Henry.
Sharks Goals - Stephan Lounds (1)

Hounds tries - Antonio Baker
Hounds Goals - Anthony Findlay

Liguanea Dragons vs CMU Spartans

 The league's two winless sides would face off, the way the Dragons played you wou…

Potential candidates to replace Nigel Wood as CEO of the RFL

After being removed from the Super League Europe board last week - which ended a 16-year stint as a board member of the governing body - Nigel Wood has also stepped down as the Chief Executive of the RFL after ten years in the role. In departing, Wood placed on record that the time was right to leave.
“I am extremely honoured and privileged to have served as Chief Executive of the Rugby Football League. I am an unashamed Rugby League fan and can think of no greater honour that be asked to fulfil the role of CEO for the Rugby Football League. “However leadership presents many tests, and the greatest of these is to recognise when it is time to step out and this is the right moment to do so. I would like to place on record my unreserved thanks to the many excellent colleagues, the clubs and all those that I have worked with throughout the last sixteen years and wish them the best of luck for the future.” With Wood bowing out, who has the mettle, experience, determination and passion to …

Fijian Team In NSW Comp By 2019

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Fiji's governing Rugby League board have officially given their backing and contacted NSWRL to strengthen the proposal.

Former Fijian international and NRL veteran, Petero Civoniceva, has been lobbying for well over 3 years to make this a reality for Fijian Rugby League, stating that the FNRL's support was the "missing piece of the jigsaw".

The NSW competition will be a stepping stone in an attempt to get a Fijian side into the N9RL. Fiji have never been short of talent in Australia's biggest competition, meaning that an NRL side is more than possible.

Fiji have got the real hard work to do now, they must source $1.5 million in sponsorship funds to help make this dream financially viable, otherwise it will be near impossible for a Bati based side to join.

If the proposal is deemed sustainable by the NSWRL, then we are very likely to see a Fijian side playing on Australia soil.

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Leeds will still be at the top of their game in 2018

Wind the clock back to a year ago and Leeds Rhinos were just recovering from their worst Super League season in the summer game; fans didn't know what to expect for the 2017 season and there was considerable anxiety that 2016 could well be replicated in 2017. And, after a dismal start to the season - which included a 66-10 hammering by eventual Grand Final opponents Castleford Tigers - the prospect of Leeds finishing outside the top eight seemed possible once more. Tell that to Brian McDermott and his Rhinos' players; six wins from seven in April and March brought Leeds back within touching distance of the top four. And, 20 wins from 30 by the end of the season saw the Rhinos finish second in what was a vastly improved - if slightly inconsistent - season. A home playoff tie against third-placed Hull FC beckoned; a narrow 18-16 victory sent the Rhinos into yet another Super League Grand Final. And on Grand Final day, Leeds were too strong for an error-ridden Castleford Tigers&…

Cleary Reluctant To Commit To Panthers

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Young sensation, Nathan Cleary, has said that he won't tie himself down with the Panthers just yet.

Speaking with NRL.com on their podcast, Cleary stated "I just don't want anything to be set in stone, a year in footy is a really long time." Cleary admitted that the Panthers are keen to enter into negotiations now, despite the fact that he has two years left on his contract..


The obvious destination for the young halfback is the Tigers, with his father Ivan coaching them, however Cleary was quick to shrug off any speculation of a link up.

The Penrith Panthers man said that he would happy to sit down and discuss after the coming season "Once we get to the off-season I can sit down and see what is happening".

Cleary didn't provide the logic behind his reasoning and insisted that this was not about the money, all we know at the moment is that there will be a few nervous Penrith fans after this.

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Bailey, Taylor & Moi Moi "Sacked" By Wolfpack

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The Mirror Sport are reporting that the trio have left the club with immediate effect by mutual consent, after an incident on a training camp in Portugal.

Ryan Bailey is no stranger to controversy, in late 2017 the former Rhino tested positive for illegal substances, Bailey won an appeal against the findings, but many still had their doubts over the Rugby League renegade.


Taylor and Moi Moi have both lead relatively reputable careers until this incident, Taylor of course caught in the Gold Coast Titans Cocaine scandal but was never charged. Speculation online is pointing towards a breach of club rules, in relation to how a representative should conduct themselves in public.

The official statement made by the Wolfpack didn't state one cause behind the decision, instead keeping it vague and calling the decision "mutual consent", sounding more like jump before you're pushed.

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Time to get out the crystal ball. TITANS

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We are now less than 50 days from the start of the NRL season, as we continue to gaze into the crystal ball and continue to go through what we believe will be your teams best 17 heading into their 2018 campaign.



1 Michael Gordon
2 Anthony Don
3 Brenko Lee
4 Konrad Hurrell
5 Dale Copley
6 Kane Eldgey
7 Ash Taylor
8 Jarrod Wallace
9 Nathan Peats
10 Leilani Latu
11 Kevin Proctor
12 Ryan James
13 Jai Arrow
14 Mitch Rein
15 Will Matthews
16 Morgan Boyle
17 Joe Greenwood

The Gold Coast Titans have a couple of new faces with Michael Gordon and Brenko Lee arriving slotting straight into the backline for the departing Hayne and Tyrone Roberts who swapped and shuffled positions all last season. Anthony Don and Konrad Hurrell hold their spots at wing and centre while Dale Copley gets the other wing spot with Brendan Elliot missing out.
Titans fans will be hopefully to see Eldgey and more importantly million dollar signing Ash Taylor take control of the side in the 6 and 7 now Hayne is out of th…