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As the Warriors close in on a first finals berth since 2011, they would do well to forget about the premiership table.
The proposed test between Tonga and Australia may have hit one roadblock too many with the anticipated clash running dangerously close to falling through.
My body is not a temple. It's more of a run down industrial unit with a couple of structural engineering issues. But it has a solid base, built on carbs, and has done sterling service given what it has endured over the decades. At last count: a couple of hang glider prangs (and many dodgy landings), middle-aged netball (the knees, the knees), and a youth that showed scant regard for the wellbeing of organs such as the liver and stomach.
Melbourne are hopeful skipper Cameron Smith will be fit for their next round NRL clash with Gold Coast but they will be down on troops through some major injuries.
Melbourne lost three key players mid-match to injury including skipper Cameron Smith but have rallied for a courageous 20-4 Friday night NRL win over Parramatta.
The morning after the night before confirmed this much; Wayne Bennett will be coaching the Broncos in 2019. As far as Brisbane chief executive Paul White is concerned, that's an iron-clad arrangement, regardless of who grills the better scotch fillet, or the mind-bending revelation that Bennett appears to be the only grown-up male in Australia that doesn't own a barbecue.
Kiwis coach Michael Maguire has denied rumours he's been lined up to replace Wayne Bennett at Brisbane.
OPINION: Here's a name to throw into the rugby league coaching cement mixer, especially with the Bledisloe Cup being held at ANZ Stadium on Saturday night.
Trent Barrett wants to remain an NRL coach but it appears increasingly unlikely that will be at Manly after he couldn't comment on whether he was negotiating a release.
Brisbane's NRL finals hopes are alive and cooking after they prevailed in a see- sawing contest with South Sydney on Thursday night.
Paul Gallen will extend his career into a 19th season after making the decision to play on next year.
Former Warrior and Kiwis' playmaker Isaac John is redefining what life after sport can look like for business-minded people.
Win, lose or draw, the Warriors are in for at least one close shave between now and the first round of the NRL finals.
Wayne Bennett has issued his strongest back-me-or-sack-me ultimatum to the Broncos hierarchy, warning he "won't make it easy" for them if they plan to axe the seven-times premiership winning coach a year before his contract expires.
Former Kiwi player Isaac John claims his former club Manly's long run of on- field success has only covered up the NRL club's off-field woes.