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Cronk a 'long shot' to play in NRL decider

(AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts) Sydney Roosters halfback Cooper Cronk admits he is a "long shot" to play in Sunday's NRL grand final against Melbourne due to a shoulder injury. After scans confirmed the 34-year-old had suffered "severe" damage to his rotator cuff in the Roosters' preliminary final win over South Sydney, Cronk on...

All eyes on Cronk and Slater's shoulders

Melbourne Storm player Billy Slater. The Melbourne Storm play the Sydney Roosters in the NRL Grand Final at ANZ Stadium on Sunday. (AAP Image/Stefan Postles) Never before has the weight of an NRL grand final rested so heavily on the left shoulders of two men a week out from kick-off. Sydney Roosters...

Retiring Lewis finally captains Cronulla

(AAP Image/Brendan Esposito) Three years after knocking back the captaincy at the first time of asking, Luke Lewis will run out as sole leader of Cronulla for the maiden time in potentially his last NRL game on Friday night. The retiring Lewis will replace Paul Gallen as Sharks skipper in the preliminary...

Bellamy defends Storm from Shark attack

(AAP Image/Julian Smith) Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy says Cronulla's verbal attack on his team is laughable, adding further spice to their NRL preliminary final on Friday night. The AAMI Park clash is threatening to erupt after barbs were launched this week from the Sharks, prompting Bellamy to defend his team on Thursday. "Most...

Graham living the dream for beloved Souths

Campbell Graham of the Rabbitohs scores a try during the Round 25 NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium in Thursday, August 30, 2018. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins) Back in 2014 South Sydney winger Campbell Graham sat in the stands at ANZ Stadium to cheer...

Retiring Slater leaves a mark on Melbourne

(AAP Image/Andy Brownbill) Win or lose Friday night's NRL preliminary final against Cronulla, Billy Slater has left an indelible mark in Melbourne. Ahead of his last-ever game at AAMI Park, and dependent on the result possibly his final NRL match before retirement, Slater has been honoured with a giant mural painted on...

Burgess credits Seibold for NRL revival

South Sydney Rabbitohs player George Burgess is seen during a media opportunity at Redfern Oval in Sydney, Monday, September 17, 2018. (AAP Image/Brendan Esposito) South Sydney prop George Burgess has credited rookie coach Anthony Seibold for rebuilding a battered body that some believe was headed for the NRL scrapheap. Burgess admits being...

Sam Burgess used to NRL scrutiny: George

(AAP Image/Brendan Esposito) Sam Burgess can handle the extra scrutiny over his alleged involvement in the sexting scandal that threatens to undermine South Sydney's premiership run, his brother George says. The club is investigating allegations two players indecently exposed themselves to a young woman without consent via a social media account reportedly...