‘Protected species’: NRL accused of playing favourites as Klein’s punishment for blunders revealed

‘Protected species’: NRL accused of playing favourites as Klein’s punishment for blunders revealed

Ashley Klein has been called “a protected species” despite NRL officials preparing to axe the veteran referee from grand final duties. Klein has refereed 23 finals matches, 14 State of Origins and was in charge of last year’s decider but has come under fire for two bad mistakes last weekend. The whistleblower first missed a…

Panthers boss’ NRL mind games as Suncorp claim gets under Broncos’ skin: Blog with Hoops

Panthers boss’ NRL mind games as Suncorp claim gets under Broncos’ skin: Blog with Hoops

Blog with James Hooper from 1.30pm. We had a good laugh at Panthers boss Brian Fletcher telling the NRL the Brisbane Broncos can’t play a preliminary final at Suncorp Stadium. Why not? They finished second throughout the regular season and have earned the right to host it given they beat Melbourne in week one of…

Luai’s crunch fitness test; Kevvie’s Broncos dilemma as Storm stars race clock: Prelim Finals Team Tips

Luai’s crunch fitness test; Kevvie’s Broncos dilemma as Storm stars race clock: Prelim Finals Team Tips

The Panthers are sweating on a fitness test for Jarome Luai on Monday as he bids to return early from a shoulder injury. Meanwhile, Kevin Walters is weighing up the potential return of two veterans in Marty Taupau and Corey Oates. And the Storm are hopeful of stars Jahrome Hughes and Xavier Coates being back…

Injury carnage as Dees sweat on superstar duo; Son of gun Blue firming to return – Finals Team Tips

Injury carnage as Dees sweat on superstar duo; Son of gun Blue firming to return – Finals Team Tips

Melbourne is sweating on the fitness on two of their stars Max Gawn and Clayton Oliver, adding to their worries of at least two forced changes as they prepare for their semi – final against the Blues. While the Blues are preparing to make two forced changes of their own, the Giants are set to…

Pies’ big boost amid Daicos blow; stars’ nervous wait as Blues face selection headache: Team Tips

Pies’ big boost amid Daicos blow; stars’ nervous wait as Blues face selection headache: Team Tips

Collingwood is set to regain two key cogs but will be without a third, while Melbourne faces an injury cloud of its own. Plus Carlton has some selection headaches ahead of its first final in 10 years. Get all the latest selection news in AFL Team Tips! Watch every match of the 2023 NAB AFLW…

Hynes call Sharks must make; Bellamy’s No.1 dilemma as Knights set for double boost: Team Tips

Hynes call Sharks must make; Bellamy’s No.1 dilemma as Knights set for double boost: Team Tips

The Sharks could be forced into a major spine shake-up after fullback Connor Tracey suffered a knee injury. Coach Craig Fitzgibbon has limited options with Will Kennedy and Kade Dykes already sidelined so may have no other choice but to move reigning Dally M medallist Nicho Hynes. Meanwhile, Knights coach Adam O’Brien is expecting a…

Sea Eagles’ $800k star AXED in brutal shake-up; Exiled Roosters half on cusp of return: Team Tips

Sea Eagles’ $800k star AXED in brutal shake-up; Exiled Roosters half on cusp of return: Team Tips

It’ll be a nervous wait on the eve of the finals for Broncos fans with Adam Reynolds to miss this week’s clash against the Raiders with a calf injury. He’s no certainty for the next week either, with the star half to be monitored by the team doctors. Roosters fullback James Tedesco will miss his…