NRL must do more for Pacific nations, says Samoan coach Matt Parish

Parish's frank views come amid revelations the Samoan players received no match payments for their game against Tonga at Pirtek Stadium on Saturday.

The Tongan side received $500 each in match payments, but only after sourcing their own sponsorship.

More embarrassment for Warriors

The Warriors were left stunned by the Storm attack that ran in five tries alone in the first half.

Coach Andrew McFadden said it was unacceptable.

"It was a big occasion, we knew they were going to come out and we just clearly weren't prepared for that, we never really got ourselves into the game at any stage.

Sharks knock Storm off top spot

While both sides failed to get out of second gear in attack in a game of varying quality, the Sharks out-muscled the Storm on Monday night and put them off their game.

Sharks winger Valentine Holmes provided what proved to be the match-winning play three minutes after halftime, when he burst through the middle of the field and sent halfback Chad Townsend under the posts.


Murray to be honoured at World Club Challenge

Murray, who passed away in 2013, enjoyed successful stints at both clubs, guiding Leeds to a Challenge Cup victory over the London Broncos in 1999 before leading North Queensland between 2002 and 2008 which included a grand final appearance in 2005.

In a statement released by the Rhinos, club chief executive Gary Hetherington spoke of how highly Murray was viewed by the Yorkshire club.

No shortage of leaders at new-look Eels

One-time Sea Eagle David Gower told his 2011 Grand Final teammate Kieran Foran's professionalism and competitiveness were already shining through in his time at Parramatta while fellow new faces Beau Scott and Michael Gordon were bringing their considerable experience to bear.

"Those three guys are internationals or Origin players for a reason," Gower said.

"The professionalism of those three guys and even the other guys we've brought in, we've brought in experience and NRL-calibre players. All the boys are fitting in well and we're all training hard.


New Shark's quest for settled waters

The 2015 NYC Team of the Year centre has landed in the shire with no family and no partner by his side after signing with the Sharks on a two-year deal in October.

It's been a long road for the Nanango junior who at 18 made his first grade debut against the Dragons as an injury replacement for Lachlan Maranta.

His progression to the top grade wasn't anticipated.

In fact he was kicked out of pre-season by under-20s coaching staff earlier on in 2013 – his debut year – after failing to impress.

Wicks on track after shoulder surgery

Having missed five seasons following drug trafficking charges, the former Dragon and Knight's trimmed-down frame helped him to an impressive NRL comeback in 2015 before a shoulder injury ended his season in Round 19 after 16 appearances.

Wicks told he'd be ready to resume contact work when the side returns after the Christmas break having been hampered throughout 2015.

"Yeah it's going really well actually. Everything's on schedule," he said.

NRL registers Sam Burgess contract

The Rabbitohs announced the news on Sunday along with the news of contract extensions for young players Angus Crichton and Hymel Hunt.

Former Australian Schoolboys representative Crichton, 19, will join the Rabbitohs' full-time squad next season and has signed a deal keeping him at the club until 2018.

Outside back Hunt, 22, joins Souths from Melbourne on a one-year deal.

"We're pleased to be adding Hymel to our squad and to be extending the contract of young Angus as well," Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire said.

Green to concentrate on Cowboys

While coaching the Maroons remains a career goal of Green’s, he said the timing wasn’t right to take up the role next year.

“I am extremely flattered by the QRL’s interest in me coaching the Maroons. I’m humbled by the overtures and coaching the Maroons is something I am hugely passionate about,” said Green, who played seven Origin games for Queensland from 1999-2001.

“I’ve decided to concentrate on coaching the Cowboys in season 2016, putting all my energies into having another successful season.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Radradra named in All Stars team for NRL game

It will include stars of the calibre of Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Fijian Semi Radradra, James Graham and Martin Taupau.

Indigenous All Stars coach Laurie Daley and World All Stars coach Wayne Bennett named their teams in Brisbane on Tuesday, with both expecting it to be one of the best in the six years of the match.

Sam Burgess (World All Stars) and James Roberts (Indigenous All Stars) have been included in their respective squads, subject to finalising NRL contracts before the match is played.

"This is such a special game for our players," Daley said.