French second-rower Perrine Monsarrat has taken the first step towards fulfilling her NRLW dream by moving to Sydney to train and play under the watchful eye of Roosters coach John Strange. “Trent Robinson is [involved in] coaching both French teams [men and women], and he came to the World Cup and saw me play,” Monsarrat told NRL.com. “She is a good player and obviously she has come over here for an opportunity to develop and improve, and hopefully play NRLW,” Strange said. “She has got the ability; she is pretty fast, tough and skilful, like most of that French side. Whether it is this year or next year, for her to go through and play NRLW for us would be an awesome story and I think she has the potential to do that.
The Sea Eagles are now two from two under new coach Anthony Seibold and have put themselves in the box seat to take home the Pre-Season Challenge title after collecting 14 points on the night. A Reuben Garrick hat-trick led the Sea Eagles to a 28-16 win over the Roosters in Gosford on Friday night. Up Next / Cancel Replay Play Next Manly piling on the pointsPlay of the GameGive Tolu Koula an inch and he'll take a mile. - Sea Eagles lock Jake Trbojevic"You want to come out and start the year well and we didn't do that. The Sea Eagles will have superstar fullback Tom Trbojevic up and running in a fortnight for their Round 1 clash against the Bulldogs at 4 Pines Park.1 month ago NRL.com
The NRL Pre-Season Challenge returns for the final week with coaches set to test out their new recruits and combinations for the final time before the season proper kicks off in March. Up Next / Cancel Replay Play Next Pre-season Challenge Round 1 wrap upHarley Smith-Shields (Raiders)After rupturing his ACL during pre-season training last year, the 22-year-old will make his long awaited return this weekend. And after impressing for the Indigenous in Saturday's All Stars clash, Sloan has put himself in the best position for round 1 selection. Up Next / Cancel Replay Play Next Selwyn Cobbo! Up Next / Cancel Replay Play Next Taaffe scores from his own kickBlake Taaffe (Rabbitohs)Named in No.14 for the Rabbitohs' Charity Shield side, Blake Taaffe emerges as the likely option to replace Dolphin-departed Kodi Nikorima as a bench utility in 2023.1 month ago NRL.com
Canterbury have launched Cameron Ciraldo's tenure at the Bulldogs in promising fashion with a 34-18 victory over the Raiders in Moruya on Sunday. Canterbury extended their lead through Blake Wilson but the deficit was quickly narrowed to 10 via a Raiders try through Mitchell Spencer. Bulldogs prop Ryan Sutton suffered a head knock in his first appearance for his new club and did not return. Braidon Burns started at fullback for the Bulldogs, churning out 150 metres in the win. Bulldogs recruit Viliame Kikau is expected to turn out for his first game in blue and white while the Raiders will roll out their big guns including Josh Papali'i, Jack Wighton and Joseph Tapine.1 month ago NRL.com
Co-captains Zahara Temara and Shannon Mato made the decision on field, which to their relief was justified by Zali's Fay's match-winning try seconds later. Mato echoed those thoughts, stating "those are the moments we're going to take." “You have got to remember, the team gets confidence from their captain, so we were ‘nuh, we're going run it, we're going to back our players’," Temara continued. Up Next / Cancel Replay Play Next The Maori Ferns celebrate“Even the chase-down to bring down their outside backs when they made that break, it showed a lot of fight. “It wasn’t the prettiest result we have ever been a part of, but we are still going to take it, very grateful.1 month ago NRL.com
Super League champions St Helens warmed up for their World Club Challenge clash against back-to-back NRL premiers Penrith with a 30-18 win against an undermanned St George Illawarra outfit at WIN Stadium. Makinson gave St Helens a 16-12 halftime lead when he crossed in the 32nd minute after a catch and pass effort from Curtis Sironen created an overlap out wide. Despite playing 184 NRL games, Saturday’s World Club Challenge match was the first time St Helens back Will Hopoate has played at WIN Stadium. Dragons recruit Jacob Liddle looked assured in his first hitout at hooker, topping the Dragons tackle count with 34 tackles. - St Helens captain James Roby"It was a really good hit out I thought St Helens were a really competitive outfit, we got into some pretty good cycles and that's what we wanted to get out of it.1 month ago NRL.com
Refusing to throw in the towel the Eels grabbed a third try through Cini with two minutes to play but that's as close as they would get. Eels veteran Mitch Rein came off for a HIA in the 24th minute after getting his head in an awkward position trying to make a tackle. Up Next / Cancel Replay Play Next Cini with the in and awayHooker Luke Sommerton was a standout for the Panthers with a try, 24 tackles and 58 run metres. Eels forward Matt Doorey was sent for a HIA midway through the second half. The Eels travel to Gosford to face the Knights on Friday night in Round 2 of the Pre-Season Challenge.1 month ago NRL.com
The Rabbitohs got the scoreboard ticking in the fifth minute when five-eighth Dion Teaupa grubbered to the left corner for Tom Carr to score. Toby and Tuaimolo Vaega were among a host of stars for the Sea Eagles, who gave new coach Anthony Seibold the ideal start to his tenure. Doubles to Jake Toby and Raymond Tuaimolo Vaega helped Manly to a 30-28 win over the Rabbitohs in the opening round of the Pre-Season Challenge in Gosford. A blow for the Rabbitohs with versatile forward Hame Sele suffering a calf injury in the first half. The Sea Eagles grabbed two bonus points for scoring more than five tries and making more than five line breaks to finish the night with 14 points.1 month ago NRL.com