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Uate granted release by Huddersfield to return to Australia

Akuila Uate in his Huddersfield gear

The pandemic is affecting the world and with uncertainty over the Super League resumption, the Huddersfield Giants have released Fijian winger Akuila Uate.

Uate, who is nursing an injured ankle and was hopeful to get back, realised the unlikelihood given the pandemic.

The former Newcastle Knights and Manly Sea Eagles winger will instead to return to Australia but has no regrets.

“I’m very thankful for the opportunity the club have given me,” Uate said.

“I’d like to thank the squad,  who have made me feel welcome from day one.

I’d also like to thank the fans, and all the backroom and coaching staff and register that I am leaving on good terms.”

Although he is recovering from the ankle injury, Uate is not done with rugby league yet.

I’d like to lastly thank my family, who have supported me throughout this experience,” Uate continued.

It’s not the end of the journey as far as I’m concerned, but beginning of other opportunities.”

Uate was grateful for his Super League opportunity despite it not finishing up how he wanted.

“Although it didn’t work out the way I wanted, I’m thankful for the opportunity to play for the Huddersfield Giants and I am excited to play again in the future,” the Fijian winger said.

“Finally, I’d like to wish the boys all the best for the rest of the season.”

Giants Managing Director Richard Thewlis thanked Uate for his time at the club and for the decision that was made.

“This decision is very disappointing for Akuila, who has worked as hard as anyone could to get back from his ankle issue, as have our medics,” Thewlis said.

“I have already said that the only way I can see through the financial crisis in Rugby League is by us all sticking together on the key issues and Aku has done the right thing here to help the club.

“I sincerely hope that things will work our well for him and his family back home and that he is soon back on a Rugby field.”

Akuila Uate during his time at the Manly Sea Eagles

Trbojevic the star in Manly’s big win over Bulldogs

Manly Sea Eagles fullback Tom Trbojevic

One of the elite fullbacks in the game, Tom Trbojevic showed his skills, guiding the Manly Sea Eagles to an easy win over the Canterbury Bulldogs.

Scoring two tries and notching three try assists, Trbojevic led from the front.

It started nice and early with his first after just three minutes.

The Manly fullback was on the end of a lovely play from Moses Suli, who evaded Nick Meaney and fond Trbojevic inside.

It took a little bit longer for the second as Tom and his brother Jake combined for a well-worked try.

Jake took the line on and delivered a great late pass, catching Bulldogs defenders off-guard and Tom sliced through.

Trbojevic then turned provider, as improved centre Brad Parker scored his first when he got over the line.

Then a lovely cut out pass for Jorge Taufua to score, who passed Cliff Lyons on Manly’s all-time try-scoring list.

Another strong performer in Curtis Sironen was justly rewarded with a try.

The back-rower, picking up from where he left off before injury in 2019, bustled over to assert Manly’s dominance.

Trbojevic and Parker combined again in the second half, for the centre to score his second.

The Bulldogs would not remain scoreless, despite an insipid performance in attack.

Youngster Jake Averillo pounced on a Lachlan Lewis chip kick and raced away to score under the posts.

Another final try to Manly winger Reuben Garrick put the icing on the cake.

Though his kicking radar was off in this clash, it was a still a comprehensive win by Manly.

Despite the rule changes suiting a player like Trbojevic, he does not want to be singled out.

“I think it suits a lot of fullbacks in a way,” the Manly fullback said.

As a fullback, you’re always in the middle pushing up and supporting.

“So if people are tired, it gives you a lot more opportunities. It suits us all.”

The Bulldogs are awaiting the return of Kieran Foran but coach Dean Pay says the entire side needs to lift.

“We all need to do a better job than what we’re doing – everyone who is involved when we get some good ball,” Pay said.

“We seem to be a bit lost, a bit frantic with what we’re doing, and that causes errors.

“We’d love to have a little experience out there.”

NRL News Player of the Game

3. Tom Trbojevic

2. Curtis Sironen

  1. Brad Parker
Manly Sea Eagles back-rower Curtis Sironen

Knights valiant over the Panthers in the first draw of the year

Newcastle Knights prop Daniel Saifiti

The 50th meeting between the two clubs produced the most exciting finish of the round and one in which Newcastle Knights should be proud of their efforts against the Penrith Panthers.

While both clubs were missing key personnel due to various issues, it was still considered a close contest before kick-off.

Newcastle endured the worst of starts with their inspirational captain, Mitchell Pearce getting knocked out in the first 5 minutes.

Then 3 minutes later Connor Watson had his right ankle snap back when it got caught in the ground.

Both players were ruled out for the rest of the match and with Ponga and Brailey already out prior, they lost three of their four first-choice spine.

This left Tex Hoy, Kurt Mann, Brodie Jones and Chris Randall in the key positions with all but Mann on debut.

Penrith started strong and with the unbelievable bad luck against Newcastle they asserted their dominance for the majority of the first 40.

Newcastle’s poor handling gave the ball back to Penrith on one too many occasions after a poor attacking Newcastle set.

Penrith marched down the field easily with Koroisau controlling the ruck with his influence from dummy half leading to the first 2 tries of the game.

He set up Kikau on the left edge to run over the top of a few Knights defenders and then Capewell on the right.

Knights were brave all half with nothing going their way but their resilience was rewarded with a soft try under the posts to Jacob Saifiti.

Penrith led 14-6 at halftime.

The second half started off uneventfully with both sides trading blows evenly until Penrith set up camp on the Knights try line for five straight sets.

Newcastle defended gallantly and turned the tide of the game by getting a 20-metre restart and went the length of the field for a try to booming back, Bradman Best.

The Knights continued to fight and scrap in every tackle and again came out on top with another try to Best from an Edrick Lee kick regather.

Hoy missed his second goal kick of the day, leaving scores tied with 10 to go.

Both sides missed a few relatively easy opportunities for a field goal in regulation time and with the scores tied we had out first golden point game of the round.

Golden point started with a length of the field set from Penrith which led to the unluckiest of ends.

Burton’s attempt hit the right post and bounced back into Korisau’s hands, who was in an offside position.

Newcastle then bombed their own opportunity to win.

Hoy set up Best in a 2 on 1 position, 10 meters from the try line but a poor pass hit the ground rather than his winger for the win.

The game finished in a draw as both teams’ lack of experience led to pressure getting the better of them in key moments.

Considering the players that were out for Newcastle and the way their forwards stood up in the game they would be the happier of the two sides.

Panthers coach Ivan Cleary praised youngster Matt Burton for taking on the responsibility late in the game.

“I thought he was really brave and kept standing up,” Penrith coach Ivan Cleary said of second-gamer Burton.

“I’ve seen plenty of kids with either field goals or goalkicks when they’re not going so well hand it over to someone else.”

NRL News Player of the Game

3. Daniel Saifiti (NEW)

2. David Klemmer (NEW)

1. Apisai Koroisau (PEN)

Newcastle Knights prop David Klemmer

A Tigers second half masterclass guides them to victory over Sharks

Wests Tigers winger David Nofoaluma

Age is only a number and Benji Marshall is showing he still has it, guiding the Wests Tigers to victory over the Cronulla Sharks.

Trailing at half-time, the Tigers were led by Benji in a rousing second half comeback to continue a bad week for the Sharks.

Determined to prove that Bronson Xerri’s positive drug test would not perturb them, the Sharks did lead at half-time.

It was actually the Tigers who started the stronger of the two sides, with recruit Harry Grant scoring.

The try was set up by Tigers halfback Luke Brooks, who showed his skills with a crafty run and offload.

A successful captain’s challenge from the Tigers would then lead to their second try.

A towering Marshall kick was dropped by Sharks fullback Will Kennedy.

Moses Mbye was there to pick up the scraps and he found Robert Jennings on his outside who scored.

At 10-0, the Tigers seemed in control but a veteran Sharks centre would have different ideas.

Sharks back-rower Wade Graham showed his deft kicking touch, grubbering ahead for Josh Dugan to score his first.

Graham would be the provider again for Dugan, this time throwing a cut-out pass for the veteran.

The Sharks continued to press for further points and it eventually came via Kennedy.

He burst through a gap in the Tigers defensive line to score his first NRL try.

That would be all the points the Sharks scored in the game, as the Tigers held them scoreless.

On the attack, the Tigers would eventually score through back-rower Luke Garner.

Nofoaluma made a break down the right and found his Tigers teammate in support on his inside.

The scores were then level at 16-apiece when a penalty goal from Marshall levelled it up.

Then, a play not seen often in rugby league; Nofoaluma made a break from a drop-out and he scored a try of his own.

A further try to Josh Aloiai and a Moses Mbye penalty goal put the icing on the cake.

The loss was compounded by the losses of Chad Townsend (hamstring) and Andrew Fifita (calf) who was a late withdrawal.

Cronulla Sharks coach John Morris admits that he is not sure if Townsend will be fit for next week.

“That wasn’t ideal to lose your halfback when you’re chasing some points,” Morris said.

“But you’d think he’d be in some sort of doubt next week if he couldn’t finish the game with a hamstring complaint.”

With the Tigers spine performing well, head coach Michael Maguire praised his side.

“I guess over the last two or three weeks, we’ve been fortunate through the circumstances that we’ve had a bit of time building a combination between those boys,” he said.

“I could see that growing as the game was going on.

We’ve still got a few times where we’re still not where we need to be, and that will come in time spent playing together and training together.”

NRL News Player of the Game

3. David Nofoaluma (WST)

2. Wade Graham (CRO)

  1. Josh Aloiai (WST)
Cronulla Sharks captain and back-rower Wade Graham

Raiders weather the Storm in gritty affair

Canberra Raiders halfback George Williams

It was a game that many had as their game of the round as two of the undefeated sides came together to end Super Saturday. Melbourne Storm v Canberra Raiders.

The Raiders started off brilliantly as they absorbed pressure from the storm and went on the attack.

4 minutes in, close to the Melbourne goal line, Jack Wighton threw a bullet out to Jarrod Croker who tapped it on to Jordan Rapana who went over to open the scoring.

It was Rapana’s first try in his return to the NRL and Croker converted it.

10 minutes in, on the last tackle, Cameron Smith grubbered into the in goal.

Jahrome Hughes chased but Croker got to it first and grounded it.

However, the bunker was referred to to look for a penalty try, looking for interference on Hughes.

Nothing was found and the try was denied.

A few minutes later, the Raiders had the ball on the storm goal line.

This time, it was a George Williams two person cutout ball to Nick Cotric that would crack the defence.

Cotric produced a great finish in the corner to stay in and ground the ball.

Croker again converted to make the lead 12-0.

On the following set, the Raiders knocked on giving Storm great field position.

This field position lead to Ryan Papenhuyzen putting the ball down over the line, or so we thought.

The bunker disallowed the try as Papenhuyzen lost possession over the line, giving the Raiders a 20m restart.

Both sides went back and forth until the half an hour mark when the storm finally got points on the board.

Dale Finucane crashed over right under the posts and Smith converted to make the score 12-6 to Raiders.

This breath of relief didn’t last long as the Raiders continued to weather the storm.

Only 2 minutes after Finucane’s try, Williams dummied his way through the line.

He drew Papenhuyzen and gave the ball to Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad who scored under the posts.

Croker converted to make the lead 18-6 to the Raiders. This remained the score until half time.

Both sides went back and forth for the whole second half, with almost no points coming.

They both defended and defended and in the end, with less than a minute left, the Raiders would go over one last time.

On the 5th tackle, Williams faked the kick and ran down to the right side.

A long ball to Curtis Scott, a chip kick from Nick Cotric and the ball was alive.

It was knocked back by Josh Addo-Carr and jumped on by Jo Tapine to score.

Josh Papalii completely shanked the conversion to finish off his 200th game.

The Raiders went down to Melbourne and defeated the Storm 22-6.

It was a dominant defensive performance by the men in green.

Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart was pleased with his side’s first half but not the second.

“I was really disappointed with how we played and how we executed in the second half and it is not the standard that we are trying to play to,” Stuart said.

“I was very happy with how we started the game… but we didn’t go on with it.

Stuart also went on to praise the grit of his Raiders side.

“It was the grittiness that we showed in the end that was the telling factor,” Stuart continued.

NRL News Player of the Game

3. George Williams

2. Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad

  1. Nick Cotric
Canberra Raiders fullback Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad

Warriors produce near flawless performance to overpower tepid Dragons

New Zealand Warriors utility Kodi Nikorima

A near perfect New Zealand Warriors Warriors broke an NRL record on their way to an 18 – 0 shutout of the St George Illawarra Dragons.

The Warriors came into their round 3 clash with the Dragons with entire NRL community’s admiration for the sacrifices they have made to help make sure the game could restart.

But it’s fair to say there wasn’t too much expectation on the NZ side after a two month hiatus involving isolation, an injury crisis and even the flooding of their Gosford training ground.

Despite that, the Kiwi side started with intensity in their running game and defence.

The Dragons appeared to be caught off guard and the Warriors capitalised when Matt Dufty spilled a regulation kick from Blake Green.

Young Warriors prop Jaymane Taunoa-Brown was there to pounce,  crossing for his first NRL try.

The Warriors then crossed again through another rookie, Elisa Katoa.

Kodi Nikorima took the ball to the line and executed a perfect no look pass.

The resulting conversion gave the Warriors a 12-0 lead.

The last 15 minutes of the first half were a bit of an arm wrestle.

The Dragons had the majority of the ball through this period but couldn’t crack the Warriors defence.

The Warriors didn’t give them any thing either, taking a 100 percent completion rate into the halftime break.

The Dragons started the second half on attack but when Josh Kerr knocked on inches from the Warriors line, the momentum swung back the Kiwi side.

Minutes later, the Warriors kicked a penalty goal when Corey Norman was ruled to have tackled Roger Tuivasa-Sheck in the air in a try-saving play.

Nikorima then broke the line from halfway to set up a quick play of the ball through Green.

The livewire half took the line on again and crossed over to push the Warriors out to 18 – 0.

With about 15 minutes remaining, the Warriors broke an NRL record when they become the first team to complete 40/40 sets.

It was the time the Warriors held an opposition scoreless in fourteen years.

It was a thoroughly deserved victory for a Warriors side who had been through so much.

However, as good as the Warriors were, they were helped by a Dragons side who offered very little in attack.

The Dragons are now under real pressure after their third loss of the season and will need to regroup quickly if they are to turn this season around.

The Warriors, who are forced to be away from family during the ongoing pandemic, quickly became everyone’s second team.

Their resolve and tenacity all on show, drew nothing but praise from Warriors head coach Stephen Kearney.

“I was pretty pleased for the boys; really proud of the way they’ve gone about the last couple of months and endured a great deal,” Kearney said.

“It didn’t stop today, Peta [Hiku] come off after half an hour, we had to put Karl [Lawton] out in the centres.”

The hard work and effort applied by his side is what pleased Kearney most.

“The way they’ve responded the last couple of months, just got on with the job, that’s what I was most pleased about,” the Warriors coach continued.

“Worked really hard prior to game today, worked really hard during game and got some reward for it. That’s what I was most pleased for.”

NRL News Player of the Game

3. Kodi Nikorima (WAR)

2. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck (WAR)

  1. Eliesa Katoa (WAR)
Young New Zealand Warriors forward Eliesa Katoa

Roosters prove too strong for Rabbitohs to record maiden 2020 win

Sydney Roosters star fullback James Tedesco

The first two weeks were a struggle but the season resumption has seen the Sydney Roosters defeat the South Sydney Rabbitohs 28-12. 

The win was the Roosters first of the season, and leaves the Rabbitohs with more questions than answers.

On the back of strong performances by James Tedesco and Boyd Cordner, the Roosters simply had too much firepower.

With the NRL back underway after a COVID-19 affected season, all eyes were on Latrell Mitchell.

Mitchell, who defected to the Rabbitohs for the 2020 season from the Roosters, had previously struggled at fullback.

Though he was no match for the incumbent Australian fullback in Tedesco, who showed everyone just how good he is.

The first try came early, when a soaring Daniel Tupou came up with the ball and planted it as he returned from the air.

A small dogfight ensued before a play down the left saw Josh Morris in space and kicking ahead for halfback Kyle Flanagan.

With many eyes on Flanagan this year, the try was a welcome boost for his confidence.

Souths would hit back, though, as a short pass from Mitchell found a hard-running Cameron Murray who bustled over to score.

At 12-6 at the break, it looked evenly poised but a quick two-try blitz gave the Roosters all the momentum at the resumption.

First, Tedesco did it all himself; busting through the line and outpacing all Rabbitohs defenders to score.

Captain Boyd Cordner was then there to charge onto a Luke Keary short pass, a trademark Cordner try.

Needing some points to stay in it, the Rabbitohs would score a controversial try through prop Thomas Burgess.

Though that would be as close as they got to the Roosters.

The nail in the coffin came when Jake Friend grubbered ahead for himself to score, sealing the Roosters opening win for 2020.

There will be concerns over Victor Radley and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, though, both placed on report for high tackles.

Roosters coach Trent Robinson was pleased with how his side defended and kept the Rabbitohs at bay.

“I thought defensively we were good and handled [the game]. I didn’t feel like we were under threat for most of that game,” Robinson said.

“I felt like we were strong and the attitude we gave to whatever happened was Roosters defence.

“I thought we nailed our combinations in attack, they were really good.”

He also praised his side’s ability to move the ball but knows improvement is still in his side.

“I thought we moved the ball well, carried well and supported well,” Robinson continued.

“There were some good things but room for improvement as well at the end of sets.”

Despite the loss, Rabbitohs coach Wayne Bennett was proud of his side’s effort given the players they were missing.

“I thought we were pretty competitive, there were good things that we did,” Bennett said.

“You always miss your best players but that’s the sport we play and we all realise that.

“Troy [Dargan] didn’t let us down. I was pleased with our effort and we’re not that far off the money.”

NRL News Player of the Game

3. James Tedesco

2. Boyd Cordner

  1. Brett Morris
Sydney Roosters co-captain Boyd Cordner

Cowboys Run Rampant on Despondent Titans

North Queensland Cowboys hooker Reece Robson

 

 

 

 

 

The North Queensland Cowboys heaped further misery on the winless Gold Coast Titans this season. 

They racked up a 36-6 score line in a dominant performance at Queensland Country Bank Stadium.

In a game that largely mirrored last night’s clash at Suncorp Stadium, both teams kept it close throughout the first half.

Eventually, it was the Cowboys’ class that shone in the second as they ran away with the win.

Titans fans were left fearing the worst after the Cowboys burst out of the gates to hold 81% of the possession over the first ten minutes.

This led to Ben Hampton crossing for his third try of the season.

Despite a lack of ball, the Titans were able to fight back with Brian Kelly leaving Kyle Feldt for dead after a savage piece of footwork.

The Cowboys then regained the lead through Justin O’Neill in the 22nd minute following a length of the field run from Kyle Feldt.

A Dale Copley line break led to the sin-binning of Mitchell Dunn in the 26th minute, but the Titans couldn’t convert.

Rather, the Cowboys took the two following an errant Ash Taylor dropout to take a 14-6 lead into the break.

After the intermission, the Titans found themselves in a vicious cycle whereby poor discipline led to greater fatigue, creating space for Reece Robson to cause havoc.

In one five-minute stretch, the Cowboys’ reserve hooker was able to break the Titans’ line twice.

He crossed for two tries that ultimately put the game out of reach for Justin Holbrook’s men.

Jason Taumalolo was particularly damaging in the latter stages of the second half, finishing with his trademark 294 running metres, including 126 post-contact metres.

Val Holmes put the icing on the cake for the Cowboys, sending Ben Hampton and Kyle Feldt away for late four-pointers to seal the deal.

The Cowboys finished with a whopping 66% possession for the game, forcing the Titans to make 185 more tackles throughout the eighty minutes.

Speaking after the game Cowboys coach Paul Green conceded that his side’s attack was ‘clunky’ at times,

Though he was happy to see them create enough opportunities to win the match.

“Having such a big break, you’re not sure how the players are going to get back into the groove, so to win like that was pleasing”, Green said.

On the other hand, Justin Holbrook refused to admit that the same-day travel had affected his side.

Instead, he blamed a general lack of match awareness for the minimal possession they received.

“(The travel) played no part. There was nothing wrong with our preparation, we have just got to play smarter”, Holbrook stated.

The Cowboys will advance to take on the Sharks next week, while the Titans will host Michael Maguire’s Wests Tigers at Suncorp Stadium.

NRL News Player of the Game

3 Points – Reece Robson – Came onto the field late in the first half and broke the game open in the second period, adding some much needed spark to cross for two tries and seal the game for his club.

2 Points – Valentine Holmes – Was tough to split Holmes and Robson, but the former NFL convert was clinical in his third game back, chiming in with three try assists and a near perfect 5/6 off the boot.

1 Point – Jason Taumalolo – Was quiet in the first half, but absolutely dominated a fatigued Titans pack in his second stint to seal the game. Made a break straight through the middle to set up Robson’s second try.

North Queensland Cowboys hulking forward Jason Taumalolo

 

Second half blitz gives Eels solid win over Broncos in season resumption

Parramatta Eels prop Reagan Campbell-Gillard

The footy is back and it was the Parramatta Eels and the Brisbane Broncos kicking things off upon the resumption. 

After the NRL was forced to stop for 67 days due to COVID-19, Suncorp Stadium was the venue for its triumphant return.

As such, the anticipation and the tension were palpable.

With the 58-0 scoreline from the 2019 finals lingering in the minds of many, the game was anything but to start.

The opening half produced some dogged, gritty defence; both teams going tit-for-tat with some bruising defence.

The new six again rule for ruck infringements was in place and it worked in the Eels favour to start.

Back-to-back calls led to Marata Niukore powering over and reaching out to score.

Brodie Croft was solid in his first Broncos match and did it all in the first half; running, passing and kicking.

He threw the dummy as he ran the ball up, sliced through and outpaced Clint Gutherson to score.

At 6-all and evenly poised, it would be the Eels who again took the ascendancy.

As the Eels looked to pressure the Broncos line, they halted the momentum for a while.

It took a miraculous sideline putdown by Maika Sivo to get the Eels back in front.

Sivo raced for the corner, leaped acrobatically and contorted his body in a way allowing him to reach out and score.

The Broncos were not devoid of chances; they were there. They just could not capitalise on the finishing touch.

The 12-6 scoreline at half-time was an accurate representation of the first half.

Right out of the gates, the Eels meant business and capitalised on continued Broncos errors to extend the lead.

Gutherson stormed onto a Junior Paulo pass and showed some quick heels to score.

It was then veteran centre Michael Jennings who shimmied and jinked his way over the line to score.

Back-rower Shaun Lane picked up where he left off in 2019, powering over defenders to score the second last try.

Then a lovely half-break and offload from Ryan Matterson led to a try for Waqa Blake.

In the end, the scoreline reflected the second half blitz and the Eels, of late, seem to have the better of the Broncos.

Brad Arthur was pleased with how his forwards played but implored that consistency was now crucial.

“We had two front-rowers that could have played the whole game and they are a bit dirty that I didn’t leave them out there longer,” Arthur said of Paulo and Campbell-Gillard.

“It is a credit to them for the work we have done in the break because I think physically we were pretty good too.”

Not afraid to say what he feels to his players, Arthur praised his side’s patience that they worked on in the pre-season.

“We have worked on our patience in the pre-season,” Arthur said.

NRL News Player of the Game

3. Reagan Campbell-Gillard

2. Junior Paulo

  1. Ryan Matterson
Parramatta Eels back-rower Ryan Matterson

 

Murray signs new long-term deal with the Rabbitohs

South Sydney Rabbitohs forward Cameron Murray

Since bursting onto the scene, South Sydney Rabbitohs forward Cameron Murray has quickly become a fan favourite. 

Murray, who will feature for the Rabbitohs in their round 3 clash against the Roosters, has signed a new long-term deal.

Murray’s new deal will see him remain in the cardinal and myrtle colours of the Rabbitohs until the end of 2025.

With 62 NRL games to his name – all for the Rabbitohs – Murray’s debut came back in 2017.

The local Mascot Jets junior also made his NSW debut, playing in all three games for the Blues.

Murray, the reigning Dally M Lock of the Year, made it clear that the Rabbitohs were always going to be the club for him.

“It’s very exciting for me and a great relief to have a large chunk of my future sorted now,” Murray said.

“To know it will be at this Club that I love is very special for me and my family.”

The chance to continue his Rabbitohs tenure, a club Murray has known his entire life, was an easy decision.

“I’ve grown up in South Sydney, played my first rep games as a kid in a red and green jersey, and now I get to live my dream every day representing the Rabbitohs,” Murray continued.

“I count my lucky stars at how everything has fallen into place and I have no intention of letting this go or slackening off.

“It means way too much to me, to play for this Club and to represent it every day.”

South Sydney Rabbitohs forward Cameron Murray

With so much ahead of him as a player, Murray looks forward to the future and what lies ahead with the Rabbitohs.

“For almost the next six years at least I will be a Rabbitoh and the journey is really only just starting for me.

“It’s very exciting and I can’t wait to represent our Members on the field once again, starting this Friday night against the Roosters.”

Mark Ellison, the Rabbitohs head of Football, praised Murray’s ability on the footy field.

“I’ve watched Cameron play since he was five years of age. He never ceases to amaze me,” Ellison said.

“Cameron is South Sydney through-and-through and we could not be happier to know he sees his long term future here with the Club.”

South Sydney Rabbitohs forward Cameron Murray