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Veteran NRL centre signs with Bradford

Dane Nielsen

Dumped by the St George Illawarra Dragons for an indiscretion, Dane Nielsen was on the search for a new club to further his rugby league career.

He has now found one, with English Championship side Bradford coming knocking, signing the veteran centre until the end of the season.

Previously playing for the Melbourne Storm, Cronulla Sharks and the New Zealand Warriors, as well as the Dragons, across his career, it is that experience that Bradford crave and look forward to.

“I expect Dane to make a huge impact for us, he is raring to go and is already in good shape,” said Head Coach, James Lowes.

“He will bring a wealth of experience, having played at the highest level for the past nine years or so.”

Nielsen has also played State of Origin for QLD and represented the Indigenous All-Stars side and there was no sugarcoating from Lowes – Nielsen has been signed to play at centre.

“Obviously we will assess him when he arrives but he certainly isn’t coming to train. He is here to play and we have signed him to play in the centres,” said Lowes.

“There is a wealth of competition for places out wide but perhaps what we are lacking is a little experience – and he will certainly bring it.

“I expect him to be a strong character around the place, giving us some real leadership during what is an exciting, yet crucial part of our campaign.”

Set to arrive in the UK later in the week, he will be able to play once his visa is approved.

NRL Teams Rd 21

One huge round has just ended and another one is set to begin. So much at stake and top eight spots still up for grabs for a number of sides. Whilst some are struggling, some are flying and the question remains, can anyone beat the high-flying Brisbane Broncos?

Without further adieu, here are the teams for Rd 21 of the NRL Telstra Premiership:

Sydney Roosters v Canterbury Bulldogs (#NRLsydcby); Allianz Stadium, Moore Park; Friday July 31. Kick-off: 7:35pm.

Roosters: 1. Roger Tuivasa-Sheck 2. Daniel Tupou 3. Michael Jennings 4. Blake Ferguson 5. Brendan Elliott 6. James Maloney 7. Mitch Pearce (C) 8. Jared Waerea-Hargraeves 9. Jake Friend (C) 10. Dylan Napa 11. Boyd Cordner 12. Mitch Aubusson 13. Aidan Guerra.

Interchange: 14. Sam Moa 15. Isaac Liu 16. Kane Evans 17. Sio Siua Taukeiaho 18. Jackson Hastings 19. Matt McIlwrick 20. Suaia Matagi. (Three to be omitted).

Coach: Trent Robinson.

Dogs: 1. Brett Morris 2. Curtis Rona 3. Josh Morris 4. Tim Lafai 5. Sam Perrett 6. Moses Mbye 7. Trent Hodkinson 8. Aiden Tolman 9. Michael Lichaa 10. James Graham 11. Josh Jackson 12. Frank Pritchard 13. Greg Eastwood.

Interchange: 14. Sam Kasiano 15. Shaun Lane 16. Lloyd Perrett 17. Tim Browne 19. Corey Thompson 22. Danny Fualalo.

Coach: Des Hasler.


Wests Tigers v Melbourne Storm (#NRLwstmel); Leichhardt Oval; Friday July 31. Kick-off: 7:35pm.

Tigers: 1. James Tedesco 2. David Nofoaluma 3. Kevin Naiqama 4. Tim Simona 5. Pat Richards 6. Mitch Moses 7. Luke Brooks 8. Aaron Woods 9. Robbie Farah (C) 10. Keith Galloway 11. Curtis Sironen 12. Dene Halatau 13. Sauaso Sue.

Interchange: 14. Kyle Lovett 15. Jack Buchanan 16. Ava Seumanufagai 17. Brenden Santi 18. Manaia Cherrington (One to be omitted).

Coach: Jason Taylor.

Storm: 1. Cameron Munster 2. Marika Koroibete 3. Will Chambers 4. Tohu Harris 5. Matt Duffie 6. Blake Green 7. Cooper Cronk 8. Jesse Bromwich 9. Cam Smith (C) 10. Tim Glasby 11. Kevin Proctor 12. Kenny Bromwich 13. Ryan Hinchcliffe.

Interchange: 14. Dale Finucane 15. Mahe Fonua 16. Nelson Asofa-Solomona 17. Christian Welch.

Coach: Craig Bellamy.


New Zealand Warriors v Cronulla Sharks (#NRLwarcro); Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland; Saturday August 1. Kick-off: 3pm.

Warriors: 1. Sam Tomkins 2. Ken Maumalo 3. Konrad Hurrell 4. Solomone Kata 5. Manu Vatuvei 6. Chad Townsend 7. Tuimoala Lolohea 8. Jacob Lillyman 9. Nathan Friend 10. Albert Vete 11. Ben Matulino 12. Simon Mannering (C) 13. Sebastine Ikahihifo.

Interchange: 14. Siliva Havili 15. Raymond Faitala-Mariner 16. Charlie Gubb 17. Sam Lisone 18. Sione Lousi 21. Jonathan Wright (Two to be omitted).

Coach: Andrew McFadden.

Sharks: 1. Michael Gordon 2. Sosaia Feki 3. Ricky Leutele 4. Gerard Beale 5. Valentine Holmes 6. Jack Bird 7. Jeff Robson 8. Chris Heighington 9. Michael Ennis 10. Sam Tagataese 11. Anthony Tupou 12. Wade Graham 13. Paul Gallen (C).

Interchange: 14. Ben Barba 15. Matt Prior 16. Tinirau Arona 17. Jayson Bukuya 21. Junior Roqica.

Coach: Shane Flanagan.


North Queensland Cowboys v Canberra Raiders (#NRLnqlcan); 1300 Smiles Stadium, Townsville; Saturday August 1. Kick-off: 5:30pm.

Cowboys: 1. Lachlan Coote 2. Matt Wright 3. Justin O’Neill 4. Kane Linnett 5. Antonio Winterstein 6. Michael Morgan 7. Johnathan Thurston (C) 8. Matt Scott (C) 9. Jake Granville 10. James Tamou 11. Gavin Cooper 12. Ethan Lowe 13. Jason Taumalolo.

Interchange: 14. Rory Kostjaysn 15. John Asiata 16. Scott Bolton 17. Ben Hannant.

Coach: Paul Green.

Raiders: 1. Jack Wighton 2. Edrick Lee 3. Jarrod Croker (C) 4. Joey Leilua 5. Jordan Rapana 6. Blake Austin 7. Josh McCrone 8. Paul Vaughan 9. Josh Hodgson 10. David Shillington 11. Josh Papalii 12. Iosia Soliola 13. Shaun Fensom.

Interchange: 14. Kurt Baptiste 15. Jarrad Kennedy 16. Frank-Paul Nuuausala 17. Shannon Boyd.

Coach: Ricky Stuart.


Manly Sea Eagles v Brisbane Broncos (#NRLmanbri); Brookvale Oval; Saturday August 1. Kick-off: 7:30pm.

Manly: 1. Brett Stewart 2. Jorge Taufua 3. Jamie Lyon (C) 4. Steve Matai 5. Peta Hiku 6. Kieran Foran 7. Daly Cherry-Evans 8. Jake Trbojevic 9. Matt Ballin 10. Willie Mason 11. Feleti Mateo 12. Justin Horo 13. Blake Leary.

Interchange: 14. Jesse Sene-Lefao 15. Michael Chee-Kam 16. James Hasson 17. Josh Starling 18. Jayden Hodges (One to be omitted).

Coach: Geoff Toovey.

Broncos: 1. Darius Boyd 2. Lachlan Maranta 3. Jack Reed 4. Justin Hodges (C) 5. Jordan Kahu 6. Anthony Milford 7. Ben Hunt 8. Sam Thaiday 9. Andrew McCullough 10. Jarrod Wallace 11. Alex Glenn 12. Matt Gillett 13. Corey Parker.

Interchange: 14. Joe Ofahengaue 15. Mitchell Dodds 16. Corey Oates 17. Kodi Nikorima 18. Dale Copley (One to be omitted).

Coach: Wayne Bennett.


St George Illawarra Dragons v Newcastle Knights (#NRLsginew); Win Jubilee Oval, Wollongong; Sunday August 2. Kick-off: 2pm.

Dragons: 1. Josh Dugan 2. Justin Hunt 3. Euan Aitken 4. Peter Mata’utia 5. Jason Nightingale 6. Gareth Widdop 7. Benji Marshall 8. Leeson Ah Mau 9. Mitch Rein 10. Ben Creagh (C) 11. Tyson Frizell 12. Joel Thompson 13. Mike Cooper.

Interchange: 14. Jack de Belin 15. Jake Marketo 16. Craig Garvey 17. Will Matthews 18. Mark Ioane (One to be omitted).

Coach: Paul McGregor.

Knights: 1. Kurt Gidley 2. Jake Mamo 3. Sione Mata’utia 4. Dane Gagai 5. Chanel Mata’utia 6. Carlos Tuimavave 7. Tyrone Roberts 8. Kade Snowden 9. Adam Clydsdale 10. Korbin Sims 11. Beau Scott 12. Tariq Sims 13. Jeremy Smith.

Interchange: 14. Tyler Randell 15. David Fa’alogo 16. Chris Houston 17. Clint Newton.

Coach: Danny Buderus.


South Sydney Rabbitohs v Penrith Panthers (#NRLsoupen); ANZ Stadium, Olympic Park; Sunday August 2. Kick-off: 4pm.

Bunnies: 1. Greg Inglis 2. Alex Johnston 3. Dylan Walker 4. Bryson Godwin 5. Joel Reddy 6. Luke Keary 7. Adam Reynolds 8. George Burgess 9. Issac Luke 10. Tim Grant 11. Glenn Stewart 12. John Sutton 13. Chris McQueen.

Interchange: 14. Kyle Turner 15. Chris Grevsmuhl 16. David Tyrrell 17. Thomas Burgess.

Coach: Michael Maguire.

Panthers: 1. Will Smith 2. Robert Jennings 3. Waqa Blake 4. Isaah Yeo 5. Josh Mansour 6. Isaac John 7. Jamie Soward 8. Sam McKendry 9. James Segeyaro 10. Reagan Campbell-Gillard 11. Lewis Brown 12. Sika Manu 13. Elijah Taylor (C).

Interchange: 14. Api Koroisau 15. Jeremy Latimore 16. Tyrone Peachey 17. Bryce Cartwright.

Coach: Ivan Cleary.


Gold Coast Titans v Parramatta Eels (#NRLgldpar); Cbus Super Stadium, Robina; Monday August 3. Kick-off: 7pm.

Titans: 1. Josh Hoffman 2. David Mead 3. James Roberts 4. Nene Macdonald 5. Kevin Gordon 6. Aidan Sezer 7. Kane Elgey 8. Luke Douglas 9. Beau Falloon 10. Nate Myles (C) 11. Ryan James 12. Lachlan Burr 13. Greg Bird.

Interchange: 14. Agnatius Paasi 15. Eddy Pettybourne 16. Matt White 17. Daniel Mortimer 18. Dave Tayor 19. David Hala.

Coach: Neil Henry.

Eels: 1. Reece Robinson 2. Semi Radradra 3. Will Hopoate 4. Brad Takairangi 5. Ryan Morgan 6. Joseph Paulo 7. Luke Kelly 8. Junior Paulo 9. Nathan Peats 10. Tim Mannah (C) 11. Manu Ma’u 12. Tepai Moeroa 13. David Gower.

Interchange: 14. Pauli Pauli 15. Darcy Lussick 16. Daniel Alvaro 17. Issac De Gois 18. Cody Nelson (One to be omitted).

Coach: Brad Arthur.


Knights sack head coach Rick Stone

Rick Stone

The form of the club has not been great at all and as a result, the Newcastle Knights have sacked coach Rick Stone in a move that has surprised some.

With a lot of players not in the best of form, ultimately, it is the coach that has paid the price for the poor run of games by the Knights.

For the time being, Knights legend Danny Buderus will step into the role as interim coach, whilst the club begin their search for a new coach for 2016.

Admitting that situations like these at a club are never easy, club CEO Matt Gidley said he and many more were thankful for the services that Stone gave to the club.

“We thank Rick for his efforts and loyalty over a long period of time and while these decisions are never easy, it was made in the best interests of the Club,” Gidley said.

“The Club will now undertake a formal review process of our entire football operations, of which the playing group are a key part, and all have the opportunity to demonstrate over the next seven weeks why they should retain their position.

“The Club strives to build a consistent, competitive and entertaining team and this formal review process will help us achieve this.”

Back-line duo re-sign with the Roosters

Daniel Tupou

The role of wingers in rugby league is increasing in the game itself and talented Sydney Roosters duo Daniel Tupou & Brendan Elliott have re-signed with the club until the end of 2017.

Both have enjoyed prolonged stints in first-grade, Tupou especially, who has made one wing spot his own over the last few years.

The hulking winger first made his debut in 2012 and has impressed fans and experts alike, most well-known for his aerial ability to score tries and create opportunities.

With 66 NRL games to his name so far, all of which have come with the Roosters, the Tongan international is thrilled to remain with the Roosters.

“I’m so happy that I’ll continue to be part of the team here at the Roosters,” said Tupou.

“The Club means so much to me and I’m looking forward to continuing to work hard with Robbo and my teammates to keep improving and do my job for the side.”

Also re-signing is Elliott, who was a member of the Roosters Holden Cup side since the age of 17, where he has come through their system.

With room to improve by his accord, Elliott is also pleased to have re-signed.

“I’m really excited to know that I’ll continue to be a part of the Roosters family for a further two seasons,” said Elliot.

“I still have lots of room to improve and I just want to keep learning from Robbo and the team and hopefully secure my opportunity to play some good football for the Club.”

The club also commented on the matter, with Chief Operating Officer Brian Canavan pleased to retain both wingers.

“In their own right, Daniel and Brendan are terrific contributors to the Roosters both on and off the field,” said Sydney Roosters Chief Operating Officer Football, Brian Canavan.

“Their best football is still ahead of them, and its great news for the Roosters to have secured their services for a further two years.”

Brendan Elliott

Dragons losing streak continues after loss to Storm

Tohu Harris

A record was broken after the St George Illawarra Dragons defeat to the Melbourne Storm but it was not one to remember. The Dragons have now lost seven straight games, the worst losing streak in the joint merger’s history.

It was a different story for the Storm, who are returning to form after their comfortable 22-4 win at McLean Park in Napier. It was a special game for Storm centre Tohu Harris, who is from the region, as he excelled with two try assists and a solid all-round performance.

Hearts were in mouths as Cooper Cronk was pulled from the field earlier than expected but he was all smiles on the bench as he nursed ice on his knee.

There was another positive for the Storm, as they welcomed the return of Matt Duffie who after two knee reconstructions and stints in the Queensland Cup, returned to the NRL after missing 66 games.

The first half was devoid of any real action or attacking spark but Fijian flyer Marika Koroibete kick-started the excitement, as he raced away down the sideline with blistering speed to score just before the break.

It was very nearly a shut-out for the Storm but a late try to the Dragons centre Peter Mata’utia denied that, as the Dragons are left scratching their heads as to what is next.

The win continues the Storm’s recent run of form and has them progressing well in the back-end of the season.

Duffie’s return is one that had many Storm fans cheering and he received huge plaudits from Storm coach Craig Bellamy upon his return.

“Me and his teammates havn’t seen everything he has gone through,” Bellamy said.

“He has obviously shown a lot of resilience, a lot of perseverance to get through was he has been through.

“To play like that tonight was tremendous. To me, it was a nice warm feeling at the end for him to get through it and have some really good touches.

“We were wrapped for him to play like he did and get through unscathed. Hopefully now he can have an uninterrupted run with injury because he deserves it.”

There was nothing but bluntness from Dragons coach Paul McGregor post-game, well aware that his side is struggling and searching for answers.

“I thought Melbourne gave us a lesson in how to build pressure,” McGregor said.

“We are not building any pressure with the ball. Far too many passes hit the deck and obviously we’ve got a really good intent behind out defence, it’s holding up but our attack is the side we need to fix.

“There has got to be a better purpose behind every play instead of just running if you need to.”

Player of the Game:

3. Tohu Harris
2. Nelson Asofa-Solomona
1. Matt Duffie

Melbourne Storm 22 (Marika Koroibete, Nelson Asofa-Solomona, Kevin Proctor, Mahe Fonua tries; Cameron Smith 3 goals) def. St-George Illawarra Dragons 4 (Peter Mata’utia tries). Half-time: Storm 12-0. Crowd: .

Veteran returns to Newcastle where it all began

Todd Lowrie

Most rugby league players relish the opportunity to return to their home-town and veteran forward Todd Lowrie has a chance to do just that, rejoining the Newcastle Knights on a 1-year deal.

With the Knights in desperate need of experienced forwards to help guide their younger generation, Lowrie is the man to provide that, having played in excess of 200 NRL games.

The back-rower started his career with the Knights in 2003, before stints with the Parramatta Eels, the Melbourne Storm and the New Zealand Warriors.

The Knights aim is to have him guide and develop the younger players coming through the NSW Cup ranks.

“Todd is a quality person and he will bring some much needed experience to our football club,” Director of Football Michael Hagan said.

“He is an experienced first grade player and he will be a great asset to the coaching staff and young players at our Club.”

Returning home is a big thing for Lowrie, who calls the Hunter region home.

“I’m really excited to get the opportunity to play for the Knights again after spending a long time away,” Lowrie said.

“I’m proud to have grown up in the Hunter region and have always called it home.”

He too knows that with his veteran status, nurturing the younger players coming through is now a big role in his rugby league journey.

“To be able to come home and represent the region in the best way possible by playing for the Knights, in front of my kids, is something I have wanted to do for a long time,” said Lowrie.

“I see a successful period coming for the Club and I will be doing my best to play well and also help develop the young guys coming through.”

Samoan utility heads to England and signs with Hull FC

Carlos Tuimavave

With limited opportunity available to him at the Newcastle Knights, a new challenge is on the horizon for Samoan international Carlos Tuimavave.

The utility back has signed with Super League side Hull FC on a three-year deal, after the Knights agreed to release him from the final year of his contract.

With every player wanting stability, security and regular playing time in rugby league, the Hull FC move is one that works best for Tuimavave and the Knights were not going to stand in his way.

“We have agreed to release Carlos based on what is best for him and his family,” Director of Football Michael Hagan said.

“We didn’t want to deny Carlos the opportunity to play more consistent football with a long-term contract on the table for him.

“He is a good young footballer and he goes to England with our very best wishes.”

Playing in four games in total for the Knights and 13 in the NRL, Tuimavave did what is best for his family and he thanked the Knights for the opportunity given to him.

“I have enjoyed my time at the Knights but made this decision because it is best for my family, as we have a baby on the way,” Tuimavave said.

“I want to say thank you to the Club, the players and coaches and the fans for the opportunity to play here.”

As for joining Hull FC, Tuimvave is excited about the new adventure that lies ahead. He has seen how big of a club they are in the Super League and cannot wait to don the jersey and play for them.

“I am excited to be joining Hull next season and the opportunity to play regular first grade football at one of the biggest clubs in Super League,” said Tuimavave.

“While I am focused on finishing the season well at the Knights, I am looking forward to moving my family to England and making a positive contribution to Hull Football Club.

“Hull are a big club with a great fan base and I’m looking forward to getting over there to sample the atmosphere and competition.”

With two Holden Cup premiership victories with the New Zealand Warriors, the 23-year old knows how to win titles and it is the x-factor he brings that has Hull FC coach Lee Radford excited.

“We’re really looking forward to him coming over and it’s a signing we are really excited about,” said Radford.

“He’s a ball player and has a fantastic running game, as well as being defensively sound. I think he’ll be suited to our competition and his best years are definitely in front of him.

“He has finesse and a bit of X-factor about him, the style of player that can create something from nothing.”

Whilst Tuimavave offers great utility value, his signing at Hull FC is one that is designed to create pressure on the current centres.

“He can cover a number of positions but we feel we need a bit more competition in the centres. He can play full-back and in the halves but we want him to come and put real pressure on the centre spot,” said Radford.

“In terms of household names in the NRL, he probably isn’t that yet but at only 23 years-old he is coming over here to improve as a player. I’m confident that our environment can bring out his potential, as we have done with other overseas players we have recruited such as Jordan Rankin, Steve Michaels and Fetuli Talanoa.

“We made some inquiries 12 months ago but unfortunately he’d committed to the Knights so I was over the moon to find out there was a chance of bringing him in. I’m confident he’ll become a real favourite with our supporters.”

Injuries galore as Manly’s resurgence continues after win v Warriors

Jake Trbojevic

Manly may have won the game but the major talking point in the clash between the Sea Eagles and the New Zealand Warriors is a season-ending injury to Shaun Johnson. Sent to hospital mid-game to determine the severity, it is a cruel blow for the Warriors side, who have looked good in recent weeks on the back Johnson’s work and creativity.

It was not the Warriors day from the get-go, as Manly continued their recent run of form to climb up the ladder, recording a 32-12 win away from home. Several of their key players stepped up, as well as unsung heroes like Jake Trbojevic and Matt Ballin.

It was attack galore and the Sea Eagles were clinical in theirs, as they executed perfectly and put the Warriors under the pump on several occasions. The win was soured, though, as both sides suffered major injury tolls.

Along with Johnson’s injury, Raymond Faitala-Mariner suffered concussion before returning, Bodene Thompson went off the field with a knee injury, with Manly hit by injuries even harder.

Steve Matai left the field due to concussion, Luke Burgess has a potential season-ending knee injury, Tom Symonds also has a knee injury and Ligi Sao also left the field. The Manly win was made all the more valiant based on that very fact, that they played good parts of the game with no-one on the interchange.

It was doubles to Brett Stewart and Jorge Taufua that helped to seal the win for Manly and the win was a crucial one for them, particularly in light of a recent tumultuous week that spoke of players leaving and the constant talk of coach Geoff Toovey being let go.

Whilst the belief is in the camp for Manly, they have a tough game against Brisbane next week and will likely have to win most of their remaining games to make the finals.

As for the Warriors, the loss was their second consecutive loss of 14 points or more and with the injury to Johnson, many are now wondering where their x-factor will come from.

When talking about it post-game, Warriors coach Andrew McFadden was disappointed and dejected that his key play-maker is out for the year.

“I can’t confirm anything but yeah it’s season-ending,” McFadden said.

“We have got a fair few young guys out there and it was always going to be a challenge [without Johnson].

“Losing Shaun was a blow but we should have been better I feel.”

Those sentiments were echoed by Manly coach Geoff Toovey, who knew that it was the turning point in the game.

“Massive, I think it was a big loss for them,” Toovey said.

“Like anything if you lose any key playmaker in your team, he was a big loss for them.”

The injuries suffered by his side forced his remaining players to dig deep and the effort was one that pleased Toovey.

“It was a fantastic effort, very heroic from the players in the end there,” Toovey said.

“We just ran out of players. Rarely it happens when you lose four players in a game, but it was a physical game and they lost a couple of players as well.

“That’s how tought it was.”

There are other issues for the Warriors, who have only scored two tries in 160 minutes of football in the last two weeks and with what happened, it goes back to the drawing board.

“Yeah there hasn’t been many worse than that for all counts,” McFadden said of his side’s night at Mount Smart Stadium.

“Obviously a disappointing result and scoreline, and with what happened during the game as well hurt us.

“Probably our young guys, maybe they did just go into their shell a bit.

“Maybe it was just too much tonight.

“But we are not going to throw everything out the door, we will regroup and learn from that.

“The opportunity is still the same for us.”

Player of the Game:

3. Jake Trbojevic
2. Jorge Taufua
1. Matt Ballin

Sea Eagles 32 (Jorge Taufua 2, Brett Stewart 2, Jake Trbojevic, Matt Ballin tries; Jamie Lyon 4 goals) def Warriors 12 (Shaun Johnson, Albert Vete tries; Tuimoala Lolohea 2 goals) at Mount Smart Stadium. HT: 6-6 Crowd: 15, 812.

Veteran Tigers prop heads to England after signing with Leeds

Keith Galloway

A stalwart in the Wests Tigers front-row for some years now, a new adventure awaits Keith Galloway, as he signs a three-year deal with the Leeds Rhinos.

The 29-year old will depart the Tigers at the end of the season after being given a release from the final year of his contract to make the move to England.

Joining the Tigers back in 2006, Galloway has gone on to play in a total of 204 NRL games to date and coach Jason Taylor was quick to praise the prop for his achievements at the club.

“Keith has become not only a favourite amongst our fans – but also with our playing group and staff during his time at the Club,” Taylor said.

“Since I started at Wests Tigers last year, Keith has been the ultimate professional in every aspect.

“Keith has been offered a great opportunity to play overseas and we are all really excited for him.”

Echoing the praise for the Yarrawarrah Tigers junior was interim CEO Phil Moss.

“We want to thank Keith for his tireless services for Wests Tigers – both on and off the field,” he said.

“As we all know Keith, has achieved plenty in the game but I also want to acknowledge some great work in the community he has done over the years.

“The opportunity with Leeds is a good one for himself and his young family; we wish Keith all the best once he departs at season’s end.”

2011 saw Galloway represent both NSW and Australia, in addition to three appearances in the annual City-Country clash.

Galloway is excited about the move to Leeds and looks forward to playing in England after hearing great things from current Tigers team-mate, Pat Richards.

“I am really excited to be coming to the Rhinos. I can’t wait to get over there and play for Leeds,” said Galloway.

“It is a different style of competition but I have watched it on TV and the chance to go over there and play in Super League is something that excites me.

I am pretty close with Pat Richards and he obviously off to Catalans next season. He loved his time in England and when I mentioned to him that I was thinking about heading to the Super League competition he told me I would love it.

When people like that tell you how good it is you take those comments on board.”

Knowing how successful Leeds have been, Galloway was keen to get among the group of players and hopefully, from his perspective, secure a senior trophy.

“One of the reasons I was sold on the Rhinos was the chance to be part of a team that is competing for silverware,” said Galloway.

“I have never tasted success at senior level and hopefully I can achieve that at Leeds.

I know the team are going really well and I am looking forward to watching the boys for the remainder of the season so I can familiarize myself with everyone’s names and get to know how the team plays before I get over here.”

Galloway is also keen to make the most of the opportunity and of the lifestyle in England.

“I have always had a desire to come and play in the UK in my career and I have had the opportunity to stay in Leeds on a number of occasions when I have been over.

It is a great city and I am looking forward to making it my home and being part of the English lifestyle,” added Galloway.

With some young forward packs coming through the ranks, the signing of a veteran prop like Galloway will help to complement the side’s forward pack.

“It is very pleasing to have reached agreement with Keith to bring him to the Rhinos,” said Leeds coach Brian McDermott.

“He is a highly experienced forward who will add to the group we already have in place for next season with the likes of Adam Cuthbertson, Mitch Garbutt and Brad Singleton.

He is a no-nonsense front rower who will take the team forward. Importantly, when you speak to anyone about him as a person, they can not speak highly enough of him.

Having played for Australia and New South Wales, he is a significant signing for us and I am looking forward to the end of the year when he joins up with us.”

CEO Gary Hetherington also praised the signing as well as the Tigers for the way they dealt with the situation.

“We are delighted to have attracted a player of the quality and experience of Keith to the Rhinos,” said Hetherington.

“I would like to thank Wests Tigers for how they have handled the matter with us and we look forward to welcoming Keith into the Rhinos family ahead of 2016.”

Roosters too good for valiant Tigers outfit

Sio Siua Taukeiaho

Showing that they are also premiership contenders, the Sydney Roosters have beaten the Wests Tigers comfortably, after a 33-8 win without getting out of second gear.

In a first-half that was laden with errors, mistakes and scrappy plays, both sides scored just 1 try apiece and failed to make the most of their opportunities.

Despite all that, the Roosters went in with an 8-4 half-time lead with a James Maloney penalty goal and a try apiece for both teams.

The game was not all sunshine and rainbows, though, as Tigers lock Martin Taupau launched a cheap swinging arm shot on Maloney whilst he was on the ground, resulting in players running in to stop a scuffle.

As a result, Taupau was sent to the bin and the Tigers finished the game with just 12 players on the field.

In front of just over 10,000 fans, the Roosters second half was the more clinical, as they executed better and put the pressure on the Tigers.

The Tigers were not helped by their own errors and discipline, with many leading to Roosters tries and attacking opportunities.

A bright light for the Tigers, though, continues to be James Tedesco. In what has been a disappointing season so far, his form has been consistent and he has been the club’s best player all season.

The loss means the Roosters cement their top 4 spot, whilst the Tigers still languish at the bottom of the ladder, hoping they can somehow elevate themselves up the ladder.

A late Maloney field goal and a second try to Roosters winger Brendan Elliott late on put the icing on the cake for the Tricolours.

Despite the 25-point loss, Tigers coach Jason Taylor was pleased with his side’s defensive resolve and attitude.

“I’m really happy with what we did defensively for the whole 80 minutes,” Taylor said.

“In the second half they got three tries and they had an enormous amount of possession in our half.”

Once again, it was the powerful runs and work of Taukeiaho that helped set the tone in attack and he drew praise from fellow forward, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.

“Siua, Sammy [Moa], Isaac [Liu], those boys – we like to say we’re in ‘beast mode’. Siua, he’s playing outstanding, he just needs to continue what he’s doing and bring the right attitude each week,” said Waerea-Hargreaves.

“It just shows tonight what he’s capable of doing. He’s got some skills and some speed and some footwork and some size.”

Player of the Game:

3. Sio Siua Taukeiaho
2. Tim Simona
1. James Maloney/James Tedesco

Sydney Roosters 33 (Elliot 2, Tupou, Moa, Maloney tries; Maloney 5 goals; Maloney field goal) defeated Wests Tigers 8 (Tedesco, Richards tries). Half-time: Roosters 8-4. Crowd: 10,186. On report: Martin Taupau.