NRL News Report
Contract Discussions Hurting Dog Bond

Today NRL News has a look at the Bulldogs and how tense contract discussions between Sonny Bill Williams and Mark O’Meley are hurting the club. NRL News discusses how relationships between Willie Mason and the two players in question have been damaged and how this deal will affect the Bulldogs long term. As Bulldogs management sets a 1 week deadline for both players to re-sign, will Malcom Noad and his officials successfully defuse to the situation or potentially see more big name NRL players leave the Bulldogs for greener Rugby League pastures.

NRL News
Knights Thriving under Brian Smith Regime
NRL News today received word from a Newcastle Knights source regarding the state of play inside the Knights camp.

With Brian Smith taking control this year after several seasons under Michael Hagan, much has been said about the Andrew Johns / Brian Smith relationship and how the controlling nature of Brian Smith would affect the usually relaxed style we see from the Knights.
It seems the Knights could really excel in NRL Season 2007 – word has it that players are enjoying the new policies. Players are taking more knowledge from training sessions, and Brian Smith has arranged a food delivery scheme for players to receive specialised meals three times a day.
Knights players have also whispered about the fact that the installment of Smith as coach has reduced the control wielded by Andrew Johns during the Hagan years. Apparently players were occasionally frustrated by the influence Johns had over the team, as he would pick and choose sessions to attend, arrive late and never have to answer to the coach.
Smith’s initiatives have led to many players improving their playing weight and individual fitness levels are at their peak. This rang true in the recent trial against Cronulla, where the Knights hung on for the majority of the match and were able to steal the win at the death.
Another new initiative was the Newcastle Knights forward pack being sent away to train with the NSW Tactical Response Group. The Knights big men were put through brutal routines with the Police’s elite squad and have relished the challenges and have enjoyed the experience.
While NRL News believes all the early signs for the Knights are positive, we eagerly await the Knights’ performance in the NRL with Brian Smith guiding from the watchtower.
NRL News Article Sunday Night 4th March 11.59pm

NRL News Trial Game Reviews
Dragons 16 def Souths 14 in Charity Shield
The St George Illawarra Dragons have won the 2007 NRL Charity Shield Trial match. In a good test for both sides, the Dragons team of mainly rookies was able to steal the prize from the star studded South Sydney Rabbits line-up..
Storm 46 def Broncos 0 in Grand Final Rematch
Raiders 26 def Wests Tigers 4 in massive upset
Warriors 36 def Bulldogs 6 in Auckland Demolition
Knights 12 def Sharks 10 in late victory
Roosters 30 def Eels 22 in High Quality match
Manly 14 def North Queensland 12 in Hot Cairns affair

Titans 28 def Panthers 6
NRL News reports on an impressive display by the newly formed Gold Titans tonight against the Panthers in front of 13,500 new Gold Coast fans. The Titans clicked in attack, and their big names all bagged tries. The win sees them grow in confidence and sends the Panthers scurrying away to do extra homework before the NRL kicks off in 2 weeks.
Source: NRL News

Bailey happy with no-name Titan pack
Luke Bailey rates the temporary Jetstar Titans forward pack among the best he has played with. Attitude and hunger are impressing the man they call “The Bull”. NRL News has a look at what Bailey has to say about his new team mates and how they shape up for the trial clash with the Matt Elliot coached Penrith Panthers up in Queensland tonight.
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Dragons expect keenly contested Charity Shield
St George Illawarra have named a strong side for the big trial and Brown expects both teams to go all out for the Shield. NRL News looks at the Dragons starting side and we talk to Nathan Brown about what he expects to get from the trial. The Charity Shield is sure to draw large interest with Souths sending their top squad in to do battle for the title.

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