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Wests Tigers Vs Parramatta Eels Trial Teams

This Saturday marks the first trial for both clubs heading into the 2012 season. Both clubs have named strong teams to clash at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford. Live updates will be available for this match via @azsportza’s twitter

Wests Tigers

1. James Tedesco 2. Beau Ryan 3. Blake Ayshford 4. Joel Reddy 5. Matt Utai 6. Benji Marshall 7. Tim Moltzen 8. Aaron Woods 9. Pat Politoni 10. Keith Galloway 11. Adam Blair 12. Gareth Ellis 13. Chris Heighington

Interchange: 14. Liam Fulton 15. Matt Groat 16. Matt Bell 17. Tom Humble 18. Ben Murdoch-Masila

Parramatta Eels

1. Jarryd Hayne 2. Luke Burt 3. Ryan Morgan 4. Esi Tonga 5. Ken Sio 6. Ben Roberts 7. Chris Sandow 8. Tim Mannah 9. Matt Keating 10. Mitchell Allgood 11. Nathan Hindmarsh 12. Ben Smith 13. Justin Horo.

Interchange: 14. Casey McGuire 15. Taulima Tautai 16. Fuifui Moimoi 17. Taniela Lasalo 18. Cheyse Blair 19. Joseph Paulo 20. Justin Poore 23. Shane Shackleton

MATCH DETAILS:

Saturday 11 February 2012, kickoff 7:30pm

Referees: Tony De Las Heras and Chris James

Touch Judges: Luke Walsh and Nick Beashel

All-Stars team named

This event enters it’s third consecutive year and this year, 30,000 Rugby League fans have had their say  and selected a representative from each of the 16 NRL clubs in the 20-man squad, which includes 10 NRL All Stars debutants.

The 2012 NRL All Stars team for the 2012 Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars game on February 4 at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast is:

Josh Dugan (Canberra Raiders)
Jason Nightingale* (St George Illawarra Dragons)
Jack Reed* (Brisbane Broncos)
Michael Jennings (Penrith Panthers)
Manu Vatuvei (Warriors)
Benji Marshall – Captain (Wests Tigers) #
Cooper Cronk* (Melbourne Storm)
Kade Snowden* (Newcastle Knights)
Cameron Smith (Melbourne Storm) #
Luke Bailey (Gold Coast Titans)
Nathan Hindmarsh (Parramatta Eels)
David Taylor (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
Paul Gallen (Cronulla Sharks)

Interchange:
Adam Blair (Wests Tigers)
Frank Pritchard* (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
Jared Waerea-Hargreaves* (Sydney Roosters)
Tony Williams* (Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles)
Brent Tate* (North Queensland Cowboys)

Coach’s Selections:
Luke Lewis* (Penrith Panthers)
Ben Hornby* (St George Illawarra Dragons

* NRL All Stars debutants
# Automatic selection

Getting to the game
Those attending the Harvey Norman Rugby League All Stars game at Skilled Park on February 4 are encouraged to catch public transport with additional buses scheduled for the match and Robina Station being only a short walk from the stadium.

For more information on public transport to the match visit: www.translink.com.au/events

Tickets
There are still tickets available to the February 4 match, at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast through Ticketek outlets, on 132 849 or www.ticketek.com.au. New Zealand customers can call 0800 842 538 or +61 132 849.

Wests Tigers Trial Matches Details Confirmed

Wests Tigers on Wednesday confirmed details of two big trial matches to be played on February 11 and 18.

The first trial match will be held against the Parramatta Eels at Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford, on Saturday, February 11. Wests Tigers have a large following on the Central Coast and another bumper crowd is expected.

Three quality games of rugby league will be played at Bluetongue with the main NRL trial at 7.30pm.

The annual trial against the Roosters has traditionally been played at the Sydney Football Stadium but Wests Tigers is pleased to continue its recent trend of hosting more fixtures in Campbelltown.

Three trials will be played from 3.30pm. Tickets go on sale on Monday, January 23, from 9am through ProTicket and Wests Tigers Gearzone stores at Concord Oval and Campbelltown (Brands On Sale Outlet, Shop 234, 32 Queen Street).

Saturday, February 11, Bluetongue Stadium, Gosford

3.30pm: NSW State Cup: Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers v Wentworthville
5.15pm: NYC: Wests Tigers v Parramatta Eels
7.30pm: NRL: Wests Tigers v Parramatta Eels.

BUY TICKETS FOR EELS MATCH

Saturday, February 18, Campbelltown Sports Stadium

3.30pm: NSW State Cup: Balmain Ryde Eastwood Tigers v Newtown Jets
5.15pm: NYC: Wests Tigers v Sydney Roosters
7.30pm: NRL: Wests Tigers v Sydney Roosters

Tickets: On sale Monday, January 23, 9am

By Wests Tigers Media

Best Tries of the 2011 NRL Season

While we all wait in anticipation for the 2012 National Rugby League. Sit back and enjoy the skills and talent which were on display during the 2011 season. Re-live so of the greatest tries scored. Watch and maveral at Ben Barba’s skills to plant the ball before the corner, sit in awe as David Meed grabs the mid-air ball and strolls over. Those are just some of the feats seen in the past Rugby League season, check the rest out below.

Is Gaz Right for Dragons?

With Mark Gasnier set to rejoin the NRL, with a deal announcement expected before June 30 – will Gasnier still be a good fit for the Dragons? Or to put it another way, will the Dragons be a good fit for Gaz?

While CEO Peter Doubst is doing everything over at Kogarah to get Gasnier back into the fold, the truth is, much has changed at St George Illawarra since Gasnier left.

While Gaz has only been gone a year and a half, there have been a few personnel changes the likes of Jason Ryles, Justin Poore, Josh Morris and several others have departed – good mate and coach Nathan Brown is also long gone from the Dragons fold – in some ways its been a club rebuilt.

With new coach Wayne Bennett at the helm, the biggest change has been the culture. The belief is there and the responsibility isn’t falling on any one individual like it used to with Gaz or maybe Barrett in the old days.

This could work either way for Gasnier;

On a positive note – the newly forged Dragons are a defensive machine, winning the majority of their games and looking like good things for the NRL Premiership. They have a new seemingly much more positive culture and an enviable amount of depth in most positions. Much less pressure would fall on the shoulders of Gasnier as it used to do in previous years.

On the flipside – Gaz would have to earn his spot amongst hot competition. Younger, super confident backs in the form of Brett Morris, Jason Nightingale and Darius Boyd are all flying high. Any niggling injuries would surely see Gaz biding his team on the sidelines more quicker than in previous seasons. His good mate and former coach Nathan Brown is long gone and with Bennett at the helm it means that there wouldn’t be any selections favours for the former NSW centre.

What other options are available to Gasnier?

Some have suggested that the Newcastle Knights are the next option being considered by Gasnier and his management team. The Knights have room to move under the salary cap and would allow Gaz to escape the spotlight and pressure of Sydney to some extent.

However, at the Knights – Gasnier would instantly become a ‘marquee’ player and would get pressure in other forms. The location of Newcastle would either involve travel over long distances daily for training, or relocating to the the Steel Town – which wouldn’t be ideal given the sad family situation for Gaz and his partner’s father. Naturally they will want to be close to them in Sydney.

With the salary cap being so tight, apart from the Knights – there really doesn’t seem to be too many options open to Gaz at this stage. The Warriors do have a little room to move in their current situation, however moving over to NZ would certainly be out of the question for Gasnier.

The Raiders are another option, but again location proves a problem.

Most other clubs are seemingly up to their ears in salary cap quotas.

So it’s either his old club the Dragons with a whole new look and feel. Or the raw Knights, who may offer Gasnier the lower profile he has craved in recent times.

Given the pressing situation with his extended family, expect the Dragons to be favourites – regardless of the dollar figure in the short-term.

Bulldogs still not a happy home

Andrew Ryan might leave Bulldogs in 2009It seems life at the Bulldogs is still far from perfect, as the NRL club battles to keep current players happy, the problems arising after losing Willie Mason earlier in the off-season and experiencing several discipline issues with other players soon after.

While publically the players appeared to back the Bulldogs management in their stance against Mason, it’s looking increasingly likely that it was a forced front that wasn’t a true representation of the players morale. Luke Patten was the player to front the media soon after the Mason exit and explain it was Mason not the Bulldogs at fault – however, prior to this public statement and the eventual sacking, it seemed the majority of the Bulldogs players were backing their mate Willie Mason.

Speculation was rife over the weekend that Bulldogs club captain Andrew Ryan has spoken privately of his desire to return to the Parramatta Eels to escape the low morale of the Bulldogs in their current form and to like with old mate Nathan Hindmarsh in their final NRL years. If this proves to be true, it’s obvious the current state of affairs at the Bulldogs might be driving Andrew Ryan away from his once happy home. The other factor however might be the fact that Brian Smith no longer reigns over the Eels, the coach that continued to use Ryan as a substitute during his Eels days – with Michael Hagan at the helm it makes the possibility of the move more realistic.

The loss of Ryan for 2009 would be a huge blow for the struggling Bulldogs, already losing plenty of experience in recent times with the likes of Steve Price, Jonathan Thurston, Braith Anasta, Brent Sherwin, Mark O’Meley and Willie Mason all moving on. Price has grown an extra leg at the Warriors, Thurston is pressing his claims continually to be the best player in the world and the hard working Anasta is enjoying a senior role at the Roosters.

It seems that the players leaving Belmore are feeling much more engergized at new clubs and the old guard, including coach Steve Folkes might be due for a spring clean.

The timing of speculation isn’t ideal for the Bulldogs with the 2008 kick-off under 6 weeks away. In previous years they have responded admirably to critisim, however more recently they have buckled under the constant pressure and expectations of the media and their own fans.

The 2008 squad features a range of new faces which will take some time to gel; with the potential loss of Andrew Ryan and a high probability that Reni Matuia won’t be at the Dogs forever – there is some seriously tough times ahead for the Sydney based club. Ever growing pressure in the NRL market and new clubs such as the Titans are making it much more competitive for clubs and keeping their players happy is of the utmost importance.

It seems this time that the Bulldogs underestimated the pull that Willie Mason had amongst the players. He may have been a badboy at times, but his larrikin personality and years of experience may have been something that held the player group and the club in general together.

Tonie Carroll to retire from NRL

Tonie Carroll to retire from Origin in 2008Has Tonie Carroll picked the right time? The Broncos and Queensland Origin hardman, has announced he will not play State of Origin in 2008 and will retire from NRL duties at the end of this year.

It’s been an interesting journey for Carroll. While always being close to Queenslanders hearts, the experienced Carroll has spent time in the UK Super League, played for Australia and even played at International level for the New Zealand Kiwi’s side. Very few can claim such a long list of achiements in Rugby League.

His physical presence alone dominated opposition players; with Carroll regularly driving attackers into the dirt and creating nightmares for his enemies when he had the ball in his hand. It’s easy to see why; the thought of the heavy but mobile Carroll running at you would give anyone night terrors.

While given the task of protecting Darren Lockyer more recently when Lockyer was moved to five eighth, Carroll has taken on a new role of the senior mentor within the Broncos side. His faultless defence and high workrate have regularly helped Brisbane win matches. His change in role has also helped prolong his career, as previously the amount of work in both attack in defence from Carroll would have easily nullified his impact and his longevity.

The problem for Tonie Carroll of late has been the injury factor. Like so many other experienced NRL players; Tonie Carroll just can’t seem to keep his aging body together for long periods. So often his dynamic and exciting work on the NRL field would be punctuated by an agonizing injury and long spell on the sideline. While Wayne Bennett would have not wanted to lose Carroll, surely everyone in the Broncos camp has agreed it’s time to freshen the crop for future years – with Carroll to mentor the juniors this year and put his bulky frame on ice and retire in 2009.

While achieving so much in the game; it would be fitting for the likeable Carroll to end the year on a high note. Certainly a tough ask with Brisbanes green crop of players – however some smart buys at the Broncos might just give Carroll and his team the boost it needs for NRL 2008.