Thursday Nights The Grapple on Sport 101.5 2017-11-23
Segment 1: Panel ****************** Note Petero Civoniceva delayed until next week ******************
- Amy-latest on the Women’s RLWC round 3 –all preliminary matches completed
- Hat-tricks to Tamara Zahara, Vanessa Foliaki, Elianna Walton and Karina Brown highlighted the 88-0 win by the Jillaroos over Canada.
- Cook Islands' shock 22-16 upset over England and NZ d PNG 38-0.
- Australia will meet the Ravens once again in the semi-final clash on Sunday while England v NZ in the other semi final-double header at Shark Park
- All that and more on the Grapple tonight so away we go:
· The Hayne plane looks like taking off with JARRYD Hayne apparently already agreeing to play at Parramatta for the 2018 season but is stalling on telling Gold Coast. Hayne has allegedly shaken hands with the Eels and will request a release from the Titans next month. But he hasn’t yet informed his current club of the switch because he can still claim contract payments until he officially requests the release. Hayne will earn $90,000 for each of November and December — totalling $180,000 of salary — before he even returns to pre-season training on the glitter strip. Parramatta has continually refused to comment on the Hayne speculation, while the man himself has publicly denied he will leave Gold Coast.
· Mitchell Pearce-faster than a speeding bullet out of Bondi- with Manly, Sharks, and Knights speaking to Pearce’s manager Steve Gillis. Of course Manly appear to be in the box seat when they announced the release of Blake Green just minutes before the Roosters released Pearce on Monday.
- Dr Des suing Bulldogs for $2.4m with the case listed for a directions hearing in the NSW Supreme Court on December 1. Hasler and the Bullldogs agreed last April to extend his stay at Belmore until 2019, which is understood to be the crux of the former Manly dual premiership-winning coach's legal action. When he parted ways with the Bulldogs – a club he guided to two grand finals – Chairman Ray Dib said there had not been a signed contract that was legally binding. "The heads of agreement reached with Des Hasler for an extension of his contract were non-binding and a decision has been made not to renew his contract for next year," Dib said in September.
- Josh Hodgson at the Raiders’ in a new deal with the club until the end of the 2022 season. The new contract is an extension of his current deal which finishes at the end of the 2018 season and makes him the first player to be signed with the Raiders until 2022.
- The James Maloney deal at Penrith has been stalled in bizarre fashion with the NRL now scrutinising a third-party deal which is part of the contract, after Maloney accidentally let slip to media the nature of the sponsorship. It means he could lose $200,000 on the contract and it puts the entire move in jeopardy. Maloney came out the other day and said he’s waiting on the club to organise a third-party deal to come through but it can’t be club-driven, it has to be player driven. It’s a $200,000 Keno sponsorship. Watch this space.
- Veteran South Sydney prop David Tyrell has signed on with Easts in the Queensland Cup. The 158 NRL gamer returns to the Tigers where he played senior football before joining the Rabbitohs. “He’s coming home, so to speak,” Tigers CEO Brian Torpy said. “He adds a lot of punch and experience to our pack. It’s fantastic to have someone who has been there and done that.”
- Jeremy Hawkins has left Melbourne. Unable to secure an NRL contract, the 24-year-old has signed on with Redcliffe in the Queensland Cup. A centre-winger, Hawkins made his NRL debut with Canberra in 2014 where he played seven top grade games over two seasons before moving to the Storm on a two-year-deal. Newcastle will keep an eye on his performances early in the season with an NRL release clause written into Hawkins’ Q Cup deal.
· THE NRL is facing an unfair dismissal case brought against it by Chris James, a referee who claims he was unfairly sacked from the game’s elite match officials squad. James who has refereed 228 first-grade games, was let go on October 7 by NRL referees boss Tony Archer, almost a week after the end of the season. Only a month earlier, Archer is said to have praised the work of James with younger referees. James is now seeking reinstatement or compensation, with the support of the Professional Rugby League Match Officials (PRLMO) and the trade union body Unions NSW.
- Manly has resigned promising youngster Tom Wright. While you might not know the name, Manly fans sure do and that’s why the Sea Eagles have wasted little time extending the young gun’s contract. A star of the NYC, Wright has inked a one-year extension. While playing five-eighth for much of his 20s career, Wright will spend the pre-season training in the centres with a push for a round one NRL start. Also able to play fullback, Wright was a standout in the 20s premiership-winning side with his agility and speed wreaking havoc on the opposition.
- His name was mentioned many times last week but England winger Jermaine McGillvary says an NRL contract would be a dream come true. McGillvary has scored six tries in four World Cup games and is in the running to be named player of the tournament. He said that he likes a big test, and to try himself out against the best players in the world would be a dream come true. “See what happens after the World Cup.” McGillvary has three seasons to run on his Huddersfield contract and has a young family in England.
- Penrith resigned Tyrone May until end of 2020 season. May deputised for former skipper Matt Moylan in the back half of this season when the five-eighth was in and out of the team due to injury and personal issues.
Segment 2 (a):
- Petero Civoniceva Manager Fiji RLWC team ***** Note delayed until next week ****************
Segment 2 (b): 6.30-6.38:
- Panel and interview follow up
Segment 3: Greg McCallum