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Warriors offer 70 per cent pay deal to homesick trio

The Warriors have offered to pay their three homesick players about 70 per cent of their wages when they return to New Zealand, if they remain with the team until the end of the month. Ken Maumalo, David Fusitua and Agnatius Paasi want to return home to reunite with their …

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Titans reportedly raise offer to $1.25m in bid to lure David Fifita from Brisbane

The Gold Coast Titans have reportedly offered one of the biggest contracts in rugby league history, a revised $1.25m deal, to entice David Fifita to the club, hours after he rejected a $1.1m deal. The off-contract Brisbane back-rower called the Titans on Wednesday night to tell them they had missed …

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Farcical bid by three Melbourne A-League clubs to flee city collapses

The league is due to begin on July 16 with a fixture between Western United and Victory, which, several sources said last night, might as well be played in Melbourne if it is even played at all. The mix up could threaten the viability of the whole competition if the …

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‘I don’t make fun of disabled people’: Fonua-Blake faces hefty fine

“Now that the match review process is complete, I want to speak directly with Addin and the Club about the incidents before determining any penalty. “This is more than a simple sanction. It’s important there is an education and rehabilitation component to issues like this to ensure players learn from …

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Two-minute wonder: Waratahs turn to familiar face Porecki

Often when Australian players go abroad they don’t return but Porecki insists there was unfinished business at NSW. Initially Porecki was going to play club football for Manly this year before linking up with the Waratahs before Super Rugby next season but with a delayed competition now only just getting …

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IOC told only a vaccine can save Tokyo 2021 as 12-month countdown nears

Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates, who is the head of the IOC’s Coordination Commission for Tokyo, said plans to celebrate the 12-month countdown for a second time were going ahead and backed the US Olympic & Paralympic Committee to field a team despite almost three million confirmed cases and …

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Fonua-Blake faces further sanctions as NRL moves to protect referees

Whether that comes in the form of further suspension, a hefty fine or doing volunteer work with the intellectually disabled remains to be seen. Perhaps all three would be appropriate. But the rethink only comes after Hadley, clutching a copy of the referees’ report, went nuclear on the AM airwaves. …

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‘Huge for us’: Kings avoid rebuild with re-signing of young gun Cooks

“We were always hopeful he [Cooks] would come back,” Pongrass said. “You’re never really certain what everyone’s plans are, and having him return to the club is huge for us.” The 24-year-old initially decided to explore his opportunities elsewhere before deciding on Tuesday to commit to Sydney. Cooks is the …

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Gary Ablett can opt out of hub at any time with Cats’ full support

“Right at the moment we’re pushing on with a little bit of a loose plan around what his next month to six weeks might look like, but keeping our options open to change our mind as things happen.” Ablett, who played his 350th game on Saturday when the Cats beat …

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Eighty-one Aquanita horses face disqualification

However, Racing Victoria on Tuesday asked the owners of Politeness to show cause why the mare shouldn’t be disqualified from her group 1 Myer Classic win a week earlier, worth $300,000 in prizemoney. “The stewards will make their final determination on whether the horse is disqualified following the conclusion of …

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