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Round 1 team list tips

Sydney Roosters star Todd Carney is out of Friday’s NRL season opener against South Sydney at the Sydney Football Stadium. Carney, who has endured a torrid lead-up to the start of the new campaign, following his arrest for drink-driving 10 days ago, has not been named in the Roosters side after failing to recover from January groin surgery. The Dally M Medallist sustained the injury playing for Australia in the Four Nations clash with New Zealand in Auckland in October. Coach Brian Smith named Braith Anasta at five-eighth alongside Mitchell Pearce with Carney expected to be back for the round two clash with Manly. However, the Roosters are boosted by the surprise return of secondrower Mitch Aubusson who had been expected to be sidelined until round four with a shoulder injury. Souths coach John Lang said he had been preparing for Carney to play and believed the troubled playmaker’s off-field problems would have no effect on his game. “He had a great season last year and I see no reason why he won’t pick up where he left off last year,” Lang said. “Often for players, the game and training, if there’s been a few problems that can be a bit of a relief for them rather than another pressure.” Continue reading

Manly 14 – Auckland 12

Brett Stewart has made a successful comeback to rugby league in Manly’s 14-12 pre-season trial win over the New Zealand Warriors at North Harbour Stadium in Auckland. The gifted fullback played 20 minutes against the New Zealand side and declared himself on track to play in his side’s round one NRL match against the Melbourne Storm at AAMI Park on March 12. Stewart, returning to the game after consecutive season-ending knee injuries, hadn’t played since the first round of the competition in 2010. The 25 year-old said he “couldn’t be happier” with his cameo appearance and was keen to get some more game time under his belt. A try to fringe second rower Vic Mauro eight minutes from time was enough to give his side the win. The Warriors had led for much of the physical encounter but couldn’t quite close out the match. Continue reading

Manly’s X-factor ready to rumble

The man described as Manly’s X-factor is set to return to NRL football this weekend after 344 days on the sidelines.

Brett Stewart, who is on the comeback from consecutive season-ending knee injuries, was named in Manly’s 24-man squad to take on New Zealand in Auckland on Saturday night.

It will be the electrifying fullback’s first match since round one last season, when he suffered a knee injury while making a try-saving tackle on Wests Tigers’ winger Lote Tuqiri.

The news was met with excitement by Stewart’s team-mates who have missed the former Australian representative’s try-scoring prowess for all but six games in the past two seasons. Continue reading

Brett Stewart returns

Brett Stewart is back. Despite constant speculation Stewart would miss round one through injury, The Daily Telegraph understands he is poised for a shock return in Saturday night’s trial match against New Zealand in Auckland.Manly officials were reluctant last night to confirm Stewart’s selection but it is understood he will play about 20 minutes. Stewart, who has played six games over the past two seasons due to two severe knee injuries, must pass a midweek fitness test to board the plane but Manly officials are certain he will be cleared. Should former Test fullback Stewart run freely against the Warriors, he will be rushed into Manly’s team for a breathtaking confrontation with Melbourne superstar Billy Slater in round one. Continue reading

Injured stars unlikely to play for Manly

Manly are unlikely to risk injured trio Jamie Lyon, Shane Rodney and Brett Stewart in next weekend’s NRL trial match against the Warriors in New Zealand. The club will find out the seriousness of Jamie Lyon’s strained ankle ligaments on Wednesday, but they are prepared to give him as much rest as possible before their season-opener against Melbourne on March 12. Coach Des Hasler said Lyon, who injured the troublesome ankle in the first half of Saturday’s NRL All Stars clash on the Gold Coast, was not in doubt for round one. In better news for the club, cult hero George Rose will not miss any football despite suffering a broken nose in the All Stars game. Continue reading

Stewart’s season over

Manly fullback Brett Stewart continues his horror run of injuries after the news that his latest to his left knee was discovered to b e worse than what was initially thought. The 25-year-old was ruled out for the remainder of the Sea Eagles’ campaign after surgery on Wednesday.  Stewart had hoped to return by round 20 and the latest blow is a cruel one for both club and player. “The operation went well and Brett will make a full recovery but it won’t be this season – that’s certain and we now have to get on with the rest of the season without him,” coach Des Hasler said.

Stewart out for 5 months

The Manly Sea Eagles (and quite a few DT’s)  have sustained a massive blow when they learned today that Fullback Brett Stewart is to undergo surgery on his left knee which will keep him sidelined for up to 5 months. “It a shattering blow to Brett personally and us as a club but we have to be positive and he is being positive despite his recent run of bad luck,” Manly coach Des Hasler said. The injury is identical to that he sustained on his right knee last season. That injury sidelined him from round five until round 25. “He has set himself round 20 (as a reurn date) and it is good he is setting himself goals,” Sea Eagle chief executive Graham Lowe said. “He has been through it before and knows what to expect.”

IN-N-OUT – Rd 2

A pair of hookers who have seen little action in recent times will be thrown to the wolves on Friday night with Canterbury and St George Illawarra putting their depth to the test in the NRL grudge match. Journeymen Blake Green and Luke Priddis will wear the No.9 jumpers for the Bulldogs and Dragons respectively, Green earning his chance after Michael Ennis accepted a one-week ban for a high tackle while Priddis comes in for Nathan Fien, who is out with a broken leg. “It’s extremely disappointing for Fiensy, he’s a great player and a great guy,” Priddis said. “I’m looking forward to having a run on Friday night … the Bulldogs are always a tough prospect, no matter when or where you play them.”

The Bulldogs also welcome back winger Bryson Goodwin, who will assume goalkicking duties with Ennis out, the hooker left with little choice but to cop the one match suspension for a high tackle on Newcastle’s Matt Hilder.

South Sydney coach John Lang has also been forced to test his reserves with David Tyrell coming in for Eddy Pettybourne, who will be out for up to three months with a broken jaw, while Junior Vaivai replaces Colin Best (ribs). “He’s a very good prospect Junior, he had a very good season in the Toyota Cup last year,” Lang said ahead of Friday’s match against Gold Coast at ANZ Stadium.

The Titans received a boost on Tuesday with fullback Preston Campbell cleared after receiving a head knock in Sunday’s win over the Warriors.

Penrith welcome back Trent Waterhouse from a quad strain for the trip north to play North Queensland, former Sydney Rooster Willie Mason again named to start from the bench.

Manly coach Des Hasler has been forced to reshuffle his backline for Sunday’s clash with fellow round one losers Parramatta with Michael Robertson deputising for Brett Stewart at fullback.

Manly’s backline stocks are looking a little thin just one game into the competition with fullback Brett Stewart joining former Tests winger David Williams on the sidelines. Stewart suffered a suspected medial meniscus tear in his left knee after putting his body on the line to stop a rampaging Lote Tuqiri in the dying stages of Wests Tigers’ dramatic 26-22 win over the Sea Eagles on Monday night. He will undergo scans on Tuesday, though the initial prognosis had him out for up to six weeks. “It could be anywhere between three and six weeks. It shouldn’t be (a season-ending injury) but we’ll have to look at the MRI.” Williams failed to even make it to round one after going down on match eve, when he suffered a dislocated collarbone at training. The powerful winger is expected to be sidelined between six to eight weeks. Compounding the Sea Eagles woes, George Rose, Brent Kite and Keiran Foran were all placed on report for high tackles.