Tag Archive: Frank Pritchard

Fulton’s role is to fill the gaps

While Benji Marshall’s mental state has been the subject of intense speculation, Wests Tigers backrower Liam Fulton knows exactly where he fits into the scheme of things heading into Monday night’s NRL blockbuster against Canterbury at ANZ Stadium. Fulton describes himself as the ugly duckling of the Tigers backrow, the unfashionable footballer who “fills the gap” alongside high profile duo Gareth Ellis and Chris Heighington. “I’m happy to have that title,” Fulton said. “Gaz Ellis is probably the best second rower in the world … I know I could never do things that he could do. “And Heighington, he’s just the ultimate workhorse, he’s got an engine like I’ve never seen before. “I’m just there to fill the gap … and we work really well as a trio.” One gap Fulton will be called on to fill on Monday night will be the one new Canterbury signing Frank Pritchard takes aim at on the Bulldogs’ left edge. Continue reading


Bulldogs fresh faces line up

Rising Bulldogs prop Sam Kasiano caps his transformation from NYC teen to NRL star this weekend when he dons the Bulldogs’ No. 10 jersey against the Tigers at ANZ Stadium.Kasiano already has plenty of headlines this year for his outstanding form in the club’s pre-season trials – and it was made obvious why yesterday when he was named ahead of Bulldogs stars Michael Hodgson, Chris Armit and Mickey Paea. He will be joined in the Bulldogs forward pack by second-rower Jake Forster, who stunningly beat prized signing Frank Pritchard for a start. Pritchard, Kasiano, Aiden Tolman, Kris Keating and Trent Hodkinson will all make their debuts for the club.

Stagg might struggle to get the full 80

With an influx of backrow signings at the Bulldogs, lock forward David Stagg admits he might have to shed his tag as one of the NRL’s best 80 minute players. Stagg, who will line up against Canberra in a trial match in Tamworth on Saturday night, has recovered from a shoulder reconstruction in the off-season. Stagg played 40 minutes against St George Illawarra last weekend, coming through unscathed – and he is aiming to push his workload up to 60 minutes against the Raiders to prove he will be a certain starter against the Wests Tigers in round one. But so will fellow backrowers Frank Pritchard, who has overcome a knee problem to be fit for this weekend, and captain Andrew Ryan, who is being rested following a shoulder reconstruction. Continue reading

Pritchard lines up in the Blue & White

Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs supporters will get their first look at recruit Frank Pritchard in blue and white this Saturday when the Bulldogs take on the Canberra Raiders in their final NRL trial match. Head coach Kevin Moore has included the New Zealand international on a seven-man interchange bench for the clash at Scully Park, Tamworth. It will be the first match of the year for Pritchard, who was among the Kiwis best during last year’s Four Nations tournament, only to miss the Final with a knee injury. Pritchard is the only player named in the 20-man squad that is yet to participate in a trial match this year. Captain Andrew Ryan and hooker Michael Ennis were not considered for selection but both will be available for the Bulldogs round one NRL clash against the Wests Tigers at ANZ Stadium on Monday, 14 March. Continue reading

Idris excited to return to backline

Jamal Idris wants for his time at second row to be over so he can make a permanent home for himself in the NRL at centre. The Canterbury star says he will play wherever needed, but admits he’s itching to move back to his original position out wide. Canterbury coach Kevin Moore shifted the 20-year-old monster to the backrow last year, to help the club cope with injury problems and add size in the forwards. He’s been named in the No.11 jersey for Friday’s trial against St George Illawarra, but when Frank Pritchard, Andrew Ryan and Greg Eastwood return to the side, the club’s personality player is excited about returning to the backline. Idris’ size and aggressiveness has seen him adapt well to the forwards, but he said Moore hasn’t given any indication he’ll be used there regularly this year. Continue reading

Elliott doesn’t want to discard Pritchard

Penrith Panthers Coach Matthew Elliott expects forward Frank Pritchard ($180,800 2RF) to have his best season yet, and with contract negotiations opened he is hopeful his contract will be extended long after the 2011 expiration of his current commitment. Ptitchard’s loyalty was tested when it was rumoured he wasn’t happy at the club and wanted out, but Eliott said those kind of attitude issues were a thing of the past for the 26 year old. The Panthers will compete in their first trial match against Parramatta at CUA Stadium on Saturday, the team is set to have most of the new recruits on deck – Kevin Kingston($167,700 HOK), Travis Burns ($155,000 HLV), backs David Simmons ($98,100 CTW/FLB) and Adrian Purtell ($112,200 CTW) and forward Nigel Plum ($146,900 2RF) all hoping to impress and secure starting berths come round 1 of the season. “At the back-end of the pre-season I don’t really see them as new recruits any more, I just see them as part of the squad.” Eliott said. Daine Laurie ($91,100 FRF) will be missing this weekend while he nurses a broken toe, but is expected to play against Newcastle in Port Macquarie on February 27.