Tag Archive: Nick Kenny

Hannant & Hodges to be sidelined

Broncos star Ben Hannant spoke last night of his torment after being scratched from a head-to-head duel with the man who took his Test and Origin jumpers last year – new Cowboys co-captain Matt Scott. Brisbane’s top prop Hannant (calf) and strike centre Justin Hodges (hamstring) will both be sidelined from Friday night’s round 1 NRL derby against North Queensland at Suncorp Stadium after restricted training runs yesterday. Hannant’s place in Brisbane’s starting pack is likely to be taken by no-nonsense prop Scott Anderson when rookie head coach Anthony Griffin unveils his first premiership squad today. In other team news, ex-bricklayer Jack Reed and flyer Dane Gagai are set to make their NRL debut, with Reed poised to replace Hodges at centre and face Test star Willie Tonga. Continue reading

Lockyer dons the Bronc for first time in 2011

Brisbane skipper Darren Lockyer will wear the Broncos jersey for the first time in 2011 after being named in a strong side to meet Melbourne Storm in Saturday night’s NRL trial at Redcliffe. New Broncos coach Anthony Griffin on Wednesday named his first team two days after Ivan Henjak’s controversial dumping, and chose to rest four of his biggest forwards. While Brisbane’s backline will be at full strength against a strong Storm outfit, Queensland forwards Sam Thaiday and Ben Hannant, plus Nick Kenny and Mitchell Dodds have been rested. “We will give Sam and Ben a rest this weekend but they will be right for round one,” Griffin told the Broncos website. “Nick Kenny is the same, as is Mitchell Dodds. “This gives the other guys a chance to show what they can do. Continue reading

Bronco’s Nick Kenny returns

Timing can be everything and prop Nick Kenny’s return from a frustrating calf injury for the match against Penrith could not be better for Brisbane Broncos coach Ivan Henjak. Henjak was forced to rule out prop Scott Anderson (ribs) and forward Lagi Setu (concussion) for the clash with the Panthers, the first game of the NRL’s double bill at Suncorp Stadium. Kenny has had two failed comebacks since tearing his calf in round four. He was set to play against South Sydney until a late decision to take an extra week off.  “Scotty Anderson had his ribs rattled up a bit last weekend and he’s still a bit sore after the five-day turnaround while Lagi had a bad concussion and we didn’t want to risk him,” explained Henjak.

Bronco’s get four back on deck

Brisbane will have four players returning from injury for their NRL showdown with the Titans at Suncorp Stadium on Friday night. Halfback Peter Wallace, winger Antonio Winterstein, utility Matt Gillett and prop Nick Kenny have been named in Ivan Henjak’s 17-man squad. The clash will be forward Corey Parker’s 200th NRL game. Back-rower Lagi Setu has been pushed into the front-row with prop Scott Anderson suffering a hyper-extended elbow in Sunday’s 36-14 upset win over Melbourne that will sideline him for two or three weeks. Youngster Ben Hunt – who made 44 tackles against the Storm – has been named at hooker with Alex Glenn was selected in the centres. Fullback Josh Hoffman may have to pass a fitness test later in the week on his bruised ribs.

Nick Kenny is a late withdrawal

Brisbane’s forward muscle has taken a late hit, with prop Nick Kenny breaking down at training on Saturday morning. It’s the second week in a row Kenny has been ruled out late, following his withdrawal from the Dragons’ game the previous weekend. While goal-kicking lock Corey Parker and winger Jharal Yow Yeh confirmed their starting spots, Kenny limped from the field midway through the final training session with a calf muscle injury, ahead of Sunday’s clash with the Sharks. Parker will come into the starting pack with either Lagi Setu or Alex Glenn dropping to the bench. Kenny, who had been struggling to play with a lower back injury, was disappointed to be ruled out. “He popped a calf out there, so he’s out,” said Henjak. “It’s only just happened, I don’t know how bad it is. “He hadn’t trained with us much all week, so we’re going with the side that trained all week. We should be able to handle it.”

Corey Parker could be back

Brisbane’s on-field janitor Corey Parker is set to make a surprise injury comeback against Cronulla on Sunday provided he gets through a series of fitness tests at Red Hill on Thursday. Parker, who recently became a father for the first time, suffered a medial ligament strain against Canberra last month. He was not expected back until at least next weekend’s clash with the Bulldogs. “We’re going to check him tomorrow,” Henjak said. “He could be better than an outside chance. While Henjak will sleep on who may make room for Parker, he could drop utility Alex Glenn to the bench to give him some interchange options. Meanwhile Henjak said his decision to give rookie props Dunamis Lui and Mitchell Dodds a shot at starting on Sunday, with the more experienced Nick Kenny on the interchange bench, had been a reward for their efforts in Wollongong where they tried hard but were outclassed by St George Illawarra on Friday.

Nick Kenny ruled out

Injury-ravaged Brisbane have taken another big hit with senior prop Nick Kenny ruled out of Friday night’s NRL clash with St George Illawarra with a back injury. The 27 year-old joins Justin Hodges, Israel Folau, Corey Parker, Jharal Yow Yeh, Steve Michaels and Denan Kemp in Brisbane’s rehab club while two other front-line players, Ben Te’o and Antonio Winterstein will miss the battle after being dropped for disciplinary reasons for turning up late to weights training on Tuesday morning. Kenny has a history of back problems having undergone surgery last year. He trained on Monday but pulled up in considerable pain and a decision was made not to take any risks.

Ivan’s infants add another

Coach Henjack has promoted Dunamis Lui from Toyota Cup to first grade for this weekends clash with St George Illawarra in Wollongong this Friday Night. Former Queensland Schoolboys forward Dunamis Lui has been plucked from the Toyota Cup for the match. The apprentice mechanic, who was recruited from Brisbane Brothers can play front row or second row. In a surprise, regular starting prop Nick Kenny has been relegated to the Broncos interchange bench.

Henjack puts his best Front Row, Forward!

And next on the list is Sam Thaiday($248,400 FRF), preferring the freedom of the second row Sam may have to relinquish his role depending upon his performance in this weekends trial. Coach Henjack named Thaiday to partner Nick Kenny ($202,400 FRF) in the front row and would not rule out the possibility of starting him there against the Cowboys for Rd 1 “If they (Kenny and Thaiday) go well they could be there (against the Cowboys),” Henjak said on Wednesday. “I’m still looking for the best combination there. I wouldn’t say I was happy with everything, so if that works well for us on Saturday, it might be the way we go.” Unsettling Thaiday out of his preferred position sends a message to the whole team that they will be required to perform as there are plenty of players looking to play in any number of positions. The much commented upon fullback role will again be filled by Corey Norman ($84,100 FLB), although he will share the duties with Josh Hoffman ($91,100 FLB) providing he passes a fitness test Thursday morning “Josh has worked hard and deserves a chance,” said Henjak. “If he gets through tomorrow he and Corey will share the fullback job, I owe him that.” Henjack though would not comment on how much field time Peter Wallace ($238,900 HLV) and Darren Lockyer ($209,700 HLV) will spend in the halves.