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Injuries to upset Raiders v Sharks opener

There’s as much uncertainty over the Cronulla Sharks and Canberra Raiders sides as there is about Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s popularity right now. At least in the national capital on Sunday, supporters and rivals won’t have to wait long for a decision. Up to seven players named in the two extended squads by respective coaches Shane Flanagan and David Furner, are in some doubt for the 2pm game at Canberra Stadium. The Sharks have centre Dean Collis and forward Anthony Tupou (leg injuries) undergoing constant treatment this week, but they’ve been named in the starting 13, along with a six-man bench. The Raiders new half recruit, Matt Orford, and former Sharks winger Blake Ferguson are among five doubtfuls. Continue reading

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The Judiciary

Wests Tigers backrower Liam Fulton will miss just one NRL trial match after benefiting from a double discount on a dangerous throw charge. The match review committee on Monday handed Fulton a grade two charge after an ugly tackle on Johnathan Thurston in Saturday night’s All Stars clash on the Gold Coast – an infringement which carries a base penalty of 325 points. But discounts for an early guilty plea and a clean record over the last seven seasons reduced the ban to just one game – which Fulton will serve when the Tigers take on Parramatta in Saturday night’s pre-season clash at Campbelltown Stadium. He will be back on deck for the Tigers’ final trial, when they take on Sydney Roosters on February 26. Continue reading

Fulton facing ban

Wests Tigers backrower Liam Fulton could miss the opening round of the NRL season after he was charged with making a dangerous throw in Saturday night’s All Stars match. Fulton, who was only called into the All Stars squad after club-mates Gareth Ellis and Chris Heighington were both ruled out through injury, was hit with a grade two dangerous throw for his ugly tackle on Indigenous All Stars skipper Johnathan Thurston. The 26-year-old faces a two-match ban with an early guilty plea and three games if he unsuccessfully fights the charge. With players allowed to count two official trial games as part of their suspension, Fulton would miss the round one clash against Canterbury if he unsuccessfully fights the charge. Continue reading