News | Rugby League
24 Apr 2018 11:09
NZCity News
NZCity CalculatorReturn to NZCity

  • Start Page
  • Personalise
  • Sport
  • Weather
  • Finance
  • Shopping
  • Jobs
  • Horoscopes
  • Lotto Results
  • Photo Gallery
  • Site Gallery
  • TVNow
  • Dating
  • SearchNZ
  • NZSearch
  • Crime.co.nz
  • RugbyLeague
  • Make Home
  • About NZCity
  • Contact NZCity
  • Your Privacy
  • Advertising
  • Login
  • Join for Free

  •   Home > News > Sports > Rugby League

    Brisbane keep Bird in halves as stars pay

    Brisbane's Kodi Nikorima is one of several NRL players relegated to a lesser role in round seven, after a cutthroat afternoon of team changes across the league.

    - article from www.rugbyleague.co.nz

    Brisbane will stick with star recruit Jack Bird in the halves despite coach Wayne Bennett repeatedly publicly guaranteeing Kodi Nikorima the No.7 jersey for the rest of the NRL season.

    Bird trained alongside Anthony Milford in the Broncos' scrumbase on Tuesday at Red Hill, and the pair were named together for Friday night's clash with Melbourne at Suncorp Stadium, with Nikorima on the bench.

    In the absence of Nikorima due to a thigh injury, Bird and Milford sparked the Broncos on the weekend as they inflicted the Warriors' first loss of the year.

    Bennett was one of several coaches to make crucial changes for round-seven matches, as a number of teams outside the top eight lost patience with players after the opening rounds.

    Parramatta have rushed Jarryd Hayne back from injury for Sunday's clash with Manly, for the high-profile Bevan French.

    French is struggling to overcome a shoulder injury, but he was disappointing in Saturday night's loss to Canberra where he had just one run for 15 metres.

    Beau Scott and Kaysa Prichard have also been dropped by coach Brad Arthur after their worst start to a season since 1991, while a rib injury has sidelined outside back Kirisome Auva'a.

    Kiwi prop Jared Waerea-Hargeaves has been punted to the bench for Thursday night's date with Canterbury, despite Sio Siua Taukieaho's knee injury at the Sydney Roosters after last week's carve-up through the middle at the hands of South Sydney.

    Brock Lamb is also missing from Newcastle's bench for their match against the Wests Tigers, with Bulldogs-bound Jack Cogger called up for his first game of the season.

    But the most notable of all those calls is Brisbane's move to drop Kiwi international Nikorima back to the bench, after he and Milford had failed to register a try assist in the first five rounds.

    "Birdy went really well (against the Warriors) and it's going to be a really hard decision for the coach," back-rower Alex Glenn said on Tuesday morning.

    "With two great selections there, it's great for us.

    "We had the same dilemma last year with Benji Marshall as well. It adds strike to our team having three great halves."

    Elsewhere, Josh Reynolds is out again for the Tigers with a shoulder injury, while Souths' Cameron Murray is in doubt with a hamstring issue for their match against Canberra..

    Cronulla have named Andrew Fifita and Luke Lewis (both knee injuries) for their clash with Penrith, who will welcome Dallin Watene-Zelezniak back early from a broken jaw to replace Josh Mansour (cheekbone).

    Jackson Hastings hasn't been named at Manly, just a day after reports that the Sea Eagles' playing group had told coach Trent Barrett they didn't want to play alongside him.

    Hastings missed last week's loss to the Tigers with an achilles injury, while captain Daly Cherry-Evans admitted after the match they'd had a "lover's tiff".


    NZN




    © 2018 NZN, NZCity


     Other Rugby League News
     24 Apr: Manly ace backs Cherry-Evans as captain
     24 Apr: Green happy as Warriors conductor
     24 Apr: Broncos' Thaiday OK as No.9 'just in case'
     24 Apr: Anzac Day clash fits blockbuster billing
     23 Apr: Dragons relish familiarity for Anzac Day
     23 Apr: Burgess' rap sheet hits 10 matches banned
     23 Apr: Eels forwards hit back at critics
     Top Stories

    RUGBY RUGBY
    NZ Rugby calls discrimination the enemy More...


    BUSINESS BUSINESS
    NZ dollar falls to three month low More...



     Today's News

    Entertainment:
    Avicii’s death is not being treated with “criminal suspicion” 10:53

    Rugby League:
    Manly ace backs Cherry-Evans as captain 10:46

    Sports:
    King out in Egypt squash second round 10:26

    Entertainment:
    Kylie Minogue believes she was “deluded” into thinking that her relationship with Joshua Sasse would work out 10:23

    Hamilton:
    Why the Royal baby might be named Arthur or Albert (and certainly won't be Rocco or Cruz) 10:16

    Accident and Emergency:
    Australian woman safe after getting lost 10:06

    Entertainment:
    Avicii’s body is to be flown home to Sweden this week 9:53

    Rugby:
    NZ Rugby calls discrimination the enemy 9:36

    Business:
    NZ dollar falls to three month low 9:26

    Entertainment:
    Angelina Jolie’s nine-year-old son Knox is learning to fly a plane 9:23


     News Search






    Power Search


    © 2018 New Zealand City Ltd