Apprentice turns master as Seibold sets sights on old mentor Bellamy

Many see Friday night’s top-of-the-table meeting at ANZ Stadium as a grand final preview. Seibold goes head to head with his former master Craig Bellamy, who is in his 16th year as head coach in the NRL. Seibold and Bellamy first crossed paths in Canberra more than 20 years ago when he was a player and the latter an assistant coach to Mal Meninga. The Souths coach then spent three years working under Bellamy in Melbourne between 2013 and 2015, with the lessons

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Death threats and ongoing criticism force Cecchin to quit the NRL

“My son got hit, my partner got hit and my mum got hit with death threats,” Cecchin, 44, reveals. “I started thumbing through my phone and there were more than a thousand messages. They were vile. I’ve never had that before in my whole career, even after Origins and grand finals. When I got home to Sydney, our house was put on alert. I was picked up from the airport by the AFP. It was really, really serious. I don’t

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Bulldogs produce monumental upset against Broncos

Given Brisbane’s recent form, and the lowly position of their opponents on the ladder, many expected them to notch a dominant win, one that would have brought up coach Wayne Bennett’s 400th. Despite trailing by just four points at the main break, the Broncos were never really in this. While they made uncharacteristic mistakes, many were the result of outstanding defensive pressure from the hosts. In a dominant second half, the underdogs didn’t even let Brisbane carry the football onto

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Tom Hawkins finds another level

Hawkins cites a few factors in his Indian summer. Accuracy is one. Over that 14-goal fortnight, he’d kicked 7.0 and 7.1. “I had a game four or five weeks ago when I kicked 2.5.” Unsurprisingly, he’s coursing with confidence. “I’m confident at the moment, which I think I’ve mentioned all along when I’m playing confidently and confident in my body and what I’m doing, I’ve been able to play well and consistently.” Hawkins says he also shed a few kilos

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Flat-pack gym has team pumped for Pan Pacs

Dolphins staff travelled ahead of the squad to Japan to set up the facility, which was ready to use as the 32-strong squad arrived in the midst of a heatwave. Emily Seebohm will join the team in coming days after completing her training in Brisbane in the wake of a relationship break-up with backstroker Mitch Larkin. The gym equipment has been specifically selected for swimming programs, which have evolved rapidly to include a far more dry-land training as well as

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Widden’s stallions mix it with the big guns

Widden Stud’s stallions have given the famous NSW breeding nursery one of its most pleasing seasons in its 150-year history.Taking on the might of the Hunter Valley breeding giants, Widden has competed with the big guns with its colonial-bred sires spearheaded by Sebring and the wonderful debut season feats of Zoustar. Top form: Sebring with Widden Stud boss Antony Thompson. Photo: AAP Sebring once again figured in the top 10 in the general stallions’ premiership, with the former Gai Waterhouse-trained

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David Pocock returns to Wallabies captaincy

Rebels back Reece Hodge has been given a chance to claim the vacant Wallabies outside centre berth for the Bledisloe Cup. Hodge will line up in a backline featuring four Rebels teammates – Will Genia, Billy Meakes, Jack Maddocks and Marika Koroibete. Most NSW Waratahs players will be missing, being rested following their Super Rugby finals campaign. Having played flyhalf for the Rebels all season, Hodge will get the chance to impress in the highly-specialised role at outside centre where a

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Root’s ‘mic-drop’ mocked as India shade day-one honours

The first of three wickets to fall for eight runs as he side slipped 3-216, Root’s misfortune was accompanied by a full-house ‘send-off’ from his opposite number Virat Kohli. It was the Indian captain who produced the brilliant piece of fielding, with a direct-hit on the turn after Bairstow called an ambitious two barely to the edge of the square at midwicket. Loading Behind Root as he stormed off, Kohli celebrated by blowing a kiss, mouthing some fruity advice, putting

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From $50 on debut to earning a living

‘‘But it has been amazing to have the support from my parents from such a young age and they still get to quite a few games.’’ Fast-forward 16 years and all Super Netball players receive payment starting from about $30,000 plus other allowances, so someone like Thwaites can ply her craft with the Magpies and the Australian Diamonds every day. Australian goal shooter Caitlin Thwaites scores for the Diamonds against South Africa. Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong Photo: Sitthixay Ditthavong ‘‘It’s quite

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Messenger, Brown and Burge anointed as Immortals

“Very proud and very happy to accept the award on behalf of the family,” said Messenger’s grandson, Cameron Messenger. “It’s fantastic, it’s a great acknowledgement of the history of the game. One thing that came through from the stories from my uncle and my father who knew Dally, was that he was a very humble guy. “He would be very happy to accept the award with the other nominees Frank Burge and Dave Brown.” A part of the first touring

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