Fifita's priceless reaction to $1m contract calls
David Fifita has denied that he's a $1 million per season NRL player and reckons his mum will decide on his next contract. Fifita is off-contract from November 1, meaning that a stack of NRL clubs have been linked with a bid for the Queensland Origin forward as the Brisbane Broncos try to keep him beyond next season.Fifita isn't getting carried away with the increasing contract hype. Far from it, in fact. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.
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Eighth Immortal Andrew Johns has declared boom Brisbane Broncos back-rower David Fifita is worth the reported $1 million a season he could potentially earn on his next NRL contract.
As many as 10 clubs are reportedly in the market for the 19-year-old’s services, with a bidding war expected to break out on November 1.
Pictures: The greatest moments in NRL history
From 1908 until 1994, Australia’s first rugby league competition was ran by New South Wales Rugby League (NSWRL). However, the league along with other minor premiers were re-unified to form National Rugby League in 1998. A look at some of the most memorable moments over the years.
Cashed-up bitter rivals circle $1m Fifita
David Fifita is "definitely" worth $1 million per season, NRL legends say, and two bitter rivals are about to come knocking.The Daily Telegraph reported that the Roosters and Rabbitohs have both become serious factors in the Fifita race.
2015 - North Queensland Cowboys vs. Brisbane Broncos
In first NRL final that ended in a draw, North Queensland claimed victory over Brisbane 17-16 in golden point extra time. It was their first premiership title. The winning goal was scored by Johnathan Thurston (R), who was awarded the Clive Churchill medal.
(Pictured) Matthew Scott and Johnathan Thurston of the Cowboys hold aloft the premiership trophy after winning the 2015 NRL Grand Final match.
2014 – South Sydney Rabbitohs vs. Canterbury Bulldogs
Since 1971, Rabbitohs won their first ever title with the help of Sam Burgess’ (pictured) incredible performance that earned him the Clive Churchill Medal. The final score was 30-6.
Bulldogs' $14 million swoop for three stars
The Bulldogs are preparing an historic $14 million swoop for three NRL superstars which would give them an incredible premiership platform.Fox Sports' chief NRL reporter James Hooper is reporting that the Bulldogs have put together a plan to offer the eye-watering sum of money to lure Manly's Trbojevic brothers as well as Broncos young gun David Fifita on long-term deals.
2013 – Sydney Roosters vs. Manly Sea Eagles
With 18-8 lead, Manly had everything under control until the last 25 minutes when Roosters made a stunning comeback to win the final for the first time since 2002. Roosters secured 26-18 victory when Michael Jennings (pictured) broke through to ground James Maloney's grubber in the last few minutes of the game.
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2012 – Melbourne Storm vs. Canterbury Bulldogs
In one of the most controversial moment in NRL history, Bulldogs’ James Graham (R) bit the ear of Storm’s Billy Slater (L), for which the former received a 12-match ban. Storm won the final 14-4.
2008 – Manly Warringah Sea Eagles vs. Melbourne Storm
Team Manly thrashed their opponents by the biggest ever margin (40-0) in the game’s history. The highlight of the game was Michael Robertson’s (L) hat trick tries that made him the first player to score three tries since Steve Renouf in 1997. The final also saw Steven Menzies equal Terry Lamb's record of 349 first-grade games.
Junior Kangaroos: David Fifita suffers nasty cut during demolition of France
Junior Kangaroos: David Fifita suffers nasty cut during demolition of FranceThe under-23 representative side raced out to a 42-0 lead at half time, with a long-range effort from Storm fullback Ryan Papenhuyzen the pick of the bunch.
2005 – Wests Tigers vs. North Queensland Cowboys
It was the first ever grand final appearance for both the teams, where West Tigers’ won 30-16. Tigers’ Brett Hodgson displayed an incredible performance by scoring five goals.
2004 – Canterbury Bulldogs vs. Sydney Roosters
In the first half of the game, Bulldogs were trailing 13-6, but in the second half they quickly covered the lead with the help of Matt Utai and Hazem El Masri. During the last few minutes of the game, Bulldogs were leading 16-13, when Roosters’ Michael Crocker (pictured) made a break on the 40m line but was tackled by Bulldogs Captain Andrew Ryan. The Bulldogs win the final 16-13.
2003 – Penrith Panthers vs. Sydney Roosters
In the last game with Penrith, Scott Sattler made one of the greatest tackle in NRL history. It was a turning point of the game when Sattler chased down and made a tackle on the Roosters’ winger Todd Byrne (in white), sending him out of the field. Panthers won the game – 18-6.
Kings in a class of their own in NBL
Andrew Bogut's eviction could not halt the Sydney Kings extending their winning sequence in the NBL to five with a 94-79 victory against Brisbane Bullets.The gap between them and the rest of the NBL widened further when the undefeated heavyweights crushed Brisbane Bullets 94-79 at Sydney's Qudos Bank Arena.
2001 – Newcastle Knights vs. Parramatta Eels
Parramatta Eels were trailing 24-0 at high time and did everything to fight back but fell short. Knights won the final 30-24. The highlight of the match was Timana Tahu's (pictured) second-half try, where he got tangled up with Luke Burt before putting the ball down inside the chalk.
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1999 – Melbourne Storm vs. St George Illawarra Dragons
At half-time Dragons were leading 14-0 and everyone thought the game was going to end in their favor. However, Storm made a stunning comeback when Anthony Mundine knocked on over the try line that proved to be a turning point in the game. Storm quickly covered up the lead to 18-14. In the 77th minute, Brett Kimmorley bombed to winger Craig Smith but before he could ground it, Dragons’ Jamie Ainscough knocked him unconscious. The video referee gave a penalty try to Storm, which was successfully converted. Storm won the game 20-18.
1997 – Newcastle Knights vs. Manly Warringah Sea Eagles
Newcastle Knights’ Andrew Johns helped his team reach their first final against defending champions Manly Warringah Sea Eagles. Before the final game, there were concerns about Johns’ health as he had suffered a punctured lung, however, he went ahead and played the final. Both the teams were tied at 16-all and in the final moment of the game Johns ran down a narrow blind side and slipped a pass to winger Darren Albert who successfully scored, giving the Knights a 22-16 win over Manly.
Lockyer hopeful Gillett won't retire
Darren Lockyer is hopeful Matt Gillett will regain full fitness and avoid retirement, nominating the veteran NRL backrower as a possible Brisbane captain.Lockyer would not confirm a News Ltd report on Wednesday that the Broncos were bracing for Gillett to end his 10-season career due to niggling injuries.
1989 – Canberra Raiders vs. Balmain Tigers
In one of the greatest final, Canberra Raiders defeated Balmain Tigers 19-14. The final witnessed Canberra’s Steve Jackson come off the bench to score his memorable try that earned his team their first premiership.
1975 – Eastern Suburbs vs. St George
The 1975 final is best remembered for Graeme Langlands wearing white boots rather than the standard black. But the main highlight was his groin injury for which he was given a painkilling injection just before the game. Instead of reducing the pain it numbed his leg completely. Talking about the incident, he wrote in his book “Larrikin and Saint” – "It was an injection that went wrong. It wasn't the doctor's fault. The injection went in where the nerves shouldn't have been. They had moved because of all the injuries that I've had around the groin." Eastern Suburbs won 38-0.
(Pictured) Graeme Langlands talks to media during an NRL press conference at Sydney Cricket Ground on April 1, 2014.
1970 – South Sydney Rabbitohs vs. Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles
In the 1970 final between South Sydney Rabbitohs and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles, South’s captain John Sattler turned out to be a star player. In the opening moments of the game, Sattler suffered a double fracture of his jaw after being punched by Manly’s John Bucknall. However, he decided to continue playing and said to his teammate Mike Cleary, "Hold me up so they don't know I'm hurt." South Sydney won the final 23-12.
Brisbane Broncos legend Darren Lockyer responds to rumours of Matt Gillett retirement
Brisbane Broncos veteran Matt Gillett's future is up in the air after rumours of an impending retiremenet - but club director and legend Darren Lockyer doesn't feel that the end is here just yet. The 31-year old has struggled with injuries in the past 12-18 months, and it appears as though the years of punishment on his body has taken its toll. require(["inlineoutstreamAd", "c.
(Pictured) John Sattler talks to the media during a NRL Grand Final media opportunity at Rugby League Central in Sydney on Oct. 3, 2014.
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“Yes, definitely,” Johns told Wide World of Sports’ Freddy & The Eighth
when asked if Fifita is worthy of a seven-figure salary.
“To win a comp you need a strike back-rower and he’s your strike back-rower.”
Johns’ endorsement comes amid new reporting from News Limited journalist Phil Rothfield suggesting back-to-back NRL premiers the Sydney Roosters are set to make a major play for the code’s next superstar.
The New Zealand Warriors are expected to lead the charge to poach the Queensland Maroons forward, who comes off contract at the end of 2020.
Cashed-up Parramatta and Wayne Bennett’s South Sydney Rabbitohs are the other serious suitors.
Brisbane also haven’t given up hope of re-signing the prodigious forward.
However, the Broncos’ salary cap issues and the massive coin on offer from rivals could force the teenager to walk despite previously declaring he wants to remain at Red Hill.
It is understood the Broncos have set aside $700,000 annually for Fifita, having already re-signed the likes of Payne Haas, Matthew Lodge and Joe Ofahengaue over the past 18 months.
Fifita, who will captain the Junior Kangaroos against France on Friday night, this week spoke glowingly of Bennett, who handed him his NRL debut in 2018.
There has been speculation the Broncos star could replace Sam Burgess at Redfern, with the England international widely tipped to retire due to a chronic shoulder injury.
Meanwhile, arch-rivals the Roosters could reportedly fit Fifita under their salary cap due to Cooper Cronk’s retirement at the end of the 2019 season.
Broncos star forced into early retirement .
Matt Gillett has succumbed to injury and retired at age 31, with three years remaining on his Brisbane Broncos contract. One day after South Sydney lost Sam Burgess to an injury-enforced retirement, Gillett confirmed his exit after 202 NRL games for Brisbane. The news will be confirmed at a Broncos press conference on Thursday morning.Gillett broke his neck in 2018 and struggled with a shoulder injury through this season. He was unable to regain his best form and played just 17 games in 2019, after only five appearances last year.