Sport NRL 2020: Dean Young signs with North Queensland Cowboys as assistant coach on three-year deal
Western Force announce major signing of Tevita Kuridrani
Tevita Kuridrani has left the Brumbies to head to Perth to join the Western Force for the 2021 season. Fresh off winning the Super Rugby AU title on Saturday, the veteran outside centre will link up with the Perth-based franchise for the next domestic rugby season. Kuridrani has been a Wallabies regular since his debut in 2013 but was a surprise omission from Dave Rennie’s 44-man squad for the 2020 Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship on the back of a season in which he was below his best. Still, at 29 years old he still has plenty of rugby left in him, and produced his best game of Super Rugby AU in the final.
The North Queensland Cowboys have confirmed that interim Dragons coach Dean Young will join as an assistant coach for 2021.
Young has served as interim coach at the joint-venture club after the departure of Paul McGregor.
He was set to take over as permanent coach, however, the Dragons decided to opt for former Panthers and Broncos boss
After missing out on the position,after revealing that he would leave the club where he played 209 games.
NRL concludes investigation into Naden abuse
The NRL will allow the fans who abused Brent Naden to attend matches in the future based on one simple condition.The incident occurred in Round 14 at the Central Coast Stadium in August where police were forced to escort eight fans out of the the venue after Naden claimed that they had racially abused him.
With the 36-year-old looking to further his development in a different system, the Cowboys have confirmed that he will head up north to serve as an assistant coach on a three-year deal.
“Along with our incoming Head Coach Todd Payten, Dean’s appointment gives the club a fresh start and some clean air,” Cowboys Director of Football Peter Parr said in a statement.
“Dean had a long and successful career as a player, he won a premiership and played both Origin and International football and in our discussions with him he’s been impressive in the clarity he’s spoken with as well as what he believes he can bring to the Cowboys.
“Just as importantly, Todd is a believer in Dean’s coaching ability and we’re extremely excited to have two of the best young coaches in the game at our club.”
NRL Round 20 teams: Storm, Panthers and Raiders rest stars, but Roosters bulk up
The NRL Round 20 teams have been revealed. There’s a difference in tactics at the top of the NRL ladder, with the Penrith Panthers, Melbourne Storm and Canberra Raiders all electing to rest several stars ahead of their final home-and-away matches, whereas the Parramatta Eels go in relatively unchanged and the Sydney Roosters have brought in reinforcements. The Chooks will welcome back James Tedesco, Boyd Cordner and Jake Friend ahead of their Friday night clash with archrivals South Sydney, in stark contrast to some of their fellow top four sides.
His appointment is a welcome addition for incoming coach, who is set to take over as head coach in 2021 after guiding the
With the Cowboys finishing in the bottom four for the third consecutive season, Young and Payten will have a difficult job on their hands according to
“My thought is no (they won't improve). Mind you, there are some teams around them that could falter. I think the placings in the bottom eight might change, but as to how many of these are capable of forcing their way into the top eight remains to be seen," he said on Six Tackles With Gus.
"I’m not so sure, as much as Todd Payten is a coach on the rise, that he is going to be given the opportunity to improve a lot in life for this Cowboys roster.
"I can’t possibly see where they are going to improve it to an extent where they are going to be a top eight contender next year.
"It’s a real concern. I’m struggling to see how they improve too much next season."
NRL 2020 Season Review: How Will The Bottom Eight Sides Fare Next Year? .
The most unique season in NRL history is over for half the competition, with the finals series beginning this weekend. What will 2021 look like for the sides that missed the finals?Gold Coast, Wests Tigers, Manly, Warriors, St George Illawarra, North Queensland, Canterbury and Brisbane all missed the top eight in 2020.