Broncos stars Alex Glenn and Anthony Milford have come under fire after catching up with avid domestic abuser Jamil Hopoate in Sydney.
Former Broncos prop Joe Ofahengaue posted a photo on his Instagram account this week after the rendezvous among old teammates from Brisbane.
The Broncos have been stationed in Sydney for 14 days after escaping Brisbane during the recent COVID outbreak.
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Hopoate made his NRL debut for the Broncos last year, playing 12 games but not getting a new contract for 2021.
After an incident with partner Shae Beathe in Port Macquarie, he was at the center of allegations of domestic violence last December.
Court documents said Hopoate spat on security guards and his partner at Club Panthers before beating them outside the venue.
Hopoate fled the scene and was later arrested by police and charged with drink-driving.
Hopoate pleaded guilty to seven charges in February of the incident and will be sentenced on April 29.
Hopoate has spent some time in jail after being jailed for a year after being attacked in 2014.
He got his rugby career back on track in Queensland with the Redcliffe Dolphins before being offered an NRL deal with the Broncos.
The Broncos declined to comment on Glenn and Milford’s meetings with Hopoate, but Sport Confidential believes the club numbers were not impressed with the photo’s release.
The Broncos have been offered NRL Premier League playmaker Gareth Widdop to help solve the half Brisbane puzzle.
Sport Confidential can show that Widdop was bought in to Brisbane. Coach Kevin Walters decides whether he wants to bring the England Test Star on board.
Widdop chose Warrington in the Super League and is dying to return to Australia after his partner and children leave England.
Widdop has just turned 32 and is far from a worn-out troop. It wouldn’t be an expensive signature for the Broncos.
He played fifth on Melbourne’s NRL Premiership team in 2012 and could be the senior playmaker the Broncos have been looking for.
Walters struggled to find his best half-combination in the opening rounds of the season. Anthony Milford, Tom Dearden, and Brodie Croft produced an inconsistent shape.
Widdop played 195 NRL games for Storm and Dragons before returning to England last year.
Oates, a former State of Origin winger, suffered in the Intrust Super Cup after being overlooked by Broncos coach Kevin Walters during the opening rounds of the NRL season.
After years of excitement, Oates made a permanent step forward in the preseason but played on the wing for Souths-Logan.
Walters said Oates had asked to get back into his prime position and picking Richie Kennar for Thursday night’s Rabbitohs game wasn’t a sign he was on the outside.
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« Corey came up to me and said he would like to return to the wing and I won’t get in the way of any player, » he said.
« Corey feels this is on the wing, so ‘go away my son, you are back on the wing’.
« He hasn’t fallen out of favor. I’m not a huge fan of shuffling players. We lost a center (Herbie Farnworth) so we thought the best we could do was to replace him with a center. »
Broncos striker Tevita Pangai Jnr has secured a new manager after breaking ties with the NRL’s most powerful agent, Isaac Moses, after he left the NRL.
Moses has been the Code’s # 1 agent for a while now, but his future in the game is uncertain after the NRL stripped his accreditation in February and left more than 100 NRL stars pending.
Many are believed to remain loyal to Moses, who stood in for storm champion Cameron Smith, but Pangai Jnr has defected to sign with rival Matt Desira.
Sydney-based Desira has a number of NRL players on his books, including Southern veteran Benji Marshall and Titan offspring Jayden Campbell, son of Gold Coast legend Preston.
Melbourne’s new chief executive Justin Rodski has vowed to fight hard to keep Cameron Munster. He fears that the Storm sensation could be lost to a second team from Brisbane.
Rockhampton product Munster told News Corp last month that it would consider returning to Queensland for family reasons if the NRL introduces a second Brisbane team to take on the Broncos in 2023 or 2024.
Munster is under contract with Storm until the end of 2023. Should a second team from Brisbane join, Munster could potentially seek an early release or review his contract with Melbourne before moving to fourth club in Queensland the following year.
The budding NRL team, the Brisbane Jets, have identified Munster as their first marquee signing, but Rodski is determined to keep a player who joined the storm at the age of 18.
« He’s a great player, an incredible talent and he loves his time in Melbourne.
« He’s been an important player for us, especially as we transition from Cooper Cronk, Billy Slater and Cam Smith into this new era with Jahrome Hughes, Ryan Papenhuyzen, Harry Grant and Brandon Smith.
« We’re building a really exciting core of our team and Cam is a big part of that. We love having him at the club and hopefully he’ll stay for a long time into the future. »
Rodski sees Papenhuyzen the same way, who will no longer have a contract at the end of next year. The fullback ace is in talks with the Storm about a long-term extension.
« He is a future leader of our club, he has so much talent and is very brave on the field, but he also has a great character off the field. »
« He’s what Storm is about as a person and as a footballer. We’d love to see him in the Storm in the long term and we’re working towards that. »
The Broncos could have called on veteran playmaker Benji Marshall, who was named fifth and eighth in the Souths clash against Brisbane on Thursday evening.
Marshall was offered Bronco trainer Kevin Walters for the reduced price of $ 200,000 last season as the 36-year-old was seriously considering a second appearance at Red Hill.
Marshall played 13 games for the Broncos in 2017 and enjoyed his time in Brisbane. His 12-month stint with Wayne Bennett helped him rediscover his passion for the game.
The Broncos are in dire need of scrumbase experience, and the former Kiwi Test captain has been offered to Brisbane to look after halfbacks Brodie Croft and Tom Dearden this season.
But Brisbane said a polite no thanks to the pressure on the salary cap and opened the door to Bennett, now in South Sydney, to throw a lifeline to the legend of the 328-game Premiership playmaker.
South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett explained the reasons behind his decision to allow Prop Keaon Koloamatangi a mullet haircut.
Bennett has long been against fancy hairstyles and warned Titans to recruit Jai Arrow last year to lose his mullet before arriving in Redfern.
But Koloamatangi appears to have slipped through the cracks and rocked a decent « party at the back » haircut in the opening rounds of the NRL.
Rugby League World Cup organizers are confident that the tournament will continue towards the end of the year in England despite the ongoing threat of COVID.
General tickets went on sale this week and the tournament is less than 200 days away.
The double-header final at Old Trafford is already almost sold out, with a limited selection of tickets available.
Tickets can be resold at a later date on an official platform for fans who are no longer able to participate in the tournament.
The Brisbane Broncos and 50-50 have exceeded $ 2 million in prize money donated since the charity raffle started in 2013.
The first prize draw took place during the sixth round game at Suncorp Stadium against the North Queensland Cowboys. Since then, the partnership has grown in strength.
Of the 99 raffles the Broncos ran at 50:50 home games, the average winner took home over $ 11,000 – with the remaining funds going to countless well-deserved Queensland charities.
The milestone was reached during the first home game of the season on March 12th. Wesley Mission Queensland was the lucky charity that rolled the donation over to over $ 2 million.
The 50-50 charity raffle is an important contributor to the Brisbane Broncos Charities Fund and enables charities to raise funds while promoting good causes to fans at Suncorp Stadium.
Steve Johnson, chairman of Ipswich Jets, has raised serious concerns about the prospect of the ARL commission bringing back the national youth competition.
The head of the ARL commission, Peter V’landys, has pointed out the idea of reviving the under 20-year-old competition, which was scrapped at the end of 2017 after ten years of existence, mainly due to the financial burden on the clubs. It is estimated that some clubs have spent up to $ 1 million setting up a team in NYC.
But Johnson has urged ARLC to bury the competition for good, voicing concerns about pressure on rising stars and the poor conversion rate of players under the age of 20 who advanced to the NRL.
« NYC has failed an entire generation of children playing our game and influenced grassroots development, » said Johnson.
« The truth is NYC was a terrible standard. The results were blowouts and the games were like touch football. The kids didn’t play against men and the competition didn’t teach the resilience or mindset required to play NRL.
« We have seen a number of suicides during this period involving players under the age of 20, and one factor in that was the pressure to succeed. Many young children felt that they had failed at a young age if they weren’t at New York made it. »
« I hope the competition doesn’t return because there are more prudent ways to encourage participation and grassroots development. »
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