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In-form back-rower David Gower has re-signed with Parramatta until the end of the 2016 NRL season.
Manly coach Geoff Toovey says Steve Matai will return from a shoulder injury for Friday's round-24 NRL clash with Parramatta, as the Sea Eagles seek to deliver a telling blow to the Eels' finals hopes.
Preview of NRL Round 24 matches (all times AEST):
Manly star Glenn Stewart is poised for an emotional Brookvale Oval farewell next week in the Sea Eagles' final home game of the year in his return from a long-term ankle injury.
Defending teams will be given every opportunity by referees to regroup following a 40/20 kick in the NRL's latest tweaking of its rules on Thursday.
Former ASADA boss Richard Ings says NRL players who have been offered reduced bans by the doping body should vehemently oppose the charges like AFL club Essendon have if they are innocent.
Five Cronulla players issued with show-cause notices by ASADA have until Friday to decide whether to accept ban proposals from the anti-doping authority.
Chris McQueen admits South Sydney were guilty of believing their own hype ahead of last year's preliminary final flop but says it's a mistake that won't be made this season.
The 17 past and present Cronulla players issued with show-cause notices by ASADA have 48 hours to accept proposals offered to them by the anti-doping authority.
Preview of NRL Round 24 match between Canterbury and Wests Tigers.
Canterbury skipper Michael Ennis claims Friday's 18-16 win over Parramatta breathed new life into the Bulldogs' faltering NRL season.
Brisbane know their future coach will be watching them at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night and, frankly, they couldn't care less.
HOW THE NRL ANTI-DOPING INVESTIGATION UNFOLDED: * February 7, 2013 - Australian Crime Commission (ACC) announces a year-long investigation has uncovered widespread use of drugs in Australian sport
Ben Matulino has played down the personal milestone he will reach when he runs out for the Warriors against the Sydney Roosters in Auckland on Sunday.
North Queensland forward Tariq Sims has called for rugby league's wrestling techniques to be cleaned up, as he prepares to face a South Sydney team whose use of the tactic has generated plenty of controversy.
The Sydney Roosters are set to turn to one of the club's most famous names to try to alleviate their hooking crisis in the lead-up to the NRL finals.
South Sydney say they are not deliberately attempting to maim opponents as the focus on their controversial wrestling tactics intensifies three weeks out from the NRL finals.
Teams named for round 24 of the NRL (all times local):
Penrith star Jamal Idris says he is enjoying his football more than ever after taking time out from the NRL this year to deal with personal issues, including depression.
North Queensland captain Johnathan Thurston is looking to bag a couple of big NRL scalps and for an end to the Cowboys' gut-wrenching run of close losses.
Blockbusting centre Konrad Hurrell is set to make his comeback from injury against the Sydney Roosters in Auckland on Sunday as the Warriors look to bounce back from a disappointing NRL defeat.
Players' union boss David Garnsey has warned NRL players caught in the crosshairs of the protracted ASADA probe not to forego their rights to finally obtain a conclusion to the 18-month investigation.
Hooker James Segeyaro could be the latest Panther lumbered with a season-ending injury after suffering an ankle complaint late in Penrith's gripping 23-22 win over North Queensland on Monday night.
Sandor Earl's immediate future in rugby league could be determined this week, with the forgotten winger to learn whether a comeback is on the cards.
NRL Rd 23 SOUTH SYDNEY 42 (G Inglis 3 K Auva'a L Keary C McQueen L Tuqiri tries A Reynolds 6 B Lowe goals) bt BRISBANE 16 (J Hodges J Reed S Thaiday tries C Parker 2 goals) at ANZ Stadium
NYC RD 23 ST GEORGE ILLAWARRA 42 (E Aitken 3 L Higgens J Bird S Moceidreke M Dufty B Anderson tries S Crook 5 goals) bt CANBERRA 22 (D McGrath R Garard L Hurst J Webley tries J Kent 3 goals) at GIO Stadium
Reigning premiers the Sydney Roosters will likely finish the regular season without a specialist hooker after Heath L'Estrange was ruled out for at least four weeks with a knee injury.
Laurie Daley says the bond formed between the NSW players and staff that ended Queensland's State of Origin dominance will never be broken.
Jarryd Hayne believes Parramatta aren't being given a fair go by match officials because they lack big-name forwards and also called on the NRL to return to one on-field referee.
Desperate Brisbane hold hope that a relieved Josh Hoffman can boost a final-round play-off tilt after the Kiwis international was cleared of a broken leg.
Broncos forward Sam Thaiday has defended South Sydney's wrestling tactics as Ben Te'o was rubbed out until the second week of the NRL finals for his chicken-wing tackle.
Canberra's injury woes have gone from bad to worse, with fullback Jordan Rapana ruled out for the rest of the NRL season with a fractured skull.
Will Hopoate says Parramatta need to move on from last Friday's controversial loss to Canterbury if they are to have any chance of reaching the NRL finals.
NRL star Andrew Fifita has reportedly been questioned by police over a road rage incident in Sydney's south.
Gold Coast fullback William Zillman wants the current Titans playing group to be given a shot at NRL redemption in 2015.