25/10/2019

NRL Talking points: Saints new coach and Manly woes


Has Newcastle’s CEO let slide St Helens trainer? And Manly dealt a gigantic blow. Jenna Brooks gets got the newest from the NRL.
Woolf the Guy
It looks like it is just a matter of time until Kristian Woolf is declared trainer is headed by St Helens.
The Knights helper, who was created coach of Newcastle later Nathan Brown left with immediate effect, has been heavily linked to substitute Justin Holbrook at St Helens for some time now.
In the wake of Adam the Knights have had to deny the club had approached O’Brien first, which was why Brown stopped.
In safeguarding the clubNewcastle CEO Philip Gardner may have let the’cat out of the bag’.
“We had some pre-work done because we’d St Helens in the club for the past three-four weeks imagining all our trainers using an opinion that one of these are leaving, going to St Helens,” Gardner said.
On Friday night I was told by Eamonn McManus they’d announce their head coach for 2020 in the next week or so.
Maybe that statement will now come sooner…
O’Brien confirmed
As expected, will replace Nathan Brown as head coach at Newcastle as I mentioned above Adam O’Brien.
The Sydney Roosters assistant coach will take charge of the Knights to the next three seasons, beginning in 2020.
“The Knights are a solid club with a significant and enthusiastic supporter base through the Hunter area and beyond,” O’Brien explained.
“They’ve stability off the field via the Wests Group plus a wealthy nursery of junior talent”
The Knights CEO Gardner commended O’Brien’s expertise and said the club are excited have him .
“Apart from quality coaching, we need quality individuals within the organisation and Adam ticks all of those boxes”
O’Brien and his newest team for pre-season before 2020 will join.
Former Leeds head coach David Furner, interviewed for the best job, and is still in line to be named assistant, but O’Brien was given the last say.
Former Hull KR head coach Tim Sheens has also been linked with a technical director role.
Manly blow
Just a game of the finals, Manly had been dealt an blow.
Star full-back Tom Trbojevic tore his pectoral muscle during Manly’s loss and will have surgery this past week.
Trbojevic is facing at least 10 months on the sidelines, which also rules him out of duties with Australia at the World Nines, as well as Tests against Tonga and New Zealand.
“Obviously this is very tough to take, particularly at the time of year. However, there was no point trying to become a fanatic and endangering my entire body,” Trbojevic told 9News.
“It was explained to me that it was best to perform operation early to find the best recovery for my physique. That’s what I’ve resolved to doso”
The Sea Eagles, who are fifth on the ladder, have secured a finals berth, but might need to finish without the old.
Hamstring problems have limited Trbojevic to 12 appearances for Manly this calendar year, with the club winning 10 of those games.
Manly take on Friday on Parramatta dwell on Sky Sports. A win will see them leapfrog South Sydney.
Manly enthusiast
Trbojevic really isn’t the only reason. A Sea Eagles fan lashed out during Saturday’s experience in the Will Chambers of Melbourne.
The NRL integrity unit has launched an investigation into the incident that saw a guy wearing a Manly jersey, poke his arm through a gap from the players’ tunnel and touch , that was leaving the area.
Melbourne have confirmed they wish to move on in the incident and NSW Police have not billed the guy, but will be handed a ban by the NRL.
Seasons end
Melbourne beat Manly 36-6 to clinch a third premiership. Despite one match to go in the regular season premiers – second place has been secured by the Sydney Roosters.
Canberra host New Zealand Warriors on Saturday and victory will find them stable third. But, defeat for the Raiders and success for South Sydney from the Roosters will watch the Rabbitohs finish third and the Raiders fourth.
The winners between Parramatta and Manly will finish fifth. They’ll secure seventh, but with defeat eighth if the Bulldogs can be beaten by Brisbane.
That leaves one particular place undecided and it couldn’t have worked as the two teams vying play with each other on .
That game’s winners hit the finals. Because it’s live on Sky Sports at 5am on Sunday it’s 1 game to not be missed, so set your alarms.

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