NRL 2019 round 1: The Weekend Hangover

The Weekend Hangover is back in 2019 – and thank goodness, so it footy.

No hangover had been more painful than the NRL’s after an off-season from hell – but with eight games now in the books, we can finally talk about footy.

At least, for the most part – the NRL news cycle never stops.

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Anxious wait as confidential emails and texts are released

There are some nervous officials at both Canberra and Cronulla in the wake of revelations that Todd Carney is about to publish his life story.

Carney – who was no angel in his time at both clubs but was pretty harshly dealt with – releases emails, texts and details of conversations with officials from the two clubs that have been kept confidential up until now.

And they don’t paint either club in a very good light in the way they dealt with the troubled former Dally M Medallist.

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Is Krisnan Inu returning to the NRL?

There’s been a fair bit of social media discussion around a possible NRL return for Krisnan Inu after he was released by Widnes due to the club’s financial struggles.

He was linked to a possible move to Canberra.

But the mail out of the UK is the former Eel/Warrior/Bulldog will remain in England.

According to The Sun newspaper, Inu is training with Salford while there is interest from the London Broncos and Castleford.

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Napa told to stick to backyard barbecues

Dylan Napa has been advised to re-think his social activities while the sex tapes furore burns.

Napa found himself the centre of attention at a Sydney pub last week, with a group of hoons secretly filming the big Dogs prop as he enjoyed a night out with friends.

Thankfully, what could have been a nasty situation was avoided when the big red-head left the pub on his own accord.

Those clubs to Napa have told him to restrict his social activities to backyard barbecues and café coffees.

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The Shark on a fast food binge

It would appear to be every bloke’s dream: eat whatever you like, whenever you like.

In a bid to put on weight, rookie Cronulla hooker Blayke Brailey has been encouraged to tuck into his food 24-7.

Nothing is off limits, from Maccas to KFC to greasy hamburgers with the lot washed down with pints and pints of choccy milk.

The Cronulla conditioning staff will then turn fat into muscle.

So dedicated is Brailey to the cause, he has been getting up in the middle of the night to feed his face.

He’s already added 8kg to his frame.

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Anger as star forward escapes heavy suspension

Former international Mark Carroll claims Matt Lodge should have been outed for four weeks for the shocking tackle on Melbourne’s Cameron Munster.

Lodge launched himself at the Storm playmaker as he was mid-air getting a kick away.

He was hit with a two-game ban, but Spudd reckons they should have doubled it.

“It’s called the old cannonball tackle. Years ago it was part of the game but it’s not know,” Carroll told Fox Sports.

“It’s a bad look and he’s got off lightly. He’s lucky he didn’t take this kid’s knee out (and cause) an ACL injury the way he landed.

“(Two games) is a slap on the wrist. It’s a minimum four (game) ban. Coming from a side angle at a kicker…c’mon mate.”

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