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  1. S J

    S J Mod Squad Staff Member

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    Tigers have signed tough Dogs prop Martin Taupau on a three-year deal.

    The 111 kilogram prop represented the Australian Schoolboys team in 2008 and is a former Junior Kiwis captain.
     
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    Apparently they are also looking at Rose (Sea Eagles) and Halatau (Dogs).
     
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    Farah sidelined for up to three weeks

    By By Ian McCullough AAP Thursday 6th June, 4:46pm
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    Robbie Farah is confident he'll be ready for game two of Origin in Brisbane on June 26
    NSW hooker Robbie Farah is facing a race against time to be fit for game two of State of Origin after being diagnosed with a broken nose and fractured cheekbone.
    Farah will miss two to three weeks of action putting him doubt for the June 26 clash at Suncorp Stadium against Queensland.
    The Blues need to win to seal a first series win since 2005 having won the opening match 14-6 on Wednesday night.
    Farah played the full 80 minutes despite the injury which was caused accidentally by NSW skipper Paul Gallen but said he is hopeful of being fit to face Queensland.
    "Unfortunately I've fractured my cheekbone and broken my nose (again!).Will miss 2-3 wks - confident ill be back for Game 2," Farah tweeted.
    The news is a further setback for the struggling Wests Tigers who face Penrith on Sunday with a number of key players still sidelined.
    Farah made 53 tackles in the Blues' 14-6 win but said the huge effort from the whole team needed to be repeated at Suncorp Stadium on June 26.
    "It's only one game," he told AAP.
    "It was good to get the victory, but it'll be a different beast going up to Suncorp. Queensland will be a lot better up there."
    Farah singled out Jarryd Hayne for special praise after the fullback produced a storming display both in defence and attack.
    Hayne scored the opening try but Farah said it was his defensive effort which should be lauded.
    "Jarryd was outstanding, he had a great game, he scored but his try save on Cameron Smith came at a vital time," he said.
    "There was another by Josh Morris in the first half on Darius Boyd. Those are the moments that win you games.
    "They say a try saved in Origin is a good as one scored. I can't fault anyone."
    "We had belief last year and, as a group, we're growing and coming together."

    source: http://www.nrl.com/farah-sidelined-for-up-to-three-weeks/tabid/10874/newsid/72744/default.aspx
     
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    Wests Tigers just may have a crack at Bulldogs star fullback Ben Barba. Barba is being hunted by several Queensland clubs but we hear the Tigers may soon join the queue.

    The Tigers haven't had a regular fullback since Brett Hodgson left for Super League. Barba would fit the fill beautifully if he decides to leave Belmore. And he may have a new team-mate at Concord - Parramatta co-captain Reni Maitua.
     
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    Benji Marshall's future at Wests Tigers is likely to come to a head imminently following talks between the club and the player's management on Thursday.

    Wests Tigers' new chief operating officer Grant Mayer held talks with Marshall's manager, Martin Tauber, over an upgrade of the five-eighth's contract, as speculation emerged about a switch to rugby union.

    Marshall's existing deal expires at the end of 2015, but has a clause in it allowing for a renegotiation following any increase in the salary cap.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/marshalls-future-with-tigers-under-fresh-doubt-20130620-2olum.html#ixzz2WndTkh4v
     
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    BENJI Marshall's long-term future at the Wests Tigers may be in doubt but there was some good news for the club's supporters yesterday - Aaron Woods has declared his desire to stay for the long haul.

    Woods is off contract at the end of next season and will be one of the most coveted players in the game should he put himself on the open market.

    However, the NSW front-rower told The Weekend Australian he had no plans to leave the club that gave him a shot at first grade in 2011.

    Weekend Australian.
     
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    He hasn't settled in at the Tigers at all. I could see why they would want to let him go. In saying that, the Tigers board should also step down. Look at all the good quality forwards they let go to sign him in the first place. The Tigers are now a bottom 3 team because of it.
     
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    Blair was/is a good player - but needs top players around him - as in Melbourne when they were rorting the Cap.

    He is not a star - but he performs better with the right guys around him.
     
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    Agreed. It's how he manages to look better than his club form would suggest when he gets called up for the Kiwi's. Some players make the team around them look great. Others need the team around them to be great.
     
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    Farah savages Tigers management

    By James MacSmith AAP Sat 06th July, 4:49pm
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    Wests Tigers players looking dejected after another loss

    Wests Tigers skipper Robbie Farah has taken aim at club management over their poor recruitment and retention strategies.

    Wests' approach to player management has been one of the key reasons behind their fall from grace as a NRL powerhouse and that was again highlighted on Friday night when a number of ex-Tigers starred in Cronulla's win over their former club.

    Barnstorming NSW Origin prop Andrew Fifita constantly terrorised the Tigers defence in a man-of-the-match effort in the 36-22 victory and he was ably supported by his former teammates at the joint venture Bryce Gibbs and Chris Heighington as all three players ran for over 100m.

    While one-time prized recruit Adam Blair again struggled for the Tigers making just five hit-ups and 38m in 80 minutes.

    Winger Beau Ryan is another former Tiger who has prospered at the Sharks but sat out the match with a leg injury.

    Farah described the Tigers' approach to player retention as "ridiculous" and said it needed to be vastly improved.

    "It's tough. There's no doubt the club has made some decisions in the past they probably regret," Farah told Triple M on Saturday.

    "It's not just things that were done but the way they were done."

    "Bryce Gibbs was given a four-year contract extension before he was told he could leave.

    "Beauy (Beau Ryan) was another one ... it was ridiculous ... he agreed to a new contract in March and it still wasn't signed in October ..."

    "The way they (the club) have been doing it and the deals they have been doing (it's something) we need to improve.

    Farah said it was hardest seeing Fifita emerge as one of the form front-rowers of the NRL after leaving the Tigers.

    "He was one that was very disappointing when he left, " Farah said.

    "He scored something like 25 tries in NYC one year ... and that was as a front-rower. Him and Aaron Woods could have been in the front row for the next five years."

    The future of star playmaker Benji Marshall, who has been linked to a move to rugby union, is another subject of much angst amongst Tigers fans.

    The club has reportedly declined Marshall an extension to his new contract package but Farah said he was confident the 2005 premiership winner would stay with the Tigers.

    "He is the leader of our club. He is going to stay in league. He loves the Tigers," Farah said.

    source: http://www.nrl.com/farah-savages-tigers-management/tabid/10874/newsid/73330/default.aspx
     
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    Understandable Robbie, but...

    "He is the leader of our club. He is going to stay in league. He loves the Tigers," doesn't come into whether or not to keep Benji on contract. It's strictly a matter of form and consistently delivering results on the field. League is a business, and sentiment doesn't get you to the Grand Final.

    Second, a good deal of the recruitment and retention foul-ups would have been driven by former coach Tim Sheens, who was himself driven out not so long ago.
     
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    Blake Ayshford could become the latest Tiger to defect to Cronulla in a move that could help the joint-venture club retain young gun Tim Simona.

    Ayshford is contracted to Wests Tigers for next season but has been granted a chance to test his value on the open market.

    That window closes at the end of the week and it's understood the Sharks are one of three Sydney clubs interested in him. The Sharks have already poached Bryce Gibbs, Andrew Fifita, Beau Ryan, Chris Heighington, Dean Collis and John Morris from the Tigers in recent years.

    Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/ayshfords-exit-could-pave-way-for-simona-deal-20130710-2pqsx.html#ixzz2Yh0bAbbH
     
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    St George Illawarra and prop Michael Weyman may soon split. We hear Weyman - a former NSW prop - may leave the embattled club after this season. And one club said to be discussing Weyman is Wests Tigers.
     
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    Courier Mail:

    SUNDAY is decision day for Tigers superstar Benji Marshall, with club power brokers tipping the five-eighth will finally put pen to paper on an upgraded $1.5 million contract until the end of 2015.

    Fresh from a week-long mid-season holiday in Bali with wife Zoe, Marshall arrived back in Sydney on Saturday and will sit down with Tigers boss Grant Mayer as early as today.

    As much as the Tigers have shown Marshall enormous latitude throughout a difficult contract stalemate, there will be an expectation to conform to a new set of standards once the five-eighth commits to being part of a new culture at the club.

    - Does this mean he'll get $750k pa ? Or am I missing something ?
     
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    Wests Tigers five-eighth Benji Marshall has tonight asked the Club for a release.

    Marshall’s manager Martin Tauber contacted Wests Tigers Chief Operating Officer Grant Mayer shortly before 7pm to advise Marshall would be seeking a release from the final two years of his contract. The former NZ Captain was contracted to Wests Tigers until the end of the 2015 season.

    One of the NRL’s best players, Marshall has been the key playmaker for Wests Tigers since making his first grade debut in 2003.

    The 28-year-old has played 193 matches for Wests Tigers and is the Club’s all time leading points scorer.

    “From a Wests Tigers perspective, we are extremely disappointed to receive the news as we believe that we have been exceptionally generous to a player that has given us wonderful service over a number of years,’’ Mayer said.

    “Benji has obviously made a decision that he believes is right for himself and his family. All we can do is thank him wholeheartedly for what he has done for not only the Club but the game as a whole.

    “Benji Marshall in the eyes of all Wests Tigers supporters is a superstar and we have no doubt he will continue to support the Club from afar.”

    Mayer said the board of the Wests Tigers would consider the release once the official notification is received.

    “I would expect that this would be resolved relatively quickly,’’ Mayer added.
     
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    Well - we have a few halves we might look at letting go ... ;)
     
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    Tim Moltzen possibly to be next to depart Concord. Injured Moltzen has asked for a three-week mid-season break so he can fly to St Helens. Moltzen hasn't told Tigers officials why he has travelled to England's north. Club management can only think he is negotiating with Saints.

    Wests Tigers might be happy for Moltzen to walk away from the final two years of his contract. Moltzen is best mates with Benji Marshall.

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    Thank goodness we didn't get him. I thought at the time it would be a good buy - but clearly he's not what we needed.
     
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    Wests Tigers is pleased to announce the re-signing of three of the game’s brightest young prospects and the return of a favourite son.

    The Club has secured the services for the next four years of talented 18-year-old halves Luke Brooks and Mitchell Moses from 2014 and NSW Cup hooker Joel Luani on a two-year deal. Wests Tigers welcome ‘home’ experienced utility Dene Halatau for the next two years.

    Head Coach Mick Potter said Brooks and Moses were very good prospects and just two of the many talented youngsters coming through the Club.
     

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