Kearney backs injured duo for round one

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND – JULY 03: Warriors coach Stephen Kearney during a New Zealand Warriors NRL training session at Mount Smart Stadium on July 3, 2018 in Auckland, New Zealand. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

New Zealand Warriors coach Stephen Kearney has revealed that Issac Luke and Blake Green are on track to play in round one.

Luke has been out with a shoulder injury that required surgery and resulted in Newcastle withdrawing their contract offer.

Kearney has been encouraged by the recent progress Luke has made in his recovery.

“He’s tracking along nicely. Providing the next couple of weeks are good to him he should be okay for round one,” Kearney told stuff.co.nz.

Meanwhile, Green is recovering from a hamstring strain suffered in pre-season training.

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The injury, while not serious, has restricted Green’s pre-season, but Kearney believes he will be ready for the trial game and Wests Tigers next week.

“His running has improved every day,” Kearney said. “He was up and running not long after he put a slight strain in [his hamstring], which was a good sign. We’ve just to keep track of him. The next week or so is important for him to be part of the second trial.”

The Warriors host the Bulldogs at Mount Smart Stadium in round one on March 16.

Source:: ZeroTackle

    

South Sydney release statement on George Burgess

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The Rabbitohs have quashed reports that George Burgess will join the Eels in a statement released via the club website.

South Sydney confirmed that the Englishman would be playing for them in the upcoming season.

“The South Sydney Rabbitohs have responded to media speculation regarding George Burgess,” the statement reads.

“George Burgess is contracted to the South Sydney Rabbitohs until the end of the 2019 season and will be playing for the South Sydney Rabbitohs throughout the 2019 season.

“Neither George Burgess nor his management have requested a release from the remainder of his contract, and George has indicated that he wants to play for the Rabbitohs in 2019.

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“Equally, the Rabbitohs are excited to see what George can produce on field in 2019.”

Source:: ZeroTackle