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The Warriors five-eighth will play his first Test in over two years against Australia tonight. Source: 1 NEWS


'If the right one comes along' - Kiwis coach open to taking NRL job

Kiwis coach Michael Maguire didn't reject the idea he's available to take over an NRL side, although did say he'd be able to balance club and country coaching commitments.

Maguire, 44, took over as the Kiwis coach earlier this year, having achieved success at club level with the Wigan Warriors in the UK Super League, and the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NRL.

However, despite only being with the Kiwis a short time, Maguire has been linked with a number of high profile NRL jobs, with the likes of the Brisbane Broncos and Manly Sea Eagles reported to be vying for his services.

Speaking to 1 NEWS, Maguire did little to shut down the idea of returning to the NRL, but insisted that it wouldn't come at the cost of his role in charge of the Kiwis.

"I don't really pay too much attention to it," he said.

"I'm very focused on what we're doing with the Kiwi team.

"I'm well aware of those sorts of things going on. If the right one comes along, I've been talking to with everyone that's in charge of the Kiwi team, and they're aware of how I'd handle both of those if it comes about."

Maguire gave the example of current Broncos coach Wayne Bennett, who juggles the role of England's national coach as well as that of his day-to-day work in Brisbane, adding that the New Zealand setup was strong enough to compensate for a possible second job.

"You look at other teams, like the England model, they've obviously got a coach working in club land."

"The staff around the New Zealand set up is very strong.

"It's not just about one person, it's not just about the coach. It's about everyone that's involved.

"I've got a lot of great people in and around the NZRL, and I think they're a major reason why we'll march forward as a group."

Maguire refused to answer questions about the possibility of taking over at the Sea Eagles.

"I don't really want to go deep into that.

"I'm really focused around the Kiwi connection, and where we're going with that team.

"Moving forward, I'll be transparent with everyone when the time's right."

Maguire and the Kiwis are next in action against the Kangaroos at Mt Smart Stadium on October 13.

Michael Maguire says he could balance club and country commitments. Source: 1 NEWS



Roger Tuivasa-Sheck ruled out of Kiwis-Kangaroos clash - report

Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has been ruled out of contention for the Kiwis' Test with the Kangaroos on October 13, according to a report from the NZ Herald.

Tuivasa-Sheck, 25, suffered a knee injury of the Warriors' NRL season ending defeat to the Penrith Panthers earlier this month, later revealed to be a medial ligament strain.

He has since undergone surgery, with the time frame of a possible return not allowing for international representation.

Tuivasa-Sheck's absence leaves Panthers star Dallin Watene-Zelezniak as the likely replacement in Michael Maguire's side to face Australia.

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck leaves the field injured against the Panthers
Roger Tuivasa-Sheck leaves the field injured against the Panthers Source: Photosport


'He's going to be an outstanding member of our club' - Phil Gould hails Nathan Cleary's new Panthers deal

Penrith boss Phil Gould is convinced locking up star halfback Nathan Cleary for the next six years will help the club retain and recruit players and keep their NRL premiership window open.

Cleary yesterday committed to a five-year contract extension, three months after fellow NSW Origin representative Reagan Campbell Gillard penned a similar deal.

"This is a contract built on potential, it comes with great responsibility," said Gould, who described it as the biggest deal he had been been involved in.

"This is still a contract he will grow into over time.

"We know that he's going to be an outstanding member of our club and it will also help us retain players, or recruit players if we have to do that down the track."

Arguably the most popular player with Penrith fans and members, Cleary opted against testing his value on the market when he would become available to receiving offers from rival clubs.

The club will now turn its attention to locking up first-grade regulars Waqa Blake, James Fisher-Harris and Sione Katoa, all of whom are off-contract at the end of next year.

They will also have to replace the holes left by Tyrone Peachey and Corey Harawira-Naera.

"This year we've extended the contract of Reagan Campbell-Gillard and Viliame Kikau and we've got a few more to do before the end of next year,' Gould said.

"Salary cap pressure has meant that we've had to move Corey Harawira-Naera and Tyrone Peachey this year.

"But we haven't had any player put himself on the market and I'm not surprised Nathan was exactly the same.".

Cleary's decision ended any chance of him joining his father Ivan at the Wests Tigers, where his dad is contracted as head coach until the end of 2020.

He still hopes he will work with his father one day and that Ivan will have a second stint at Penrith, where he was coach for four seasons before being sacked at the end of 2015.

Gould pointed out Cleary had now signed two contracts with Penrith since his father had left.

"I've been here since I was 14, so they've pretty much taught me everything I knew," Cleary said.

"I came over here from New Zealand. I think if I never made that trip over and dad never got the coaching job here, I honestly don't even think I would be playing first grade.

"I owe it all to the Panthers and I do owe this club."

Nathan Cleary. Vodafone Warriors v Penrith Panthers, Round 19 of the 2017 NRL Rugby League Premiership season at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland, New Zealand. 14 July 2017. Copyright photo: Renee McKay / www.photosport.nz
Panthers half Nathan Cleary in action against the Warriors. Source: Photosport


Storm's Will Chambers focused on Roosters' Latrell Mitchell ahead of grand final

Melbourne centre Will Chambers isn't about to reignite his on-field feud with Sydney Roosters counterpart Latrell Mitchell in NRL grand final week.

But that doesn't mean he's forgotten he has a score to settle with the young NSW star.

The battle between Mitchell and Chambers was one of the highlights of the Origin series, beginning with June's opener in Melbourne.

Chambers baited his opposition centre at every opportunity and Mitchell responded with his actions. He even admitted it had spurred him on.

In the first two games with the series on the line, Mitchell busted through 18 tackles and scored two tries. Importantly, while Chambers had 11 misses in defence, Mitchell had none.

"I haven't got the wood (over him) yet," Chambers said on Monday.

"We've played each other about four times already this year and we are playing each other for the fifth."

The showdown between the pair on the Storm's right edge will be crucial at ANZ Stadium.

This year's decider features the two best defensive teams in the competition, and Mitchell is the Roosters' Ferrari sitting in the garage.

Will Chambers Source: Getty

After missing last week's preliminary final win over South Sydney through suspension for a crusher tackle, Mitchell is the kind of X-factor that can decide the title.

"He is a big boy and he is hard to handle," Chambers said.

"I know they will be getting him the ball and I will have to be on my game defensively.

"It is another tough night and it will be a tough challenge ... I am looking forward to it.

"I know he will be up for it. He is a big-game player."

What Chambers won't discuss though is the on-field sledging.

Asked on Monday if he would try to get under Mitchell's skin again, he responded bluntly: "I don't want to talk about that mate."

Nor is Chambers fussed by his own reputation.

Banned two times this year for crusher tackles and once for dangerous contact on Damien Cook in Origin, Chambers did not believe he had to change his game or owed the Storm anything come the back end of the season.

While popular among his teammates, Chambers is aware of what it's done to his image off the field.

"It's the media and however I'm portrayed, I'm portrayed," he said.

"I'd like to think I'm a loving, caring father and a great friend to the boys at the club.

"That's footy, that's life. I live in front of these cameras and that's our life printed in media.

"It's pretty easy to be a keyboard warrior, people don't really say stuff to your face.

"It's easy to print it in a newspaper but they won't come and say it to you.

"But everyone wants a story, it's pretty funny don't you think?"

Latrell Mitchell. Vodafone Warriors v Sydney Roosters, NRL Rugby League round 10, Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland. 12 May 2018. Copyright Image: Renee McKay / www.photosport.nz
Sydney Roosters star Latrell Mitchell in action against the Warriors. Source: Photosport