Rugby League 2021 Rabbitohs Rumours, Signings And News

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‘You’re a f***ing piece of s**t’ - Burgess’s shock claim over family blow-up: https://www.foxsports.com.au/nrl/nr...s/news-story/7ae5187a4cdc5ce92edfcb2ec7db8a2a

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BIG TRANSFER CHANGE ON NRL’S AGENDA AGAIN

The NRL’s much-hyped trade window is back on the agenda again with the governing body commissioning a review into player contracts.

Yep, we love a review. They’re about as popular as committees or subcommittees in the great game.

Buried in the fine print of the NRL’s player pay cut deal struck with the Rugby League Players Association earlier this week were a couple of lines about the said review.

What it means is trade and transfer windows will be seriously looked at, something the NRL clubs have long been in favour or but the RLPA is staunchly opposed against.

The review is also tipped to look at the rules around terminating contracts early.

Trade windows have long been a buzz phrase at NRL headquarters but it remains to be seen if anything will actually come of this round of talks.

Also, From Sporting News,

Adam Reynolds' shock admission over South Sydney Rabbitohs 2014 Premiership win

The 2014 premiership victory for the South Sydney Rabbitohs was one of the most memorable in history.

But according to their current captain Adam Reynolds , it should have happened 12 months earlier.

After a 43-year drought that saw them kicked out of the competition for two seasons at one stage, the Rabbitohs finally gave their fans something to cheer about when they defeated the Bulldogs.

Souths had lost two preliminary finals in a row to the Bulldogs and Sea Eagles prior to their breakthrough premiership.

And according to Reynolds, the 2013 side should have won the premiership and revealed their side that year was even better.

“We got beat by Manly – that was probably the most disappointing game I’ve been a part of in my career," he said on Brett Finch Unscensored .

"I thought in '13 we had a better team than in '14. I thought we were primed to win it that year, and the Roosters went on to win it. That was probably the most disappointing game, because we didn’t perform as a team.

"I remember we were up and they (Manly) scored this freakish try in the corner, and everything sort of clicked for Manly at that time. We stopped playing footy when we hit the lead, and that’s something as a half I learnt you can’t do in first grade.

"You have to keep playing and applying pressure to the other team. I thought in '13 we deserved to win it – '14 maybe."

In 2014, things clicked for the Rabbitohs and they went on to win the premiership after a rampant run in the finals series.

Reynolds said the defeats the two previous years lit a 'fire in the belly', despite his admission that they arguably had a weaker roster on paper.

“The disappointment from the year before and the fire in the belly carries over to that pre-season. We were hungrier than ever, and everything we did was better than the year before," he said.

"We got to the point in the season where we knew we could drag teams the 70th minute at nil-all or 6-all, and we would blow them away. The year before we played for 70-75 minutes and we’d have lapses in games and it would cost us like it did in the semi.

"We started a bit jittery in one of the semis against the Roosters. I remember (Ben) Te’o came back from suspension and he came back and really lifted the spirits of the team. Him and Sammy (Burgess) both knew they were exiting rugby league.

“The wave of emotion I was talking about – not only us, but for the fans. This was the shining light at the end of the tunnel, and everywhere we went we felt like kings.

"We dragged them 60-65 minutes into that game, and at the end we came away too strong. It was a wave of emotion, and it felt like we were never going to get beat in 14."
 
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I just watched the video of Sauce's interview with Ello on the SSFC website. Great interview. Mansour is an impressive bloke, spoke with great maturity & intelligence & sounds like he's thrilled to be back home & ready to rip in. He's going to be great for team morale as well as for his footy talent & experience IMO.
But but but Paulo should get the spot Mansour for reserve grade says Southy lol....
 

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But but but Paulo should get the spot Mansour for reserve grade says Southy lol....
Attention! With young Paulo starting The Crisps scored 56 v Manly Manly Manly; 60 v The Popeyes; almost 40 twice v Brad Arthur; and 46 v Pierce & Co ina playoff game. They just fell short v The Clearys 20-16 MINUS both Graham and Mitchell. Paulo is big gangly and very young, Certainly he looks inexperienced and raw but so too did Manu and Tabasco Sauce when they began in A Grade. Paulo is 50-50 with more experience and the installation of greater self confidence. He is very young with an upside. How long will Mansour last? And will team be as athletic and free scoring with an aged, never won anything in 20 seasons player, who is not known fro scaring opponents with speed or other qualities. Mansour is NOT Tuqiri, nowhere near Tuqiri, he has neither the background skill level [Lote played lets see.. SOO League, Wallabies Rugby, Super Rugby Waratahs and won several premierships] or the size and career palmares that concerned opponents. Mansour scares nobody and we should avoid deluding ourselves that a guy who has never won anything in all those years will be a difference maker because he will not.
 
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I just watched the video of Sauce's interview with Ello on the SSFC website. Great interview. Mansour is an impressive bloke, spoke with great maturity & intelligence & sounds like he's thrilled to be back home & ready to rip in. He's going to be great for team morale as well as for his footy talent & experience IMO.
Q/ If Mansour is so impressive and possessed with "footy talent and experience".... why has he failed to win anything despite playing for an eternity?? And why were Penrith so eager to off load him? Penrith were even prepared to pay half his contract to be rid of him. That's a bad sign. Mansour is what he is: solid , aged, unspectacular and scares no opponent.
 

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Sam Burgess in his so called Legal Battle. Its all really a lot of "I said ... You said... I said" nonsense that is a dead end. Sam is not a bad person in fact he has helped other men during his lifetime particularly his dying dad Mark. Saved another one from choking to death on fish bone stuck in the man's gorge. We should back Burgess 101%. His only concern was for HIS little ones and to avoid be deprived of being with them by his Ex-Errrr' Indoors and her Old Man, The - Raw Material Extracter - Produce Nothing - Miner. They are using pathetic nonsense to frustrate Sam into being aggressive by freezing him from his children.
 

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Q/ If Mansour is so impressive and possessed with "footy talent and experience".... why has he failed to win anything despite playing for an eternity?? And why were Penrith so eager to off load him? Penrith were even prepared to pay half his contract to be rid of him. That's a bad sign. Mansour is what he is: solid , aged, unspectacular and scares no opponent.
I think Penrith would have happily kept Mansour but were worried they'd lose the young up & comer (can't think of his name just now) if they couldn't promise him a first grade berth.
 

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I think whichever one of them is the best each week should get the spot. I like Paulo & think he's got a bright future but geez the experience of Sauce will be invaluable I think/hope.
Agree, don't pay too much attention to R21, he's just trying to gee me up! ;)
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I think Penrith would have happily kept Mansour but were worried they'd lose the young up & comer (can't think of his name just now) if they couldn't promise him a first grade berth.
We could be in a similar position with Taaffe, there's some talk that Reyno wants to play on for another 4 seasons. shrug.gif
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With respect, to claim that Mansour is a shit player because 'he has never won anything' is a very poor argument. Do you really think he is the reason Penrith haven't won the comp in those years, really? How is a winger meant to be the difference between winning and losing year after year? Mansour has consistently been one of their best players over the years, it's just the roster around him hasn't been good enough. What more can Josh do?

Gags has been in the NRL for years now, longer than Mansour and he's never won a Premiership. Does that make him an average player? No. Same goes for Cody and we all know he's no average player. I respect that some of you don't rate Mansour, that's fine, but to use him never winning a comp as a reason is pretty poor in my opinion.

Mansour will be a fantastic signing by us, you watch.
 

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Q/ If Mansour is so impressive and possessed with "footy talent and experience".... why has he failed to win anything despite playing for an eternity?? And why were Penrith so eager to off load him? Penrith were even prepared to pay half his contract to be rid of him. That's a bad sign. Mansour is what he is: solid , aged, unspectacular and scares no opponent.
To me, Mansour should be looked at as a depth signing not straight to the NRL. The problem is we have major deficiencies on the wings which is why he will probably start. But as you say when a player is shown the door at another Club and they are prepared to pay half his contract which is still current, it is not something you want to add to your CV.
 
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I think whichever one of them is the best each week should get the spot. I like Paulo & think he's got a bright future but geez the experience of Sauce will be invaluable I think/hope.
Mansour will get first crack regardless and currently is a much better player than Paulo.
 

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I said Mansour had to earn his spot and that he shouldn't just be a shoe-in for a wing possie, it would be unfair if Paulo wasn't selected if he was in better form during the trials.
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We had this same debate re Goodwin back before he went to England and I was right that trial form was irrelevant Goodwin was always selected and it’ll be the same with Mansour if he’s fit mark my words down!
 

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With respect, to claim that Mansour is a shit player because 'he has never won anything' is a very poor argument. Do you really think he is the reason Penrith haven't won the comp in those years, really? How is a winger meant to be the difference between winning and losing year after year? Mansour has consistently been one of their best players over the years, it's just the roster around him hasn't been good enough. What more can Josh do?

Gags has been in the NRL for years now, longer than Mansour and he's never won a Premiership. Does that make him an average player? No. Same goes for Cody and we all know he's no average player. I respect that some of you don't rate Mansour, that's fine, but to use him never winning a comp as a reason is pretty poor in my opinion.

Mansour will be a fantastic signing by us, you watch.
Bravo Callmack well said!

There are many very good and excellent players that won’t win a comp as it’s rare to win a premiership.

And Mansour has won, he’s represented NSW in origin, represented Australia and Lebanon now that’s a winner!

Also he’s made grand finals last year for Penrith and U20’s with us. If you make the grand final you’re a winner in my eyes. Many don’t make a grand final!

Mansour his stats are quality and tell a story!
 
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To me, Mansour should be looked at as a depth signing not straight to the NRL. The problem is we have major deficiencies on the wings which is why he will probably start. But as you say when a player is shown the door at another Club and they are prepared to pay half his contract which is still current, it is not something you want to add to your CV.
Mate Mansour has 2-3 good years left in him those young Panthers guys like Crichton have 12 years ahead of them and have shown what they can do!

Penrith aren’t getting rid of him as he’s no good, it’s that they have a salary cap!
 
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