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The NRL News and Preview podcasts fuse together this week as Sixties, Forty20 and Clint analyse the biggest stories coming out of the game before looking at a huge weekend of action against the Newcastle Knights.
Reagan Campbell-Gillard has avoided a season ending injury but the news isn’t exactly great still. RCG will miss 8-10 weeks with a groin tear and his absence will be felt by orders of magnitude. The boys look at the options at the club to replace the big man before the discussion swings back to Parramatta’s bizarre Top 30 situation.
Everyone else is talking about Jack Wighton and the Rabbitohs so The Tip Sheet might as well throw in their two bob. Ricky Stuart was clearly upset about the process that led to his marquee playmaker taking significantly less to play for a rival. Is notional or market value still a thing? Is the system flawed? The boys chat about the biggest move of the year thus far.
Round 9 sees the Eels looking to bounce back from a tough loss in Darwin. The Newcastle Knights have been one of the bigger surprises in 2023 and will make for a fierce opponent on Friday. Kalyn Ponga has a game under his belt and they sport a rather imposing backline headed by Dom Young and Greg Marzhew. Parramatta will need to lift significantly if they want to fend off the Novocastrians.