Broncos stars Alex Glenn and Anthony Milford have come under fire after catching up with confessed domestic violence offender Jamil Hopoate in Sydney
Former Broncos support Joe Ofahengaue posted a photo on his Instagram account this week following the meeting between former Brisbane teammates
The Broncos have been based in Sydney for a fortnight after fleeing Brisbane during recent COVID outbreak
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Hopoate made his NRL debut for the Broncos last year and played 12 games, but was not offered a new contract for 2021
He was at the center of domestic violence allegations last December following an incident involving his partner Shae Beathe in Port Macquarie
Court documents Hopoate spat on security guards and her partner inside the Panthers Club before punching her outside the room
Hopoate fled the scene and was later arrested by police and charged with impaired driving
In February, Hopoate pleaded guilty to seven counts arising from the incident and he will be sentenced on April 29.
Hopoate once spent time in jail after being jailed for a year following an assault in 2014
He resumed his career in the Queensland rugby league with the Redcliffe Dolphins before being offered an NRL contract with the Broncos
The Broncos declined to comment on Glenn and Milford’s meeting with Hopoate, but Sport Confidential understands club figures were unimpressed by the photo’s release
Award-winning NRL playmaker Gareth Widdop has been offered to the Broncos to help solve the puzzle of the Brisbane halves
Sport Confidential can reveal Widdop was bought out in Brisbane, with coach Kevin Walters to decide if he wants to bring the England test star on board
Widdop has parted ways with Warrington in the Super League and is in desperate need of returning to Australia after his partner and children leave England
Barely 32, Widdop is far from an exhausted force and wouldn’t be an expensive signing for the Broncos
He played five-eighth on the Melbourne NRL premier team in 2012 and could be the main playmaker the Broncos were looking for.
Walters struggled to find his best combination of halves in the early rounds of the season, with Anthony Milford, Tom Dearden and Brodie Croft producing uneven form
Widdop played 195 NRL games for Storm and Dragons before returning home to England last year
Former State of Origin winger Oates languishes in Intrust Super Cup after being overlooked by Broncos coach Kevin Walters at the start of the NRL season
After years of turmoil, Oates made what was thought to be a permanent move towards forwards in the preseason, but he played on the wing for Souths-Logan
Walters said Oates asked to be brought back to his best away position and that Richie Kennar’s selection for Thursday night’s Rabbitohs game was not a sign he was away
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“Corey came up to me and said he would like to come back to the wing and that I am not going to get in the way of any player,” he said.
“Corey has a feeling it’s on the wing so ‘go ahead my son you’re back on the wing’
“He’s not well out of favor I’m not a big fan of mixing players up We lost a cross (Herbie Farnworth) so we thought the best thing to do was replace him with a cross.”
Broncos forward Tevita Pangai Jnr got a new manager after severing ties with the NRL’s most powerful agent, Isaac Moses, following his delisting from the NRL
Moses has been the Code 1 agent for some time, but his future in the game is uncertain after the NRL withdrew its accreditation in February, leaving more than 100 NRL stars in limbo.
It is understood that many remain loyal to Moses, who represented Storm champion Cameron Smith, but Pangai Jnr has defected to sign with rival agent Matt Desira.
Sydney-based Desira has a number of NRL players in her books, including Souths veteran Benji Marshall and young Titans pistol Jayden Campbell, the son of Gold Coast legend Preston.
New Melbourne GM Justin Rodski has vowed to fight hard to keep Cameron Munster amid fears the Storm sensation may be lost to a Brisbane second team
Product Rockhampton Munster told News Corp last month he was considering returning home to Queensland for family reasons if the NRL fielded a second team from Brisbane to compete with the Broncos in 2023 or 2024
Munster is under contract with the Storm until the end of 2023 If a second Brisbane team is added, Munster could potentially seek early release, or see their deal in Melbourne before joining fourth club Queensland the following year.
Potential NRL team the Brisbane Jets have identified Munster as their first signing, but Rodski is determined to retain a player who joined the Storm at the age of 18
“He’s a great player, an incredible talent and he loves his time in Melbourne
“He has been an important player for us, especially in the period of transition from Cooper Cronk, Billy Slater and Cam Smith to this new era with Jahrome Hughes, Ryan Papenhuyzen, Harry Grant and Brandon Smith
“We are building a really exciting core of our team and Cam is a big part of that. We love having him at the club and hope he stays for a long time in the future.”
Rodski feels the same about Papenhuyzen, who is out of contract at the end of next year.The full-back ace is in talks about a long-term extension with the Storm
“He is a future leader of our club, he has so much talent and is very courageous on the pitch, but he also has a great character off the pitch.
“He is the raison d’être of the Storm as a person and as a footballer. We would love to see him long term at The Storm and we are working towards that”
The Broncos could have benefited from the services of veteran playmaker Benji Marshall, who was named five-eighth for the Souths’ clash with Brisbane on Thursday night
Marshall was offered Broncos coach Kevin Walters in preseason for the discounted $ 200,000 as the 36-year-old seriously considered a second coming to Red Hill
Marshall played 13 games with the Broncos in 2017 and enjoyed his time in Brisbane, admitting his 12-month stint under Wayne Bennett had helped him rediscover his passion for the game.
The Broncos desperately need scrumbase experience and the former Kiwi Test captain has been offered to Brisbane to help backs Brodie Croft and Tom Dearden this season
But Brisbane said a polite no thanks amid the pressure on the salary cap, opening the door for Bennett, now in South Sydney, to throw a lifeline to the 328-game game legend Premier
South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett explained the reasoning behind his decision to allow propeller Keaon Koloamatangi to have his hair cut
Bennett has long been against extravagant hairstyles, warning that the Titans recruited Jai Arrow last year to lose his mule before he arrives at Redfern
But Koloamatangi seems to have slipped through the cracks, rocking a decent ‘back party’ haircut in the early rounds of the NRL
Rugby League World Cup organizers confident end-of-year tournament in England will go ahead despite continuing COVID threat
General tickets went on sale this week and the tournament is less than 200 days away
The doubles final at Old Trafford is already almost sold out, with only a limited range of tickets available
Tickets can be resold at a later date on an official platform for fans who can no longer attend the tournament
Brisbane Broncos and 50-50s topped $ 2 million in donated cash prizes since charity raffle started in 2013
The first draw came in the Sixth Round game at Suncorp Stadium against the North Queensland Cowboys and the partnership has grown steadily since then.
Of the 99 raffles the Broncos held in home games in conjunction with 50-50, the average winner took home over $ 11,000 – with the remaining funds helping countless deserving Queensland charities.
The milestone was reached in the first home game of the season on March 12, with Wesley Mission Queensland the lucky charity tipping the fundraising total to over $ 2 million
The 50-50 Charity Raffle is a major contributor to the Brisbane Broncos Charities Fund and allows charities to raise funds while promoting their worthy cause to fans at Suncorp Stadium
Ipswich Jets chairman Steve Johnson has expressed serious concerns over the prospect of the ARL Commission bringing back the national youth competition
ARL commission chief Peter V’landys signaled the idea of resurrecting the Under-20 competition, which was scrapped in late 2017 after 10 seasons of existence, largely due to the financial burden of clubs Some clubs are estimated to have spent as much as $ 1 million to field a team in New York
But Johnson urged the ARLC to bury the competition for good, expressing fears about the pressure on emerging stars, as well as the low conversion rate of players under 20 who have started to switch to the NRL.
“NYC let down a whole generation of kids playing our game and it affected the development of the grassroots,” Johnson said.
“The truth is New York was a terrible standard The scores were explosions and the games were like touch football The kids weren’t playing against men and the competition taught no resilience or the mindset required to play the NRL
“We have seen a number of suicides during this time involving players under the age of 20 and one factor is the pressure to succeed Many young children felt that if they did not come to New York, they had failed at a young age
“I hope the competition will not come back as there are more careful ways to encourage grassroots participation and development.”
NRL clubs are getting paranoid in protecting their best young emerging talent Club have started transporting their best 15-year-olds on buses to secret places for games, even banning parents from attending their teenage sons The club in question are determined to keep the agents and talent watchers of rival NRL teams away from their next generation of young guns
Veteran TV reporter Steve Barrett charged with receiving up to $ 3,000 in cash for his alleged role in blackmail plot
Man on trial for murder of roommate vowed he would no longer hurt him after he jumped on his head, Supreme Court jury heard
Young people in Melbourne blatantly use and sell vaping products in school grounds, with teachers calling dangerous craze ‘out of control’
Famous businessman and philanthropist banned from club following random and inexplicable “sudden explosion of violence”
The Queensland Law Society intervened in the legal practice of troubled Brisbane lawyer Michael Kemp
A photo of Jacqui Lambie enjoying a Dagwood dog is among items the senator is selling to fund his upcoming election campaign
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