The Newsroom recaps the week of sport.
The NRL has reportedly refused South Sydney Rabbitohs star Sam Burgess of his contract due to salary cap issues. Despite the release of Dylan Walker, the Rabbitohs were still over their player payment limit for the 2016 season. After a short stint for the English rugby union, Burgess was excited to announce his return to Redfern on the biggest NRL contract in history. The contract consists of a three-year-deal of $1.5 million a season. Souths will now look to cut more talent from the 2014 premiership winning team to make way for the forward, such as Chris McQueen who has been linked to the Penrith Panthers..
The Golden State Warriors make NBA history
The Golden State Warriors made history when they won their 16th consecutive match at the beginning of the season when they beat the LA Lakers 111-77 on Wednesday. Washington Capitals held the record when they won 15 matches at the beginning of the 1948-49 season.
Australia names Women’s Sevens team for Dubai
Head coach Tim Walsh has named the Women’s Rugby Sevens team, for the Dubai series opener in December. Walsh has named Sharni Williams as captain, a veteran player who has contributed to the Women’s World Series since 2012. For the last two years in Dubai, the team finished the competition as runners-up. In the 2014-15 World Series, Australia came third, which cemented them a place in the 2016 Olympics in Rio. “We’ve kept the core group together for a couple of seasons now, and this consistency of selection is resulting in improved team performances and individual growth,” Walsh said in a media release. Eight of the players named in the squad have experienced at least 10 World Series tournaments. Australia will first take on Spain on December 3 in the Pool C competition.
Dylan Walker and Aaron Gray fined
South Sydney Rabbitohs players Dylan Walker and Aaron Gray received their punishments for overdosing on painkillers earlier this year. Souths issued a statement on Thursday, giving the following punishment to Gray and Walker:
- Attend educational sessions to understand better how to use medicines correctly;
- Undertake a minimum of 20 hours of community service (in addition to normal club obligations) including speaking to groups about their experiences and learnings;
- Make themselves available for ongoing regular testing for drugs including prescription drugs;
- Each be penalised five percent of their 2015 contract value, with a further five per cent to be suspended pending successful completion of points one and two and their co-operation with point three above. – Jesse Mullens and Sam Pasfield
Top photo from Sam Burgess Twitter account.