Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

The NRL Season in Review; Australian Regional Media's Wayne Heming Looks Back on the Highs and Lows of 2016

Newspaper article News Mail Bundaberg Qld.

The NRL Season in Review; Australian Regional Media's Wayne Heming Looks Back on the Highs and Lows of 2016

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THE 2016 NRL season can be summed up in one word: Parramatta.

The Eels lurched from one crisis to another with "Cap-Gate" eventually crushing their brave but futile season.

A grim-faced NRL boss Todd Greenberg delivered the last rites in July when he declared it was "time to take a stand against the club's systematic cheating of the cap".

The five men on the Eels board fell on their swords after unsuccessful court action against their own club.

Players and fans were dealt a shattering blow after being stripped of 12 competition points - dropping the Eels from finals contenders to last place.

They also copped a $1million fine for rorting the salary cap and were stripped of their Auckland Nines title.

If they weren't on the back pages of newspapers, they were on the front of them.

Foran's fall

GLAMOUR signing Kieran Foran, who took a reported $5 million to leave Manly and join Parramatta, was a walking headline in his brief stay in blue and gold.

But with his life falling apart around him following his split with his long-time girlfriend and mother of his two children, Foran needed to sort himself out.

Apart from his devastating relationship breakdown, he was linked to notorious brothel owner and gambler Eddie Hayson, a central figure in match-fixing allegations that are still being investigated by a special gambling task force.

Surprisingly - a month after splitting with Parramatta because he needed time to clear his head - Foran is set to sign a new deal with the Warriors, provided the NRL, which has a duty of care to determine if he is ready to play again, registers his latest contract.

That was the down side of 2016

Hayne returns

THERE was certainly some very exciting news, headlined by the Hayne Plane landing back in the NRL with the Gold Coast Titans following his shot at the big time in the NFL with the San Francisco 49ers and a belated but unsuccessful bid to compete at the Rio Olympics with the Fijian rugby sevens side. …

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