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JAKE LAWRENCE CLEARED OF BITING IN NEWCASTLE RUGBY LEAGUE

Relief for Souths in Newcastle Rugby League, with backrower Jake Lawrence found not guilty of biting. Play was stopped in his side’s 40-24 win over Macquarie last weekend and Lawrence was charged with contrary conduct. But the judiciary last night heard evidence from Lawrence, as well as the alleged victim and referee and he was cleared to face Wests in an all-important clash on Sunday.

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KELLY SLATER’S WAVE POOL PERFECT PREPARATION FOR PHILLIPA ANDERSON

Merewether surfer Phillipa Anderson will begin her campaign at one of the biggest world qualifying series events on the calendar, in California later tonight. She goes in with the perfect preparation – having lived every boardrider’s dream by surfing at Kelly Slater’s ranch. Anderson was in camp with the Australian High Performance Team, in the build-up to the sport’s introduction in Tokyo.

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LAMBTON SERVICE STATION WORKER ATTACKED

Newcastle Police are hunting a dreadlocked bandit who attacked a service station worker at Lambton, repeatedly striking him in the head. The offender, African in appearance and likely aged in his early 20s, entered the servo at around 11 o’clock last night. He jumped the front counter, got through security wires and demanded cash, before assaulting the employee and fleeing with cash. The victim suffered swelling and bruising.

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KALYN PONGA SET TO FACE FORMER CLUB

It’s been a nervous wait for Knights fans, but it looks like Kalyn Ponga will face the Cowboys in Townsville tonight. The star fullback was forced from the training field after rolling his ankle on Tuesday, and was in serious doubt to face his former club. He’ll undergo another precautionary fitness test tomorrow morning, but it’s likely the 20-year-old will return after four weeks out with a separate hamstring issue. The news isn’t as good for Connor Watson though. The five-eighth has been ruled out, unable to get on top of a groin injury, Jack Cogger will replace him in the halves.

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THRILL OF A LIFETIME FOR YOUNG RUGBY PLAYERS

Close to 200 junior rugby players from across the Hunter, got the thrill of a lifetime at Wickham late today. They took part in a coaching clinic with former Wallabies, David Campese and Morgan Turinui. NBN News caught up with the pair to talk about what they’ve been up to, and the current state of the game. We’ll bring you those insights in Friday night’s bulletin.

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