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The Northern Territory news Wed 1 Feb 2017



The Northern Territory news Wed 1 Feb 2017

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WEDNESDAY FEBRUARY 1 2017 SPORT 43 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA a huge promotional opportunity in Melbourne. It gives AFL fans a sample of fast open rugby league and a chance to see players from every team in the one venue on the one weekend. The timing is also perfect it would be held the weekend after the Australian Open tennis while the city is in a sporting mood. Some international visitors could stay for the next event. NRL is already talking with several State Governments interested in hosting the event. Organisers of this weekends Auckland Nines have brushed off suggestions the NRL may move the tournament to Melbourne in 2019. Duco Events, who helped get the series off the ground in 2014, were unconcerned by the media speculation across the ditch. Their contract to host the Nines in the City of Sails will expire after the 2018 event but it gave no indication they feared for its future. Were not taking any notice, as we are devoting all our energies into this weekends nines tournament, Duco chief David Higgins said. THE NRL is looking to take the Nines tournament to Melbourne to cash in on the tourism generated by the Australian Open tennis. The Auckland Nines contract expires next year and the Victorian government is already bidding to host the 2019 event. It would be played the TRAVIS MEYN PHIL ROTHFIELD Giteau to quit France for Japan WALLABIES veteran Matt Giteau says his familys desire to be closer to Australia was behind his decision to leave Europe to play in Japan. In a move that will likely end his Test career, the 34year-old playmaker will exit French club Toulon at the end of the European rugby union season. He did not reveal which Japanese Top League club he will join, but he has been linked with recentlycrowned champions Suntory. Making this decision was the toughest of my rugby career but it is the best for my family to be closer to Australia, Giteau said. The time spent in Toulon was the best period of my rugby career. My main goal now is to win titles for this historic club. The 103-Test stars international future was under a cloud after he suffered a broken ankle playing for Australia in their 42-8 Bledisloe Cup loss to New Zealand in August. He revived his Wallabies career ahead of the 2015 World Cup, playing in that years Rugby Championship after three years in the international wilderness. The former Brumbies and Western Force star, who made his Wallabies debut in 2002, is believed to be among the highest-paid players in world rugby at French Top 14 club Toulon. Brisbane five-eighth Anthony Milford, who is off to the Auckland Nines this weekend, is loving life at the Broncos after joining the club from Canberra at the start of the 2015 season Picture: ANNETTE DEW ANTHONY Milford has declared he will not be doing contract talks with anyone but the Broncos. In the ultimate show of loyalty, Brisbanes star playmaker revealed yesterday that he is not even looking at offers from other clubs as he aims to secure his future with the Broncos. Milford is one of many key players off contract at the end of this season for the Broncos and is expected to be the first they re-sign. After his fellow half Ben Hunt confirmed last week that he will head to the Dragons from 2018, Milfords allegiance to Brisbane will come as a great relief. The 22-year-old said yesterday he was leaving all the discussions up to his manager Sam Ayoub, but he knew that Brisbane was the only place he was interested in. Were only talking to the Broncos, he said. I love all the boys here. The boys have been a rock for me these past three years I enjoy the club, I love the club. Ayoub came up last week to have a talk with the Broncos, so Ive left it all up to him. Milford said he prefers to be Melbourne could host Nines after Australian Open week after the Australian Open final at AAMI Stadium. Other venues to be considered are Gold Coast, Townsville, Newcastle and Suncorp Stadium. Perth is also seen as a location for future events. Clearly the interest in the tournament in Auckland was huge in year one but has been waning ever since. The NRL sees the Nines as THE Cowboys insist they will do everything we can to keep Matt Scott in North Queensland colours. Newcastle is preparing to make Scott a lucrative offer to leave the only NRL club he has ever known. The 31-year-old is off-contract at seasons end along with fellow Cowboys Cowboys out to thwart Knights by re-signing Scott stars Jason Taumalolo and Johnathan Thurston. Scott has played 231 NRL games for the Cowboys since debuting in 2004 and was part of the clubs historic 2015 premiership side. He is co-captain of the club alongside Thurston and is one of North Queenslands favourite sons. Scott is reaching the twilight of his career, having bat tled neck and back injuries in recent years which will come into consideration in contract negotiations. The rebuilding Knights poached teenage sensation Kalyn Ponga from North Queensland on a rich longterm deal and could be prepared to make Scott a lengthy offer to prise him away. The impending retirement of Scotts manager Wayne Beavis could protract discussions, but coach Paul Green said keeping his front row star in Townsville was a priority. Were in constant dialogue with him, Green said. Ive said from the start well do everything we can to keep him. Weve got a lot of guys offcontract this year and a lot of big name guys as well. Well keep all that in balance. Green yesterday named a red-hot squad for this weekends Auckland Nines, which will see Thurston make his first appearance at the tournament. The Cowboys won the inaugural Nines in 2014 and in 2017 will field a star-studded line-up including Gavin Cooper, Michael Morgan, Justin ONeill and Jason Taumalolo. Lote to join Waratahs in Brisbane FORMER Wallaby Lote Tuqiri will return to rugby union as a wildcard for NSW Waratahs Brisbane Global 10s campaign. Star fullback Israel Folau, a tournament ambassador, will back up after Australias endof-season spring tour of Europe nine weeks ago to line up on February 11-12. He joins fellow Wallabies Tolu Latu and Taqele Naiyaravoro in the Waratahs 26-man squad. The franchise has also gained the services of Rio Olympics sevens players Cameron Clark, Pat McCutcheon and Con Foley for the event. McCutcheon and Foley are ring-ins, while Clark signed a two-year deal to play in Super Rugby with NSW in August. Code-hopping winger Tuqiri has been retired since 2014 after his stint with South Sydney in the NRL ended. His inclusion continues the trend of retired Wallabies being selected as wildcards, including Chris Latham (Reds) and Stephen Larkham and Andrew Walker (Brumbies). Former Waratah Tuqiri, who played 67 Tests for Australia, has admitted to nerves ahead of the tournament but said he would ready. Ive been working pretty hard and feeling good, I wouldnt have agreed to this if I wasnt prepared and Im definitely feeling prepared, he said. left out of the negotiations surrounding contract talks and he trusts his manager to get the best for him. With the young talent off to the Auckland Nines this weekend, he said it is his responsibility to worry about his football and his managers responsibility to sort out the contracts. The discussions are there but I told my manager to leave me out of it, he said. I just dont like to know about it. It helps me stay focused on training and what I want to do for the Broncos this year. With Hunts departure next season, it means Milford will have a new halves partner as from 2018. It is unclear yet what the Broncos are planning to do for the future, including whether they will look outside the club for a half or prepare Kodi Nikorima for the job. While former skipper Justin Hodges was unsure whether Nikorima was mentally ready to deal with the pressure of becoming a Broncos starting half, Milford said yesterday he would love to combine with the talented Kiwi. He said he always loved playing with Nikorima in representative teams when they were young, including the Queensland under-16s side. Milford wants to stay at Broncos RIKKI-LEE ARNOLD