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Thursday April 7 2022 SPORT 35 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA The Dragons' Rachael Pearson has emerged as a standout in the NRLW. Rookie is breathing fire DRAGONS halfback Rachael Pearson admits the delayed 2021 season has been a whirlwind experience in what has been a breakout year for the grand final-bound playmaker. Hailing from the small town of Hay in southwest New South Wales, Pearson has become one of the standout stars of the 2021 competition in what is her debut NRLW season. Her rookie year has been an incredible feat considering she is the second leading points-scorer and sits only behind Brisbanes Lauren Brown in most goals kicked this season. Pearson has climbed the ranks in the Harvey Norman NSW Womens Premiership with the Helensburgh Tigers, playing alongside the likes of Kezie Apps and Jessica Sergis in the 2021 season. Now, the 28-year-old is preparing to play in Sundays premiership decider in Redcliffe as she continues her rise in the NRLW. I dont know when it will sink in, Pearson said. Probably when we run out (on Sunday) and the whistle blows I suppose. Im trying to treat it as just another game and not play the game in my head before we get to it. I want to soak up this week because it is exciting. Pearson packed up her bags three years ago and travelled the 700km from Hay to Wollongong to pursue an NRLW contract and now the sacrifice has paid off, having secured the Dragons No.7 jersey. Chris Honnery RUGBY league icon and Bulldogs general manager of football Phil Gould has been struck down by a bad case of Covid-19. The Bulldogs said Gould tested positive on Tuesday so will be forced to watch from isolation as his side hopes to shake off its hefty round 4 loss this weekend. According to the clubs spokesperson, Gould is recovering well at home. Gould, who is triple vaccinated against Covid-19, took to social media on Wednesday to thank his followers for their support. Thank you for all the kind messages. Means a lot, Gould wrote on Twitter. Unfortunately Covid has really got me at the moment. Its no fun at all. I know people report they hardly had symptoms, but its far from that with me. I sincerely hope none of you get what Ive got. Best wishes, stay healthy. Gould tested negative prior to his appearance on Mondays episode of 100% Footy before testing positive the next day. While the Bulldogs are hoping he can be back on deck for their clash with the Penrith Panthers on Sunday, Gould will have to perform his duties remotely, given he wont be permitted to leave isolation until Tuesday under NSWs Covid-19 protocols. As of Wednesday, none of Goulds 100% Footy co-presenters had tested positive but a spokesperson said that all were monitoring for symptoms. Since holding off the Cowboys in round 1, the Bulldogs have dropped three games in a row and head to CommBank Stadium desperate for a win. The match will be Brent Naden and Matt Burtons first against the Panthers since leaving the club to join former Penrith assistant coach Trent Barrett at the Bulldogs. Also named for the clash is Tevita Pangai Jr, who signed with Penrith midway through last season before linking up with the Bulldogs. Covid-19 no fun at all, says Gould Jasper Bruce Cameron Munster. THE NRL has given the Dolphins the green light to target Melbourne Storm star Cameron Munster on one condition. After years of confusion, News Corp can reveal exactly what the NRLs polarising November 1 contracting rule actually is and what it means for the Dolphins pursuit of Munster. The Redcliffe-based Dolphins, who will enter the NRL in after integrity-unit officers requested additional CCTV footage from the team hotel at which the Broncos stayed during their round 2 defeat of the Bulldogs on March 20. It is understood fresh CCTV vision failed to uncover any further evidence, with the NRL to act on the initial footage of Haas striking a drunken Kelly, who angered the prop after repeatedly jumping on his shoes. Haas has amassed a worrying rap sheet, having copped a total of $70,000 in fines from the NRL and the Broncos and seven matches in suspensions for two off-field indiscretions. Another serious offence could leave Haas in danger of being deregistered by the NRL, but Broncos coach Kevin Walters insists the troubled frontrower is not in danger of being sacked by the club. We support Payne 100 per cent, Walters said. We love what he does on the field and he is working hard on himself off the field. Im disappointed it happened. I wasnt pissed off because I know what blokes are like. Ive been living in this world for a long time, things can happen. Its just an incident and those two boys are remorseful for their actions. I dont think Payne did a whole lot wrong. He was trying to do the right thing by his teammate who stepped out of line. He tried to calm the situation. PAYNE Haas is facing another stint on the sidelines with the controversial Broncos prop and teammate Albert Kelly set to be suspended by the NRL for their roles in the Shoegate scuffle. News Corp can reveal the NRL integrity unit will slap Haas and Kelly with suspensions of up to two games in the wake of their altercation which has put the Broncos culture under the spotlight. Haas has been named in Brisbanes starting side for Friday nights clash against the Roosters and whether he runs onto Suncorp Stadium could hinge on when the NRL integrity unit finalises its probe into his clash with Kelly. But when the dust settles, the NRL will propose a one or two-game ban for Kelly and Haas, the latter of whom faces a third strike after falling foul of the integrity unit twice in the past three years. Kellys suspension will be served down the track given that the Broncos playmaker will miss the next four months after undergoing surgery on a foot injury sustained against the Warriors last Saturday. It is understood Haas would have escaped with a warning if the Kelly stink was a one-off incident, but the NRL is sick of the Broncos forwards antics and will suspend him again to ensure the penny finally drops. If Haas plays against the Roosters, he will almost certainly be stood down for Friday weeks away showdown against Penrith, and possibly miss Brisbanes round 7 home clash with the Bulldogs. The NRL were planning to announce sanctions before the Broncos-Roosters clash. But the inquiry has dragged on Broncos scuffle pair set for bans Peter Badel, Phil Rothfield and Travis Meyn 2023, are breaking no rules by pursuing Munster now for the 2024 season when he comes off-contract with Melbourne and beyond. However they are not allowed to try and coax him out of his 2023 contract, the final year of his Melbourne deal, unless he receives approval from the Storm to explore options. As it stands, NRL players are not allowed to formally sign a contract with a rival club until November 1 of the contracting year prior to their proposed move. The NRLs contracting year runs from November 1 to October 31. That means a player that comes off-contract at the end of the 2023 season cannot sign a contract with a rival club for the 2024 season until November 1, 2022. However there are no rules or regulations preventing them, or their managers, from talking to or negotiating with rival clubs for any period they are off-contract. A player is allowed to agreein-principle with a rival club to a contract at any point in their future, provided they will not be contracted to their current club during the proposed term. Despite cries from pro-Melbourne media about the Dolphins pursuing Munster, the expansion club is breaking no rules as long as their discussions are only for 2024 and beyond. A lot of people dont realise what the rules are, said Dolphins CEO Terry Reader. You can only sign from November 1 the year before, but you can talk and negotiate whenever you like. We are really conscious of the rules. We have spoken to the NRL to make sure we are across what can and cant happen. We havent been concerned by criticism because we know the rules. Dolphins conscious of the rules around player signings TRAVIS MEYN Albert Kelly and Payne Haas.