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Val showed scintillating speed today at training, without getting out of 2nd gear, 7local news said.
Mitch Dunn coming back from 4th? shoulder reco
 

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Juzzy looking ripped, Origin this year me thinks
I was wondering who it was. I think that photo answers a lot of questions and just at the start of the pre season. I am impressed. Coops and Morgan look like THEY HAVE A FAIR BIT OF WORK TO DO.
 
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Here's the Drinkwater story. Not much to it
Cowboys player Scott Drinkwater banned from nightclub strip for 10 days

MICHAEL THOMPSON, Townsville Bulletin
December 2, 2019 7:19pm


COWBOYS player Scott Drinkwater has been banned from the Townsville Safe Night Precinct for 10 days after being repeatedly refused entry to a Flinders St nightclub.

Police confirmed a 22-year-old Kirwan man had been handed an on-the-spot liquor infringement notice by police about 2.15am on Saturday and will not be able to return to the safe night precinct until December 10.

Cowboys CEO Jeff Reibel confirmed that the club was aware of the incident and had referred it to the NRL Integrity Unit.

“We’re aware of it and we are following our usual protocols. Our understanding is that it is a minor incident,” he said.

“Ensuring we do a thorough investigation from various sources to ensure what is being said or what could be said is the truth.

“We have made (the NRL Integrity Commission) aware, but without the full suite of information there is nothing further we can say.”

Townsville Liquor Accord president Arthur McMahon said the safe precinct bans were created to stamp out anti-social behaviour.

“If someone is intoxicated and refused entry, and they walk away, that’s really the end of it,” he said.

“But if someone is showing anti-social behaviour they can get a 10-day ban.

“It is a deterrent.”
 

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O'Neill eyes Feldt reunion after ruptured spleen recovery

Cowboys centre Justin O’Neill has recovered from a life- threatening ruptured spleen injury and has his sights on reviving his partnership with wingman Kyle Feldt.
Feldt and O’Neill formed the club's 2015 premiership-winning combination on the right side and a reunion of the duo will have symmetry in more ways than one.

After rupturing his spleen in the round 11 clash with the Raiders this year, O’Neill spent four days in intensive care in a Canberra hospital after emergency surgery - which included three blood transfusions - saved his life.
The 28-year-old former international had returned to his team hotel and gone to bed after the Raiders clash unaware of the dire situation he was in. It was his roommate, Feldt, who noticed his precarious condition and the ambulance was soon called.
"I fractured a rib and the rib lacerated the spleen during the game, but it was a weird one and scary one because I didn’t have any symptoms until overnight," O’Neill said.
"I wasn’t in any pain or had any symptoms as such but then I started spewing and falling into unconsciousness which was alarming.”
O’Neill spent several weeks after surgery in Canberra before returning home to Townsville and beginning a rehab process that will soon have him in full contact again.
“At the time of the injury it was an eye opener for me and put a lot of things in perspective. I was sick and I just needed to get better no matter how long it took and if that meant I had to miss some footy then so be it,” he said.
“Then it got back to the stage where I could get back into training but what I could do around training was pretty limited. It was hard because in my mind my body was OK but internally I was still recovering, and that was showing up in my heart rate. I had to cap what I was doing.
“Now it is finally good to be back doing skills and some controlled contact. I’ve just got to get cleared for contact and I’ll be ready to go again in the next month. It is all about ticking off all the boxes and taking the road to recovery the right way and not rushing anything.”

O’Neill scored eight tries in eight games in 2019 and had shown improved form alongside winger Feldt when injury struck him down. He has also played on the wing but O’Neill believes he plays his best football in the centres.
"The disappointing thing was that the injury came at a bad time because I was starting to enjoy footy and run into some form that I hadn’t seen in a while," he said.
"I am really hoping I can get back to that form in the centres and get the duo with Feldty going again."

There will be competition for centre positions with new inclusion Esan Marsters, Tom Opacic and Ben Hampton all in the frame. O’Neill said the Cowboys back line would also have much more strike with the signing of Valentine Holmes.
“We have young guys coming through who are showing some form, and our new buys Esan Marsters and Val are two great new inclusions,” O’Neill said.
"Val brings heaps of excitement at fullback and he is a specialist winger as well. He scores exciting tries and that is what we need from wingers and fullbacks, and Esan is very strong in the centres."

https://www.nrl.com/news/2019/12/03/oneill-eyes-feldt-reunion-after-ruptured-spleen-recovery/
 

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O'Neill eyes Feldt reunion after ruptured spleen recovery

Cowboys centre Justin O’Neill has recovered from a life- threatening ruptured spleen injury and has his sights on reviving his partnership with wingman Kyle Feldt.
Feldt and O’Neill formed the club's 2015 premiership-winning combination on the right side and a reunion of the duo will have symmetry in more ways than one.

After rupturing his spleen in the round 11 clash with the Raiders this year, O’Neill spent four days in intensive care in a Canberra hospital after emergency surgery - which included three blood transfusions - saved his life.
The 28-year-old former international had returned to his team hotel and gone to bed after the Raiders clash unaware of the dire situation he was in. It was his roommate, Feldt, who noticed his precarious condition and the ambulance was soon called.
"I fractured a rib and the rib lacerated the spleen during the game, but it was a weird one and scary one because I didn’t have any symptoms until overnight," O’Neill said.
"I wasn’t in any pain or had any symptoms as such but then I started spewing and falling into unconsciousness which was alarming.”
O’Neill spent several weeks after surgery in Canberra before returning home to Townsville and beginning a rehab process that will soon have him in full contact again.
“At the time of the injury it was an eye opener for me and put a lot of things in perspective. I was sick and I just needed to get better no matter how long it took and if that meant I had to miss some footy then so be it,” he said.
“Then it got back to the stage where I could get back into training but what I could do around training was pretty limited. It was hard because in my mind my body was OK but internally I was still recovering, and that was showing up in my heart rate. I had to cap what I was doing.
“Now it is finally good to be back doing skills and some controlled contact. I’ve just got to get cleared for contact and I’ll be ready to go again in the next month. It is all about ticking off all the boxes and taking the road to recovery the right way and not rushing anything.”

O’Neill scored eight tries in eight games in 2019 and had shown improved form alongside winger Feldt when injury struck him down. He has also played on the wing but O’Neill believes he plays his best football in the centres.
"The disappointing thing was that the injury came at a bad time because I was starting to enjoy footy and run into some form that I hadn’t seen in a while," he said.
"I am really hoping I can get back to that form in the centres and get the duo with Feldty going again."

There will be competition for centre positions with new inclusion Esan Marsters, Tom Opacic and Ben Hampton all in the frame. O’Neill said the Cowboys back line would also have much more strike with the signing of Valentine Holmes.
“We have young guys coming through who are showing some form, and our new buys Esan Marsters and Val are two great new inclusions,” O’Neill said.
"Val brings heaps of excitement at fullback and he is a specialist winger as well. He scores exciting tries and that is what we need from wingers and fullbacks, and Esan is very strong in the centres."

https://www.nrl.com/news/2019/12/03/oneill-eyes-feldt-reunion-after-ruptured-spleen-recovery/
I wonder if he took any inspiration from athelete Rick Disneck's recovery from his ruptured his spleen in the 1980's?
 

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Opacic and Feldt forged a good combo towards the back of last year, I hope they keep that going.

O'Neill should be left wing or (preferably) Blackhawks to start the season.
 

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Replay of the Sharks elimination final from 2017 last night on Fox. Still don’t know how we pulled that one out but still feel warm and fuzzy watching back the pain on Gallen, Fifita and Flanno’s faces after that one.

What a month that was.
 

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"The disappointing thing was that the injury came at a bad time because I was starting to enjoy footy and run into some form that I hadn’t seen in a while," he said.
Well, there's a sentence that's three words too long.
 

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Replay of the Sharks elimination final from 2017 last night on Fox. Still don’t know how we pulled that one out but still feel warm and fuzzy watching back the pain on Gallen, Fifita and Flanno’s faces after that one.

What a month that was.
One of my all-time favourite moments is watching Gal blow up after trying to milk a penalty that cost his side the game. Delightful.
 

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I love how O’Neill doesn’t mention Opacic as competition in that article.

He recognises Marsters is a lock for one centre position and Opacic is his biggest rival to get in the side.

I have Opacic ahead of O’Neill to start the season.

O’Neill has always been horrible on the wing also so i don’t see that as an option for him. He just gets smashed on kick return when he plays on the wing. I’d prefer Taulagi over him on the wing.
 

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I wonder if he took any inspiration from athelete Rick Disneck's recovery from his ruptured his spleen in the 1980's?

Anyone remember the 12th mans version?
 

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Can someone create a poll O’Neil or Opacic-who should win centre spot
Clifford or Drinkwater at 6

Do you guys think Val can score 15+ tries next year?

Who’ll kick goals next year? I’ll rule out Feldt, won’t want to
 

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Can someone create a poll O’Neil or Opacic-who should win centre spot
Clifford or Drinkwater at 6

Do you guys think Val can score 15+ tries next year?

Who’ll kick goals next year? I’ll rule out Feldt, won’t want to
I think the trials should play the biggest part in deciding the positions. Even with Marsters, just pick who impresses most.
 

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Can someone create a poll O’Neil or Opacic-who should win centre spot
Clifford or Drinkwater at 6

Do you guys think Val can score 15+ tries next year?

Who’ll kick goals next year? I’ll rule out Feldt, won’t want to
I'll go with whatever you decide.
 

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Can someone create a poll O’Neil or Opacic-who should win centre spot
Clifford or Drinkwater at 6

Do you guys think Val can score 15+ tries next year?

Who’ll kick goals next year? I’ll rule out Feldt, won’t want to
We need to stop one more try with defense and create one more in attack to be top end material . With this team we finish 6th - 12th
Add another high end attacking back/half we look pretty hot.
Drinky Poos is our best bet for a breakout season but thats on the rocks atm
Living the dream in the offseason while i can.

So val and Masters need to combine for about a try a game
Maybe Masters /Holmes if they can bring their best kicking game for GK
 

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Take our terrible luck with injuries out of the equation and we walk into the top 8. Unfortunately...
 

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Storm has moved on Chambers, Scott and now Vanivalu. Surely not making a play for Mitchell?
 
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