MANLY FRONT-ROWER RICHIE FA'AOSO WILL MISS THE GRAND FINAL AFTER SCANS CONFIRMED HE'S FRACTURED A VERTEBRAE IN THE SEA EAGLES' PRELIMINARY FINAL WIN OVER SOUTH SYDNEY. FA'AOSO WAS INVOLVED IN A HEAVY COLLISION WHILE CHARGING TOWARDS THE TRYLINE DURING THE FIRST HALF OF THE SEA EAGLES' 30 TO 20 WIN. HE WAS TAKEN FROM THE FIELD ON A STRETCHER. MANLY HAS CONFIRMED THAT FA'AOSO HAS A FRACTURE TO HIS C7 VERTEBRAE. BETTER NEWS THOUGH FOR MANLY BACKROWER GLENN STEWART.

IN THE MIDDLE OF ALL OF HAWTHORN'S CELEBRATIONS IS THE BURNING QUESTION AS TO WHETHER THEIR STAR FORWARD LANCE FRANKLIN WILL LEAVE THE CLUB.

THE HAWKS PLAYERS SAY HE HASN'T GIVEN THEM ANY INDICATION IF HE'LL REMAIN WITH THE CLUB NEXT SEASON. THE TWO-TIME PREMIERSHIP PLAYER IS NOW A FREE AGENT AND IS CONSIDERING A LUCRATIVE OFFER MADE BY GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY.

MARC MARQUEZ HAS FINISHED HIS ROOKIE SEASON BY CLINCHING THE ARAGON GRAND PRIX. THE SPANIARD, 20, STARTED ON POLE BUT SOON LOST THE LEAD TO COMPATRIOT AND TITLE RIVAL JORGE LORENZO. BUT MARQUEZ AGAIN SHOWED HIS PACE TO RECLAIM THE FRONT - LEAVING LORENZO TO SETTLE FOR SECOND - AND STRETCH HIS CHAMPIONSHIP LEAD TO 39 POINTS.