THE GREATER WESTERN SYDNEY GIANTS HAVE ANNOUNCED THEY'VE WITHDRAWN THEIR OFFER TO HAWTHORN'S LANCE FRANKLIN. THE CLUB USED TWITTER TO SAY IT'S PULLED ITS DEAL BASED ON ADVICE HE'LL ACCEPT AN OFFER FROM THE SYDNEY SWANS. NEWS LIMITED IS REPORTING THE SWANS MADE FRANKLIN A LAST MINUTE SEVEN MILLION DOLLAR OFFER. BUT THE CLUB HAS SO FAR HAVE DECLINED TO COMMENT TODAY.

SOUTH SYDNEY'S GREG INGLIS WILL HEAD INTO TONIGHT'S DALLY M MEDAL CEREMONY IN SYDNEY A FIRM FAVOURITE TO CLAIM THE NRL'S HIGHEST INDIVIDUAL HONOUR. INGLIS WAS ONLY A SINGLE POINT BEHIND QUEENSLAND TEAM-MATE COOPER CRONK BEFORE THE VOTING WENT BEHIND CLOSED DOORS AFTER ROUND 16.

OTHER POSSIBLE CANDIDATES FOR THE NRL'S TOP PRIZE ARE NEWCASTLE'S JARRED MULLEN AND SOUTHS' JOHN SUTTON.

SHAYNE HAYNE AND BEN CUMMINS HAVE BEEN NAMED AS THE REFEREES FOR THE NRL GRAND FINAL. THE PAIR OFFICIATED THE THIRD STATE OF ORIGIN MATCH THIS YEAR, WHILE CUMMINS ALSO WAS A REFEREE IN LAST YEAR'S DECIDER. FORMER BULLDOGS AND DRAGONS FULLBACK LUKE PATTEN WILL JOIN ASHLEY KLEIN AS THE VIDEO REFEREES FOR THE SEASON FINALE.

JUST THREE WEEKS AFTER CAPTAINING THE WALLABIES, BEN MOWEN IS CONSIDERING WALKING OUT OF AUSTRALIAN RUGBY OVER AN ALLEGED PAYMENT DISPUTE WITH THE ARU. IF MOWEN WALKS, HE WILL DO SO MID-NEXT YEAR AND TAKE UP A LUCRATIVE DEAL IN FRANCE. MOWEN IS UNDERSTOOD TO BE FRUSTRATED BECAUSE HE IS NOT RECEIVING A TOP-UP CONTRACT FROM THE ARU DESPITE BEING A REGULAR STARTER IN THE TEAM - AND THE NATIONAL CAPTAIN AGAINST ARGENTINA IN PERTH.

 

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