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Delighted: Paul Carter celebrates scoring his try in the first half against the Sydney Roosters earlier this year. Photo: Mark KolbeTroubled South Sydney forward Paul Carter has checked himself into the same Thai rehabilitation facility Mitchell Pearce used earlier this year in a bid to get his life and career back on track.

Carter flew to The Cabin, one of Asia’s top rehabilitation centres, on Friday to deal with drinking and gambling issues. The 24-year-old’s career is again in the balance after an alcohol-fuelled bender prevented him from fulfilling his training obligations. Carter and teammate Kirisome​ Auva’a​ are facing the sack, the latter for recording a second strike under the NRL’s illicit drugs policy. Auva’a​, who has a chequered history after pleading guilty to domestic violence charges, faces a minimum 12-match ban.

The majority of clients at The Cabin come from Australia and the facility boasts a 96 per cent treatment completion rate. The Cabin is described on its website as featuring “sprawling river front gardens, sun-warmed swimming pools, exotic teak wood furniture, four-poster king-size beds, verandas or wooden decks overlooking the river or gardens … It is all about the feel-good factor, to kick-start the new you.”

Luxury doesn’t come cheap, with the starting price of a 28-day program about $14,000.

Pearce has credited his stint at The Cabin, far away from the fishbowl of Sydney, as helping him to bring balance to his life. The former NSW playmaker continues to do sessions at The Cabin’s Sydney branch.

The Rabbitohs board will convene on Tuesday to decide the pair’s fate, but we’re hearing key officials have conflicting views on what to do with Carter. Coach Michael Maguire is said to be leaning towards ripping up his contract to send a clear message to his troops about the standards expected. However, general manager Shane Richardson may push to give Carter, already on his last chance after being sacked by the Gold Coast, one more go.


Jamil Hopoate​ made a return to football last week for the first time since being released from jail. Hopoate, the son of former Manly bad boy John Hopoate, came off the bench in the club’s Intrust Super Premiership clash with Wyong after having a run with the local A-grade side.

Jamil will take another step towards fulfilling an NRL dream that seemed dashed after earning a start in the run-on side for Saturday’s clash with Wentworthville. The back-rower, who has previously been sacked by Manly and Parramatta, spent the best part of a year behind bars after pleading guilty to two counts of assault occasioning actual bodily harm in company in 2014.

Other members of the Hopoate clan – including centre Sione and fullback Albert – are expected to push for first-grade positions in coming years.

Returning: Jamil Hopoate is back playing after being released from prison for an assault charge. Photo: Anthony Johnson


It would come as no surprise to hear that Bevan French came out on top when the Eels conducted 40-metre sprint tests during the pre-season. You’d be forgiven for thinking speedsters Semi Radradra​ or Michael Jennings would be next to cross the line. However, we were shocked to learn who came in second – none other than prop forward Danny Wicks.


A second group has procured the 101 signatures required to force a general meeting to topple the Parramatta board.

Former skipper Ray Price is part of a group comprising businessmen Andrew Eagleston​, Ian Sekuloski​ and former Parramatta Lord Mayor Paul Barber seeking to replace the current directors. Under their proposal, two board spots will be appointed by the NRL as independent directors, while another will be chosen by the Parramatta membership. The group lodged the 115 signatures during the week, which will now be scrutinised to ensure they are legit.

“I believe Parramatta have nothing but great things in front of us,” Price said.

“I believe in the playing group and the players are all contributing to Parramatta. Our members have been so proud of the players winning in the past and I would like to see that again for the members of our club.”

Eagleston added: “The Parramatta Eels should be and can be the most dominant sporting franchise in Australian sport with everything we have available to us. We would bring some professional people to the club, household names to strengthen the organisation. Our objective is to make the Parramatta Eels great once again.”

It is understood there are now three separate groups that have the signatures required to force an EGM.

Taking control: Former Eels skipper Ray Price (centre) is part of a bid to take control of the club’s Board. Photo: Getty Images


Forget Monopoly, snakes and ladders or Trivial Pursuit, rugby league could soon be the next board game craze coming your way.

League tragic Bob Farrell has been tinkering with a prototype for an NRL board game for almost 20 years and reckons it will be a hit with families. Farrell’s game comes with specially designed dice and incorporates all facets of the game, including scrums, tackles and kicks. The inventor believes his concept is now ready to be commercialised and could even be transferred into a computer game.

“I started working on it in about 1997,” Farrell said. “You move around the board just like you would in a game. You can replay old games, use it as a learning device and it’s great coaching-wise.”

Anyone interested in more information or wanting to help Farrell commercialise his idea can reach him at [email protected]苏州美甲美睫培训学校.

The Greatest Board Game of All: Bob Farrell has perfected his rugby league board game. Photo: Robyn Farrell

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