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Cameron Smith. (Getty)
Get used to it. That was the message from Australia skipper Cameron Smith to rugby league fans pining over this weekend's Auckland Nines no-shows.

Luke Burgess. (Getty)
Souths prop Luke Burgess will follow brother Sam out the doo after signing with a two-year deal Manly.

Ben Barba. (Getty)
Wayne Bennett has warned Ben Barba about bringing "baggage" to the All Stars clash.

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Smith launches NRL season in AucklandThe NRL boss may have enjoyed a seamless launch of the 2015 NRL season however the MC appeared to have a "Dave Smith" moment on Thursday night. Roosters serious about Nines assaultThe Roosters say they are serious about claiming the"fun" NRL Nines tournament this weekend after bucking the trend and naming their star halves Qld to host stand-alone rep league roundThe NRL have confirmed Brisbane will host the sole trans-Tasman Test of 2015 while the Gold Coast will stage a Pacific doubleheader. Eels star Hopoate withdraws from NRL NinesParramatta's Will Hopoate has withdrawn from this weekend's NRL Nines in Auckland to receive treatment on a groin strain suffered in training on Wednesday. Tigers prop Lodge in trouble againTigers prop Matt Lodge is the subject of an investigation by the NRL Integrity Unit after being arrested in Kings Cross. Boxing giving Gallen a "cool head"Sharks skipper Paul Gallen says pre-season boxing sessions ahead of his fight against Randall Rayment are mellowing him out. Waldron breaks silence on Storm scandalDisgraced former Melbourne Storm chief executive Brian Waldron has spoken out in a bid to explain how the NRL club's salary cap scandal happened. Johnson to captain Warriors at NinesWarriors coach Andrew McFadden has decided to shield captain Simon Mannering from the NRL Nines tournament in Auckland. Taylor wants Origin fix in 2015Gold Coast giant David Taylor has vowed to keep it simple in a bid to get another Queensland Origin recall in 2015. Auckland Nines won't distract StormVeteran halfback Cooper Cronk says that the Melbourne Storm are content to send a young squad to the Auckland Nines tournament. Queensland league mourning twin tragediesThe sudding passing of two promising young players on Monday has left the Queensland rugby league community reeling in shock. NRL Nines has Manly coach Toovey nervousManly coach Geoff Toovey admits he is nervous about sending Kieran Foran and Daly Cherry-Evans to the NRL Auckland Nines, fearing they could get injured. Lewis out, Graham in as Sharks 9s captainLuke Lewis has withdrawn from Cronulla's NRL Nines campaign due to a knee injury, with Wade Graham replacing him as Sharks skipper McKinnon begins NRL role with KnightsFormer Newcastle forward Alex McKinnon has begun his football-related role with the Knights as he continues his recovery from a spinal injury. No JT in Cowboys' Nines squadJohnathan Thurston has been left out of the Cowboys' squad for the Auckland Nines, with coach Paul Green not willing to risk injury to his star skipper. Titan Sezer quiet on Sea Eagles rumours Gold Coast half Aidan Sezer says he doesn't know of any NRL club being interested in him despite a link to Manly.
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