Dr Ijaz Khan has emerged as the mystery medico who treated Sandor Earl following the winger’s shoulder surgeries. The Canberra flyer was the subject of claims he took peptides to aid his recovery following injuries he suffered while at Penrith in 2011.
Sin Bin can reveal Earl, who recently signed to play rugby union in France, was referred to Injury Care, a private clinic at Cabramatta. It’s understood he was treated by Khan. It is unclear whether he has treated any other NRL players and attempts to contact the doctor were unsuccessful. There is no suggestion of any wrongdoing by Earl or Khan. In a statement released on Friday, Earl said he was ”shocked” by revelations on the Nine Network he had taken peptides at a clinic without the knowledge of the club. News Ltd reported last month that Cronulla was sent a bill for $2764.80 from Injury Care for blood tests allegedly arranged at the clinic.The hunger games
We read, with a mixture of horror and amusement, recent claims that Sam Kasiano is capable of demolishing seven kebabs in a single sitting. We thought the allegations were worthy of investigation and headed to Diane’s Cafe in Belmore, home of the ‘‘Barry Ward special’’ and a favourite haunt of the players. ‘‘Sam is actually one of the healthiest in the club,’’ said Steven Francis, who is a part owner of Diane’s along with father Andrew, and Kiwi international Frank Pritchard. ‘‘He’s always looking for the healthy option, so it upsets you when you read he’s overweight when he’s actually losing weight. His favourite is wholemeal bread with grilled chicken, cheese and avocado, toasted, maybe with some chilli mayo. He might have one after training, otherwise one-and-a-half to two. He’s not as big an eater as everyone makes him out to be.’’ So who is the biggest eater? ‘‘Kris Inu. He puts a few of them in the back pocket.’’Shining example
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When it comes to moving games, there’s a fair chance you could be moving down the ladder as well. South Sydney are the latest team to shift a home game away from home, with Sunday’s clash against the Gold Coast moved to Barlow Park in Cairns. History has shown NRL clubs who have shifted games are less likely to get a win. During the NRL era, which started in 1997, the Rabbitohs have moved 21 games and lost 13 (one draw). During that same period, NRL clubs have shifted 121 games and won only 56 (three draws). There are plenty of compelling reasons to shift matches – the chance to improve the bottom line, sell additional memberships and spread a club’s brand to a new audience. But, as Parramatta will attest when they were walloped by the Titans at Mudgee in round 11, it often goes pear-shaped. The Roosters’ decision to take a game to Darwin last year – the Cowboys put 50 points on them – resulted in a loss from which they took weeks to recover. But there are also plenty of success stories, such as Canterbury’s hugely successful sojourn to Mackay. It will be interesting to see how the Rabbitohs’ ”Rumble in the Reef” plays out.Pioneer
Deborah Healey has made history as the first woman to be appointed to the NSW Rugby League board. The respected solicitor is no stranger to league, first delivering lectures to coaches more than 25 years ago. A specialist in sports law and doping issues, she has acted for individuals and organisations before the Court of Arbitration for Sport. With the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority’s investigations into the NRL in full swing, her appointment is timely.On the mend
Wishing a speedy recovery to Mark Rowan. The respected player manager, who has overseen the career of Roy Asotasi, has undergone triple heart-bypass surgery. After experiencing shortness of breath during his daily walks, he checked himself out – and just in the nick in time. ”The doc said ‘you’re a walking time bomb and at some stage you’re going to drop – and you’re not going to get up.” Thankfully, the operation appears to be a success.Hayne nicks it
Jarryd Hayne has emerged as the man who ”stole” Michael Jennings’s Origin jersey. Jennings sparked Jerseygate when he went public to reveal the keepsake went missing after the opening game. Hayne fessed up as the culprit on Twitter on Saturday: ”found @M_Jennings_03 jersey. Whoops !!! Took the wrong 1 from the game. Sorry roomy.” Hayne was upset about being in the dark regarding the 12 Eels player sackings and it appears he’s still out of the loop at Parramatta. According to the club’s Twitter feed: ”@jarrydhayne_1 will be answering the #blueandgold Q&A at the game tomorrow, so send us your questions for him now!” It was news to the man himself, who responded: ”@TheParraEels is that right. When is jarryd getting told about this ??”SBW twist
There is plenty of gibber on the internet but there is gold in them thar hills as well, if you have a good look. If you’re after the latter, check out Brian Smith’s new website, briansmithspeaks上海夜生活m.au. In one of his columns, the veteran coach predicts we could see Sonny Bill Williams in the No.6 jersey. ”I reckon all footy fans could be in for a treat in round 15,” Smith wrote. ”Not only is it Bulldogs v Roosters homecoming for Sonny Bill but I reckon we might all get to see SBW in a fantastic new role – at five-eighth, with [James] Maloney and [Mitchell] Pearce in Origin. During 2012, when the prospect of SBW joining the Roosters was raised, Peter O’Sullivan [Roosters recruitment manager] and I discussed the possibility of playing SBW at five-eighth … What he can bring to that key position in RL could be ground-breaking … SBW might just get the opportunity to show us what could be – and our brand of footy might change as a result.” Given that Tongan international Samisoni Langi has a shoulder injury, the move is even more likely to come to fruition.
The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Shanghai Night Net.