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Inside the NRL: Sam Burgess avoids ban and Dan Sarginson latest
Last Updated: 20/04/17 1:17pm
Jenna Brooks has the latest from the NRL as Sam Burgess is cleared of a shoulder charge, James Segeyaro suffers an injury that will keep him sidelined until round 12. Plus huge news coming out of the Wests Tigers.
Reports in Australia are saying Kieran Foran is set to leave the Warriors and join the Bulldogs next season. He is expected to sign a three-year deal.
It is believed Foran wants to return to Australia and be closer to his children in Sydney.
It is also understood Tigers captain Aaron Woods will join Foran at Canterbury next year. If this is the case it puts England international and Bulldogs captain James Graham's future with the club at risk.
Newcastle have already been linked with Graham, who insists he's just focused on playing good rugby.
"There's a lot of external stuff and media focusing on next year, but in here we're just focused on this season," said Graham.
"We believe in what we can do this year. Whatever will happen will happen. Honest to God, this group of 30 to 35 players are all in for this year. That's all we can do."
Reports also suggest James Tedesco will leave the Tigers for the Roosters. The club is expected to make the announcement in the coming days.
Sam Burgess has been found not guilty after successfully fighting a two-week ban for a shoulder charge. The South Sydney captain will be available to play Brisbane on Friday.
The incident occurred early in the Rabbitohs' 24-9 defeat to the Bulldogs last weekend.
The England international argued that his tackle on Bulldogs Greg Eastwood was made with his chest, neck and jaw, not his shoulder or upper arm.
Burgess told the NRL judiciary that Eastwood had generated the impact and he was only bracing for contact.
"It clearly wasn't a shoulder charge," said Burgess, "His shoulder is actually in my jaw. It's physically impossible for that to happen if I'm making a shoulder charge."
Meanwhile, Sam's younger brother George was lucky to escape a charge for raising his elbows at Bulldogs prop Aiden Tolman.
Dan Sarginson returned to action in the Titans' 24-22 defeat to Brisbane on Friday. It was his second game of the season after he injured his knee in the opening round this year.
The former Wigan centre played for 66 minutes, made eight tackles and ran for 129 metres, but made two errors in a game in which he was eager to impress England and Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett ahead of next month's Test against Samoa.
"He saw how disappointed I was," said Sarginson. "He put his arm around me and said you've got a long season ahead of you.
"He reassured me that I've been out for so long and it was never going to be a massive performance from me."
The 23-year old has a few more weeks to make an impression.
"Who knows what he (Bennett) will do. He's only been in charge for a year, so it'll be interesting to see who he brings out."
Jarryd Hayne is likely to make his return in the Titans' match against Cronulla on Saturday after spending six weeks on the sidelines with an ankle injury.
Titans Coach Neil Henry admitted his team needed the experience of Hayne back out on the field.
"He's done a bit of running," said Henry.
"The thing will be about getting enough volume into him, but if he's keen to play and gets through a ballpark session and we do a bit of contact, he'll be in the team somewhere."
The Titans have been hit hard with injuries this season but look set to receive a huge boost with a number of players likely to return to take on the premieres.
Dale Copley, Kevin Proctor and Konrad Hurrell have all been named alongside Hayne in the Titans squad.
James Segeyaro will be out of action for up to six weeks after he suffered a broken arm in Cronulla's victory over Melbourne in round six.
Despite sustaining the injury in his first tackle of the game, the former Leeds hooker continued to play on and managed to score the winning try. Segeyaro has already suffered a break to the same arm earlier in his career.
It is hugely disappointing for the Sharks new recruit, who has played in just three games so far this season.