"Matt was determined to get back on the field and played last weekend against the Rabbitohs but following that game the pain in his knee had not subsided. THE Broncos have been dealt a major blow with superstar back-rower David Fifita ruled out for at least another fortnight as an injury crisis threatens to derail Brisbane’s season. Brisbane's season has gone from bad to worse, with news that Broncos captain Matt Lodge has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2020 NRL season.Lodge has been injury-stricken since round seven, complaining of knee soreness, but it seems last week's defeat to South Sydney saw the issue worsen. "The reigning premiers will be without Boyd Cordner for a third week in a row due to concussion-related issues, with Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson opting to rest his skipper for their game against Melbourne Storm.Cordner, who was heavily concussed during their Round 9 clash with Melbourne, suffered another head knock during their captain's run prior to their match with the Warriors. Broncos coach Anthony Seibold is banking on the return of blockbusting back-rower David Fifita to rock the Rabbitohs and keep Brisbane’s fading finals hopes alive on Friday night. "We don't have any excuses, we've just got own it and then deal with the consequences," Lockyer told Ahead of their must-win game against the Canberra Raiders on Saturday, the entire Broncos team including players and coaches gathered at Red Hill last night for a "COVID-regulated" cards, movie and pizza night.Watch the provocative new series Little Birds now on Stan.A new video allegedly featuring the eight men who subjected Penrith’s Brent Naden to racial abuse has been met with disgust. It is believed he will be served with an official breach notice, despite the club releasing a statement, saying no decision had been made. "Our leaders should be professional and set the standard for our game. "ARL Commission chairman Peter V'landys labelled Cleary's comments 'deplorable' and acting NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo echoed V'landys, insisting talk like that would not be tolerated. Brisbane Broncos forward Tevita Pangai Junior has been fined $30,000 and stood down indefinitely for multiple breaches of the NRL's biosecurity protocols. "I will be submitting a formal response to the NRL breach notice I was issued earlier today," Cleary said in a statement issued by the club. I will not be commenting further on this matter until it is finalised.
"He originally injured his knee during the Round 7 match against the Titans, with the initial prognosis not expected to be serious," the statement read. "Subsequently a hairline fracture was discovered in his tibia and this will unfortunately require the rest of the season to heal properly. "The club later confirmed the news in a statement released on their website. Brisbane Broncos front-rower Matt Lodge has been ruled out for the remainder of the 2020 season, after doctors found he had sustained a broken leg. The foundation of our competition is its integrity and Ivan's comments undermined that. Cameron Smith, who has a shoulder injury, and Cameron Munster, who re-injured his knee in Saturday's 41-10 win over the Bulldogs. After missing training on Tuesday, scans this week showed a fracture which will end his year prematurely. Tevita Pangai Jnr could have played his last match in a Broncos shirt Anthony Seibold has taken time off from coaching the Broncos Ivan Cleary could be in hot water for his post-match comments about the officials Boyd Cordner is still suffering concussion-related issues Transfer Talk: Real must bring Bale back into the foldBayern hit eight to decimate Barca and reach CL semisPremier League breaks silence on Newcastle takeoverNRL talking points: Brisbane Broncos turmoil, Paul McGregor's future and Boyd Cordner injury blow Brisbane eliminated Parramatta with a 24-14 win, but fell in the Preliminary Final for the second year in a row, losing 16-12 to the eventual premiers, the Roosters. "I am disappointed that a person in a leadership position within our game has made comments that question the integrity of our officials," Abdo said. "Since that injury, Matt has had multiple scans and a specialist appointment to try to find the cause of continued knee pain, with no definite result.
"Another coach who has spent the best part of 2020 under pressure is Paul McGregor.Reports suggest the St George Illawarra Dragons boss could take charge for the final time this Friday when his team face Parramatta Eels, with the board discussing his position at next Tuesday's board meeting. "While that process runs its course, I wish to clarify it was never my intention to question the integrity of the referees.