Manly player dead after training, NRL 2020 news, Sea Eagles

Tragic details have emerged about the death of Manly Sea Eagles rising star Keith Titmuss as the NRL continues to mourn the heartbreaking news.

Titmuss tragically passed away on Monday, aged 20.

The Sea Eagles revealed Titmuss took ill after a 90-minute training session in Narrabeen on Sydney’s northern beaches, and was transported by ambulance to Northern Beaches Hospital. According to reports, he was conscious when leaving the session in the ambulance.

He was then transferred to Royal North Shore Hospital, where he passed away soon after.

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Titmuss was among the players who returned for the first day of pre-season training on Monday and was reportedly showing no signs of ill-health when the fitness session ended.

He is reported to have started feeling ill as the team finished training with a series of stretches and alerted staff he was experiencing severe cramps and fatigue.

More tragic details emerged on Monday with reports Titmuss collapsed shortly after he began to feel unwell.

“He finished the session fine. They started doing some stretches afterwards and he started complaining of some pretty severe cramps,” reporter Adam Pengilly told Sky Sports Radio.

“And then shortly after he collapsed. They had an ambulance come to Narrabeen quickly after that.

“This is the strange thing for me, after he left Narrabeen he sort of regained consciousness and he was lucid to some extent. And unfortunately the situation deteriorated quite rapidly once he got to hospital. And it’s just a tragic, tragic story.”

He said the cause of death is still unknown.

“Basically no one knows what the cause of this. I spoke to a couple of people yesterday and basically Manly were doing a none contact conditioning session yesterday, a fitness session that lasted about 90 minutes to two hours.

“A lot more will come to light in coming days and coming months.”

Titmuss’ death has shocked the NRL, with Manly players called into a meeting on Monday afternoon to be told of the tragic news.

Channel 9 reporter Danny Weidler also told The Big Sports Breakfast the cause of death is not known.

“I don’t know exactly what happened, nobody does at the moment,” he said.

“But going forward it’s difficult for everyone to handle and it’s difficult for the team environment, but more importantly for the family.”

Titmuss was a member of Manly’s senior squad for the 2021 season, but had not yet made his NRL debut. He was named the club’s Jersey Flegg Cup players’ player in 2019.

Manly described Titmuss as “very promising young forward who had come through the Sea Eagles junior representative teams as a teenager”.

He was first signed by the club when he was aged 14 and was a popular figure in his six years coming through the development program.

“We are all devastated by this news,’’ Manly coach Des Hasler said.

“Keith was a very popular character amongst the playing group. He will be sorely missed but never forgotten by the Sea Eagles.”

Club chief executive Stephen Humphreys said the Sea Eagles were unaware of any underlying medical conditions.

He told The Sydney Morning Herald: “We are also without answers about what has happened.

“I wasn’t present when it happened, but I am on my way to the hospital, Des is there now, so we might find out more then.”

He said in a club statement: “Our club sends its deepest condolences to Keith’s family and friends and will provide them with all of the support they need during this difficult period.

“We are working with the NRL’s wellbeing team to offer support and counselling to our playing group and staff.”

The NRL has confirmed the game will do its best to support the Titmuss family.

“The game has lost a promising young player with the world at his feet,” NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo said in a statement.

“Keith had made it into Manly’s top 30 for the 2021 season after coming through the club’s junior ranks.

“We will make sure Keith’s family, the club and our players receive every support they need from the game.

“We are one family and today we have lost a member of that family. On behalf of the Commission and the game I send my deepest condolences to Keith’s family.”

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Manly Sea Eagles forward Keith Titmuss passed club medical protocols before training death

The Sea Eagles have been assisting the police as they prepare a report for the coroner.

“It’s a tragic event that has saddened everyone,” Manly chief executive Stephen Humphreys said. “The family and the club have been overwhelmed with messages of condolence and support, and I know the family really appreciate that outpouring of support.

Titmuss finished a 90-minute training session on Monday morning, before collapsing during a stretching session around midday with the squad.Credit:NRL Photos

“We’re hoping the medical review that’s happening will provide some answers to the questions the family and the club have. We’ll do our best in the coming days to pay tribute to Keith and then manage the challenge of returning to training and preparing the team for the year ahead.”

Titmuss complained of suffering cramps following the training session. He was transported by ambulance to nearby Northern Beaches Hospital before being transferred to Royal North Shore Hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

“SafeWork has not been notified that the incident was work related,” said a spokesperson for SafeWork NSW. “SafeWork will continue to monitor the situation as it progresses.”

Tributes flowed in from Titmuss’ closest footballing friends on Tuesday. Sea Eagles teammate Josh Schuster posted on Instagram: “My brother, my Uso, my day1 and my best mate.

Keith Titmuss scores the match-winning try in the under-20s grand final in 2017.

Keith Titmuss scores the match-winning try in the under-20s grand final in 2017. Credit:NRL Photos

“I don’t know how to put into words how broken I am. You were my best mate since primary school, all the laughs, all the jokes, all the time you used to bully me in tackle footy … and your kindness and respect towards people.

“I’m going to miss you my brother, I’m going to look after your family my Uso I promise you.”

Bulldogs player Matthew Doorey, another friend from their junior league days, posted: “You were my best mate, someone I could rely on if ever I needed to chat and someone who was always there for me.


“We were tight from a young age and and I shared the best memories of my life growing up with you Keith … I will always be there for your family. I love and miss you so much.”

Another tribute came from Dragons winger Jason Saab, who added: “You were so deserving of your dreams and I promise to live them out for you.”

Channel Nine commentator and premiership-winning skipper Paul Gallen summed up the feelings of everyone in the league community and said he was thinking of the Titmuss family.

“I was shocked when I heard,” Gallen said. “Not just the whole rugby league community [is in mourning], but everyone, the sporting community and the community in general.

“For a young kid to go to training – you train your backside off to live your dream – and for that to happen, it’s shocking.

“It’s a terrible situation for the family and my deepest condolences to them and to the Manly club, to the sport, to everyone. It’s so sad.”

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Cricket Australia vs India, ODI series, Test matches: Steve Smith confident after Sydney training

Steve Smith cracked a big smile after a net session this week declaring he “found a little something” that could turn his batting around after a surprisingly lean IPL.

The batting dynamo conceded he was “disappointed” with his return for the Rajasthan Royals, which was 311 runs, with three 50s, in 14 games as his team missed the finals.

The early finish has left Smith without a game of cricket for a month, a long time for someone who craves batting like he does.

But Smith has taken advantage of the smaller Australian training groups in quarantine in Sydney, spent more time in the nets and said he had “found my hands”, a signal that he has unlocked the secret to his best form just in time for Friday’s opening ODI against India.

“I was pretty disappointed with my batting throughout the IPL. I wasn’t consistent enough,” Smith said on Tuesday.

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Young Manly forward Keith Titmuss, 20, dies at training

Titmuss was said to be conscious when he left the session in the ambulance. He was transported to Northern Beaches Hospital but later took a turn for the worse and was transferred to Royal North Shore Hospital, where he died.

Manly chief executive Stephen Humphreys said the club was “in shock” and unaware of any underlying medical conditions that may have contributed to the player’s death.

“We are also without answers about what has happened,” he said. “I wasn’t present when it happened, but I am on my way to the hospital, Des [Hasler, Sea Eagles coach] is there now, so we might find out more then.”

Hasler said the club was “devastated”.

“Keith was a very popular character among the playing group,” he said. “He will be sorely missed but never forgotten by the Sea Eagles.”

Manly informed players who were present at the session, including Daly Cherry-Evans, Jake and Tom Trbojevic, via a meeting on Monday afternoon.

Titmuss finished a 90-minute training session on Monday morning, before collapsing during a stretching session around midday with the squad.Credit:NRL Photos

NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo said the game would offer counselling to the club and his teammates.

“This is a tragic day for rugby league,” he said.

“The game has lost a promising young player with the world at his feet. Keith had made it into Manly’s Top 30 for the 2021 season after coming through the club’s junior ranks.”

Abdo said the NRL would make sure Titmuss’ family had “every support” they required from the governing body.

“We are one family and today we have lost a member of that family. On behalf of the commission and the game, I send my deepest condolences to Keith’s family.”

Abdo said NRL wellbeing staff were at the club on Monday afternoon and had arranged grief counselling.

Titmuss scored the match-winning try for the Sea Eagles in the 2017 NYC grand final and was named the Manly Jersey Flegg Cup Players’ Player in 2019.

He came through the Sea Eagles junior representative teams as a teenager and had been included in Manly’s senior squad for 2021.

It is not the first time Manly have experienced a serious health incident during pre-season training.

In 2018, forward Lloyd Perrett revealed he suffered a seizure and heatstroke after collapsing at a training session.

Perrett, 23, sparked serious concerns for the club in January of that year after collapsing twice during two-kilometre time trials, due to suspected heat exhaustion.


“I woke up thinking what happened? I’m about to die. I had no understanding of what had gone on,” he told

The young forward was rushed to hospital, and said he thought he “must be dying” upon regaining consciousness.

Earlier this year, the NRL world was left reeling over news Boyd Cordner’s cousin, 19-year-old Joel Dark, had passed away after a head knock in a rugby league game on September 6.

The youngster was playing in his first-grade debut for the Central Newcastle club when the accident occurred. Dark suffered a seizure on the field. More than $100,000 was raised in just five days via a GoFundMe page for the teenager’s family.

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NRL news: Keith Titmuss, Manly Sea Eagles player dies at training

The rugby league world is in shock after a young player died suddenly following Manly training on Monday.

The Sea Eagles said 20-year-old Keith Titmuss passed away at Royal North Shore hospital after becoming ill while training at Narrabeen.

He was taken by ambulance from the training centre to nearby Northern Beaches Hospital and then transferred to Royal North Shore where he died.

He was a member of the club’s full-time NRL squad but had not yet made his NRL debut.

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He was a junior star and scored the winning try for Manly in the 2017 NYC grand final, and he was named the club’s Jersey Flegg Cup players’ player in 2019.

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Aussie star Nick Kyrgios planning all-star training camp ahead of Australian Open campaign

Nick Kyrgios is preparing to host a number of Aussie stars as part of a month-long camp in Canberra to help them prepare for the summer of tennis.

Kyrgios will extend invites to Thanasi Kokkinakis, Jordan Thompson and basically anyone else who wants some much needed game-like practise before the Australian Open.

“When they feel comfortable to travel again, I’ll be trying to get them down here (to Canberra),” said Kyrgios, who helped launch the new PlayStation 5 this week.


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“In the next week or two I’ll be putting out the message and seeing how they are feeling. You don’t want to force it on them.

“It’s people who are willing to come here and have a hit and bring that level day in day out for a month. I’m going to most likely get a bunch of people here for sure. I’m going to try and get a little training block and create that camp environment where you can create that energy of the Australian summer

“We’re going to try that bring that level immediately. It would be a good hit out before the Australian summer.”

The world No. 45 is also preparing to enter a bubble to play in January. Just exactly what sort of restrictions the players will be under is yet to be determined but Kyrgios said he was willing to commit to ensure the tournament goes ahead and the safety of players is maintained.

“I’ll be good (in a bubble),” Kyrgios said.

“I’m feeling fresh. My level is right where I want it to be. I’ve got a lot of time before then anyway. I’m looking forward it.

“I’m looking to play and preparing for the Aussie summer – that’s where it will start. Depending on what they do with the bubble. We will see how that goes but that’s what I’m preparing for.

“(Tournament organisers) haven’t picked my brain really yet. I’m assuming they will pretty much have some guidelines (including) how many guests they allow for each team there. At this stage I have faith they will do it right. They will be more cautious than not.”

Kyrgios has also backed Tennis Australia’s proposal to extend the summer deep into mid-February. With some uncertainty still around the Australian Open, if players arrive in Australia Kyrgios is keen to see more tournaments played.

“It’s an awesome plan and great initiative to have a couple of tournaments in case people fly from overseas where they’ve been dealing with so much stress,” Kyrgios said

“To have a couple of tournaments that people can lock in for an amount of time (is great) so they feel safe.

“I wouldn’t say I miss (tennis) completely but I’ve been playing and practising a lot. I’m ready to play again. With COVID I just don’t think some of our best players have handled it well and how they went about the whole thing. I feel comfortable now playing. I feel like I’ve seen an improvement.”

Aside from training, Kyrgios has also spent a “truckload” of time playing Call of Duty (COD) on the new PlayStation.

“It’s a lot of fun,” Kyrgios said. “I train and play as much and COD as I can.”

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Dani Ceballos and David Luiz: Leaked training incident angers Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta

Dani Ceballos and David Luiz have been Arsenal team-mates since 2019

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says there will be “consequences” for the source who leaked a story about an incident between Dani Ceballos and David Luiz.

Arteta described the confrontation as “nothing” and was more concerned about it becoming public knowledge.

He said: “I don’t like the fact that that incident comes out at all.”

The Spaniard added: “I will find out where it is coming from and if that is the case, that goes completely against what I expect from each other, the privacy and the confidentiality that we need, and there will be consequences.”

Asked to explain his version of events, Arteta said: “Training is very competitive and issues happen a lot of times. Those things get resolved immediately within the team and there is not much to say.

“There is no problem at all.”

After the story broke on Thursday, Spain midfielder Ceballos, on a second season-long loan from Real Madrid, took to social media to deny the reports – retweeting the article below the word: “FAKE.”

It is not the first time the 24-year-old has been in a disagreement with a Gunners team-mate that has gone public.

On 12 September, he was caught on camera in a dispute with fellow substitute Eddie Nketiah as they warmed up before Arsenal’s 3-0 Premier League win at Fulham.

Brazilian Luiz, 33, joined Arsenal from Chelsea in August 2019.

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Jason Saab a no-show at St George Illawarra Dragons training as he deals with personal issues

Saab, who lives in the western Sydney suburb of Greystanes, has told the club he is struggling with the commute from his family home to Wollongong each day. The Dragons have been told the ordeal surrounding his future has impacted on his wellbeing.

The Dragons understand his predicament and had been willing to release him to a western Sydney club that would absolve him of the problem he now finds himself in.

The Dragons winger could be in Manly colours in 2021.Credit:Anna Warr

However, St George Illawarra officials are privately bemused by the situation that has unfolded given that the commute required from Greystanes to Manly’s training base in Narrabeen is similar, if not more time-consuming, than the trip to Wollongong.

While Wollongong is almost double the distance from Greystanes than Narrabeen, the commute from Greystanes to the northern beaches often takes up to two hours in morning traffic, while Wollongong is about an hour and 20 minutes drive.

The Dragons are refusing to budge until they get an outcome that suits their roster, ending a recent attempt at a swap deal for Manly’s Reuben Garrick.

The Dragons have turned their attention to a player at another club, potentially in another position, and could be closing in on a deal that would free Saab to join Des Hasler at the Sea Eagles.

Josh Aloiai is looking for the exit doors.

Josh Aloiai is looking for the exit doors.Credit:NRL Photos

Fed-up Wests Tigers chief executive Justin Pascoe has called a meeting with NRL officials to discuss the role of managers in the game, having been frustrated by recent negotiations involving Josh Addo-Carr, who is also managed by Tartak, and Aloiai.

ARLC chairman Peter V’landys told The Herald in August that the NRL would be looking into the current system, which allows players to walk out on contracts to receive more money elsewhere.

The Commission is expected to be presented with a proposal from NRL salary cap auditor and chief financial officer Richard Gardham over the off-season that will address one of the biggest blights on the game.

The NRL is considering banning clubs from offering more money than the players stand to earn in their existing contracts.

“There will be a complete review in the off season,” V’landys said. “I can assure you we will be addressing the frustrations of the fans.”

In other transfer news:

  • The Parramatta Eels have told Blake Ferguson he will not be at the club beyond the end of next season, opting against extending the contract of the former NSW winger. The Eels aren’t actively forcing Ferguson out of the club, but nor would they stand in his way should he land an extended deal at a rival club, opening the door for a potential play at Josh Mansour.
  • The Wests Tigers are willing to offer Mansour, who has been told he won’t start next year in first grade, a contract for 2021 and 2022. The winger is holding out for another year on top.
  • The Bulldogs’ hopes of Penrith releasing Matt Burton in 2021 appear slim. The Panthers are making plans to play Burton at centre next year pending Brent Naden’s rehabilitation from alcohol-related issues. Canterbury are one of several teams, including Cronulla and Melbourne, hopeful of finding out Burton’s long-term future within the next week.
  • The Wests Tigers are considering offering James Roberts a one-year deal on $150,000 with strict conditions, similar to the one-strike agreement he had with South Sydney.
  • The Eels have receeived approval from the NRL Integrity Unit to sign Bryce Cartwright. The NRL wanted to make sure everything was above board with his departure from the Titans before the Eels could announce the $130,000 deal.
  • Stephen Crichton will meet with the Panthers in the next few weeks to discuss the fallout from the handshake agreement gone wrong. Crichton’s manager will argue he is worth more than the $1.5 million, three-year deal that was agreed upon mid-season. He is expected to remain at Penrith but on a more lucrative deal.


  • Josh Aloiai has been ordered back to training on November 30 despite mocking club chairman Lee Hagipantelis. The Tigers won’t release him until there is an advantageous outcome for the club.
  • Penrith fullback Daine Laurie has agreed to a two-year deal with the Wests Tigers from 2022. His manager, Matt Desira, is expected to request an early release to play first grade with the Tigers in 2021.

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Is it time for the AFL to take the “training wheels” of future draft pick trading?

This week in the NBA we have seen trades flying left and right featuring future first round picks.

The New Orleans Pelicans received a huge package of picks for guard Jrue Holiday, who was moved to the Milwaukee Bucks.

Part of that package included selections in the 2024, 2025, 2026 and 2027 NBA drafts.

The idea of trading something seven years in the future is foreign to the AFL, with the movement of future picks currently limited to just the one year in advance.

The trade period has just closed and it goes without saying that greater flexibility to exchange draft selections beyond 2021 would have helped accelerate some of the bigger deals.

Veteran AFL opposition analyst and strategy coach Rob Harding believes the time has come for the league to allow teams the ability to trade picks beyond the one-year limit.

“This is a changing landscape and you talk about the NBA and the future picks that get traded there, I’d like to see in the long-term us do the same thing and open up the range of picks available to be swapped,” Harding told SEN’s Bob and Andy.

“It would allow for a bit more movement and a bit more creativity and then potentially you can have a crack in one year, but also look to make some trades for future years and balance it out a little bit more.”

Playing devil’s advocate, Andy Maher stated why he thinks the AFL would be concerned about such trade freedom.

“I feel like the AFL doesn’t trust clubs not to mismanage this. If they do open it up, I think the fear is some clubs will make some mistakes that could prove catastrophic and they want to guard against that,” Maher said.

However, Harding believes the AFL should trust its 18 teams and also feels the league should not get in the way of their list management decisions.

“It’s not a concern I have. I understand it from the AFL’s perspective, but it’s not up to the AFL to manipulate how club’s manage their lists and do their list management,” he said.

“I’m up for allowing the clubs plenty of freedom and letting them live or die by their decisions.”

Former Western Bulldogs captain Bob Murphy believes AFL teams would not abuse their greater freedoms.

“Don’t you think AFL footy tends to be a bit more cautious with the sort of stuff? With trading and drafting, it seems more conservative and it is the team who goes bold who is successful, then that lifts the watermark for everyone else,” Murphy said.

“So I’m not sure we need these training wheels on the trades and the picks.”

NBA teams have mortgaged their futures in the past by trading future picks.

The most infamous trade of this type saw the Brooklyn Nets acquire ageing stars Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Jason Terry from the Boston Celtics in exchange for three future first round picks.

The Nets’ roster quickly fell apart in the ensuing years, handing the Celtics draft capital they would use to land Jayson Tatum and Jaylen Brown, who are now the cornerstones of the franchise. They used the third pick to trade for superstar point guard Kyrie Irving.

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AFL 2020: Charlie Curnow injury news, Carlton injury list, when will Charlie Curnow play again, knee injury, surgery, training dates

Carlton forward Charlie Curnow’s latest knee setback could add up to two months to his initial recovery schedule.

Curnow underwent surgery last week to address a stress injury to his right patella, as knee injuries continue to hinder his ability to play at the elite level. has confirmed the 23-year-old is still set to return to the club to train in January, but skills-based work will be delayed as the Blues take a cautious route with the prodigious talent.

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