Kangaroos star set to miss Four Nations final

Australia's Sam Thaiday suffered a head clash in the win over England.
Australia's Sam Thaiday suffered a head clash in the win over England. Dave Howarth

RUGBY LEAGUE: An accidental head clash has almost certainly ended Sam Thaiday's Four Nations campaign.

The Broncos veteran suffered a suspected fractured eye socket after colliding with England's James Graham in Australia's 38-16 win at the London Stadium.

Thaiday was taken to hospital midway through the second half and is in grave doubt for the tournament's final against New Zealand this weekend.

Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga absolved Canterbury skipper Graham of any blame.

"Unfortunately it will probably put him out of the game next week,” Meninga said of Thaiday. "I think it was accidental.”

Cooper Cronk, who was named man of the match, said Thaiday knew immediately that he had a serious problem and said the injury had taken some of the shine off a comprehensive win.

"He knew about it as soon as it happened and our fingers, toes and every hair follicle is crossed for him that it's a positive scan result,” Cronk said.

"There is no doubt that he will be part of our team in the final whether he's playing or not.”

Topics:  four nations graham

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Snitz sizzles to win qualifier with ease

IN FULL FLIGHT: Brisbane jockey Robbie Fradd streaks clear to win the $150,000 NRRA Country Championships qualifier on board Snitz, trained by Matt Dunn, at Clarence River Jockey Club.

SHORT priced favourite sends everybody home happy.

Ballina Players brings popular military drama to the stage

ON STAGE: John Rado as Colonel Nathan Jessep and Dylan Wheeler as Lt Daniel Kaffee in the Ballina Players production of A Few Good Men.

Tickets are on sale for their new production of A Few Good Men

Triumph of dreams ... it all started with one bike

A CLASSIC: Meerschaum Vale's Col McAndrew with his Triumph 1956 Speed Twin which he will show at the Northern Rivers Classic Motorcycle Club's Show and Shine at Alstonville Plaza on March 18.

Col has six classic bikes; 100 expected at show

Local Partners