Rugby League

New Panthers wrecking ball on verge of NRL debut

New Penrith Panthers prop Viliame Kikau almost can't believe how much his life has changed in such a short space of time. Just under two...

Official: Soward departs Panthers

He was described by Phil Gould as a "marquee" signing when first snapped up by the Penrith Panthers ahead of the 2014 season, but...

Panthers set to soar over Sea Eagles

It’s not often Penrith fans can feel this comfortable. Going into Sunday night’s game against Manly at Pepper Stadium, the result matters little when it...

Panthers enter the twilight zone with early kick-off to match against Knights

In his post-match press conference last week, Anthony Griffin made the very strong point that despite the loss to the Roosters on the scoreboard,...

Strike action looms as player dispute continues

As the ugly pay dispute between the Rugby League Players Association (RLPA) and the NRL rages on, Panthers and Kiwi centre Dean Whare is...

Soward: Humbling experience I’ll never forget

This week I wanted to tell Weekender readers about my past month working with the U17 Minchinbury Jets Junior Rugby League side, who this...

Last stop of marathon road trip

Before a ball was kicked this season, the period between rounds seven and 10 always looked dangerous for the Penrith Panthers. A marathon stint on...

The wonderful world of Waqa

Penrith Panthers centre Waqa Blake has praised senior teammates Peter Wallace and Trent Merrin for helping him become a better, more professional player. After debuting...

Merrin feels right at home at Panthers

In January 2016, Trent Merrin was in unfamiliar territory. Taking part in his first gruelling pre-season in Penrith’s punishing heat, Merrin must have wondered what...

Brothers in arms: The NRL debut that will never be forgotten

It finished in heartbreaking circumstances but Malakai Watene-Zelezniak will never forget his first grade debut. At 25, he had every right to think his dreams...

Panthers look to spoil JT’s party

The Panthers head to Townsville on Saturday afternoon for a rare 3pm kickoff at 1300SMILES Stadium, but if they plan to be smirking by...

Young Panthers look to rise again as trip to Suncorp looms

The real Penrith Panthers have finally stood up – and what a time to do it. All year we’ve seen glimpses of the Panthers we...

Storm warning ahead for Panthers

The last two weeks would have been agonising for Penrith coach Anthony Griffin and his players. When you produce a performance as poor as what...

Original Panther Peckham dies

Wayne Peckham, who played in the inaugural Penrith Panthers first grade side in 1967, has passed away aged 72. Peckham, officially listed as the ninth player...

League player in $50k abortion pay-off

A woman was paid $50,000 to have an abortion after she fell pregnant to Penrith Panthers rugby league star Bryce Cartwright. The 24-year-old Sydney woman...

Soward: NRL lottery delivers surprises

We are 10 rounds into the 2017 NRL season this weekend and I thought for this week’s column, I’d take a look at the...

Latu denies exit rumours

He's been the subject of rumours for the last few weeks, but Panthers interchange forward Leilani Latu has denied he wants out of the...

Griffin earns contract extension at Panthers

Penrith coach Anthony Griffin will be in charge at the club until at least the end of the 2020 season after signing a two-year...

Shark alarm sounds for Panthers

Sometimes, no matter how hard you try or how much effort you put in, you need a bit of luck to go your way. Penrith’s...

Peachey inks new deal with Panthers

The Panthers have continued in their mission to build a dominant squad over the next three seasons with livewire utility Tyrone Peachey re-signing with...

Storm chasers: Panthers look to break AAMI Park hoodoo

If you believe that statistics and history define the likely result of a match, you’d be fearful of what awaits the Panthers against the...

Panthers head for Bathurst looking for fourth straight win

Before a ball was kicked this season many would have expected this Round 14 clash between Penrith and Canberra to be a top four...

Panthers star Wallace ruled out of World Cup

Scotland have been struck a blow with the news that NRL star Peter Wallace is out of the upcoming World Cup through injury. The Penrith...

Moylan brushes off Origin talk

Penrith Panthers captain Matt Moylan has once again hosed down speculation over a possible State of Origin berth to concentrate on this weekend’s all-important...

Panthers prepare for Dog fight

On paper, the last five weeks tells a tale that heavily favours the Panthers’ chances against Canterbury and its brutal forward pack on Sunday...

Panthers coach lands Titans NRL gig

Premiership winning reserve grade coach Garth Brennan has finally secured a role in the NRL, joining the Gold Coast Titans ahead of the 2018...

Tough and determined: Sitaleki Akauola is quickly becoming a fan favourite

Panthers forward Sitaleki Akauola’s distinct running style – where it looks like he’s charging through a brick wall on every carry – has turned...

Soward: Thurston one of game’s best ever

The comparisons between Johnathan Thurston and Andrew Johns will be discussed forever – who was better? The way the pair played the game, their competitiveness,...

Stint in reserve grade a blessing, says Whare

Most players of Dean Whare’s experience kick stones when they are relegated to reserve grade due to poor form but not the former Kiwi...

Hook’s big gamble

If you look hard enough you can see the similarities between Panthers coach Anthony Griffin and country music crooner Kenny Rogers. And this week Griffin...

Mansour suffers serious knee injury

The Panthers have been dealt a huge off-season blow with powerhouse winger Josh Mansour suffering a serious knee injury. Mansour suffered an ACL injury in...

Gould: Panthers had no knowledge of Cartwright deal

Panthers boss Phil Gould has stressed that the club had no knowledge of a reported $50,000 deal between star player Bryce Cartwright and a...

Griffin’s restrained half-time talk helped Panthers secure remarkable win

Panthers interchange forward Tim Browne believes coach Anthony Griffin's calm demeanor at half-time was the catalyst for Penrith's remarkable turnaround against the New Zealand...

Silencing their critics

A fortnight ago I wrote about the frightening prospect that Penrith’s Finals hopes could evaporate in the space of eight days, with clashes against...

Campbell-Gillard called into Kangaroos squad

Penrith Panthers forward Reagan Campbell-Gillard has been called into the Kangaroos squad following the withdrawal today of Andrew Fifita. Fifita informed Kangaroos Coach Mal Meninga...

Merrin plans to keep things simple

Trent Merrin has won a premiership, a State of Origin series and played for his country, but now Penrith’s prized new recruit wants to...

Peter Graham added to Panthers Board

EXCLUSIVE Lifelong Penrith Panthers fan Peter Graham was there in person to watch the club’s very first home game against the Newtown Jets back in...

Panthers return to fan favourite for 2017 jersey

When Panthers asked its fan base what look, design and colours best captured the club’s identity, the response was undeniable. “This is the jersey you...

Soward: Why AAMI Park is a graveyard

There are not many tougher places to play rugby league than down in Melbourne. I never won down there in my whole career. When you play...

Always a Panther: Club legend Bill Ashurst back in town

Panthers legend and former Great Britain international Bill Ashurst is still a massive Penrith man at heart but admits, apart from the lucrative dollars,...