The Courier-Mail

Don’t miss the Fox League 2021 Season Showcase on Tuesday from noon

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Led by the faces of Fox League Matty Johns and Yvonne Sampson, experts Cooper Cronk, Michael Ennis, Greg Alexander, Gorden Tallis, Braith Anasta and Corey Parker will weigh in on your team’s chances, before the NRL 360’s Paul Kent and Ben Ikin are

joined by Phil “Buzz” Rothfield and Peter Badel for all the latest and

breaking news.

Live and free on couriermai­l.com.au and facebook.com/ couriermai­lsport

Manase Fainu’s ban under the game’s nofault stand down policy has opened up an opportunit­y for rising hooker Jack Birt. The 20-year-old was handed a train-and-trial contract over the preseason and is expected to play in tomorrow’s trial match against the Wests Tigers. Manly

Sea Eagles recruitmen­t manager Scott Fulton believes Birt (pictured) has what it takes to play at the NRL level in season 2021. “It depends on how he goes in these trials and how he progresses with the NRL squad,” Fulton said. “He’s fast, extremely fast out of dummy half, has got a good work ethic in terms of defence and he can read the game well.”

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