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This was captivating television.

Divided over whether the Roosters can be considered a development club, Phil Gould and Paul Gallen engaged in a heated back-and-forth on Nine’s 100% Footy.

The debate was sparked when Gallen pressed Gould on how the Bulldogs would go about developing their own talent under Cameron Ciraldo, who on Sunday was appointed as Canterbury’s head coach on a five-year deal.

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The question prompted Gould to highlight the Roosters’ strong performances in the SG Ball Cup and Jersey Flegg Cup.

“There is no junior league in the eastern suburbs, but the system that was put in there over 25 years ago, about the way they recruit youngsters and bring them through and put them in Roosters DNA … and then they complement that with prized purchases from the outside, which they can do as a club,” Gould said.

“(It’s) served them very well. With no junior league they’re still at the top of every junior-rep and development-pathway competition in the league.”

Gallen bristled.

“They buy those players at 16, 17 years of age … they buy those players, so they don’t develop the talent,” Gallen said.

Gould hit back.

“Yeah, they do,” Gould said.

Gallen: “They buy them at 16 or 17”.

Gould: “Are you saying they’re developed at 16? They’re nowhere near developed at 16”.

Gallen: “They’re developed to a 16-year-old’s standard”.

Gould: “That’s not going to play them NRL”.

Gallen: “It’s a fair head-start”.

Gould: “No it’s not, mate”.

Gallen: “It is”.

Gould: “No it’s not”.

Gallen: “It’s a good head-start”.

Gould: “Well lucky I’m doing this and not you because I’m telling you: that’s nowhere near it, that’s nowhere near it”.

Gallen: “It is a head-start”.

Gould: “No it’s not”.

Gallen: “It is so”.

Gould: “No it’s not, mate. You haven’t done this, Paul. I’ve done this for 27 years”.

Gallen: “You can’t call them a junior — a Roosters junior”.

Gould: “Who called them a junior? Who called them a junior?”.

Gallen: “You just said they are.”

Gould: “No I never. They’re developed players; that’s different to being a junior”.

Gallen: “I’m talking about developing as kids — from the time they’re 12, 13, 14 years old”.

Gould: “That’s not when you’re developing NRL players”.

Gallen: “You’re not, but when you’re buying a 17-year-old who’s been developed from the age of seven years of age, that’s a fair head-start”.

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Gould: “He hasn’t been developed by that age”.

Gallen: “He has been developed to that age”.

Gould: “He has not developed anywhere near what an NRL player’s going to be by that age. That’s the thing. I think you’re badly missing the point. I think you’re badly missing the point, Paul”.

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Gallen reiterated his point.

“My point is you can’t class the Roosters as a development team,” Gallen said.

“Of course you can,” Gould quipped back.

Gallen: “No, I don’t think so”.

Gould: “Of course you can”.

Gallen: “In my opinion you can’t”.

Gould turned attention to the Roosters’ NRL premierships.

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“I’ll go and get the stats for you. Every time they’ve won a premiership there’s been at least a dozen of their players who came to them as teenagers. That’s developing talent,” Gould said.

After the argument detoured to a quarrel about Roosters prodigy Joseph Suaalii, who’s shone on the right wing in the NRL this season, Gould labelled Gallen “naive” and “uneducated”.

“The Roosters are a fantastic club and they do a great job, but I don’t think you can class them as a development club,” Gallen said.

“That’s all I’m saying. They’re a great club, been at the top of the tree for a long time, but I don’t think you can class them as a development club.”

Presenter James Bracey cut in and called for an ad-break.

But there’s every chance Gould and Gallen continued to butt heads off air.

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Read Now: Teen sensation staring down agonising four-year wait – 101 Latest News



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It’s looking increasingly likely that Max Jorgensen will have to wait four more years to make his Rugby World Cup debut.

The 18-year-old has been a star of this year’s Super Rugby Pacific season for the NSW Waratahs, but a knee injury in the second-to-last round ended his campaign early.

After his side’s bruising loss to the Crusaders, scans found Jorgensen had suffered a grade three rupture of his MCL and an ACL strain.

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Speaking on Stan Sport’s Rugby Heaven, former Wallabies stars Tim Horan and Morgan Turinui weighed in on Jorgensen’s prognosis.

“He’s ruptured his medial ligament, so that’s at least eight weeks if there’s no operation there,” said Horan.

“He’s got a strain on his anterior cruciate ligament, that’s going to take some time. That’s at least 10 to 12 weeks.

“I wouldn’t rush Max Jorgensen back, just take his time.”

Turinui downplayed Jorgensen’s chances of contesting the World Cup unless head coach Eddie Jones is happy to take a “sight unseen” approach into the group stages.

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“If a guy like Nathan Gibbs (sports physician) looks after that they’ll get him back pretty quick – 10 weeks is best case possible. As you say, ACL is largely intact,” Turinui explained.

“I don’t think you can take him,” he added when asked if Jorgensen was a chance of making the flight to France.

“Nope. Let him get it right. What is it? June, July, August, it’s the 1st of September, you’re on the plane, you’re not playing the French warm-up game in August, you maybe get picked sight unseen.

“His career is going to be long if we take care of him.”

The loss of Jorgensen is a blow for the Wallabies who had the teenage sensation tipped to be a staple of the backline.

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Horan was with Turinui in calling for a cautious approach to Jorgensen to maximise his longevity.

“Without the knee injury, he would have been on the plane, but now I just don’t think you can take him,” said Horan.

“You can’t rush a kid who’s 18 with a knee injury like that.”

Jorgensen’s Waratahs will host Moana Pasifika in Sydney on Saturday at 7.35pm (AEST).

The Waratahs cannot fall from sixth in the standings and will face one of either the Blues, Brumbies or Hurricanes, pending round 15 results.

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Read Now: On this day in 2014: Frank Lampard announces his Chelsea departure – 101 Latest News



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Frank Lampard announced that he would leave Chelsea after 13 years at the club on this day in 2014.

Speculation had been rife over the England international’s future, with his contract running down in west London, and the former West Ham midfielder confirmed in a statement that he had played his last game for the Blues.

Lampard joined Chelsea in 2001 after six seasons at Upton Park and went on to make 648 appearances and become the club’s all-time top goalscorer with 211 in all competitions.

During his time at Stamford Bridge, Lampard won the Champions League, the Europa League, three Premier League titles, four FA Cups and two League Cups.

“When I arrived at this fantastic club 13 years ago I would never have believed that I would be fortunate enough to play so many games and enjoy sharing in so much success,” Lampard said.

“This club has become part of my life and I have so many people to thank for the opportunity. Firstly, Ken Bates, who put his neck on the line to sign me as a young player and without him I would not have even begun this experience.

“Roman Abramovich, the man who saved our club and took us all to new levels. His desire to push the club to the top of the football world has rubbed off on everyone.

“All the managers and coaches who have helped me develop my game during the time I have been here. I have learnt from every one of them.

“All the brilliant team-mates who I have been lucky enough to train and play alongside for so long. Not just their football qualities but also the friendships I have gained along the way.

“The club will move forward, and as a Chelsea man I have no doubt that with the quality of the players that are there, they will continue with the success that we have all enjoyed over the past seasons.”

Lampard spent the following season with Manchester City and then one campaign with New York City before announcing his retirement as a player.

He subsequently managed Derby, Chelsea and Everton before a second spell at Stamford Bridge on a caretaker basis in 2023.

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Read Now: Aussie flyer's key change in bid to 'lift the ceiling' – 101 Latest News



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In just 40-odd steps, the world’s top male sprinters motor through the 100-metre dash.

Rohan Browning, the fastest man in Australia, has shed light on a key biomechanic change he’s working on in a bid to overhaul his first step.

The 25-year-old from Sydney is honing in on his first stride as he sets his sights on reaching Olympic and world championship finals, winning medals at major championships and cracking the 10-second barrier, even though it’s a mark the “Flying Mullet” considers a “myth”.

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Browning will next test his new-look start at Italy’s Florence Diamond League on Saturday morning (AEST).

“I’ve been rejigging a few different parts of my race, the main one being my start. I’ve changed my start and made it much more efficient. I’ve chopped the length of my first stride and tried to contact the ground a little quicker and am just focusing on accelerating really efficiently,” Browning told Wide World of Sports.

“It’s something I’ve worked on since before the (2021 Tokyo) Olympics, but it’s something that we have made more significant changes to since the (2022 Birmingham) Commonwealth Games.

“It just takes a long time to motor-pattern that and get used to it because your body always reverses to old habits. (It’s about) getting comfortable changing what you’re used to.

“I’ve benefitted a lot from really good biomechanic help through the New South Wales Institute of Sport and Athletics Australia. I’ve been working really closely with Emma Millett, who’s the biomechanist at NSWIS. She’s been such a crucial part of our team.

“We do a lot of video analysis, everything’s pretty high-tech, we use Optojump (an optical measurement system), the Laveg, which is a velocity gun, so everything is really tracked and we make sure to use that data in the most effective way possible.”

The Tokyo Olympics semi-finalist described his revamped start as a “week-to-week thing” and said he was encouraged by his execution at the Australian national championships, held across March and April in Brisbane, when he stormed to gold in 10.02 (0.0 wind).

“I think on the Australian circuit it wasn’t quite clicking, but I knew there was a model that if I could pull it off it would work and would really lift the ceiling of what I’m capable of running,” Browning added.

“I think the national championships was the first sort of glimpse of what that new model is capable of producing. I felt like the national championships was the first time that it sort of clicked and it came together properly.”

Browning will be taking on an incredible field in the Florence Diamond League, which includes the American trio that finished on the podium at the 2022 world championships in Eugene: Fred Kerley, Marvin Bracy-Williams and Trayvon Bromell.

Making up the rest of the field are Jamaican great Yohan Blake, reigning Commonwealth Games champion Ferdinand Omanyala of Kenya, South Africa’s Akani Simbine and Italian Samuele Ceccarelli.

Reigning Olympic gold medallist Marcell Jacobs was set for a mouthwatering duel with Kerley but withdrew this week due to a back injury.

At the Australian national championships, Browning strung together his quickest sequence of 100-metre times at a single meet, clocking 10.18 (+0.4), 10.17 (+0.1) and 10.02 (0.0).

At Yokohama’s Golden Grand Prix on May 21, he posted 10.11 (+1.5) and 10.10 (+0.4). The only man who beat him was Kerley.

The standard is 10.00 for August’s world championships, to be hosted by Budapest, and the 2024 Paris Olympics.

Browning’s legal personal best remains the 10.01 (+0.8) he ran at the Tokyo Olympics, but recent results suggest he’s a great chance of bursting through the 10-second barrier in Europe this year — and maybe even in Florence on Saturday.

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