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NRL Social: Retirements and fatherhood

It's been a massive week for rugby league, with so many retirements you'd be forgiven if you missed a couple. That's when your trusty NRL social recap comes into play.

Congrats Wade!

Cronulla Sharks co-captain Wade Graham and his fiancee Karianne gave birth to a baby boy, the couple's first, last week.

Graham may be a little sleep deprived, but he's thrilled with the new addition.

"It's been so good, we are loving it. Got them both home from the hospital today so glad to have them settling in at home now," Graham


Say hello son ❤️ William Jacques Graham 06/08/2018 @kalaf18

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That's gotta hurt

Also on the father front, South Sydney powerhouse Sam Burgess had a mishap with his daughter Poppy.

And Wests Tigers back Malakai Watene-Zelezniak wished his beautiful girl a happy fifth birthday.

Baby Bremner

As the NRL edges closer to a new era for women's rugby league, Sammy Bremner shared this adorable photo from when she was a kid.

And in a first for the NRL, mother and son are set to run out for the first time in Auckland with Lorina and Isaiah Papali'i both lining up for the New Zealand Warriors.

What a week for retirements

After playing 313 games for the Melbourne Storm, Billy Slater announced his retirement at the end of the 2018 season.

Naturally, some great tributes followed.


Jason Nightingale also chose to hang up the boots at the end of the season. The last remaining player from the Dragons' 2010 grand final victory over the Sydney Roosters will be hoping for another fairy tale finish.

A Dragons staple who will no doubt be missed by his teammates.

And veteran forward Jacob Lillyman will also call time on his NRL career at the end of the 2018 season.

"I have some many fond memories from every club I've had the pleasure to play for. I was fortunate to represent my state and make some incredible friendships along the way,' Lillyman said.


Congratulations to the Bull! Solid career Jacob Lillyman 👊🏼 #NRL

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Cookie catch-up

After his side got the win over Dale Finucane's Melbourne Storm, South Sydney's Damien Cook made time for a quick catch up and some banter over Instagram.

Mansour in the wars again

Josh Mansour is probably a little too familiar with the Panthers team doctor, but he was all smiles despite splitting his eyebrow open during Sunday's thrilling win over the Raiders.



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