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Dennis breaks world hour cycling record

Written By Unknown on Minggu, 08 Februari 2015 | 23.01

Australian cyclist Rohan Dennis rides during his world hour record attempt in Switzerland. Source: VALERIANO DI DOMENICO / AFP

ADELAIDE'S Rohan Dennis has become the first Australian in history to break cycling's world hour record after his stunning ride in Switzerland overnight.

Just two weeks after winning the opening WorldTour race of the season the Tour Down Under on home soil, the 24-year-old claimed the time-honoured record by covering 52.491km in 209.9 laps around his BMC Racing Team's velodrome in Grenchen.

It took him until the final minute of the hour to surpass the previous benchmark of 51.852km set by Austrian rider Matthias Brandle last October, then he powered home to etch his name into the history books.

Flanked by former teammate and Australian cycling legend Cadel Evans who embraced him after his ride, Dennis joined an honour roll which includes the likes of Eddy Merckx (1972), Chris Boardman (2000) and Jens Voigt (2014) for one of the sport's most prestigious titles.

"I'm pretty tired but really, really proud, and with BMC they made it easy," said Dennis, who hoisted his bike above his head after conquering the record.

"The whole week leading into this after Tour Down Under was stressless, there was no pressure and everything worked perfectly.

Rohan Dennis crosses the line at the Velodrome Suisse. Source: AFP

"There was a lot of pain, I couldn't really enjoy it too much to be honest, I knew it was 208 laps and when I went past 208 it was just go as hard as you can.

"(But) it almost feels too easy, obviously it wasn't, but they (team) made it absolutely perfect.

"(The crowd) was amazing, there would have been a quiet patch, it would have been a bit repetitive after half-an-hour but they really got behind me, especially when they knew it was going to be a record, and I really appreciate everyone coming out and supporting us.

"It's a great event and hopefully that record stands for a little while."

Dennis' triumph came one week after his Olympic silver medal winning teammate from London in 2012, Jack Bobridge, fell 500m short when he paid the price for going too hard too early in his record attempt in Melbourne.

A physically shattered Bobridge later described the experience as the closest he'd ever get to death without dying, but vowed to do it all again along with British superstar Sir Bradley Wiggins who has indicated he will attempt the record possibly later this year.

Dennis last night had no problem with his pacing which was monitored by his coach Neal Henderson from inside the track. He sat comfortably inside the world record after 10 minutes and despite dipping slightly under his own personal schedule, was able to maintain the rage for the entire hour to break the record.

Rohan Dennis poses after breaking the world hour record. Source: AFP

The former swimmer, turned track cycling world champion who has emerged as a future Grand Tour contender on the road, went into the race against the clock aiming to ride 52.5km and got within nine metres of his goal.

Dennis called on his time trialling expertise which last year made him a team time trial world champion with BMC and Commonwealth Games silver medallist to wow an international audience which tuned in to a live broadcast of his ride.

Aside from Dennis and Bobridge, the only other Australian male cyclist known to have attempted the feat was Olympic gold medallist Bradley McGee who rode 50.052km in 1997.

McGee last month told News Corp that at the time he underestimated the toll the hour-record would take on his body and he went into a period of repeat illness which destroyed the rest of his season. But McGee had no doubt that the likes of Dennis would be far better prepared for the demands of the race and the recovery process.

Tour de France champion Evans, who rode with Dennis at the Tour Down Under before retiring on February 1 in Geelong, said he knew Dennis would have a good day when he saw him relaxed before the race started.

Rohan Dennis proudly displays the Australian flag. Source: AFP

"As well as I know Rohan, he's a little bit like me in that we're individuals, we like to be quiet and calm and that's how we get the best out of ourselves," Evans said.

"Today I was really happy I saw him calm but very confident and that is an ideal headspace to be in going in, he can concentrate and get the job done.

"The tips I gave him at Tour Down Under was my experience to pass on to him, now he's in his element here. He's a road rider but with a big track background, he's an Olympic medallist in the team pursuit, he (was) going a little bit wide on the banks but this is his area of expertise and I can't offer him much advice on that."

Dennis will now turn his attention back to the road for the European season and has set his sights on finishing the sport's holy grail, the Tour de France, this year after he debuted in the three-week epic in 2013 but lasted eight days.

WORLD HOUR RECORD

Rohan Dennis, Australia, 52.49km (2015)

Matthias Brandle, Austria, 51.8km (2014)

Jack Bobridge, Australia, 51.3km (2015)

Jens Voigt, Germany, 51.1km (2014)

Ondrej Sosenka, Czechoslovakia, 49.7km (2005)

Chris Boardman, Great Britain, 49.44km (2000)

Eddy Merckx, Belgium, 49.43km (1972)


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Local smarts a huge bonus in race

Steele Von Hoff said he had one of his most enjoyable days on the bike. Source: Sarah Reed / News Corp Australia

THE Herald Sun Tour is done and dusted for 2015.

The final stage on the Mornington Peninsula was an incredible experience with so many people cheering my name all around the 122km course. Local knowledge really helped me out there, I knew where to conserve energy and where to go hard. I think I had one of my most enjoyable days on the bike.

In the end I found myself in the break with 13 guys and mixed emotions on what to do. We had some very good GC options waiting in the bunch, and I could never win a hill top stage agains the company I was keeping. But in the end it was looking like I might have to try! The first two times up the climb was crazy, people were running, my mates were scattered along the road and I was so excited the other guys had to slow me down before I rode away from the break!!

Unfortunately for the break we got caught just at the bottom of the final climb by a perfectly timed ride by the peloton. But regardless it was great fun and I'm glad I slipped up the road to enjoy the atmosphere and make other teams a little tired chasing. Congrats to Pat Bevin (Avanti Racing Team) for the win today, he has a massive future ahead!

It's been a fantastic racing around Victoria this week, John Trevorrow and his team really put together a great course. It's been a pleasure to race it with many highlights along the way.

Each day the course set up the stages for a strong break making it very fast, clean racing with very deserving stage winners each time.

Our newly constructed KordaMentha National Team really bonded well in our first week riding as a team. We managed to get 2 podiums and everyone in the team did a great job making it a true team performance.

The only World Tour team here, Orica really proved their class winning 3 out of the 5 stages over every sort of terrain and Cam Meyer taking GC.

For me it's a race that I always want to be apart of, as there is nothing better than racing on your home training ground like yesterday's stage finishing at Arthur's seat!

Next on the agenda for me will be off to Europe to meet my new British based team — NFTO.

It's been an amazing start to the season with a National Jersey, a World Tour win and solid form. Now I'm looking forward to the fresh start for 2015 with the new team, opportunities and racing a good race calendar.

Thanks for following my journey this week!


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Vixen youngsters grab more court time

Clare McMeniman of the Firebirds (L) battles with Alice Teague-Neeld of the Vixens at Sydney Olympic Park. Source: Mark Evans / News Corp Australia

MELBOURNE Vixens coach Simone McKinnis is confident her team has plenty of improvement ahead after the defending champions dropped their final hit-out of the trans-Tasman pre-season tournament yesterday.

The Vixens finished with a 4-1 record from the three-day summer shootout after losing their final match 49-46 against the NSW Swifts at Sydney Olympic Park.

The loss followed victories over Waikato/Bay of Plenty Magic, the Tactix, Northern Mystics and Queensland Firebirds over the weekend.

After the Vixens' final result, the West Coast Fever emerged as the only undefeated team of the tournament.

The Vixens led the Swifts 18-13 at quarter-time and three goals at half-time, but the injection of Susan Pettitt (Pratley) into the game in the second half helped drive the NSW team.

Regardless, McKinnis was pleased with what she had seen from her team at the tournament and, especially, the exposure she was able to give her young players.

The Vixens gave plenty of court time to rookies Alice Teague-Neeld, Chloe Watson and Emily Mannix at the summer shootout.

"I really am happy. It's a huge experience for the new girls and the younger ones, it's huge exposure and experience for them, which is really important for us,'' McKinnis said.

"I thought across the weekend we did some unreal stuff and at times we struggled in different areas. But in terms of where we're at, we identified what we need to work on.

"I just think that we are going to get better and better, I just feel that. Sometimes when you see the play, you think it's spot on, but I just know that we can get better at it.''

The Vixens will continue the build-up to their season opener against Central Pulse on March 1 at Margaret Court Arena when they head to Wellington next week for two more practice matches against the Pulse. "That's one of the things we need is that practice against New Zealand (style of play), but also it's an opportunity to have that weekend away,'' McKinnis said.

"A weekend away where you have got time to just spend together and really clarify and nail down, this is what we're about, this is what we're doing, this is how we're going to do it.

"So in some ways it's a little bit about a camp for us as well.'' Vixens goal attack Tegan Caldwell was rested from the pre-season event in Sydney as she recovered from an injured ankle, but she expects to be fit to take the court next week in New Zealand.

"It's progressing really well, they're really happy with it, but we obviously didn't want to push it and have issues with it during the season,'' Caldwell said.

"We'll rest it as long as possible, but hopefully I'll be in for Wellington next weekend."

The Swifts have recruited strongly over the off-season, with star defender Julie Corletto and England midcourter Jade Clarke joining their line-up. Vixens captain Bianca Chatfield said she expected the Swifts to be the main threats to her team's title defence this season.

"It's hard to look past the Swifts. They have got a great line-up and so much Diamonds experience in that team,'' Chatfield said.

"I think from an Australian point of view they will be strong, Queensland haven't changed that much either and they have been consistently very good over the last couple of years.

"When you look at the New Zealand teams ... I think Mystics have got a very good line-up.

"If Mystics can get it together, them and Swifts have the best lists on paper.''


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A night in Arizona puts Souths off track

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A NIGHT out in Arizona goes pear-shaped and John Sutton and Luke Burgess find themselves locked up and charged for disorderly behaviour.

Sutton is dumped as captain while Burgess moves on to Manly.

And while Michael Maguire on Sunday night maintained the drunken drama in Arizona, reportedly a bar fight, at the end of a pre-season training camp in November wasn't the only reason Sutton was "replaced" as captain, Rabbitohs fans are today entitled to ask if their team has some dramas they are not admitting to.

Yes, the Rabbitohs have since added two more trophies to their cabinet after taking out the Auckland Nines and retaining the Charity Shield with Saturday night's 12-all draw against the Dragons.

But the thing many believe has separated Souths from most of their rivals since Maguire took charge, as well as having a wonderful footy team, was their outstanding discipline.

On and off the field.

Now that has to be seriously questioned.

For several reasons.

John Sutton and Michael Maguire celebrate the Rabbitohs' drought breaking premiership. Source: News Corp Australia

For weeks Maguire told us there was nothing more to Greg Inglis taking over for 2015 than both Sutton and Maguire deciding it was time for the squad to move forward.

But on Sunday Maguire was finally forced to admit: "There are obviously reasons from a behaviour standard. We have standards in the club and that is definitely a part of it but it is not wholly and solely the reason why.

"John and myself had a lot of discussions right up until Christmas about the leadership and where we wanted to go with it and Sutto was pretty keen to focus really on his footy."

Asked how serious the incident in Arizona was, Maguire said: "I am not going to delve into that. Only because it is something that we dealt with way back when it happened and we are now moving forward.

MYSTERY INCIDENT EXPLAINS BUNNY SHUFFLE

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"That is where I'm going to leave it."

It all started when the Rabbitohs were finishing up their camp in Flagstaff and the boys were cut loose on the town.

And "boys being boys" eventually led to Sutton and Burgess being arrested and charged.

Exactly what happened Maguire won't say.

But you don't get arrested without good reason.

Sutton and Burgess reportedly spent several hours locked up but Souths claim the charges have since been withdrawn, while the players were financially punished.

Again, the amount of the fines weren't disclosed but it is believed to be in the vicinity of several thousand dollars, and the NRL says it is content to let the club hand out the punishment because the charges were "withdrawn".

Luke Burgess will play for Manly this year after he was released by the Rabbitohs. Source: News Corp Australia

Former Souths boss Shane Richardson, who recently took on the position as the NRL's new head of game strategy and development, was unavailable on Sunday night for comment because he is on a fact finding mission in New York.

As well, Sutton has to now live with becoming the first premiership winning captain to ever be dumped for the following season.

Throw in the punishment dished out to centre Kirisome Auva'a who was suspended indefinitely after being found guilty of domestic violence, while young half Cody Walker is also fighting domestic violence charges with his case to be heard in court later this month, and you ask again, are Souths focused on their premiership defence?

Sam Burgess is also gone, and so is Ben Te'o.

Asked if he was concerned that the players had lost some of their focus in the aftermath of their drought breaking premiership success last year, Maguire said: "I think some big lessons were learned through that period (in Arizona)."

Maguire also said it wasn't a cover-up on South Sydney's part that this incident wasn't disclosed before now.

"Everything we did was completely along the lines with the NRL and the process was definitely followed through."

Asked how soon the NRL was notified, Maguire said: "Straight away."

But he admits he was disappointed with what led to all this.

"Anytime players are breaking the things that you set," he continued, "the players themselves are disappointed too.

"It is one of those things that unfortunately we had to go through and as I said the two boys have definitely learnt some lessons."

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Maguire was also certain Burgess' involvement wasn't the reason he left the club to join Manly.

"No. Luke obviously had an opportunity to further his career and longevity and he thought of his family at the time and they are the reasons why he made the decision to move to Manly," Maguire said.

But just how this will ultimately pan out for Sutton, Souths' most capped player, is an open argument.

This year he also has to play a new position in the backrow and fight for two starting jobs with Glenn Stewart, Chris McQueen, Kyle Turner and Jason Clark.

That won't be easy, and neither will facing up to what led to his dumping.

Sutton missed the Charity Shield on Saturday night after having recent surgery to repair a shoulder injury but even as late as last week he was saying losing the captaincy was no big deal.

Asked if co-captaincy with Inglis was an option considered, Sutton said: "Coulda, woulda, shoulda — it was one of those ones.

"This is the way we've gone and I'm happy with the decision. It doesn't bother me one bit. I'm just all about getting the next win for Souths."

That was before Sunday.

Sutton didn't answer his phone on Sunday night.

October 5, 2014

Rabbitohs win their first premiership in 43 years, beating Canterbury 30-6.

November 13, 2014

Centre Kirisome Auva'a suspended until at least round 22 of the 2015 season after pleading guilty to charges of recklessly causing injury and assault.

November 15, 2014

Souths travel to Flagstaff, Arizona, for two-week off-season high-altitude training program.

November 23, 2014

Rising halfback Cody Walker suspended indefinitely while charges of "stalk or intimidate intending to cause fear of physical and mental harm" and "common assault" are heard in court in February following an incident in October.

November 26, 2014

Premiership winger Lote Tuqiri's contract not extended.  

November 30, 2014

While in Arizona, John Sutton and now-former forward Luke Burgess are involved in a late-night incident. Players spent eight hours in jail.

January 20, 2015

Rabbitohs announce John Sutton will be replaced as captain by Greg Inglis. 

January 21, 2015

- Luke Burgess signs with Manly.

- CEO Shane Richardson quits to take up role with the NRL.

- John Lee appointed new CEO.

January 27, 2015

Premiership halves Luke Keary (2016) and Adam Reynolds (2017) sign contract extensions.

February 1, 2015

Rabbitohs win Auckland Nines tournament with 18-14 victory over Cronulla.

February 7, 2015

South Sydney retain Charity Shield after 12-12 draw with St George Illawarra.

February 8, 2015

Rabbitohs say charges were laid and then dropped against Sutton and Burgess in Arizonain November. The club added that both players were disciplined for breaching the club's code of conduct.


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Ryan̢۪s chopper ride gives team edge

Simon Clarke of the Orica GreenEdge team powers towards the finish line. Source: Michael Klein / News Corp Australia

YOU knew the Orica-GreenEDGE cycling team meant business when they arrived at Arthur's Seat by helicopter yesterday while every other team came by car, as usual.

Team owner Gerry Ryan, one of Melbourne's biggest businessmen, does nothing by halves and he knew after the six road-weary riders attended a function for sponsors the previous night the last thing they needed was a three-hour drive to the punishing final stage of an already tough race.

So Ryan drove himself and put the riders in the chopper he normally uses to get around his various home and business bases.

How much it helped is a moot point but by the end of the afternoon Ryan was leading the celebrations after Cameron Meyer won the Tour overall, finishing second in the final stage with teammate Simon Clarke, riding shotgun to help protect his narrow lead, following in third place.

With Meyer having won stage one and the team's new pro Caleb Ewan taking the next two, GreenEDGE naturally won the award for the tour's best team.

That made it a huge week for Ryan, who last Friday night hosted a dinner for 600 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his caravan company Jayco, which is the naming sponsor of the bike race.

Tour Winner Cameron Meyer during the final stage. Source: News Corp Australia

The team's success was no great surprise given it is the only World Tour outfit in the race — the only one in Australia — but they were under pressure after losing their best rider Simon Gerrans to injury and running up a string of minor placings without a major win throughout the six-week summer of cycling.

Now they're up and running and ready for their fourth season in Europe.

Meyer, Ewan and Clarke were the stars of the week but Damien Howson was also prominent and Michael Hepburn and New Zealander Sam Bewley did their fair share of the hard yakka involved in looking after the yellow jersey.

Clarke deserved extra applause for a brave performance yesterday, starting the stage with his left arm and leg bandaged after a painful crash the previous day.

Some wondered whether he would be able to take part but he never considered not doing so, and rode beside Meyer every millimetre of the 122km.

Cameron Meyer with the winner's trophy. Source: News Corp Australia

"I'm not going to say it didn't hurt but unfortunately that's just part of cycling," he said.

"A little lapse of concentration and you can pay a price — but it takes more to knock me out than that.

"It was superficial — I didn't break or tear anything."

Clark won the Tour last year but was denied the chance to soak up the glory when the final stage, also at Arthur's Seat, was cancelled because emergency workers were required elsewhere to deal with fire hazards on a scorching day.

That was disappointing for everyone, none more than tour director John Trevorrow, a triple winner of the race back in the day.

This time he got not only a race but a c racking finish full of possibility right to the line, and a hard-fought, intense and interesting five days of racing overall.

In its 62nd year, Australia's oldest stage race hasn't had many better weeks — or many more delighted winners.

ron.reed@news.com.au

Twitter: @Reedrw


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Ho tips Gilmore, Moore for success

AMERICAN Coco Ho has tipped Steph Gilmore and Carissa Moore as the women to beat as the top female surfers in the world prepare for their first major event of the year.

Ho, the daughter of professional surfer Michael and niece of Hawaiian former world champion Derek, is in Sydney to compete at this week's Australian Open of Surfing at Manly.

The women's field for the event boasts the likes of world champion Gilmore, former champion Moore and fellow top five ranked surfers Tyler Wright, Sally Fitzgibbons and Hawaiian Malia Manuel.

"When it comes to the ones to beat it's always Steph and Carissa,'' said Ho ahead of the nine-event World Surf League (WSL) which kicks off with the Roxy Pro Gold Coast at the end of the month.

Hawaiian Moore, the world champion in 2013 and 2011, is the only woman to have beaten six-time titleholder Gilmore for the world title on the women's tour.

Ho believes the traditional rivalry between Australian and Hawaii surfers will continue this year with Australians currently filling three of the top five places on the rankings in the wake of a memorable 2014.

"It's a friendly rivalry but it really fires us up,'' Ho said yesterday.

While the Australian open is not party of the world surf league, the event is a way for surfers to check out their rivals ahead of the WSL opener.

"It's just great to pull on the jersey and get back into it,'' said Ho.

"You definitely get to see who has been training and who is good to go.''

When the men's competition at the Australian Open begins this week world No. 2 Mick Fanning will face off against the likes of top American talent Kolohe Andino and rising Australian star Mickey Wright.


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SuperTest a huge hit with fans

Garth Tander said the extended weekend was a coup for the drivers. Source: Robert Cianflone / Getty Images

THE NEW look Sydney Motorsport SuperTest proved a success with a record crowd turning up to the season-opening event and leading driver's applauding the new two-day format that included a 25 car Sunday shootout.

Extended from just a day of testing last year, the all new event called the "SuperTest'' concluded with a race weekend like shootout that helped attract a record crowd of 27,223 over the weekend.

With free entry to the track formerly known as Eastern Creek, fans embraced the official start to the V8 season that allowed them to get a close up look at the all-new liveries with a 90 minute grid walk.

Garth Tander said the extended weekend was a coup for the drivers with more time in the cars before the first race of the season at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide.

"I think it all worked really well,'' said the Holden Racing Team driver.

"It is great. Having the shootout really added to the weekend and I think we should chuck out two or three cars to make it even more interesting.

"It is a good idea and great for the people that come out here. It was a really hot day and good we could put on a show for the people that came out to the circuit and also those that watched at home. It was all a bit different and we got to see a lot of blokes in a shootout

that would not normally get a run.

"I think this weekend is good for everyone involved and good practice to get us going for Clipsal in a couple of weeks time.''

A sweltering day in Sydney's West made for difficult conditions with the field struggling to come to terms with a scorching hot track.


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Buzz: Richardson must face the music

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THE NRL's new $700,000 head of strategy Shane Richardson faces questions he covered up a violent off-season incident that led to the arrest of recently sacked Rabbitohs captain John Sutton and Great Britain forward Luke Burgess while on a training camp in Arizona late last year.

The pair were charged by police and the matter was reported to the NRL integrity unit after a reported bar fight during a boozy night out in Phoenix, near the team hotel.

On January 23 I rang Rabbitohs CEO Richardson and specifically asked that there had to be more to Sutton becoming the first premiership-winning captain to be axed than the club has revealed.

He replied: "Not to my knowledge — it was Madge's call."

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A Rabbitohs press release last night revealed the NRL was informed as soon as the incident took place, in the early hours of November 30 on their training camp.

Yesterday, after weeks of saying footballing concerns were the reason behind Sutton losing the captaincy, coach Michael Maguire was finally forced to admit that the Arizona incident was a factor in his demotion.

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"There are obviously reasons from a behaviour standard. We have standards in the club and that is definitely a part of it but it is not wholly and solely the reason why," Maguire told The Daily Telegraph.

Yet Richardson, who will become one of the most powerful officials at the NRL when he officially starts his new role on March 2, suggested he was unaware of any other reasons that contributed to Sutton's axing.

An emotional Shane Richardson announces he's quitting his job at the Rabbitohs. Source: News Corp Australia

Surely the club CEO could not have been kept in the dark on such a serious matter involving the arrest of star players in a foreign country.

This is the second time the Rabbitohs have been publicly questioned about in-house discipline in recent months.

Last year it emerged centre Kirisome Auva'a pleaded guilty to domestic violence but was allowed to continue playing for the entire season.

Confirming Richardson must have known what had happened, a Souths press release issued late yesterday said:

"The Rabbitohs informed the NRL Integrity Unit of the incident straight away and have kept the Integrity Unit informed along the way.

"It related to alleged disorderly behaviour of the two players, who were charged. Charges that were laid have since been withdrawn."

I again questioned Sutton's sacking in The Sunday Telegraph after speaking to Richardson with the following comment.

"Surely there is more to the sacking of John Sutton as South Sydney captain than the Rabbitohs are prepared to tell us.

"No coach would sack a grand final-winning captain unless something had happened. We applaud Greg Inglis' promotion but surely he could have been made co-captain, as Sam Burgess was."

The doubts about Richardson not knowing what happened comes 12 months after the NRL's head of football Todd Greenberg was also accused of a cover-up over a Ben Barba domestic violence incident while he was at the Bulldogs.

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October 5, 2014

Rabbitohs win their first premiership in 43 years, beating Canterbury 30-6.

November 13, 2014

Centre Kirisome Auva'a suspended until at least round 22 of the 2015 season after pleading guilty to charges of recklessly causing injury and assault.

November 15, 2014

Souths travel to Flagstaff, Arizona, for two-week off-season high-altitude training program.

November 23, 2014

Rising halfback Cody Walker suspended indefinitely while charges of "stalk or intimidate intending to cause fear of physical and mental harm" and "common assault" are heard in court in February following an incident in October.

November 26, 2014

Premiership winger Lote Tuqiri's contract not extended.  

November 30, 2014

While in Arizona, John Sutton and now-former forward Luke Burgess are involved in a late-night incident. Players spent eight hours in jail.

January 20, 2015

Rabbitohs announce John Sutton will be replaced as captain by Greg Inglis.

January 21, 2015

— Luke Burgess signs with Manly.

— CEO Shane Richardson quits to take up role with the NRL.

— John Lee appointed new CEO.

January 27, 2015

Premiership halves Luke Keary (2016) and Adam Reynolds (2017) sign contract extensions.

February 1, 2015

Rabbitohs win Auckland Nines tournament with 18-14 victory over Cronulla.

February 7, 2015

South Sydney retain Charity Shield after 12-12 draw with St George Illawarra.

February 8, 2015

Rabbitohs say charges were laid and then dropped against Sutton and Burgess in Arizonain November. The club added that both players were disciplined for breaching the club's code of conduct.


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