Sport

Broncos' Stagg welcomes news of Hodges return to game

David Stagg of the Broncos runs with the ball during the round one NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at Suncorp Stadium on March 8, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia.
David Stagg of the Broncos runs with the ball during the round one NRL match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles at Suncorp Stadium on March 8, 2013 in Brisbane, Australia. Bradley Kanaris / Getty Images

NO ONE will be more pleased to see star centre Justin Hodges back for the Broncos in tonight's clash against the Storm than utility David Stagg.

That's despite the fact the return of Hodges means Stagg will revert back to the bench after filling in at centre in last week's 8-0 loss to the Roosters.

"Having someone like Justin Hodges come back into the side, we'll more than welcome him back," Stagg said.

The Broncos go into the match in need of a victory after a less-than-impressive start to the season - a win against St George Illawarra sandwiched between losses to Manly and the Roosters.

Stagg said while the Storm had again shown itself to be the benchmark with three straight, that would be irrelevant come game time.

"There's a bit of history between the two clubs," he said.

"But come this weekend, we won't be focussed on that. It won't matter who we'll be playing. The first few rounds we've been a bit off - we know we can get the job done - it's just a matter of rectifying a few issues."

Storm coach Craig Bellamy has made just one change, leaving out Maurice Blair for Siosaia Vave who returns from suspension.

Topics:  brisbane broncos, justin hodges, melbourne storm, nrl, rugby league



Lismore’s much-loved Jodie McRae passes away

Jodie McRae of Lismore, founded "Jodie's Inspiration after battling a rare form of breast cancer. Photo Marc Stapelberg / The Northern Star

"It is with deep sadness that I inform you of the passing of Jodie"

Firefighters still battling remote Northern Rivers fire

GRASS FIRE: Fire fighters battling fires across the Mackay region as wind increases

Two 'Striker' units patrolling remote back country to monitor blaze

10 things to do this year at the Lismore Show

The Lismore Show, which has been running since 1885, is on this October 20-22.

Start preparing your weekend at the 2016 Lismore Show.

Local Partners

Jason Dundas ready for X Factor debut

The X Factor host Jason Dundas.

NEW season of reality singing show features new host and judges.

What's on the small screen this week

The X Factor judges Adam Lambert, Iggy Azalea and Guy Sebastian.

A WAVE of new shows will launch after the footy finals.

Britney Spears smoked cannabis as a teenager

Britney Spears

Britney Spears experimented with cannabis when she was 17.

Lady Gaga confirms Super Bowl show

Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga to perform in coveted spot

Girls actors give emotional tributes to hit show

Actor Allison Williams

Actors farewell smash hit HBO show Girls after six seasons

Janet Jackson's pregnancy is 'best thing'

Janet Jackson

Janet Jackson can't wait to become a mum

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

Buyers forking out millions

Owners benefiting from undersupplied Northern Rivers market

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.

Sunshine Beach property breaks real estate record

The property overlooks Sunshine Beach, as the backyard lawn meets the sand.

Sunshine Beach mansion sale smashes real estate record

New $33 million development planned for Ballina Shire

The site of a proposed seniors living development at Skennars Head.

Plans include 211 homes, clubhouse and recreational facilities