TL;DR news on Rabbitohs at June 14, 2023

"I ended up getting a contract from the Sydney Roosters but I went through a bit of a tough time there, I struggled to make the side," Taaffe told the Rabbitohs website recently. Kevin "Lummy" Longbottom's name looms largest given the part he played in the Rabbitohs 1967 grand final triumph, when three missed goals belied his booming efforts off the tee across the decade. The Rabbitohs try ruling left Fittler staggered in Nine's commentary. The Rabbitohs have named Blake Taaffe at fullback in place of Mitchell, while Benji Marshall will partner boom rookie Lachlan Ilias in the halves and Peter Mamouzelos replaces Cook at hooker. The Rabbitohs are assured of third place but Penrith can edge Melbourne for the minor premiership if they beat the Eels and the Storm lose to the Sharks, who will secure eighth position with a victory. As the higher ranked team, they don't want to be disadvantaged by having to travel two and a half hours from their Sunshine Coast base to play on the Gold Coast, where the Rabbitohs are staying. Blake Taaffe has been named at fullback for Souths' clash with St George Illawarra on Saturday night, earning first crack at the job with the Rabbitohs resting eight players. If Taaffe impresses the job will almost certainly be his, with Bennett's desire to see how he fits into the Rabbitohs' structure with so many players out. The Daily Telegraph reported in July Cronulla were keeping an eye on Burns, with incoming coach Craig Fitzgibbon looking to potentially add the Rabbitohs centre to his list of new recruits. A far bigger test awaits in the first week of the finals if Bennett opts to keep Taaffe in the No.1 jersey, with Penrith's Nathan Cleary almost certain to pepper the Rabbitohs with bombs.