NRL news, South Sydney swoop on Jacob Host and Taane Milne

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The South Sydney Rabbitohs have confirmed the signings of Jacob Host and Taane Milne following the side’s season-ending finals loss to the Panthers.

Host, who has played 51 games for the Red V since making his debut in 2016 has signed to a three-year deal with the Rabbitohs after he wasn’t offered a new contract by the joint venture for 2021.

That move will see Host remain at Redfern until at least the end of 2023. The 24-year-old second-rower is a former City Origin, Junior Kangaroos and New South Wales under-18s representative, while he was part of Rabbitohs assistant coach Jason Demetriou’s Illawarra Cutters side that claimed the 2016 NSW Cup.

Meanwhile, another former Dragon, Milne will also find himself in Redfern from next season after signing a two-year deal to make the move away from the Warriors.

The Fijian international has represented Fiji in Test matches, played for Fiji at the World Cup Nines in 2019, represented the Junior Kiwis for two years as well as the Australian Schoolboys Rugby Union team in 2013.

“We’re really looking forward to Jacob and Taane joining us next season,” Rabbitohs head of football Mark Ellison said.

“Jacob comes highly recommended by JD (Demetriou) and he has been on our radar for a number of seasons.

“He has performed strongly for the Dragons in the opportunities he’s been given and we’re looking forward to him pushing for a spot in our top 17 on a weekly basis.

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“Taane has had limited opportunities to impress in the NRL, but when he has been given a shot, he has shown he has what it takes to perform consistently well at the top level.

“We’re looking forward to having them join our squad.”