Sport News Update, what you need to know.

RUGBY LEAGUE – Loyalty may have played a huge role but Queensland coach Mal Meninga has taken a thinly veiled swipe at wayward NSW halfback Mitchell Pearce by claiming character also helped finalise his State of Origin game one squad.

RUGBY UNION – Wallabies playmaker Quade Cooper is set to miss this year’s Bledisloe Cup and Rugby Championship due to shoulder and hip surgery, Cooper facing a 16-week recovery period.

RUGBY LEAGUE – Manly halfback Daly Cherry-Evans kicked a miraculous field goal with just three seconds left on the clock to clinch a thrilling 15-14 win over Newcastle on Monday night, robbing the gallant Knights of a famous upset at Brookvale Oval.

SOCCER – The worst kept secret in football is out, with Netherlands boss Louis van Gaal named to take over as the new manager of Manchester United, with the now retired Ryan Giggs as his assistant.

AFL – Household names from Richmond, Collingwood, Geelong and Sydney joined thousands of other at the MCG on Monday to farewell one of the AFL’s most iconic figures in Tom Hafey.