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Has the penny finally dropped for the NRL when it comes to expansion? Some comments from Rugby League Commission chairman John Grant today would indicate that the governing body of the sport is finally recognising that the sport needs to expand as soon as 2018, when the next television deal...
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This is a list of the most under-rated stars of the NRL. These guys are more important to their side than their profile or pay cheque suggests they are. Mitch Aubusson (Roosters) The everywhere man for the minor premiers – Aubusson has done an admirable job for coach Trent Robinson be it in the...
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It seems like every year at this time we have a big sudden death finals contest ruined by a refereeing howler. That was certainly the case in the Roosters v Bulldogs affair at Allianz Stadium tonight as on-field referee Matt Cecchin and video referee Bernard Sutton somehow conspired to award a...
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With more than half of the players and teams in the NRL officially in off-season mode it is time to hand out the playtheball.co.nz awards for the 2015 season. Enjoy. Player of the Year: Johnathan Thurston (Cowboys) No surprises here – Thurston has been hands-down the best player in the comp...
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I’m not sure what is more embarrassing – the half-filled Sydney stadiums in three of the NRL finals matches across the weekend or the fact chief executive Dave Smith is claiming it a success. The 130,000 fans that turned up to watch the four games live in week 1 of the finals was a record for...
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If the season was to start tomorrow and all players were at full health here is my list of the top 100 players in the game today. 100. Anthony Watmough (Eels) 99. Mitch Rein (Dragons) 98. David Mead (Titans) 97. Pat Richards (Tigers) 96. Dylan Walker (Rabbitohs) 95. Jason Nightingale (Dragons)...
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The phenomenal interest in Jarryd Hayne’s rise through the NFL pre-season and his potential regular season debut has got me thinking. Hayne hasn’t even played a down in anger in the NFL yet Australia is already crying out for more #38 San Francisco 49ers replica shirts. His numbered-shirt is...
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Again this week I hear and read comments about the Warriors being in turmoil and that there is no light at the end of the tunnel for them. Umm, what rock are you living under? The season ends this weekend. The light is shining brightly after that – is there another club in the competition...
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The Wests Tigers are making the right decision in trying to offload Robbie Farah. Their way of publicly handling that situation has been piss poor however. Farah, at the age of 31, is heading towards the twilight of his career. If his 2015 form is anything to go by, he may well have hit the...
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Raiders coach Ricky Stuart has “forgiven” his NRL side for their 28-12 loss to the lowly Gold Coast Titans on Sunday. Why? Because their season had been “stolen” from them by officials last week. What a pathetic excuse for a first grade coach you have turned out to be Ricky. Your team lost last...