General Rugby League / NRL

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A week ago the NRL were trumpeting their new television deal with Channel 9 as a huge win. A week on and it is clear the new television deal isn’t all that it was cracked up to be. The AFL this week announced a massive $2.5b deal that will usurp the total package the NRL will be able to get...
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The NRL has announced a new television deal with Channel 9 to run beyond 2018. Some of the details around that agreement will be terrific for the game. The fact the NRL will take back the right to schedule fixtures in an even manner, rather than allowing Channel 9 to dictate which teams feature...
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Let me start by explaining that I’m completely with the NRL in banning shoulder charges. Too many go wrong and the consequences, as we have sadly seen too closely this year, are not worth debating the issue. Safety of players must be paramount and I applaud the NRL for making the necessary...
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With three rounds to go in the competition I thought I’d examine the possibilities for the team of the year and how many positions could be determined by form over the final three weeks of the regular season. For each position I’ve listed four finalists as such in each position. As I look...
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The Daily Telegraph’s story around the likely plans for the next NRL television rights deal will be encouraging news for most fans. I remain a touch sceptical however. I like the idea of moving Monday night football to Thursday as has been suggested. Mondays should be about fans and supporters...
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With rumours of a major salary cap breach by the North Queensland Cowboys circulating rugby league circles on Tuesday I can’t help thinking the whole salary cap concept needs a major overhaul. I have no idea whether there is any truth to the whispers about potential breaches in Townsville and...
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What is it with Cronulla and the Sharks players that seem to think they don’t need to answer to anyone? Andrew Fifita and twin brother David are accused of threatening a referee at a junior football game over the weekend, which is disgraceful in itself. There appears to be numerous witnesses...
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The Warriors’ worst fears were realised at Mt Smart Stadium tonight with star halfback Shaun Johnson suffering a season-ending injury. As his teammates slumped to a disappointing loss to Manly, it is hard to see how the Warriors will win another game this season with the competition’s most...
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The NRL this week announced, amongst other things, that from next season the sport will use a shot clock to ensure re-starts in play happen without delay. Much has been made about the number of stoppages in the game these days – almost every possible try is sent upstairs for video referee...
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I’ve never quite understood the notion of sports organisations criticising fans for not turning up. Is it my ‘fault’ that I don’t want to pay to go see Madonna perform in New Zealand early next year? Could it be that I’m just not that big a fan if even a fan at all? Could it be that I don’t...