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Sometimes you just have to tip your hat to an opponent. That was the case in Origin III last night. No matter what NSW came up with, even if they were at their absolute best, it wouldn’t have seen them run close to a Queensland side that was simply awesome. The Blues had their chance in game...
The BPI (or Budge Power Index) The NRL ladder is congested and we are now starting the run down the stretch to the playoffs. Who will make it? Who will miss out? The Budge Power Index tries to make sense of it all, factoring in the draw, possible returns to form or drop offs and the like...
How is it that a player be named to play in a fixture only to be withdrawn just prior to kick-off and announce that he’s out of action for a month? That is what happened last night with Panthers winger Josh Mansour. The Kangaroos winger was named in the Penrith side to play South Sydney, put in...
Seriously, how is it possible that Michael Ennis can play game three of this year’s State of Origin series despite being given a one-match ban? Ennis, the Cronulla Sharks hooker, will front the NRL judiciary tonight to try and beat a grade one high tackle charge that will see him suspended for...
Former South Sydney boss Shane Richardson was employed by the NRL earlier this year in a head of strategy role. In the months since he has been working away on a ‘whole of game’ blueprint that will effectively shape the sport moving forward. The blueprint will tackle contentious issues like the...
Chris Sandow ranked the fourth best player of the NRL season? Believe it. According to the Dally M judges he has enjoyed one of the best seasons of any player in the competition. Chris Sandow. The guy Parramatta wants rid of. The guy dumped to reserve grade by coach Brad Arthur earlier this...
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The NRL brass are currently negotiating with broadcasters about the next television deal that will take the game forward from 2017. They better be listening to the growing chorus of voices screaming about not just taking the biggest offer on the table. When the last deal was signed back in...
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The rule that sees mandatory sin-binning of any player that throws a punch is actually bad for the game. It was introduced into the sport two years ago after Paul Gallen laid into Nate Myles in the Origin arena. While I obviously understand and support the NRL’s reasoning for introducing the...