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No more excuses from besieged NRL Tigers

No more excuses. That’s the mantra ex-NSW prop Tim Grant believes the Wests Tigers must adopt, saying his besieged NRL club can no longer claim they are distracted by contract dramas.

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NSW Blues team for State of Origin Game 1, 2017: Expert reaction

The New South Wales Blues have announced their team for Game 1 of the 2017 State of Origin series, and as usual there is a mix of surprises along with the totally anticipated selections.

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The Roar’s Queensland Maroons team for State of Origin 1

Earlier this week, we asked you to pick your Queensland Maroons side for Origin 1, and now, with the results decided, it’s time to reveal the team chosen by The Roar’s readers before Kevin Walters reveals his side on Monday.

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Andrew Fifita to be the next Paul Gallen in Origin

For most of his 24 Origin appearances, Paul Gallen was the NSW spearhead, doing the hard yards in possession.

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The Roar’s NSW Blues team for State of Origin 1

On Monday, we asked you to tell us the team you’d like to see walk out for the Blues in Game 1 this year against Queensland. Now, the results are in, and it’s time to reveal The Roar’s New South Wales squad as chosen by you, before the official team is unveiled on Monday.

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I’m still good enough for Origin: Gallen

Paul Gallen reckons he wouldn’t look out of place in a NSW Origin jersey this year, but insists he has no regrets over his representative retirement.

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Time for Qld to inject new blood: Bennett

Time is running out for Queensland to inject new blood into their ageing forward pack, Wayne Bennett has warned.

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Contenders to pretenders: The Warriors, Panthers, and Raiders assessed

Last weekend marked the first big milestone of the NRL season. By the end of Round 10, it is a 65 per cent chance that the season’s eventual premier is already in the top four.

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Women’s sport weekly wrap: Channel 7 to broadcast Women’s Rugby League World Cup

It’s been a week of firsts this week in women’s sport.

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Meninga wants Boyd not Slater for Maroons

He didn’t deem Billy Slater good enough to reclaim his Australian Test jumper and now Mal Meninga doesn’t believe the superstar fullback is ready for a State of Origin recall either.

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Tyrone Roberts ready for fight to stay fullback

Tyrone Roberts isn’t giving up the Gold Coast No.1 jumper without a fight. Not for Jarryd Hayne, not for anyone.

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Hodges: Daly’s not Cherry ripe yet for Origin

Queensland State of Origin great Justin Hodges says there’s no room in the Maroons line-up yet for polarising playmaker Daly Cherry-Evans.

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Eels face honesty session before Canberra

Determined not to be embarrassed again, Parramatta players engaged in an honesty session this week ahead of Saturday’s NRL clash with Canberra.

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Almost two months on and Brett Kimmorley still only knows “roughly where I’m going” as he continues to grapple with the devastating death of his wife.

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TELL US: Can New South Wales win the series with Pearce in the halves?

It’s the same nagging migraine that the New South Wales selectors suffer this time every year.

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What Lozza should do if he wants to win Origin I

No Robbie Farah, Mitchell Pearce, Dylan Walker, David Klemmer or Shannon Boyd in my NSW team for State of Origin I. Nathan Peats, Matt Moylan, Jarryd Hayne, Paul Vaughan and Jake Trbojevic all in.

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Matt Moylan of the Blues tries to avoid a tackle by Dane Gagai of the Maroons

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James Tamou tackled by Corey Parker

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Tigers player Mitchell Moses

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Tigers player Mitchell Moses

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Josh Morris of the Canterbury Bulldogs

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Laurie Daley Blues press conference (AAP Image/Paul Miller)

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Mitchell Pearce. (Action Photographics, Renee McKay)

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The Roar of the crowd

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Rugby League World Cup 2019 could create cloud Nine

Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) Chair Nigel Wood said this week that a nine-a-side World Cup could be held in 2019.

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New South Wales team of the century 2.0

After naming my updated Queensland State of Origin team of the century last week, it’s time to check out the Blues’ best 18 players since 1980.

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NRL Round 11 predictions (Part 1): Dragons to prevail over Warriors

If Round 10 of the season taught us anything, it was that no lead is safe.

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The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 11

Wasn’t last week fun? On the field, sure – it was a disaster in tipping though. The Roar’s NRL expert tipping is back, aiming for better results before the Origin period begins.

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We all want a close competition, so stop whining about inconsistency

Sport is pretty much about consistency. Being able to make your worst day as near as possible to your best day makes you a daunting proposition for opponents.

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Last chance for Origin hopefuls to impress before series opener

This weekend’s round of matches represent the last chance for hopefuls from both states to impress before Kevin Walters and Laurie Daley name their sides ahead of the State of Origin series opener at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on May 31.

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Tigers merely purr while Dogs lose their growl

If there were two teams that were already looking to 2018, Canterbury and Wests Tigers could be leading candidates.

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Taukeiaho the x-factor in Roosters’ win

By marty beauchamp, 16 May 2017
Taukeiaho the x-factor in Roosters’ win

Form lines are hard to read in the NRL. The evenness of the entire competition leads to successive weekends like those Eels fans have just delighted in – and then endured.

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Fox hunt: Why Daley should turn to Josh Addo-Carr

It’s a cruel, cruel world.

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Were the NRL’s $350,000 concussion fines fair?

By Allistar Twigg, 15 May 2017
Were the NRL’s $350,000 concussion fines fair?

The NRL recently imposed significant fines on three separate NRL clubs who, it said, had breached the game’s head injury rules in Round 3.

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Selecting the NSW Origin side: Six rules to ensure ongoing failure

With Bob Fulton out and Peter Sterling into a chair at the selectors’ table, it is more important than ever NSW don’t forget past lessons which will ensure another State of Origin loss.

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Australia still No.1 in RLIF rankings, Hungary big movers

The RLIF Rankings have been updated following the mid-season tests with Australia retaining their world No.1 ranking following their 30-12 ANZAC test victory over New Zealand.

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Nine talking points from NRL Round 10

By Scott Pryde, 14 May 2017
Nine talking points from NRL Round 10

It’s crazy to think we are ten rounds into the NRL season. Ten whole rounds. That’s 80 games of footy. Origin is around the corner, the ladder is tight and we are still no closer to working out who will make and miss the eight after the highest scoring round this season.

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Sydney Roosters vs Parramatta Eels highlights: NRL live scores, blog

Match result: The Sydney Roosters took a comfortable win over the Parramatta Eels to close out Round 10.

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Newcastle Knights vs Canberra Raiders: NRL live scores, blog

Match result: The Newcastle Knights have won a fantastic game here in Newcastle with a 14 point win over a disappointing Raiders outfit.

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Manly Sea Eagles vs Brisbane Broncos highlights: NRL live scores, blog

Match result: A barrage of second-half tries has elevated the Brisbane Broncos to a 24-14 win over the Manly Sea Eagles at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.

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Bryce Cartwright of the Panthers, (centre), celebrates with team mates

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Jordan Rapana Canberra Raiders NRL Finals 2016

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Blake Green of the Storm

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Rabbitohs and England star Sam Burgess.

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Tariq Sims St George Illawarra Dragons NRL Rugby League 2016

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