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Senior playing groups at footy clubs can be pretty powerful. But it’s never a good idea for them to be too powerful.
The Sydney Roosters have continued their perfect start to the NRL Season and claimed the Ron Coote Cup with a dominant 14-point win over a hapless South Sydney Rabbitohs outfit at ANZ Stadium.
Wayne Bennett has dismissed talk of introducing an 18th man after three NRL clubs were slapped with heavy fines for concussion protocol breaches.
Todd Greenberg, you are freaking kidding, right!?
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They laid down the first stone, now it’s time to rebuild the fortress.
Jason Taumalolo has signed a record-breaking ten-year contract to remain at the North Queensland Cowboys, believed to be worth $10 million.
The Wests Tigers board has contributed to the poor on-field performances which cost coach Jason Taylor his job, according to former NRL player Liam Fulton.
Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson believes Jason Taylor still has a future in the NRL – but it won’t be at Bondi Junction.
Cronulla hooker James Segeyaro has told teammates he is “ready to play” ahead of his first training session with the NRL club on Wednesday.
Penrith winger Peta Hiku admits he was “furious” after a hit from fellow-Kiwis international Russell Packer left with him a fractured eye-socket during the opening round of the NRL season.
The most embarrassing thing about the blood-letting at Wests Tigers has been the description by some people of James Tedesco, Aaron Woods, Mitchell Moses and Luke Brooks as the ‘big four’.
Behold: the sub-pantheon of champions. How it pains to have Darren Lockyer, Peter Sterling and Brett Kenny outside a top-ten list.
Once Aaron Woods told NRL 360 he wouldn’t have any contract talks until the Wests Tigers coaching job was settled, it was the end of the road for Jason Taylor.
Influential skipper Aaron Woods says Jason Taylor’s sacking was a “massive shock” to the Wests Tigers and insists player power wasn’t behind the coach’s downfall.
Ivan Cleary admits he’s interested in coaching the Wests Tigers but is yet to hear from the embattled NRL club.
Kieran Foran looks likely to make his NRL return this weekend, having been named on an extended bench for the New Zealand Warriors.
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Match result: The Sydney Roosters have continued their perfect start to the NRL Season and claimed the Ron Coote Cup with a dominant 14-point win over a hapless South Sydney Rabbitohs outfit at ANZ Stadium.
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From incorrect calls from the bunker, forward passes deciding the outcome, and players failing to be sent from the field, Round 3 was marred by poor refereeing.
It was another week of lean pickings for The Roar’s NRL expert tipping, but with this being the closest start to a competition since 1973, it’s not hard to see why.
Jason Taumalolo is expected to reject the temptation of a career in the NFL and sign a $10 million contract with the Cowboys – one of the richest deal in the league’s history – which would see him locked up until 2027.
The weekend’s match between the Penrith Panthers and Sydney Roosters highlighted the issue must hurting the game of rugby league, and consequently turning fans away.
The beautiful thing about the NRL’s salary cap is that it means if you’re down in the dumps, you can start again, and it’s time the Tigers had a cleanout.
Not since 1973 has every team in Australia’s top rugby league comp achieved at least one win by Round 3, a testament to just how close things are going to be over the next 23 rounds.
The continuation of a long-standing rivalry between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Sydney Roosters will highlight and kick off Round 4 of the 2017 NRL season.
Rugby league survives on opinions – who’s playing well, who’s not, and why. These are the fuel sources for conversations that burn in lunch rooms, offices and work sites along Australia’s east coast.
Only a penalty goal separated the Panthers and Roosters with just eight minutes to play, when Luke Keary scooted across the field, linking up with Latrell Mitchell, who found space out wide. Then came that pass.
In my last article, I talked about the 12 teams which made up the NSWRLFC and their home grounds. As I named the grounds, memories of watching games at them came back.
Here’s a hot tip: it isn’t the Warriors.
Friends, a momentous event is happening before our very eyes. Like a solar eclipse, or the attempted monetisation of a Shane Warne thought bubble, the Crown of Thorns is moving.
Winston Churchill once said: “Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm.”
The NRL season is starting to heat up and after three weeks of competition, we are down to just two undefeated teams with the Melbourne Storm and Sydney Roosters hanging at the top. It was another big weekend of action, with a pair of sin-bins and some upsets headlining proceedings.
Match result: The St George Illawarra Dragons have held on for a win after keeping the Cronulla Sharks scoreless in the first half.
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