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Mal steps down from coaching to phone every Kangaroo overlooked for selection

Mal Meninga has resigned as Kangaroos coach to concentrate on personally informing every human omitted from his World Cup squad.

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Origin rep Lillyman signs with Newcastle Knights

Newcastle have taken another step in their NRL rebuild, signing veteran prop Jacob Lillyman on a one-year deal.

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Tonga odds shorten with prize NRL recruits

Jason Taumalolo and Andrew Fifita’s decision to turn their backs on New Zealand and Australia to play for Tonga in this year’s World Cup has delighted teammate Will Hopoate.

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The statistical review: NRL season 2017

The Melbourne Storm’s emphatic win over the North Queensland Cowboys brought NRL season 2017 to a finish and gained them the season’s greatest award: the premiership.

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Fifita quits Kangaroos for Tonga at RLWC

Andrew Fifita has turned his back on Australia for the rugby league World Cup, joining New Zealand star Jason Taumalolo in defecting to Tonga.

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How does Josh Dugan keep getting selected?

When Australian rugby league coach Mal Meninga named his 24-man squad for the World Cup, there again was Josh Dugan.

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Bad to worse for Kiwis after Taumalolo snub

Rugby league powerhouse Jason Taumalolo has officially turned his back on New Zealand to play for Tonga in this year’s World Cup campaign, sending shockwaves through a beleaguered Kiwis camp.

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Kiwis to favour Tonga for RLWC: report

Barnstorming North Queensland Cowboys forward Jason Taumalolo is reportedly just one out of a host of New Zealand internationals who will play for Tonga in the Rugby League World Cup.

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No Taumalolo and Harris for Kiwis: reports

The Kiwis have gone to ground in the face of widespread media reports that forward pairing Jason Taumalolo and Tohu Harris will make themselves unavailable for Rugby League World Cup selection.

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Big Mal’s even bigger stuff up

Sam Thaiday has every right to be upset he didn’t receive a phone call from Australia coach Mal Meninga to tell him he’d missed out on the squad for the World Cup.

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Meninga apologises to dumped Thaiday

Mal Meninga has apologised profusely to jettisoned forward Sam Thaiday following the former representative’s attack on the Kangaroos coach on Tuesday.

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Billy Slater to play on for Storm in 2018

Veteran Melbourne NRL fullback Billy Slater has confirmed he will play on in 2018.

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The Melbourne Storm are great, not boring

The Melbourne Storm ran roughshod over the North Queensland Cowboys in Sunday night’s NRL grand final, capping off a season of absolute dominance with an exclamation mark.

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Craig Bellamy is Melbourne Storm’s greatest legend of all

Amidst all of the deserved fanfare of the massive roles Cam Smith, Cooper Cronk and Billy Slater have played, there was not nearly enough recognition for mine of the key person who made it all happen: Craig Bellamy.

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Kangaroos squad officially named for league world cup

Melbourne bolter Felise Kaufusi has been confirmed as one of seven Storm players named in Australia’s 24-man squad for the upcoming Rugby League World Cup.

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Kangaroos team leaked for rugby league’s world cup

The finals form of Melbourne forwards Felise Kaufusi and Jordan McLean has reportedly caught the eye of Australian selectors with their names expected to be read out in the 24-man squad for the World Cup starting later this month.

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Billy Slater Melbourne Storm NRL Rugby League Grand Final 2017

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Cameron Smith NRL Rugby League Melbourne Storm Grand Final 2017

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Cameron Smith Melbourne Storm NRL Rugby League Grand Final 2017

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Cameron Smith NRL Rugby League Melbourne Storm Grand Final 2017

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Melbourne Storm NRL Rugby League Grand Final 2017

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South Sydney Rabbitohs 2017 season review

By Eddie Otto, 6 Oct 2017
South Sydney Rabbitohs 2017 season review

The Rabbitohs entered 2017 looking to bounce back from missing the finals in 2016 for the first time in five seasons under Michael Maguire.

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Sorry, but the Rugby League World Cup doesn’t mean anything to me

The 15th instalment of the Rugby League World Cup is just three weeks away and while diehard league fans will be keen to see the best players in the world, this writer fails to see the hype.

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Sam Thaiday just following the trends

By Adam Vaughan, 5 Oct 2017
Sam Thaiday just following the trends

Ah social media, you beautiful source of controversy. You did it again this week, when Sam Thaiday – now only known as a Brisbane Bronco – used you to tell the world how disappointed he was about not receiving a phone call.

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Tongan Taumalalo proof of Kidwell’s Kiwis culture cringe

Jason Taumalolo’s decision to quit the Kiwis and pledge his allegiance to Tonga shows there’s a serious cultural problem in the New Zealand setup, which could cost David Kidwell his job.

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The ten most influential players in rugby league

With the Storm bringing down the curtain on the 2017 NRL, I look back at who I thought were the ten most influential players in the game in 2017.

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After a tough few years, the Melbourne Storm are finally back on top

They proved to be the form team of the competition by a country mile this season, and on Sunday night the Melbourne Storm finally made it count by thrashing the North Queensland Cowboys in the NRL grand final.

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Wests Tigers 2017 season review

By Eddie Otto, 4 Oct 2017
Wests Tigers 2017 season review

The Tigers entered 2017 full of optimism, with a young and talented core that had only narrowly missed the finals in 2016, finishing in ninth place. However, the season quickly unravelled, with head coach Jason Taylor sacked after just three rounds.

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A true partnership needed between players and the NRL

The National Rugby League (NRL) and the Rugby League Players Association (RLPA) it seems are close to finalising a deal. This deal meant that the players attended the Dally M award ceremony and will indeed participate in the World Cup.

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The season is over, so stop with the Cowboys superlatives

The NRL grand final is done and dusted and I for one am glad. Like other footy fans I’m sad that the season is over but I’m relieved that I don’t have to listen to more media exaggeration about the North Queensland Cowboys’ so-called “fairytale” and “miraculous” season.

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Five talking points from Storm vs Cowboys NRL Grand Final

The 2017 NRL grand final has been won by the Melbourne Storm in a dominant display, defeating the North Queensland Cowboys by 28 points. Here are my talking points from the game.

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NRL Grand Final player ratings: North Queensland Cowboys

The North Queensland Cowboys weren’t able to complete their fairytale in the grand final, going down to the Storm by 28 points. It was a tough evening at the office for the Cowboys, and here are their player ratings.

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NRL Grand Final player ratings: Melbourne Storm

The Melbourne Storm had the season that coaches and fans alike can only dream of.

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Who will lineup for the Kangaroos at the World Cup?

As the dust from the NRL grand final settles we shift our focus to the international period with the Rugby League World Cup just around the corner.

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NRL Grand Final highlights: Melbourne Storm vs North Queensland Cowboys scores, blog

Match result: The Melbourne Storm completed a dominant finals campaign with a crushing 34-6 win in the NRL grand final against the North Queensland Cowboys.

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NRL State Championship: Penrith Panthers vs Papua New Guinea Hunters live scores, blog

The Penrith Panthers are the favourites in the betting markets, but there’s no doubt that the Papua New Guinea Hunters are the sentimental favourites in this afternoon’s State Championship clash. Join The Roar for a live blog of this curtain-raiser to the NRL grand final from 3:40pm (AEDT).

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Holden Cup Grand Final: Parramatta Eels vs Manly Sea Eagles live scores, blog

Match result: The Manly Sea Eagles won the last ever Holden Cup Grand Final in a thrilling finish, with the final margin just two points.

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Cowboys Jonathan Thurston celebrates winning the 2015 NRL Grand Final

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Jacob Saifiti, left, and Tyler Randell of the Newcastle Knights tackle Roger Tuivasa-Sheck of the Warriors

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Stacey Jones for the Warriors

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Billy Slater Melbourne Storm NRL Rugby League Finals 2017

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Johnathon Thurston North Queensland Cowboys Rugby League NRL Finals 2016

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Coach Mal Meninga of the Queensland State of Origin team speaks during a news conference ahead of the 2013 State of Origin series. (AAP Image/John Pryke)

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Cowboys halfback Johnathan Thurston

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Jake Granville of the cowboys runs with the ball

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Cowboys Scott Bolton

Macklemore’s guide to the NRL grand final

By Macklemore, 30 Sep 2017

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