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Hard-working Souths back-rower Chris McQueen has been touted as a frontline candidate for the Queensland Origin team and I think he is cherry ripe for a spot on the Maroons’ bench.
With the A-League fixtures for next season set to be released tomorrow, featuring a live Friday night free-to-air fixture on SBS2 for the first time, it’s pertinent to ask what type of fixture should kick-off each weekend?
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Of the 25 names read out last Sunday in the first Wallabies squad for the Test series against the British and Irish Lions, eight players – 32 percent of the squad – are of Polynesian descent.
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Around 6,367 players are currently in contention to play for NSW in State of Origin one, but unfortunately for coach Laurie Daley, he must whittle that number down to a more manageable 17 or 18 on Sunday.
With Bradley Wiggins and Ryder Hesjedal abandoning, Mark Cavendish reaching a new milestone and Cadel Evans emerging as Vincenzo Nibali’s most likely obstacle for the maglia rosa, the last six days of weather-affected racing in Italy have certainly thrown up a few cracking talking points.
Many keyboards have been pounded over the last few days, as the reaction to Robbie Deans’ initial 25-man Wallaby squad continues to grow both in volume and in the level of criticism.
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After Josh Dugan’s triumphant return to rugby league on Saturday night for the St George Illawarra Dragons, there has been talk of the fullback being picked for the NSW Blues in the upcoming State of Origin series.
If the Wallabies are to beat the Lions in their three-Test series, Will Genia must play for 240 minutes. It’s as simple as that.
The only game in town: Quade v JOC by the numbers – we start this week with the hottest topic in Australian Rugby at present. Who should be the Wallaby number 10?
Cameron Meyer’s fifth place overall in the Tour of California was a reminder of his potential, and gives Orica-GreenEDGE fans some hope the squad might begin to target stage races, rather than rely on sprinters and Simon Gerrans’ guile.
He’s not one of rugby league’s Immortals yet but North Queensland star Johnathan Thurston wears the “wanker” tag from opposition supporters as a badge of honour.
Israel Folau says his call-up to the Wallabies squad for the British and Irish Lions Test series could convince him to stay with rugby union.
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Two days ago, it was Giovanni Visconti who conquered hellish conditions on the Col du Galibier to claim his maiden Giro stage victory. Today, the race enters its final week with the 238km 16th stage from Valloire to Ivrea.
Essendon continue to excite then crumble in typical fashion as they frustrate club membership as a football team that dazzle then disintegrate.
These next few weeks are crucial for the Australian men’s national football team and their desperate need to qualify for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.
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The initial 25 man training squad was announced on the weekend and there are disappointed and angry fans all over the Internet.
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A quick glance around The Roar and you would think our hopes against the British Lions systematically come down to the trials of the same few headline players: Will Genia, Quade Cooper, Israel Folau and James O’Connor.
A great return from injury from Berrick Barnes in the past two weeks has seen the NSW Waratah picked in the preliminary 25-man Wallabies squad for the British Lions Tour.
People from far beyond Europe tune in to watch the final of the UEFA Champions League, arguably the most competitive football tournament in the world. But there’s a problem.
I empathised with Alistair Clarkson when he called a reporter from the AFL’s website a not-so very nice name.
After the Storm and Sea Eagles played out a 10-all draw at AAMI Park in Melbourne on Monday night, Glenn Stewart and Cam Smith said it was probably a fair result. So did Nathan Hindmarsh on the Matty Johns show afterwards.
Amid the frenzied analysis and criticism of the Australian Ashes squad, England’s shortcomings have largely been overlooked.
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It seems like every Josh, Willie and Blake has a chance at making the NSW origin team for game one and frankly I’m sick of it.
A famous rivalry added another chapter on Monday night as the Melbourne Storm and the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles battled to a 10-all draw at AAMI Park.
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