From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
The AFL season starts in two days time, and the excitement is palpable across the nation. Yesterday I had a look at the sides I’m tipping to miss out on finals action, and today we get to those I think will be there at the pointy end of the season.
Yep, it’s another article about Israel Folau. I realise that 99.9% of the world’s rugby supporters, journalists and commentators have waxed lyrical about his freakish natural athletic ability, salivating at every outrageous display of skill.
Dear David Smith, CEO of the Australian Rugby League Commission (and the NRL): Hundreds of thousands of us, maybe even a million or three, ambled through the summer months confident we would see and enjoy a spectacular opening to season 2014.
Sportswriters Brett McKay and Ryan O’Connell have finally swapped chairs in Episode 30 of the Cheap Seats podcast.
Reading the comments on The Roar and on Twitter over the past few days I get the impression that people think Will Genia is in terrible form.
In a deliciously ironic twist, an English-born player may well be Australia’s next long-term Test wicketkeeper.
Not only was Ryan Harris not expected to bowl in the second innings of the Test series decider against South Africa, he couldn’t even lift his leg early on the fourth and fifth mornings.
The return of skipper Dave Dennis to the back row is the only change to the NSW Waratahs’ starting line-up for Saturday’s Super Rugby showdown with the Brumbies in Canberra.
Andrew Fifita is hoping to deliver an elusive NRL premiership to the Shire after confirming he’s leaving Cronulla to take up a multi-million dollar deal with cashed-up Canterbury.
Cameron Smith will be a one-club player for Melbourne in the NRL, the hooker agreeing to terms on a four-year contract extension with the Storm.
Things have gone from bad to worse to tragic for Cronulla, with the news Andrew Fifita will leave the club at the end of the season.
The 2014 AFL season looks skinny for premiership contenders at the top end, thick for final-eight candidates through the middle, and has a few teams near certain to prop up the ladder throughout the year.
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The respected ex-coach Roy Masters made some serious comments on ABC Insiders about the style and quality of the Rabbits versus Roosters match, suggesting both coaches need to watch how other teams had gone about their attack and learn.
New Zealand rugby was spared a weekend of Super Rugby results from hell by a very close and fraught victory by the once-imperious Crusaders over the perpetual wannabes, the Stormers.
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Great to have the footy back but just what did we see? Many so-called ‘heavyweights’ down on their high standards and a number of ‘unfashionables’ really catching the eye.
The king is dead, long live the king. But who will be the new monarch of Australian football?
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What are sports’ greatest superstitions? Do superstitions matter? These people seem to think they do.
The Brazil World Cup promises to be a fascinating event for myriad of reasons. Firstly, the global football community will have the opportunity to see two of history’s finest go head-to-head on the world stage, arguably at the peak of their powers.
Crowds, crowds, crowds. It seems to be the word of the month in NRL circles.
While plenty of Roarers are predicting the AFL ladder – who will be in the top eight, who will miss out and who will win the flag – I’ve had a closer look at how the AFL season will unfold.
‘Ambitious’ is the best word to describe Bill Pulver’s decision to resurrect the National Rugby Championship in 2014. Ambitious for a multitude of reasons, but let’s start with the timing.
It is no secret in Formula One Sebastian Vettel and the Red Bulls have been struggling the most during the offseason.
There has been much focus over the past month on the introduction of a number of new rules for this season. New rules designed to eliminate the wrestle, speed up the game and remove time wasting tactics.
Arsenal have it all to do at the Allianz Arena as they try to overturn a two-goal deficit against reigning champions Bayern Munich in the Champions League. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 6.30am AEDT.
Footy is back on our screens and there have only been minor changes to the Channel Nine coverage. We have the Ray Warren/Phil Gould combination still attempting to mimic the Tony Grieg/Bill Lawry dynamic (and failing).
And so we have started another Cheltenham Festival. As predicted it was a day for Mullins to take the starring role and Ruby to take the lead in the jockey’s championship (again!).
Thank you all for taking the time to contribute to the Lions thread. There was a stalemate here so the final selections were decided by total Test caps earned.
It is highly unlikely that the early season form shown by the likes of Alejandro Valverde, Alberto Contador and – to a lesser extent – Vincenzo Nibali is sufficient enough to have caused Chris Froome any sleepless nights recently.
After a poor opening round to the season as far as attendances are concerned, the NRL will hope for a better turnout as the second round of matches get played out this weekend.
A lack of initiative from horse racing’s administrative bodies has led them to ignorantly overlook what should be racing’s most important demographic – young people.
The pre-season; where hope and optimism reign. Each club is more or less quietly confident about achieving more than the last year. Yet for all the talk of the most even season seen in years, the top of the table may be remarkably similar to last season.
At some point this season, the Cronulla Sharks management are going to have to make a serious reassessment of the direction they want to take the club in.
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