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50 years left to live: Rugby league’s inconvenient truth

Rugby league in Australia is dying. Interest in the code is waning, participation is dropping, and the on-field product has become dull and predictable. At its current rate, the game has only 50 years left to live.

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Dour, then exquisite: The Swans cannot be killed

“Jay, look. This is the best thing in football,” my colleague said, not looking at me, eyes fixed on the screen above my head, Lance Franklin with ball in hand, dashing down the near wing, space and possibility in front of him.

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The Wrap: Get your Bledisloe Cup myths dispelled here

By the time Ryan Crotty crossed for the All Blacks right on the stroke of halftime to bring the score to an astonishing, point-a-minute 40-6, fans across Australia were already in meltdown.

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Where have all The Roar’s old readers gone?

Where have all the commenters gone? With Aaron Mooy scoring the winner for Huddersfield in the EPL overnight, it’s time to put the call out to the football fans who have gone silent on The Roar.

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Let’s face the facts, the Wallabies were walloped by the All Blacks

Steve Hansen, rugby’s Wayne Bennett when it comes to giving an expansive answer to a journalist, was succinct with his summary of the All Blacks’ 54-34 monstering of the Wallabies in the first Bledisloe Cup Test of 2017.

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Winx stuns again, there’s nothing like the theatre of the track

Some of the greatest moments in sport come when we least expect them.

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Michael Hooper and Daly Cherry-Evans don’t deserve to be captains

While the knives are out for Wallaby coach Michael Cheika and his Manly rugby league counterpart Trent Barrett, they aren’t the ones missing the tackles and playing well below par.

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Wallabies DIY player ratings vs All Blacks Bledisloe 1: The results

The results are in! Yesterday, we asked you to rate the Wallabies side that took to the field against the All Blacks, and now we’ve added up the data from all of our responders to bring your our DIY player ratings from the Test.

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Ten quick takes from AFL Round 22

The penultimate round of the home and away season has been run and won, and boy, it was a great excuse to use the word ‘penultimate’. Here’s my quick takes from a cracking weekend of footy.

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Bledisloe blowout a damning indictment of Australian rugby

Both Micheal Cheika and Michael Hooper expressed frustrations during the week at the seemingly defeatist attitude which existed in the public towards the Wallabies and their ambitions to end the All Blacks’ Bledisloe supremacy.

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Funding for Horn-Pacquiao 2 withdrawn – for now

Brisbane City Council has for now withdrawn its financial support for a rematch between Australian WBO welterweight world champion Jeff Horn and Filipino legend Manny Pacquiao.

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Excuse me, would you like to buy the Warriors?

If you’re in the market for a pet project with mood instability and a generous holiday package, then the Warriors are for you!

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Wake up Wallabies, rugby is an 80 minute game

Where does Wallaby coach Michael Cheika go from here after last night’s 54-34 hammering by the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium?

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VOTE: Wallabies DIY player ratings vs All Blacks Bledisloe Cup first Test

Well, the Bledisloe Cup is underway in 2017, and unsurprisingly, the opening stanza was not a particularly happy one for the Wallabies.

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Taking histrionics out of lauding halves

Is it possible to discuss halves without being lured into histrionics?

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PRICHARD: The biggest sporting event I’ve attended

A revered sports journalist with more than 40 years experience would have attended some pretty big events.

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All Blacks celebrate

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Ben Creagh packs down in the second row

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Eddie Betts Adelaide Crows AFL 2017

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Michael Hoper talks to teammates in a huddle

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Shinji Okazaki competes with Socceroos player Tim Cahill

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Souths Celebrate : NRL Rugby League - Roind 25, South Sydney Rabbitohs V Wests Tigers at Allianz Stadium friday the 30th of August 2013. Digital Image by Grant Trouville © nrlphotos.com

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Liz Patu of Australia runs with the ball during the Women's Rugby World Cup

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Jockey Hugh Bowman riding Minx.

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Kurtley Beale is tackled during the opening game of the Bledisloe Cup series between the Wallabies and the All Blacks at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014. (Photo: Paul Barkley/LookPro)

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AFL Power Rankings 2017: Round 22

By Adrian Polykandrites, Today
AFL Power Rankings 2017: Round 22

There’s just one round of footy remaining for more than half of the competition, which means there’s just one more week of power rankings to come in 2017 – a tragedy, I’m sure you’ll all agree.

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I found out I’m a Kiwi citizen – can I justifiably support the All Blacks?

Like many other Australians, I thought this week would be a good time to clarify my citizenship status.

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Samu Kerevi is the latest sacrifice to Australian rugby’s cult of the wunderkind

Australian rugby coaching has demonstrated a bias going back beyond the Michael Cheika era, of worshipping the ‘cult of the wunderkind’.

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The Wallabies are a disgrace

By Imran Ali, Today
The Wallabies are a disgrace

The Wallabies are a disgrace to their country and the coveted gold jersey that those before them have worn with pride.

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I want first downs, not knee downs

By Miro Gladovic, Today
I want first downs, not knee downs

Colin Kaepernick started it, and it should’ve ended with him.

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Finding a heart muscle in a line of turnstiles

I must admit I have tuned out from the rugby the last couple of months.

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Why Kewell’s managerial career shouldn’t be judged on his winless start at Crawley

The table doesn’t lie. Played three, lost three, zero points.

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Canadian Football League 2017: Week 9 talking points

Hard to believe we’re nearly halfway through one of the most entertaining seasons in Canadian Football League history, but we are – and it was another busy week in the Great White North.

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The Force roars!

By Crazy Horse, Today
The Force roars!

Some 8000 people packed out Rugby WA headquarters on Sunday morning to support the Western Force and vent their anger.

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Ben Graham and the return of the torpedo

In a top-line rugby union game, torpedos are the norm and kicked with precision. Not so in AFL – unless, of course, your name happens to be Ben Graham, arguably the greatest exponent of the AFL torpedo goal.

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Curtis Rona gets his Wallabies welcome speech

With New Zealand-born Curtis Rona having made his Wallabies debut against the All Blacks, we can delve into just how he was welcomed into the team before the disastrous first Bledisloe Cup match on Saturday.

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PNG Hunters claim minor premiership

By John Coomer, Today
PNG Hunters claim minor premiership

The Papua New Guinea Hunters have claimed an historic first minor premiership in the Queensland Intrust Super Cup with one round of the regular season still left to play.

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Iran vs Australian Boomers: FIBA Asia Cup final live scores, blog

The Australian Boomers will look to take out the FIBA Asia Cup in their first attempt when they play the defensively solid Iran. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage of the final from 4am (AEST).

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Tottenham Hotspur vs Chelsea: EPL live scores, blog

Tottenham Hotspur entertain Chelsea at Wembley stadium for their first home game of the new EPL season. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 1am AEST.

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Huddersfield Town vs Newcastle United: EPL live scores, blog

Huddersfield Town is looking to build on their English Premier League campaign with a second win when they host fellow newly-promoted side Newcastle United. Join The Roar from 10:30pm (AEST) for live scores and commentary on Sunday night.

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Twelve talking points from NRL Round 24

By Scott Pryde, 20 Aug 2017
Twelve talking points from NRL Round 24

Another team bowed out of the finals race in Round 24, while three teams sitting on the edge of the eight losing kept things even. The Panthers booked their spot in September and the Sharks hit back in the face of adversity.

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David Mundy Fremantle Dockers AFL 2017

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Bradley Abbey Canterbury Bulldogs NRL Rugby League 2017

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Jack Steele Josh Bruce St Kilda Saints AFL 2017

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Jordan Rapana Canberra Raiders NRL Finals 2016

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Jesse Hogan Melbourne Demons AFL 2016

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Michael Cheika thinking

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Michael Hooper Australia Rugby Union Championship Bledisloe Cup Wallabies 2017

What I hate about Australian rugby

By Homer J, 20 Aug 2017 Video

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Australia Test player Glenn Maxwell raises his bat

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Sydney Swans AFL Finals 2016

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