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Sonny Bill sticking with rugby until 2019, headed to Blues

In a coup for New Zealand’s bottom-placed Super Rugby side, the Blues have announced the signing of dual international Sonny Bill Williams through until the end of 2019.

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NSW’s impending Game 1 victory: Tomorrow’s headlines today

Forget all the negative palaver about New South Wales and their imaginary chances of Origin success this year. After one epiphany and 12 whiskies, I’m certain this side is set to win 3-0!

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State of Origin Game 1: Why NSW will win

Stats, history and common sense are all against me on this one, so I’m going to channel my inner Dennis Denuto. NSW are going to win Origin 1 tonight because… it’s just the vibe of the thing.

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State of Origin Game 1: Why Queensland will win

With New South Wales the favourites with the bookies for Origin Game 1, it looks as though Queensland will once again take underdog status into the first contest between the Blues and Maroons today.

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Women leading Australian rugby on and off the field

It’s no secret women are leading the way in Australian rugby in 2016. On the field they’ve just won their first sevens rugby world series, while the Super Rugby sides are working out who to send to the slaughter in the first round of playoffs.

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Fremantle’s 2020 vision: Pea soup or a Warhol masterpiece?

The fall has been dramatic – Fremantle, a premiership fancy of some, have yet to win a game in 2016. There’s been plenty of navel gazing in recent weeks: what, how and why. Here’s the where to next: a flag in 2020.

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Bias in officiating in 2016? No way

A second-half blitz with four tries in the final 20 minutes saw the Canberra Raiders prevail over the Canterbury Bulldogs on Sunday.

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Origin 1 head-to-head: Which team sheet comes out on top?

NSW host Queensland in Game 1 of the 2016 State of Origin series tonight, in a match that more often than not decides the winner of the series.

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Pattinson’s international career hangs by a thread

Australian fast bowler James Pattinson is increasingly looking like a lost cause. The 26-year-old quick has broken down once more, suffering a recurrence of back stress fractures which has seen him ruled out of cricket indefinitely.

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When the jewel in Formula One’s crown fails to shine

We know that Daniel Ricciardo was robbed of the victory in Monaco by the mistake his team made in the pits. We watched, we gasped, we felt all the feels.

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Can Alastair Cook beat Sachin Tendulkar’s all-time Test batting record?

England captain Alastair Cook is now the only Englishman to score 10,000 Test runs, and the youngest of the 12 who have achieved the feat. He is also England’s record holder for most Test tons.

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State of Origin Game 1: Expert tips and predictions

State of Origin is finally upon us. After the massive pre-season build-up of the NRL season (which, let’s face it, is a big rugby league-themed entree) we finally get to give you the expert tips for Game 1 of the Origin series.

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How will 39 become 30, then 23 for Michael Cheika?

The ‘big family hug’ of 39 potential Wallaby players has been announced. It’s a nice option for Michael Cheika. It gives notice to those on the outlying reaches of his selection radar, and it allows him to see how they act both on and off the field in camp.

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The Queensland camp is increasingly confident of having playmaker Cooper Cronk on deck for Wednesday night’s State of Origin series opener against NSW in Sydney.

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Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has launched an impassioned defence of Karmichael Hunt, saying sticking by the code-hopper through his drugs controversy last year was the right thing to do.

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Travis Cloke is unsure whether he will be recalled to play for Collingwood in the AFL this weekend, despite the club’s injury crisis.

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Todd Greenberg

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Brent Harvey of North Melbourne is tackled by Dayne Zorko

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Pink Cricket Ball

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Daniel Ricciardo of Australia and Infiniti Red Bull Racing prepares in his car

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Heath Shaw GWS Giants Greater Western Sydney Giants AFL 2016

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Kieran Foran passes the ball.

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All Blacks player Sonny Bill Williams

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Lions captain Josh Strauss

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Injury ends Foran’s season from hell

By Mathew Langdon, Today
Injury ends Foran’s season from hell

After weeks fighting mental demons while his club battled for their NRL lives, Parramatta captain Kieran Foran’s season is over.

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Something isn’t right in Buenos Aires

I was probably only one of maybe a few hundred spectators that took an interest in the Jaguares versus Kings game last weekend. Having adopted the Jaguares as my second team I was left disappointed to say the least.

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Dockers and Bombers to face off in wooden spoon battle

When the 2016 AFL fixture was released last October, not one AFL expert would have forecast that the Round 11 clash between Fremantle and Essendon could decide this year’s wooden spoon.

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Brendan Bolton the engine of the Blues’ resurgence

It’s safe to say that Carlton’s victory over Geelong will be the focal point of many footy forums during the week.

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Why Ricciardo should stay at Red Bull

By Jason Crawford, Today
Why Ricciardo should stay at Red Bull

The last two races for Daniel Ricciardo have been absolute disasters. Compounding matters is none of it was his fault.

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Athletes skipping Rio may threaten the Games

As fears about the Zika virus grow, Scotland’s leading health professionals are warning athletes to think twice before going to the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

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Is ‘ducking’ really a blight on the game?

Acting for high free kicks has become an unfortunate staple of the modern game. The likes of Joel Selwood and Luke Shuey have developed dropping the knees and shrugging the shoulders into a real art form.

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RIP Jadon Craig

By Jadon Craig, Today

Last night, The Roar received an email from the mother of one of our younger contributors, Jadon Craig.

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Round 13 NRL teams: Every NRL team as it’s announced live

Coaches will name their teams for Round 13 in the hopes that their stars will get through the first game of State of Origin unscathed. Tune to The Roar for the live NRL team announcements from 4:30pm (AEST).

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State of Origin’s key questions: NSW edition

By Lachlan Bickley, 31 May 2016 Video
State of Origin’s key questions: NSW edition

Welcome to the second part of The Roar’s State of Origin key questions series. Yesterday we considered whether the Queensland prop rotation might be a little thin, assessed the new look Queensland backline and asked whether Kevin Walters was truly ready to step into the big chair.

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The FFA must act to save the Roar

By Mathew Langdon, 31 May 2016 New author!
The FFA must act to save the Roar

It has been many years since we’ve seen an A-League team fall to the incompetence of the super-rich. But in 2016, we may be on the cusp of losing an A-League icon.

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2016 State of Origin: Game I preview

By mastermind5991, 31 May 2016
2016 State of Origin: Game I preview

The time of the year has once again arrived, and while Queensland will be out to win a tenth series in the last eleven years, for New South Wales it will be all about redemption following their humiliating Game III defeat last year.

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Cheap Seats podcast: the State of Origin special edition

By The Cheap Seats Podcast, 31 May 2016
Cheap Seats podcast: the State of Origin special edition

Sportswriters Brett McKay and Ryan O’Connell have missed the Jarryd Hayne bandwagon, but have climbed aboard the ‘state against state’ gravy train for the State of Origin Special edition of the Cheap Seats podcast.

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Trouble in Parradise: A history of internal warfare at the Eels

The events of the past month have taken long-suffering Parramatta Eels fans to depths unimaginable, beyond even consecutive wooden spoons of the 2012-13 seasons.

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What is the FFA’s vision for the A-League?

By Nick Symonds, 31 May 2016
What is the FFA’s vision for the A-League?

In my first piece I wrote on which teams I thought should join the A-League next. My main reason for writing this was the way that the last season was covered in the media and the way that it was portrayed.

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Cheika will surely mix up his selections against England

With the debate around the selections for the upcoming Wallabies Test series against England, it’s a good time to review Michael Cheika’s selection strategies from 2015.

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Joe Daniher Essendon Bombers 2013 AFL

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Tour de France Maillot Jaune Vincenzo Nibali

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Carb Day Indianapolis Motor Speedway

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Spain players celebrate winning the World Cup

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia

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Parramatta Eels winger Semi Radradra

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USA's Jordan Spieth

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Isreal Folau gets caught up in some heavy defence during the opening game of the 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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Trent Cotchin Richmond Tigers AFL 2016

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