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Some strategic innovations in Rugby League don’t quite work out. Remember in the mid 1990’s when Matthew Ridge from Manly decided he would use a place kick when kicking for touch from a penalty? He tried to rekindle interest in the old tactic, but the amount of time wasted meant it was quickly put back [...]
Tim Sheens is a lot like Ricky Stuart. Both were terrific in their heyday, both had brilliant starts to their coaching career, yet both are dramatically overrated in terms of their current coaching ability. Although suggesting the incumbent Australia coach should be sacked after leading his side to a 20-point trouncing of the current world [...]
It’s a shame that the traditional media love a scandal so much that they fail to report on anything positive that could detract from their ‘crisis’ narrative. This week all rugby league fans have looked on with dismay as the Canberra Raiders, for the second time in five years, have been forced to sack their [...]
How hard is your team’s draw in 2013? The 2013 National Rugby League draw is an under-analysed aspect of our game. Released in November 2012 to little fanfare, the 2013 NRL Draw is unique in that for the first time in a while the fans know the schedule for the first 20 rounds of the [...]
We have just received an announcement from the NRL referees boss (Bill Harrigan) that after a two and half hour meeting, the NRL was now confident the referees understand the obstruction rule. Without questioning why we are in a position two weeks out from the finals where the referees need to be coached on how [...]
The NRL rules are like any codified legal system. Although I don’t want to bore readers with a legal diatribe about what makes good law, some basic analysis of legal principles is vital to understand what is so wrong with the NRL Rules. Fundamentally, there are three legal principles that highlight where the NRL rules [...]