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Ryan O'Connell

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"Serious sport has nothing to do with fair play. It is bound up with hatred, jealousy, boastfulness, disregard of all rules and sadistic pleasure in witnessing violence: in other words, it is war minus the shooting." - George Orwell

Member Since:
 
February 2011
Favourite Sports:
Cricket, League, Rugby,

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Have England psyched themselves out of the Ashes?

Have England psyched themselves out of the Ashes?

4 Dec 2017

The lead-up to this summer’s Ashes series was relatively subdued compared to previous encounters, when the sledging, mind games and banter have usually began well in advance of the opening Test of the series.

In the ‘real’ battle this summer, it’s 1-0 to the Australian Test selectors

In the 'real' battle this summer, it’s 1-0 to the Australian Test selectors

28 Nov 2017

While Australians shouldn’t get too cocky after the convincing win in the first Test – it’s a long series after all – it does appear as though the battle between ‘armchair critics’ and the Australian selectors may just be the spicier clash this summer.

Rebrand the Rugby League World Cup – and ditch the Kangaroos

Rebrand the Rugby League World Cup – and ditch the Kangaroos

14 Nov 2017

In light of the reports that a hybrid game of rugby league and rugby union might be in the works again – this time between the Australian Kangaroos and the New Zealand All Blacks – I’d like to remind those behind the push for that game that they don’t have a mortgage on bad ideas.

Revisiting my five fearless predictions for the 2017 NRL season

Revisiting my five fearless predictions for the 2017 NRL season

10 Oct 2017

With the 2017 NRL season now completed, it’s time to rewind all the way back to the pre-season, and revisit my fearless predictions for the year.

The Melbourne Storm are great, not boring

The Melbourne Storm are great, not boring

3 Oct 2017

The Melbourne Storm ran roughshod over the North Queensland Cowboys in Sunday night’s NRL grand final, capping off a season of absolute dominance with an exclamation mark.

Sorry Brisbane and Sydney fans, but a Storm vs Cowboys grand final should have everyone salivating

Sorry Brisbane and Sydney fans, but a Storm vs Cowboys grand final should have everyone salivating

19 Sep 2017

After a somewhat lacklustre regular season, the NRL finals have been scintillating, with plenty of drama and, more importantly, some exceptional football.