Andrew Marmont is a freelance sports journalist focusing on Australian and New Zealand rugby league and cricket.
Andrew has written for Rugby League Week, Rugby League Review, NZ League magazine, Stuff.co.nz and NZ Rugby World. He is currently writing his first book, due to be published in 2017 via ABC Books, and also covers rugby league for Radio Yorkshire and RSN Racing and Sport. He tweets @SportSideways and his website is http://marmyonleague.wordpress.com/.
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He’s not as gifted as Sonny Bill Williams, nor does he have the speed of Wendell Sailor. But Sam Burgess could retire as a bona fide legend of rugby league so long as he stays put in the sport.
The Baggy Greens’ bully-boy act is wearing thin. Bravado and bluster might have worked in the 1980s and ’90s, but the world has grown up since then. Their cricketers are stuck in a time warp, desperately trying to keep the culture of tough as teak going.
Appointing a full-time Kangaroos coach should be rugby league’s way of fighting off the Wallabies, Socceroos and AFL’s advances.
How significant was the Kiwis’ win against Australia on Sunday? Well, it was big for New Zealand rugby league but also for Test football in general.
Shaun Johnson’s wizard-like Four Nations performance should go down as one of the most dominant displays by a half in international rugby league history – that is why he won the Golden Boot.
Push-over scrums, ferocious gang-tackling, a lightning halfback and a classy fullback coming into their own – the Warriors should have the competition shaking in their studded boots.