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NRL comes to Bathurst: A guide to footy in the sticks

With the Panthers and the Sharkies goin’ bush on Saturday arvo, it’s time to face the west and doff the cap to one of the great fertile beds of footballery – the beautiful Bathurst area and its surrounding counties.

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“Angry” Manly say they’re sticking tight

Skipper Jamie Lyon admits some of his Manly teammates “are a little bit angry” with club management but remain galvanised for a tilt at the NRL title.

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Returning playmaker Peter Wallace has warned Penrith need to urgently rediscover their defensive steel or risk coming unstuck in the run-in to the NRL finals.

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If Gold Coast’s NRL home is meant to be a fortress, then it’s one that’s been breached and razed to the ground this year.

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Cameron Smith became the highest point-scoring forward in the NRL but it was Cooper Cronk who shone brightest as Melbourne continued their stranglehold over Brisbane on Friday night.

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A Tyrone Roberts-inspired Newcastle Knights defied the odds in the second half to upset the Sydney Roosters 16-12 at Hunter Stadium on Friday night.

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SMITHY: Upsets set up an intriguing round

I can’t wait for Round 20 to unfold. After a crazy round last weekend, the response of some teams intrigues me enormously.

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Manly’s players will be hungry for NRL success

None of the stuff going on at Manly will hurt the team’s chances of winning the premiership. In fact, it will probably improve their chances.

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Preview of NRL Round 20 matches (all times AEST).

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Superstar halfback Daly Cherry-Evans has declined to dampen speculation he could exit Brookvale when his contract with Manly concludes at the end of the 2015 NRL season.

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What to expect of a Newcastle side bereft of their State of Origin stars, out of NRL finals contention and their coach with one foot out the door?

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Broncos coach Anthony Griffin has shut down talk of his imminent departure as Brisbane focus purely on ending their Storm drought on Friday night.

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Resurgent Parramatta have further bolstered their playing stocks for next season by re-signing talented young back-rower Tepai Moeroa.

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Darius Boyd is comfortable and in “the right place”, according to Newcastle coach Wayne Bennett, just 24 hours after the Knights star checked himself into a mental health facility to be treated for depression.

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NRL commit to insurance scheme for players

The NRL have announced that they are committed to developing a new player insurance scheme that will be aimed at protecting players who suffer career-ending injuries.

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Manly five-eighth Kieran Foran has conceded player contractual issues are afflicting the NRL competition leaders and has called for Sea Eagles management to allow centre Steve Matai to make a big money move to the Warriors.

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Wayne Bennett

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Tigers player Mitchell Moses

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Darius Boyd comes up against Jonathan Wright. AAP Image/Action Photographics, Renee McKay

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Manly Sea Eagles half Daly Cherry-Evans passing

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The Roar of the crowd

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[VIDEO] Brisbane Broncos vs Melbourne Storm: NRL highlights, scores, blog

MATCH RESULT: The Melbourne Storm secured a commanding victory at Suncorp Stadium against the Brisbane Broncos on Friday night.

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[VIDEO] Newcastle Knights vs Sydney Roosters: NRL highlights, scores, blog

MATCH RESULT: The Knights have secured arguably their best win of the season as the Roosters once again fail to get the job done against opposition they are expected to defeat.

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Sort it out Manly, for the fans’ sake

By Louis McIntyre, 25 Jul 2014
Sort it out Manly, for the fans’ sake

I must say, it is pretty bitter sweet to be a Manly fan right now.

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Benji returns but his departure was a win-win

By Peter Dickinson, 25 Jul 2014
Benji returns but his departure was a win-win

While there was always a chance Benji Marshall would return and play against the Wests Tigers, few could’ve predicted it would happen so soon.

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Back to the future Brisbane style

By Sanchez8686, 25 Jul 2014
Back to the future Brisbane style

On Monday afternoon, Paul White sat in front of the media and announced that a family member was coming home – Wayne Bennett.

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Warriors at the crossroads

By Sean Opie, 25 Jul 2014
Warriors at the crossroads

If the Warriors had become dark horses and a dangerous team to play over the past few weeks, Saturday night was something of a setback.

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Why I hate being an NRL fan sometimes

By The Black Widow, 25 Jul 2014
Why I hate being an NRL fan sometimes

When I wake in the morning the first thing I see is my Brisbane Broncos capeflag blu-tacked to my wall, with Corey Parker and Sam Thaiday’s signatures on it.

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NRL horoscopes: Why your team sucks

By James Preston, 25 Jul 2014
NRL horoscopes: Why your team sucks

With Dave Smith working on making the NRL more appealing to potential fans, I looked to the stars to reveal the cons your casual sports fan may want to consider before aligning themselves to a club.

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Supporting Darius’ struggle with depression

By Andre Georges, 24 Jul 2014
Supporting Darius’ struggle with depression

The depression debate has raged through rugby league and the wider community for some time now.

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Athletes and politics: A perfect match

By Brin Paulsen, 24 Jul 2014
Athletes and politics: A perfect match

On Tuesday evening, Beau Ryan, he of Cronulla Sharks and Footy Show fame, shared his thoughts on the current state of Australian politics.

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Tigers can roar but don’t boo Benji

By Curtis Woodward, 24 Jul 2014
Tigers can roar but don’t boo Benji

Before Benji Marshall, the Wests Tigers was a team of journeymen, thugs and stars well past their prime. Nobody could have predicted what was going to happen once the mesmerising talent of Marshall began to emerge.

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The number one idea to boost rugby league merchandising

I remember buying my first NBA jersey with the number 23 and the name Jordan on the back. Michael Jordan owned that number 23.

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An insurance proposal for the NRL

By Tom Clarke, 23 Jul 2014

If the Rise for Alex Round has shown us anything this weekend, it’s that; (1) the NRL desperately needs an insurance scheme to protect its players and; (2) the NRL community can rally to support its own.

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Broncos and Storm to resume long-running rivalry

By mastermind5991, 23 Jul 2014
Broncos and Storm to resume long-running rivalry

One of the NRL’s most well-documented rivalries will continue when the Brisbane Broncos and Melbourne Storm lock horns to kick off Round 20 of the NRL.

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Sisa Waqa: better than a punch in the head

By Lachlan Bickley, 23 Jul 2014
Sisa Waqa: better than a punch in the head

The Raiders finally have a confirmed, no going back, lock-him-in-Eddie signing. But it’s not exactly a game changer.

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Well done NRL on Rise for Alex

By Mary Kaye, 23 Jul 2014
Well done NRL on Rise for Alex

I was impressed by the NRL making part of the participation agreements, which all clubs must sign in order to compete in the competition, each club would need to have at least one woman on their board.

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Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith

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Panorama of Allianz Stadium (Photo: Waratahs)

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Broncos' Josh Hoffman in action. Day Two of the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. Sunday 16th February 2014. Photo: www.photosport.co.nz

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Wayne Bennett and Darius Boyd

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Newcastle Knights coach Wayne Bennett speaking to the media

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Manly Sea Eagles players celebrate a try during their semi-final win over Cronulla Sharks (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts).

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