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It was largely business as usual on Saturday night as the NRL’s new video referee bunker made a howler-free debut in the All Stars extravaganza.

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A war dance may be adopted by the Kangaroos sooner rather than later after captain Cameron Smith threw his weight behind the “lost” pre-match ritual’s return.

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A harrowing one-time-only video review of last year’s heartbreaking NRL grand final loss has helped Brisbane’s shattered players move on and ready themselves to go one better in 2016.

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Greg Inglis has taken a thinly veiled swipe at Todd Greenberg, wondering why the NRL head of football had questioned the All Stars game’s future ahead of the showcase event.

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The future of the All Stars concept was guaranteed before a ball was kicked in anger at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night.

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Canterbury recruit Will Hopoate limped off with an ankle injury in his side’s 24-20 defeat by Penrith in a trial at Pepper Stadium.

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New faces Damien Cook, Paul Carter and Cody Walker have given South Sydney coach Michael Maguire food for thought after their 18-14 victory over St George Illawarra in the Charity Shield.

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Second-rower Raymond Faitala-Mariner grabbed a hat-trick of tries as the Warriors cruised to a 40-18 win over the Gold Coast Titans in an NRL trial in Whangarei.

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New Penrith captain Matt Moylan will get his first taste in the halves as part of a strong 32-man squad for Saturday’s NRL trial against Canterbury.

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North Queensland hooker Ray Thompson will undergo surgery on Friday night after suffering a fractured ankle at Indigenous All Stars training in Brisbane.

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2016 NRL All Stars: How to stream online and watch live on TV

On Saturday 13 February we’ll see the latest edition of the NRL’s annual All Stars match, beginning at 7:30pm AEDT.

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2016 Charity Shield: How to stream online and watch live on TV

On Saturday 13 February the St George Illawarra Dragons and the South Sydney Rabbitohs will meet for their annual pre-season Charity Shield match, beginning at 5:30pm AEDT.

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Sydney Roosters chairman Nick Politis has warned he’ll move the NRL club to ANZ Stadium permanently if an $800 million plan to rebuild Allianz Stadium goes ahead.

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All Stars no show Robbie Farah will run out for the Wests Tigers in Saturday night’s NRL trial against Melbourne on the Sunshine Coast.

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Statistically your side has bugger all chance in 2016

It’s hard to believe but the 2016 season is less than a month away. Soon we’ll be seeing footballers on TV doing what they’re meant to do: playing football.

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NSW State of Origin legend Brad Fittler says Blues fans will get a glimpse of the future when Sydney Roosters prodigy Jackson Hastings steps up for shamed captain Mitchell Pearce.

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Todd Greenberg at Belmore Oval

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Blake Green of the Storm

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The Roar of the crowd

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World All Stars vs Indigenous All Stars: World wins 12-8

Match result: The World All Stars have defeated the Indigenous All Stars with a 12-8 victory after a slow start to the annual fixture.

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Dragons vs Rabbitohs highlights: Souths retain shield

Match result: The South Sydney Rabbitohs have retained the Charity Shield for the fourth straight year with a hard fought 18-14 win over the St George Illawarra Dragons.

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Where will Matt Moylan play in 2016?

By Jack Aubrey, 13 Feb 2016
Where will Matt Moylan play in 2016?

A large Panthers squad will take the park in their NRL trial against the Bulldogs tonight.

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Wests Tigers all-time team

By The Boss, 13 Feb 2016
Wests Tigers all-time team

The Wests Tigers have been one of the most inconsistent teams in the NRL since their inception.

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Saving the Indigenous All-Stars

By Simon Smale, 12 Feb 2016 Video
Saving the Indigenous All-Stars

The annual NRL All-Star game is purportedly facing the axe. Should the game be preserved? Or is it a tired, American-style concept that’s too complex to implement successfully?

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2016 NRL preview series: Parramatta Eels

By Lachlan Bickley, 12 Feb 2016 Video
2016 NRL preview series: Parramatta Eels

Today we come to one of the biggest clubs in the competition, the Parramatta Eels, who will be looking for big improvements in 2016 after an offseason recruitment drive.

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The gifted wrecking-ball: Irresistible force or enigmatic coach killer?

The recent fallout from Bondi resembled a mushroom cloud. It was so big, it almost blocked out the colossal frame of Pauli Pauli thundering up the M1 towards Newcastle.

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Really Manly? Gut the joint to keep DCE happy?

One of the oldest sayings in sport is “No individual is bigger than the club”. That saying no longer rings true at Manly.

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Is Dugan to centre the right move?

By The Roar, 11 Feb 2016
Is Dugan to centre the right move?

St George Illawarra’s incumbent fullback Josh Dugan is in line for a permanent move to the centres.

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2016 NRL preview series: New Zealand Warriors

By Lachlan Bickley, 11 Feb 2016
2016 NRL preview series: New Zealand Warriors

Our first three teams in The Roar‘s 2016 NRL preview series were all teams that finished towards the bottom of the table in 2015.

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NRL contenders and pretenders: Part 1

By Taking it one week at a time, 11 Feb 2016 New author!
NRL contenders and pretenders: Part 1

Pre-season is a magical time of year in the land of rugby league. The boys are training the house down and everyone is looking fitter, faster and stronger.

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The Auckland Nines must be rescheduled

By Jarrod McGrouther, 11 Feb 2016
The Auckland Nines must be rescheduled

The Auckland Nines has sparked debate again in 2016, with numerous first grade regulars sustaining injuries during this year’s tournament.

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Six talking points from Super League Round 1

By Andy Sharpe, 10 Feb 2016
Six talking points from Super League Round 1

Super League is back, having kicked off over the weekend. So what were the talking points out of the first week back?

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2016 NRL preview series: Gold Coast Titans

By Lachlan Bickley, 10 Feb 2016 Video
2016 NRL preview series: Gold Coast Titans

Already this week we’ve looked at the Knights and Tigers, today we look at the Gold Coast Titans.

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Panthers in PNG just as important as Auckland Nines

While the Auckland Nines was a great way to start the season, Penrith’s match against the Papua New Guinea Hunters was just as important for the game of rugby league.

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2016 NRL preview series: Wests Tigers

By Lachlan Bickley, 9 Feb 2016
2016 NRL preview series: Wests Tigers

Yesterday we covered last year’s wooden spooners the Newcastle Knights, and today we’re looking at the Wests Tigers’ hopes in 2016.

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Knights player Jarrod Mullen during the NRL Auckland Nines. (AAP Image/SNPA, Teaukura Moetaua)

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Kurt Gidley in action for the Knights

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Marika Koroibete and Billy Slater

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The Cowboys celebrate

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Sydney Roosters NRL coach Trent Robinson

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Cowboys' James Tamou makes a run at Warriors' Shaun Johnson

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The Cowboys celebrate

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Matt Moylan of the Panthers runs the ball up

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Cowboys holding aloft the Auckland Nines trophy

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