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BREAKING: NRL announce crackdown on “bogan tattoos”

The NRL has today announced it will crack down on visible tattoos in an effort to improve the image of the game, after recent surveys showed the code was suffering in its off-field perception.

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MASCORD: League’s new boss ready to stand up to Rah-Rah bullies

David Collier, our new global leader (rugby league fans finally have someone to take the aliens to meet when they ask), has made his first bold statement, warning we won’t be pushed around by other sports anymore.

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Anyone talking down Anthony Milford’s first month at the Brisbane Broncos will soon be gorging on their own words.

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Gold Coast forward Greg Bird says he’s been disappointed with people making snap judgments about him after he was caught up in the NRL club’s cocaine scandal.

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South Sydney centre Kirisome Auva’a appeal against a nine-month suspension has been rejected by the NRL.

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Cowboys down Storm in golden point

Johnathan Thurston has stolen a desperately needed win for North Queensland in a golden point thriller against Melbourne.

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Sydney Roosters prop Sam Moa has expressed his concern for the welfare of teammate Blake Ferguson after the former NSW winger was ruled out of the NRL for four months on Monday due to an ankle injury.

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Alex McKinnon will be on the Hunter Stadium sidelines on Saturday when his two NRL clubs, Newcastle and St George Illawarra, fight it out for a trophy named in his honour.

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Blake Ferguson ruled out for four months with foot injury

Roosters centre Blake Ferguson has been dealt a blow to his comeback to the NRL, being ruled out for four months with a foot injury after his side’s win over the Canberra Raiders.

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PRICHARD: Manly haters are in for a big year

I tipped Manly to miss the finals before the season began, but now I’m starting to think it could get even worse than that.

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Manly coach Geoff Toovey faces an anxious week as the Sea Eagles sweat on several injuries picked up in Saturday’s 12-4 loss to St George Illawarra in Wollongong.

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Beau Scott has declined to guarantee he will remain at Newcastle next year despite being contracted until the end of 2017.

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Sydney Roosters coach Trent Robinson says he was pleased with the way Blake Ferguson coped with the occasion of facing former NRL club Canberra on Sunday.

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Canberra coach Ricky Stuart says the Raiders’ squad should aspire to be as good as the Sydney Roosters after Sunday’s 34-6 defeat at Allianz Stadium.

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Newcastle says it’s no fluke they are top of the NRL table after their hitmen successfully targeted Peter Wallace in their 26-14 win over Penrith at Hunter Stadium on Saturday.

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Put Daly Cherry-Evans next to Kane Elgey in the Gold Coast halves for 2016 and the make-up of a premiership contender is starting to take shape.

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Greg Bird celebrates following the NSW Blues' victory over Queensland in Game I of 2013 State of Origin

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

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Grand final rematch to highlight Round 5 of the NRL

Round 5 kicks off this Good Friday with the grand final rematch between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Canterbury Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium.

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NRL Round 4 review: Upsets, Knights on top and Thurston’s back

Welcome back to our weekly NRL review series. This week was all about upsets, the surprising Newcastle Knights, the magic of Johnathan Thurston and some curious decision making from the Sharks

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Is Thurston the greatest half of the modern era?

When I was watching Johnathan Thurston on Monday night against the Melbourne Storm, I couldn’t help but think I was watching the greatest half of the modern era.

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NRL Round 4: what tickled my fancy

By The lazy Phoenix, Today

We all love rugby league and every week there multiple things that catch my eye and get my juices flowing. Here are the 16 things that tickled my fancy in Round 4 of the NRL.

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Should Des choose Moses or Joshua to lead his people?

Haven’t the Bulldogs been in tremendous form in 2015?

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Newcastle’s tactics a case of halves and halve nots

There’s been a lot of media hype about Newcastle’s tactics of hitting opposition halves late, and hard. A lot.

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Five hypotheses for the 2015 NRL season

By Jordon Le Breux, 31 Mar 2015
Five hypotheses for the 2015 NRL season

There has been much to talk about as the 2015 NRL competition enters its fifth round, and there are sure to be many twists and turns before the season is over.

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[VIDEO] North Queensland Cowboys vs Melbourne Storm Highlights: NRL blog, scores

MATCH RESULT: The North Queensland Cowboys have secured their first win of the 2015 NRL season, storming home against Melbourne to claim a 18-17 victory in golden point extra time.

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[VIDEO] Sydney Roosters vs Canberra Raiders highlights: NRL scores, blog

Blake Ferguson will play against his former club for the first time as the Sydney Roosters take on their former premiership winning coach Ricky Stuart’s side, the Canberra Raiders. Join The Roar from 1.50pm (AEDT) for live scores and coverage.

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[VIDEO] New Zealand Warriors vs Brisbane Broncos Highlights: NRL scores, blog

The New Zealand Warriors will be looking to go two from two at home this afternoon as they take on the Brisbane Broncos at Mount Smart Stadium in Auckland. Join The Roar from 11.45am (AEDT) for live coverage.

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The NRL in 2015 is just a waste of time

By The Barry, 29 Mar 2015 Video
The NRL in 2015 is just a waste of time

During the first half of the Souths versus Parramatta game on Friday night there were a couple of periods where I noticed the players standing around not doing much. I started scribbling notes on the back of an envelope about breaks in play and how long they lasted.

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Oh, what a night to be a Hull KR fan

By Andy Sharpe, 29 Mar 2015 Video
Oh, what a night to be a Hull KR fan

Friday was a great night to be a Hull Kingston Rovers fan and believe me it has not been often that I have wanted to write those words in the last few years. But it certainly was a case of the feel good Fridays as we sent St Helens spinning to their first defeat of […]

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[VIDEO] St George Illawarra Dragons vs Manly Sea Eagles highlights: NRL lives scores, blog

Fresh off a morale-boosting win over Canberra, the St George Illawarra Dragons are full of confidence and will fancy their chances of upsetting the Manly Sea Eagles at home. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:30pm AEDT.

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[VIDEO] Cronulla Sharks vs Gold Coast Titans highlights: NRL scores, blog

The Shire will see a battle of the winless on Saturday Afternoon, as their hometown Cronulla Sharks take on the Gold Coast Titans at Remondis Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and a blog of the game from 5:30pm (AEDT).

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[Video] Newcastle Knights vs Penrith Panthers Highlights: NRL scores, blog

An early season blockbuster comes to Newcastle on Saturday Afternoon, as the second place Knights take on the third place Panthers at Hunter Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 3:00pm (AEDT).

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Souths to go undefeated? Calm down, it’s only Round 4

With surprises, upsets, scandals and teams wrecked by injury, the first few rounds of the NRL competition have taught us that we know very little about how the 2015 season is going to pan out.

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James Tedesco of the Wests Tigers

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Adam Blair in action for the Wests Tigers

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Thomas Burgess of the South Sydney Rabbitohs offloads a pass

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Canberra Raiders player Blake Austin

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Benji Marshall in his debut for the Dragons

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Luke Brooks argues about having to leave the field with concussion

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Cooper Cronk Billy Slater

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Ben Hornby thanks the fans during the Dragons vs Warriors match at WIN Stadium

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Panthers coach Ivan Cleary. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Wayne Drought)

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