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Underrated Manly still more than capable of doing the Eagle Rock

My brother-in-law is a keen Manly fan. I have told him constantly he is an ordinary judge when it comes to football, but he did marry my sister, so he’s not a a totally bad judge.

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NRL announce new ref changes

The NRL have announced changes aimed at improving refereeing in 2015, including nominating a senior referee who will control a minimum of 80 per cent of the game.

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Five fearless predictions for the 2015 NRL season

It’s that time of year again, where I provide ammunition to a demographic of people who certainly don’t need it. That’s right, it’s my annual fearless predictions for the NRL season, where I like to over-supply Roarers with egg to throw on my face come October.

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The immediate playing future of the Gold Coast Titans embroiled in the NRL cocaine scandal is still up in the air with club CEO Graham Annesley saying they are still waiting on key information about the charges.

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The NRL conceded its integrity unit has to lift its game, after a botched investigation into the Arizona arrest of John Sutton and Luke Burgess was concluded on Monday.

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Penrith believe they have put in place the final piece of their premiership puzzle after signing NSW back-rower Trent Merrin on a big-money deal for the 2016 NRL season.

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Cronulla appear to have conceded defeat in their quest for the signature of Daly Cherry-Evans.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs fined $20,000 by the NRL

The South Sydney Rabbitohs have been fined $20,000 by the NRL integrity unit following the code’s investigation into Arizona incident involving John Sutton and Luke Burgess in November, though the players will not miss any matches.

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Penrith my tip for the 2015 NRL premiership

With the season just a few sleeps away, it is time to put in your premiership tips. I’m going past all of the heavyweight teams who have either won or at least contested grand finals in recent years and tipping Penrith to win the premiership.

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South Sydney halfback Luke Keary says the NRL premiers are confident of avoiding a World Club Challenge hangover and are set to hit the ground running next week.

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NRL boss Dave Smith wants a series of state-of-the-art 30,000-seat stadia accommodating fans throughout Sydney as rugby league moves to grow and consolidate crowds throughout its heartland.

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Sydney NRL clubs have given cautious support to Dave Smith’s plan to invest in small suburban grounds, but warn he needs to think bigger and give certainty to fans.

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The Gold Coast Titans’ troubles have deepened, with former player Ashley Harrison the latest to be arrested over the trouble-plagued NRL club’s drug scandal.

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The cocaine scandal that has engulfed NRL club Gold Coast Titans spread to Super League on Friday when it was revealed that an arrest warrant has been issued for Hull’s new signing Steve Michaels.

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Two of rugby league’s longest-running droughts were broken in 2014, but the task of emulating those feats for South Sydney and NSW will be even tougher this season.

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Justin Hodges named Brisbane Broncos captain

Veteran Justin Hodges has capped one of the great comebacks by being officially confirmed as Brisbane captain for the 2015 NRL season by coach Wayne Bennett.

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NRL CEO Dave Smith

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Greg Inglis (left) and Greg Bird during Game II of the 2013 State of Origin rugby league series. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Grant Trouville)

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GREG BIRD

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The Roar of the crowd

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Round 1 NRL action to cure off-season nightmares

You know the off-season is too long when vision of Braith Anasta selling hotdogs behind the Allianz Stadium in-goal wakes you in a cold sweat. So good riddance to disrupted nights, and welcome back rugby league.

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How to save a life: The NRL’s frightening new reality

As another NRL season kicks off, an on-field death is not inevitable but is certainly possible, as are spinal injuries. And serious concussions are a given.

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Expect TV revenue for the NRL and AFL to only go up, and up

The NRL has announced a $49.9million surplus from 2014, which is obviously a fantastic result for the sport.

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Can the Rabbitohs go back to back in 2015?

No team has won consecutive premierships since the NRL competition began in 1998 following the Super League war.

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2015 NRL season: Round 1 preview

By mastermind5991, 3 Mar 2015
2015 NRL season: Round 1 preview

It has been five months since the South Sydney Rabbitohs lifted the NRL premiership trophy. Since then, sporting fans across Australia endured a long off-season dominated by tragedy, triumph and controversy.

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Super League Round 3 review and NRL watch

By Andy Sharpe, 3 Mar 2015 Video
Super League Round 3 review and NRL watch

Round 3 of the Super League season has just been completed. Here is our wrap of the weekend’s action in European rugby league.

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Boardroom bickering spells disaster for Sea Eagles

As an NRL fan with a keen interest in corporate governance, and in particular the way our clubs are administered, I have always watched with fascination as boardroom bickering eventually affect on-field results.

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Which Dragons will follow Merrin out the door?

By Walter Penninger, 3 Mar 2015
Which Dragons will follow Merrin out the door?

With Trent Merrin moving to the Panthers from 2016 – reportedly on a deal worth $750,000 per year – the Dragons have freed up vital space in their salary cap after this year.

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Souths’ penalty reeks of inconsistency

As Suzanne Young, the NRL’s Chief Operating Officer, delivered the findings of the investigation into the Rabbitohs’ dealings with Tom Burgess and John Sutton, neither the media nor fans were expecting much in the way of punishment.

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The tables have turned – the Eels are now raiding the Eagles

While the NRL season is still yet to kick off, there has been plenty of drama and speculation in the media so far in 2015. Player signings, misbehaviour and all kinds of speculation has been the order of the day in 2015.

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Greg Inglis is drained and needs a rest

By John Cooper, 2 Mar 2015
Greg Inglis is drained and needs a rest

Greg Inglis is obviously feeling the effects of a tough training regime, and flights to and from England for the World Club Series. Even for a player of his calibre, it is unsurprising that he’s tired.

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A tribute to Billy Thorpe’s Friday night football intro

On February 28, 2007, Australia lost music legend Billy Thorpe. Yes, it is hard to believe that it has been eight years since his passing.

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Losing Foran is a disaster for Manly

By Lachlan Bickley, 27 Feb 2015
Losing Foran is a disaster for Manly

If the reports are true and Kieran Foran is indeed leaving the Sea Eagles to join Parramatta then it truly is a disaster for Manly.

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What becomes of the Dragon hearted

By Josh Malouf, 27 Feb 2015 New author!
What becomes of the Dragon hearted

Leading into the 2015 season, the St George Illawarra Dragons are on target to miss the finals for the fourth successive year. Let’s get to the real reasons for their lack of success in recent years.

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With the NRL’s annual report coming out it looks like the game is in great health.

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Will the Sharks make the finals in 2015?

By Alex Green, 26 Feb 2015
Will the Sharks make the finals in 2015?

After a horror season that ended with them ‘winning’ the dreaded wooden spoon, the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks will be looking to turn it around in 2015.

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Titans' Dave Taylor

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Rabbitohs player Greg Inglis celebrates after scoring a try during the NRL Preliminary final between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Colin Whelan)

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Former Parramatta NRL great Eric Grothe senior rocking out

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South Sydney coach Michael Maguire (Photo: AAP)

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Manly Sea Eagles half Daly Cherry-Evans passing

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Rabbitohs player Greg Inglis celebrates

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The Sea Eagles' Daly-Cherry Evans and Kieran Foran

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Josh Dugan looks the goods for the Dragons (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Steve Christo)

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Sharks' Paul Gallen

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