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NRL boss Dave Smith believes the future of the grand final may lie in a rotation of venues between NSW, Queensland and a new market.

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Papua New Guinea is promising to help stage the most exciting Rugby League World Cup yet after being awarded 2017 co-hosting rights with Australia and New Zealand.

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Staying at suburban grounds in the long term will destroy at least one NRL club, according to NSW Sports Minister Stuart Ayres.

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It was bloody good, but it was still not better than ’89

The rugby league grand final is something we all look forward to with great anticipation. We talk about it and read about it virtually all week leading up to the game. We plan barbecues, invite mates and buy beer.

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Now the dust has settled, Wayne Bennett was right about golden point

I pen this as I finally emerge from 72 hours of oblivion following Sunday night’s grand final. That theatrical beast was two hours of the most exhausting emotional abuse I have ever endured – and I’ve been on a Japanese game show.

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For the first time, all players will reportedly undergo a heart scan next NRL season before they take the field.

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North Queensland’s premiership party isn’t expected to end anytime soon with the Cowboys planning to take their NRL trophy on a tour of the far north.

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Mick Potter is reportedly set to resurrect his NRL coaching career as part of Nathan Brown’s staff at Newcastle.

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Storm coach Craig Bellamy will try to work his magic on Canberra discard Mark Nicholls after luring the NRL prop to Melbourne.

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When the sun sets on Johnathan Thurston’s career, it seems inevitable the North Queensland, Maroons and Kangaroos superstar will be given Immortal status as one of rugby league’s all-time greats.

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Newcastle have offloaded up-and-coming hooker Adam Clydsdale to Canberra, fuelling speculation they are preparing to make a play for out-of-favour Wests Tigers rake Robbie Farah.

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If you thought Brisbane’s NRL grand final loss was heartbreaking enough, spare a thought for injured front-rower Josh McGuire.

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They know how to party in North Queensland.

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With an unchanged line-up next season North Queensland look set to have the best shot at claiming back-to-back premierships since Brisbane last managed it over two decades ago.

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What a difference a year can make.

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Less than 24 hours earlier, he was a broken man. Defeated. Inconsolable.

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Cowboys Jonathan Thurston celebrates winning the 2015 NRL Grand Final

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The Roar of the crowd

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What a great weekend of rugby league

The Super League semi-finals provided us with two games of contrasting performances and quality.

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I can fully understand what the Cowboys fans and players are going through this week, as this season my own rugby league dreams came true.

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Who will be next to get that maiden premiership?

Now that the North Queensland Cowboys got that maiden premiership after a 20-year journey, I wonder which club would be next to break out through and become premiers.

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Madness in the State Championship grand final

So the grand final was an absolute belter, that we can all agree on.

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2015 NRL grand final an epic for the ages

By Zachary Gates, 8 Oct 2015 Video
2015 NRL grand final an epic for the ages

Sunday’s NRL grand final will never be forgotten. It has been lauded as one of the greatest ever and is up there with the 1989 and 1997 deciders.

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JT is the best advertisement the NRL could hope for

Season 2015 you have been absolutely magic. Looking back there are so many moments that I remember with fondness.

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As the 2015 Super League season ratchets up to a, hopefully, spectacular conclusion with two mouth-watering semi-finals followed by the grand final Saturday, my thoughts have turned to the upcoming England against New Zealand Test series that will be played over consecutive weekends in November.

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Clutch Cowboys make history

By NF, 7 Oct 2015 Video
Clutch Cowboys make history

A team that started 0-3 at the beginning of the season, and got their first win through golden point against the Melbourne Storm in Round 4, has just taken out the NRL premiership.

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How the Cowboys won the NRL premiership in Round 4

After what has been labelled as the greatest grand final of all time, it is easy to forget just how much effort goes into winning a premiership.

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Grand final rematch should kick off the 2016 season

While the dust continues to settle on the 2015 NRL season, work has now commenced on the structure of next year’s fixture. In this article I have plotted out how Round 1 next year should unfold.

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Johnathan Thurston is the greatest rugby league player of all time

There, I said it.

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Canterbury Bulldogs 2015 season review

By Christian D'Aloia, 6 Oct 2015
Canterbury Bulldogs 2015 season review

Following their second grand final appearance in three years, which resulted in yet another crushing defeat, the Canterbury Bulldogs squad was given a sizeable shake-up and an energising injection of youth.

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NRL grand final proves the numbers never lie

I’m lost for words. That was the best grand final in my memory, and had me on the edge of my seat. So what made it such a great game and do the stats accurately portray the end result?

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Heartbreak for Broncos as Cowboys land maiden title

Another NRL season is over and the North Queensland Cowboys are the premiers for the very first time after they outlasted the Brisbane Broncos in what can only be described as the most dramatic and most thrilling NRL grand final in recent history.

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2015 NRL grand final: North Queensland Cowboys win by a point

You would be hard pressed to find a more incredible or action packed NRL grand final, as the North Queensland Cowboys took out their first premiership at ANZ Stadium, beating the Brisbane Broncos by a single digit in golden point.

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Player Ratings from the NRL Grand Final

By Riley Pettigrew, 4 Oct 2015
Player Ratings from the NRL Grand Final

In the most thrilling grand final in the history of Australian rugby league, the Cowboys came out on top of the Broncos to win 17-16 from a Johnathan Thurston field goal after Kyle Feldt sent the game to golden point, scoring a try on the siren.

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Broncos player Ben Hunt passes the ball as Johnathan Thurston tries to tackle him

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Clint Newton

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Kieran Foran caught by Kierran Moseley

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Queensland player dale Cherry-Evans passes the ball during Game I of the 2014 State of Origin rugby league series at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, Wednesday, May 28, 2014. (AAP Image/Dave Hunt)

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Rugby league video referee (Image David Jackmanson, Wikimedia Commons)

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A man with big things in front of him - George Burgess.

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Dave Smith

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Close-up of Semi Radradra

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