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We must revamp rugby league’s junior system. Here’s how to do it

There was a touch of irony in Wests Tigers chief executive Justin Pascoe calling for compensation, including transfer fees, for NRL clubs that develop junior players when their home-grown talent is poached by rival teams.

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Anzac Day rugby league, what is it good for?

Once again, the NRL’s traditional Anzac Day fixture between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Sydney Roosters is under fire.

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Why I would never divorce my football team

When I was 17 years old, I bought a copy of Fever Pitch by Nick Hornby. The book was recommended to me by a friend who said it was written for “people like me”.

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Six of the best Anzac Day matches in NRL history

On our national day of remembrance, when we proudly honour those who fought for our country, there have been some great sporting deeds. Here, we recall six of the best Anzac Day rugby league clashes.

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Anzac Day NRL guide: Who plays who, where, when and how to watch

Anzac Day footy is upon us once again with two blockbuster matchups hitting rugby league fans on one of the most important days of the Australian calendar.

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Daley: Hayne plane in the frame for Origin game

NSW coach Laurie Daley has given his biggest hint yet that Jarryd Hayne will return to the Blues’ State of Origin side.

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South Sydney forward George Burgess’ NRL season has hit a new low after he accepted a four-game ban for a shoulder charge on Brisbane’s Anthony Milford.

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Landing the big fish: Are NRL clubs using the right bait?

Recruitment used to be such a simple process. A player and his agent would arrange to meet with potential suitors at the local Chinese joint. You didn’t worry about being seen.

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Brooks playing without pressure after sorting out future

Re-signed Wests Tigers halfback Luke Brooks felt the weight of off-contract pressure lift off his shoulders before his match-winning role in Sunday’s 18-12 victory over Canterbury.

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Tigers trump Bulldogs in a thriller, 18-12

The Wests Tigers have recorded an important win at ANZ Stadium, downing the Canterbury Bulldogs by 6 points in an ANZAC Weekend thriller.

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Wests Tigers unlikely to wait on Cronk

Wests Tigers officials wouldn’t wait for the remaining members of their so-called big four to re-sign and it seems they won’t be playing the long game for Cooper Cronk either.

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Fit Hayne targets NSW Origin return

Jarryd Hayne has made himself unavailable for the upcoming representative round as he buckles down on preparing for a fairytale State of Origin return for NSW.

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Flanagan slams Sharks’ attitude problems

Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan has demanded his men undergo an attitude change after suffering a shock NRL loss to the Titans.

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Pulu stars in Titans’ upset win over Sharks

A contentious 76th minute try to Leivaha Pulu has given the Gold Coast a shock come-from-behind win over Cronulla on Saturday night, to snap a four-game NRL losing streak.

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Cowboys conquer courageous Knights

The North Queensland Cowboys have defeated a hard-working and determined Newcastle Knights outfit this Saturday afternoon in Townsville.

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NRL refs boss admits errors in Souths loss

NRL referees boss Tony Archer has admitted his officials erred in awarding Brisbane centre Tautau Moga a try in the Broncos’ controversial one-point win over South Sydney on Friday.

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Corey Norman Parramatta Eels NRL 2016

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Anthony Milford of the Brisbane Broncos and teammate Ben Hunt celebrate

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George Burgess. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Robb Cox)

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Gareth Widdop St George Illawarra Dragons NRL Rugby League 2017

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Aaron Woods

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Michael Maguire smiles. What's he up to?

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Broncos player Anthony Milford

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Gareth Widdop St George Illawarra Dragons NRL Rugby League 2017

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Cooper Cronk sent off

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The Roar of the crowd

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Does Laurie Daley even want to win Origin?

I read recently, with much dismay, of Laurie Daley’s intention to stick with Robbie Farah as NSW hooker.

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Tarsha Gale Cup: Panthers maul Eels 44-12

A clinical display from start to finish has seen the Penrith Panthers keep their Tarsha Gale Cup dream alive, thumping the Parramatta Eels by 44-12 at UOW Jubilee Oval.

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How Craig Fitzgibbon ruined rugby league

Craig Fitzgibbon’s illustrious career cannot be questioned. A decorated career of 307 first grade games (including 47 at Hull in Super League), 11 appearances for the Blues and 19 for the Kangaroos.

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SG Ball: Roosters hold off fast-finishing Panthers

The Sydney Roosters have thwarted a late surge from the Penrith Panthers to prevail 22-18 in their SG Ball semi-final at UOW Jubilee Oval.

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NRL stars to stud Kumuls Pacific Test side

By Riley Pettigrew, 24 Apr 2017
NRL stars to stud Kumuls Pacific Test side

Michael Marum’s Kumuls side to line-up against Cook Islands in the Pacific Test is set to have a heavy NRL influence, with a host of elite stars to be named for Papua New Guinea.

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Josh Reynolds encapsulates the Bulldogs’ culture

It was Good Friday 2016 and the Bulldogs were completing a 42-12 demolition job on South Sydney at ANZ Stadium.

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Don’t blame Issac Moses for looking after his players

“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist … and like that, he’s gone.”

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Nine talking points from the NRL weekend: Round 8

What a weekend of footy! Out of the six games played so far in Round 8, four of them were decided in the last five miuntes, with one of those going to golden point. The other two weren’t exactly blowouts either and with that, let’s get into The Roar‘s NRL talking points from the weekend.

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Wests Tigers vs Canterbury Bulldogs: NRL live scores, blog

Match result: The Wests Tigers have recorded an important win at ANZ Stadium, downing the Canterbury Bulldogs by 6 points in an ANZAC Weekend thriller.

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The rules rugby league must change

By Joel Eggins, 23 Apr 2017 New author!
The rules rugby league must change

We all know rugby league is the greatest game of all, but let’s face it, there are some rules that really frustrate fans.

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Cronulla Sharks vs Gold Coast Titans: NRL live scores, blog, highlights

Match result: The Gold Coast Titans have scored a valuable upset win on the road, knocking off the reigning premiers by four points.

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North Queensland Cowboys vs Newcastle Knights Highlights: NRL scores, blog

Match result: The North Queensland Cowboys have defeated a hard-working and determined Newcastle Knights outfit this Saturday afternoon in Townsville.

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Parramatta Eels vs Penrith Panthers highlights: NRL live scores, blog

Match result: Despite a late scare, the Eels have held on for their fourth win of the season and second in a row as they push their way up towards the pointy of the standings.

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Yearning for a pie on the hill with the Glebe Dirty Reds

I learned to love watching rugby league on the hill with my dad at Leichhardt, Redfern, North Sydney and Henson Park.

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NRL Round 8 predictions: Roosters to topple the table-topping Dragons

Round 8 is the Anzac round and two clashes which have been a mainstay in the NRL over recent years will take centre stage once again.

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Preston’s previews NRL Round 8

By James Preston, 22 Apr 2017
Preston’s previews NRL Round 8

After another eventful Easter weekend of football we are treated to a marathon round with games spread from Friday until Tuesday, and it’s a tough one for tipsters!

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Cody Walker South Sydney Rabbitohs NRL Rugby League 2016

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Canberra Raiders player Blake Austin

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Daniel Tupou scores his last minute try

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Ivan Cleary NRL Rugby League Wests Tigers 2017

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Bryce Cartwright of the Panthers, (centre), celebrates with team mates

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Gareth Widdop St George Illawarra Dragons NRL Rugby League 2017

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Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart

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Kieran Foran New Zealand Warriors NRL Rugby League 2017

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Tariq Sims St George Illawarra Dragons NRL Rugby League 2016

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