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Foxtel snatch back Saturday NRL, new channel to debut: report

Reports have surfaced today that Foxtel have turned their NRL fortunes around by negotiating to acquire the Saturday night NRL fixture from Channel Nine, and that a new dedicated NRL channel will debut in 2017.

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Premiers North Queensland, minor premiers the Sydney Roosters and 2015 semi-finalists Canterbury are facing a salary cap squeeze as they fight to retain a swathe of off-contract NRL stars.

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Former Newcastle coach Michael Hagan has become the first high-profile official to bite the dust in the Nathan Brown-era at the Knights.

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Talks between Robbie Farah and the Sydney Roosters stall

Any chance Robbie Farah had of Sydney Roosters extending him a lifeline out of his contract breakdown with the Wests Tigers appears to be over after discussions dried up.

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NRL grand final rematch set for Good Friday

Brisbane won’t have to wait too long to seek revenge for their defeat in this year’s NRL decider, after their grand final rematch with North Queensland was confirmed on Wednesday Morning for Good Friday in 2016.

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Sam Burgess’ return to the NRL will kick off against arch-rivals the Sydney Roosters in front of a potential sell-out Sunday afternoon crowd at Allianz Stadium on March 6.

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Wests Tigers yet to decide Farah future

Talks between Robbie Farah and the Wests Tigers look set to continue into a fourth month, with the star hooker’s future still uncertain.

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Wests Tigers star Robbie Farah has asked for a release from the final two years of his contract at the joint venture with the Sydney Roosters emerging as a shock contender for his services.

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The future of outside back James Roberts at Gold Coast remains uncertain after the contract controversy that has rocked the NRL club.

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Hayne staying put in NFL

Jarryd Hayne will be staying put in the NFL and won’t be making a return to the NRL, according to the superstar’s Australian agent.

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Titanic stuff up: Staffer resigns after forging James Roberts’ signature

Centre James Roberts will meet with Gold Coast officials on Friday in a bid to remain with the NRL club after an embarrassing contract bungle.

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Johnathan Thurston wins third Golden Boot

North Queensland halfback Johnathan Thurston has won rugby league’s Golden Boot award for a record third time.

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Taylor says Farah to stay, play at Tigers

Rugby league’s most fractured relationship is “75 to 80 per cent” sorted, with Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor confirming Robbie Farah will remain at the club in 2016.

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he chance to secure a future for his young family rather than the ongoing dramas at the Wests Tigers was the chief motivator in Martin Taupau’s exit from the NRL club, the Manly recruit claims.

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Veteran NRL player Willie Mason has reportedly received a lucrative offer to finish his career at Super League side Catalans Dragons in France.

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2016 Auckland Nines draw and schedule released

The schedule of the 2016 NRL Auckland Nines has been released ahead of the tournament’s third year to be held at Eden Park.

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Wests captain Robbie Farah

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North Queensland Cowboys celebrate winning the 2015 NRL Grand Final

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Dallin Watene-Zelezniak for the Penrith Panthers

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The Titans must rescue the James Roberts fiasco

By Brendan Keevers, 26 Nov 2015
The Titans must rescue the James Roberts fiasco

When James Roberts’ contract saga at the Titans came to my attention last week, I took my anger and disappointment to social media and vented… quite scathingly.

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Who are the best buys in rugby league history?

The rugby league off-season always brings about the question of whether new signings from rival clubs will deliver success. Looking back over the past few decades, which players have been the best buys?

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Eels at fork in the road with captaincy choice

The Parramatta Eels have a wave of new signings joining their ranks for next season, with the likes of Beau Scott, Kieran Foran and Michael Gordon fronting up to pre-season training at the beginning of November.

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An early look at the 2016 NRL halves pairings: Part 2

Yesterday, Part 1 examined the existing halves combinations that will play on in 2016. Now let’s look at the new combinations and the clubs who have big decisions to make.

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An early look at the 2016 NRL halves pairings: Part 1

With teams starting their pre-season for 2016 it is an opportunity to take an early look at each club’s halves combinations. Who will shine? Who will struggle?

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Bird the NRL player with biggest point to prove in 2016

With the Gold Coast Titans edging closer to becoming the laughing-stock of the National Rugby League, someone needs to stand up.

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Daley’s dilemma surrounding Fulton and Gallen

Laurie Daley has three matches to prepare for each year. So when does he start preparing? He’s already well into that.

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Is Kearney the Messiah, or a very naughty Kiwi?

Stephen Kearney is leading New Zealand rugby league towards the Promised Land but like the prophet Moses he probably should have brought a map and compass.

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Ten things I learnt from the third Test

By Andy Sharpe, 18 Nov 2015
Ten things I learnt from the third Test

After an exciting ending to the three-Test Series between England and New Zealand, here are a few things I learnt from the match.

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International rugby league: England win Baskerville Shield, Belgium receive huge boost

The Baskerville Shield has finished on a high with England coming out victorious and edging closer to the number two spot on the RLIF Rankings.

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England defeat New Zealand to win the series

By Sleiman Azizi, 15 Nov 2015
England defeat New Zealand to win the series

They’ve done it. England have finally done it.

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“Better than Thurston” Will Choc ever shut up?

By Andrew Pelechaty, 14 Nov 2015
“Better than Thurston” Will Choc ever shut up?

Aussie sports fans are used to the ridiculous boasts from Anthony Mundine, but his trash talking of Johnathan Thurston was extreme even for him.

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The implications of Foxtel’s EPL deal

By Cameron Mee, 13 Nov 2015
The implications of Foxtel’s EPL deal

It has been nearly two weeks since the news broke that Foxtel had lost the rights to broadcast the English Premier League in Australia and the situation has become even more intriguing.

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State of the Game: National Rugby League

As someone who loves sport, I’ve been considering for a while to contribute to The Roar to express my sporting opinion.

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Grassroots rugby league needs more support

As a passionate rugby league fan, I am disillusioned with the role Country Rugby League plays in the progression of the sport.

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Sam Burgess could be a legend, but only in league

By Andrew Marmont, 11 Nov 2015
Sam Burgess could be a legend, but only in league

He’s not as gifted as Sonny Bill Williams, nor does he have the speed of Wendell Sailor. But Sam Burgess could retire as a bona fide legend of rugby league so long as he stays put in the sport.

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James Graham congratulated after scoring

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The Kiwis perform the Haka

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Rabbitohs players Tom and Sam Burgess

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The Kiwis perform the Haka

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Sam Burgess

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England's Gareth Widdop

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Rabbitohs players Tom and Sam Burgess

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English fullback Sam Tomkins attempts to break the line against the Kangaroos. (Image: AAP)

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With England's win over New Zealand, the gap between the big three teams in rugby league is narrowing. (AFP PHOTO / GLYN KIRK)

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