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Super League’s governing body in England, the Rugby Football League (RFL), will allow clubs an extra interchange in the event of a player needing a pitchside concussion assessment.

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NRL to register Ferguson Roosters contract

The NRL has agreed to register the contract of Blake Ferguson to play for the Sydney Roosters in 2015.

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Jarrod Croker has been named as the man to lead the Canberra Raiders into the future, taking over the captaincy from the departing Terry Campese.

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NSW Blues coach Laurie Daley has named his emerging Blues squad for a training camp in January 2015 and it is littered with members of South Sydney’s premiership squad.

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Drafts, draws, drugs and dropkicks: Summer footy’s gone mad

There was a time when footy in summer was alien. It didn’t belong in the papers, it was off-topic over barbecue powwow, and if you showed up to the park with anything oval, it would be ruthlessly deflated with a stump and fed to the dog.

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Manly great Steve Menzies says Willie Mason is the man to keep the club’s proud winning culture alive.

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St George Illawarra coach Paul McGregor is urging disillusioned Dragons fans to accept Brett Morris’s departure and move on.

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South Sydney coach Michael Maguire has promised Rabbitohs fans that the NRL premiers are well prepared for life without Sam Burgess.

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Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne has reportedly trained with the Detroit Lions for the second time, increasing speculation he’s set to be offered a deal by the NFL club.

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Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy admits he is unsure how to fill Cameron Smith’s giant shoes early next NRL season.

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Luckless back Jacob Loko is the man who can solve Canterbury’s fullback conundrum according to Terry Lamb, with the Bulldogs great comparing him to a young Sonny Bill Williams.

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The NRL is fighting to put bums in seats and address its lagging attendance rates next season.

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For an NRL club that is trying to revitalise its image, Gold Coast’s players aren’t doing the Titans any favours.

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Young hooker Paul Carter will be sacked by Gold Coast after being caught drink driving for the second time this year.

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2015 NRL Draw: The key talking points

The 2015 NRL Draw has been released today, and there are plenty of things to discuss, dissect and get angry about.

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The NRL has softened the blow of the State of Origin player drain by scheduling fewer matches the weekend before the interstate series next season.

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Phil Gould and the Channel Nine team - is it really necessary to have a 50 minute lead-in before each Origin game?

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

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Manly sack Jamil Hopoate

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The Roar of the crowd

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Enough with the sour grapes – Shaun Johnson is the world’s best rugby league player

Shaun Johnson’s wizard-like Four Nations performance should go down as one of the most dominant displays by a half in international rugby league history – that is why he won the Golden Boot.

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Golden Boot winner Shaun Johnson must go to the next level

Shaun Johnson has won the 2014 Golden Boot award as the best player in rugby league, but the 2015 NRL season will be his real litmus test.

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The lock forward has earned a place in the spine

By, 19 Dec 2014
The lock forward has earned a place in the spine

The modern day rugby league lock forward has grown in value and results indicate they should be a member of the all-important spine positions – fullback, five-eighth, halfback and hooker.

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The NRL should scrap Saturday games

By Allan Jennings, 18 Dec 2014
The NRL should scrap Saturday games

I, like many rugby league fans, had a glance at the newly released draw for the 2015 season of the NRL and spotted a few things that I think the game should’ve evolved by now.

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There’s no such thing as guaranteed success in the NRL

When the Brisbane Broncos were installed as the premiership favourites by bookmakers for next season, many fans automatically assumed that the team’s success was all but guaranteed.

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It’s time to re-invent the rugby league schedule

If the NRL format remains as it is, Greg Inglis will be left with a third of his hamstring, one kneecap and no arms by 2019.

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No excuses for Penrith fans in 2015 NRL draw

By The RiffMarn Stew Moses, 16 Dec 2014
No excuses for Penrith fans in 2015 NRL draw

The much anticipated and long overdue NRL draw has finally been released, much to the relief of fans everywhere while to the detriment of sports diary publishers.

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The must-see games in the 2015 NRL season

By mastermind5991, 16 Dec 2014
The must-see games in the 2015 NRL season

The highly-anticipated draw for the 2015 NRL season is out and there are some matches and special occasions that are worth not missing.

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The NRL could take a leaf out of junior league’s book

Creativity in the NRL has been sterilised in recent times, with coaches increasingly fixated on ‘no mistakes’ football.

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How much is too much to pay for a supporter’s jersey?

The producers of sporting paraphernalia have some explaining to do.

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Are NRL players just taking the piss?

By Gareth Kidd, 10 Dec 2014
Are NRL players just taking the piss?

Knock knock Who’s there? Urine Urine who? Urine idiot, Greg Bird

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Which player is under pressure at your NRL club in 2015?

By The RiffMarn Stew Moses, 10 Dec 2014
Which player is under pressure at your NRL club in 2015?

While club rosters continue to change by the day in one of the craziest off-season player markets in recent memory, each NRL club still has players heading into 2015 wondering whether their coach will deem them surplus to requirements.

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It’s too bloody hot to play footy in March at Penrith

By The RiffMarn Stew Moses, 10 Dec 2014
It’s too bloody hot to play footy in March at Penrith

Round 1 of the 2015 NRL draw has been leaked, and with Penrith set to play a blockbuster clash against rivals the Bulldogs on a March afternoon, Panthers fans are asking why?

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NRL’s 100-minute revolution; Is it a good idea?

Phil Rothfield wrote an article in yesterday’s Daily Telegraph where he suggested some major rule changes might be in the works for coming seasons.

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How can we save the little man from rugby league extinction?

If the rugby league crystal ball is correct, there will be no room in our game for players under 90 kilograms and 180 centimetres by the year 2024.

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Is it time to consider a transfer window?

By The RiffMarn Stew Moses, 7 Dec 2014
Is it time to consider a transfer window?

Rugby league fans have become accustomed to players signing contracts for another club up to a season in advance of their current contract expiring.

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Queensland's Darius Boyd celebrates scoring a try during 2013 State of Origin Game 2

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Australia's Daly Cherry-Evans, second right, makes a break against Wales

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Rabbitohs flag

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NRL Chief Executive, Dave Smith. AAP Image/Dean Lewins

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Shaun Kenny-Dowall: Indigenous v NRL All Stars.

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Sam Tomkins of Wigan takes on Darryl Millard of the Catalan Dragons in the English Super League. Image: Wikicommons

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Warriors' Sam Tomkins in action.

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