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STEVE TURNER: Brickwall Roosters will go back-to-back

Accuse me all you like of going off early, but the Roosters will win the comp.

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Every NRL game is equal, but this round, some are more equal than others

The final round of the NRL this coming weekend features eight games, all of which will have a massive influence on the ladder, the top eight and the final series.

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Gold Coast will name their new head coach on Tuesday afternoon, with interim Neil Henry believed to have secured the position.

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Round 26 of the NRL season is shaping as one of the most dramatic in years with the full make-up of the top eight to remain unresolved until late on Sunday evening.

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Brisbane could be without inspirational back-rower Sam Thaiday for Friday’s crunch NRL clash with Melbourne after he was charged with dangerous contact.

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North Queensland have locked down an NRL finals berth but it was ugly and it was late, the Cowboys grinding out a tense 20-19 golden point win over Cronulla in Townsville on Monday night.

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Burgess’ stunning form: This time, it’s not personal

Sam Burgess has put his sensational form for South Sydney this year down to not getting involved in personal battles with rival players.

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Manly’s narrow win puts their campaign back on track

Manly’s stunning comeback to beat Penrith yesterday has saved their season. Whether that translates into a premiership remains to be seen, but at least they’ve got the kick-start their campaign desperately needed.

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Manly utility Jamie Buhrer will miss the remainder of the NRL season after suffering an anterior cruciate ligament injury in the Sea Eagles’ thrilling 26-25 win over Penrith at Brookvale Oval on Sunday.

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Warriors skipper Simon Mannering steered clear of the maths as he led his team to a 42-0 whitewash against the Gold Coast Titans in Auckland.

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Stodgy league shows that expansion plans should be shelved

You know it kills me to march in here like Major Buzzkill and start some military-grade whinging, but…

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He could do without anymore refereeing blunders against his team but Brisbane coach Anthony Griffin believes the Broncos’ task gets easier with each week that passes in the NRL.

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Manly coach Geoff Toovey has accused his players of losing focus in recent weeks and ordered them to get back on track or risk finishing outside of the top four.

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Parramatta coach Brad Arthur defiantly declared his side’s NRL season was not over despite a 42-12 thumping at the hands of Newcastle at Hunter Stadium on Saturday.

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Young guns Mitch Cornish and Jack Wighton have given long suffering Canberra fans renewed hope for 2015 after sparking a 27-12 NRL victory over Wests Tigers on Saturday.

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Canberra coach Ricky Stuart has urged Wests Tigers directors to give embattled NRL coach Mick Potter another year in the top job despite delivering the club its sixth straight loss on Saturday.

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Rabbitohs and England star Sam Burgess.

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Adam Reynolds gets involved in a fight with  Michael Ennis. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Grant Trouville)

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Issac Luke and the Rabbitohs celebrate

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Paul Gallen and Cameron smith share a joke.

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NRL, you have five weeks to fix the Clive Churchill Medal debacle

If I could win any major rugby league award – and there’s no danger of this happening, I might add – I’d want to win the Clive Churchill Medal.

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Scrap golden point? It’s worth a try

By Daniel Nichols, Today
Scrap golden point? It’s worth a try

Every time a game is decided by a field goal in golden point the question is asked: is it time to consider golden try to decide games that are drawn after 80 minutes?

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Gallant Sharks again prove that nothing means everything

The Cronulla Sharks have had 48 seasons of nothing. That’s right, nothing.

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How to sell NRL to a valley girl

By The Black Widow, Today
How to sell NRL to a valley girl

While a trip to the footy might introduce you to all kinds of folks, there is a chance that valley girls might be conspicuously absent from the stands.

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Has Paul Gallen been punished enough?

It’s been a tough old season for Sharks fans in 2014. I imagine, for most Sharks supporters, when the buzzer sounds on their final game of the year this Saturday, there will be a sigh of relief.

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[VIDEO] North Queensland Cowboys vs Cronulla Sharks: NRL highlights, scores, blog

MATCH RESULT: The North Queensland Cowboys have secured a thrilling 1 point victory in golden point to secure their spot in this year’s finals.

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The fans have spoken, but will the NRL listen?

By Michael Georgiou, 1 Sep 2014
The fans have spoken, but will the NRL listen?

The results of the NRL Fans Survey were recently released, and it is vital the NRL closely consider the results so that changes can be made for the 2015 season.

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Is Cam Smith still the best hooker in the NRL?

By Matthew Edwards, 1 Sep 2014
Is Cam Smith still the best hooker in the NRL?

Anyone who has followed anything I have posted on this site would know that I am quite happy to make an unpopular statement. However, even I have shied away from saying what I am about to say.

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Fantastic finish to Sunday arvo dulled by delayed coverage

Manly’s win over the Panthers was brilliant game full of attacking footy, with a nail-biting finish in front of a big crowd on a beautiful Sunday afternoon.

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Bears, Jets and Bombers could create a real Super League

Billionaire Marwan Koukash wants to buy a NRL club. Forget it Marwan, make the Super League a World League instead and make the NRL redundant.

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[VIDEO] Manly Sea Eagles vs Penrith Panthers: NRL highlights, scores, blog

A high quality contest awaits as top four hopefuls the Penrith Panthers travel to Brookvale Oval to take on potential minor premiers the Manly Sea Eagles. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 3:00pm AEST.

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New Zealand Warriors vs Gold Coast Titans: NRL live scores, blog

The New Zealand Warriors put their slim finals hopes on the line as they do battle with a Gold Coast Titans side playing for pride. Join The Roar from 2:00pm AEST today for live coverage of this Round 25 fixture.

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Sydney Roosters vs Melbourne Storm: NRL live scores, blog

The Sydney Roosters and Melbourne Storm put their top-four ambitions on the line when they clash in what promises to be the game of the round. Join The Roar from 7:30pm (AEST) for live scores and coverage of this Round 25 fixture.

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Canberra Raiders vs Wests Tigers: NRL live scores

The Canberra Raiders and Wests Tigers meet at GIO Stadium on Saturday afternoon in a clash that will have no impact on the top eight, but a big impact on each sides’ confidence heading into the off season. Join The Roar for live scores from 5:30pm (AEST).

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[VIDEO] Newcastle Knights vs Parramatta Eels: NRL highlights, scores, blog

The Newcastle Knights have caused several upsets at home in recent weeks and will look to cause another when they face a Parramatta Eels side desperate to keep their season alive. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 3:00pm AEST.

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What we learned from the Rabbitohs versus Bulldogs match

What a strange and at times fascinating match Thursday’s Souths versus Canterbury encounter was.

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Brisbane Broncos centre Justin Hodges

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Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith

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Todd Greenberg at Belmore Oval

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

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

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Is Arthur the man to lead the Eels out of the mire?

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