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PRENTICE: Souths will douse their title drought with champagne

I’ve got a few grand final tips wrong in my time but not this one – Souths will smash the choker’s tag, end their 43-year drought and trounce Canterbury by 16 points.

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Forget the bands, NRL grand final day needs a sprint

When it comes to grand final day entertainment, both the NRL and the AFL either get it very wrong or very right. Sadly, the NRL more often than not opts for the former.

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Cheap Seats 55: One grand final thumping down, one to go?

Sportswriters Brett McKay and Ryan O’Connell are bearing the scars of a grand final thumping in Episode 55 of the Cheap Seats Podcast.

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South Sydney are just 80 minutes away from proving Wayne Bennett wrong, something that doesn’t happen all that often.

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Wayne Bennett, Jack Gibson and Des Hasler. When it comes to grand final experience, few know rugby league’s biggest day quite like the Canterbury mastermind.

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He’ll be in the forward furnace against a monster Souths pack, but Bulldogs star James Graham is just as worried about the heat from the Rabbitohs outside backs in Sunday’s NRL grand final.

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Canterbury are set to put faith in eight-game rookie Moses Mbye to fill the boots of Michael Ennis at hooker for Sunday’s grand final against South Sydney.

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WADA has savaged ASADA’s protracted investigation into NRL club Cronulla’s 2011 supplements program but has said it won’t appeal the back-dated suspensions handed out to 12 Sharks players.

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Issac Luke to miss NRL grand final

South Sydney hooker Issac Luke will miss Sunday’s NRL grand final against Canterbury after the judiciary upheld his one-match ban for a dangerous throw on Tuesday night.

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2014 NRL Grand Final full team lists

The South Sydney Rabbitohs and Canterbury Bulldogs have both announced their teams for the 2014 NRL Grand final today, with few changes for both sides.

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Boxing match descends into Rugby League game

It was a sorry state of affairs at ANZ Stadium on Sunday afternoon, when the Grand Final of the Ron Massey Cup erupted into a vicious all-in brawl.

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Canterbury captain Michael Ennis says he will need a miracle to play in Sunday’s NRL grand final against South Sydney.

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Hayne and Sutton to referee NRL Grand Final

The NRL has appointed Shayne Hayne and Gerard Sutton as the referees for the 2014 NRL Grand Final.

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I’ve got 3 years left in NRL says Thurston

Johnathan Thurston has revealed his current NRL deal will likely be his last, but the North Queensland star remains adamant he can add a premiership with the Cowboys to his resume before he retires in three years time.

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TURNER: Grand final dogfight will extend the South Sydney drought

I am confident Canterbury will claim their ninth premiership on Sunday, but it is going to take one heck of a performance from Des Hasler’s born-again Bulldogs.

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Sharing is caring: Thurston and Hayne are both the best

Isn’t it nice that the NRL has embraced the spirit of Christmas, and delivered a dual Dally M to Johnathan Thurston and Jarryd Hayne?

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Jarryd Hayne and Johnathan Thurston

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Luke Brooks in action. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Colin Whelan)

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Jamie Lyon chasing Anthony Minichiello

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Souths coach Jason Taylor greets Roy Asotasi at the end of the NRL Rugby League NRL Round 22 St George Illawarra Dragons South Sydney Rabbitohs match at Wollongong. AAP Image/Action Photographics, Colin Whelan

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The Roar of the crowd

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Advice from 1984: Don’t play rugby league

Before he passed away in 1984, my grandfather wrote a letter to an unborn me, scrawled across a series of TAB tickets.

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Wests Tigers fans have taken to social media to show their disapproval towards the appointment of their new head coach Jason Taylor.

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We need a new judiciary system for the game’s biggest games

Before we go any further, I’m not going to argue that the NRL judiciary is crazy, inconsistent or that there needs to be an investigation. I’m not Geoff Toovey.

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Erin Molan, Channel Nine, the Raiders: If this isn’t discrimination, I don’t know what is

Following the Dally M Awards last night, reality is beginning to set in – the 2014 NRL season is coming to a close. We have one more game this weekend to determine who will be crowned premiers for season 2014.

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2014 NRL grand final preview

By mastermind5991, Today Video
2014 NRL grand final preview

This is it – the match to decide the 2014 NRL premiers, and what a beauty it promises to be when the South Sydney Rabbitohs and Canterbury Bulldogs lock horns in the second consecutive all-Sydney decider.

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NRL team of the year

By Lachlan Bickley, Today
NRL team of the year

Today, I name my NRL team of the year. These lists are always subjective and they represent my view on the best contributors this year in club football.

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Mastermind season review: Melbourne Storm

Could this be the end of an era for the Melbourne Storm? After crashing to their earliest finals exit since 2000 in 2014, it’s looking that way.

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An Ode to Mick Ennis

By Gareth Kidd, Today
An Ode to Mick Ennis

He strolls around in blue and white, Fleet of foot and his spirits bright, He himself, is the ultimate menace, His name of course is Michael Ennis.

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Mastermind season review: North Queensland Cowboys

After last year’s sacking of Neil Henry, the North Queensland Cowboys entered season 2014 with a new coach and new expectations.

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Placing a player on report instead of in the sin bin is gutless

Watching the final 20 minutes of the Northern Pride’s excellent demolition of the East Tigers in the Queensland Cup final on Sunday at Lang Park, I couldn’t help but think that the farcical scenes we were watching could have been avoided.

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I woke this morning to a rude shock. I turned the television on to notice that it would reach a top of 33 degrees in Sydney, but this was barely the news that left me feeling ill in the stomach.

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Five reasons the Doggies will make Rabbit stew this Sunday

‘Glory glory to South Sydney’ – the inner mantra of each Rabbitohs fan. I won’t further assault your ears with how long it has been since they have been on the greatest stage, but it’s been a while.

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Down for the count, or just the penalty?

By Gareth Kidd, 30 Sep 2014

I’ve noticed a trend this final series, and indeed this season. No, not that online betting companies have had more airtime than the game itself, a more quizzical one.

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How will your club fare in season 2015?

This Sunday the Bulldogs will face the Rabbitohs in a blockbuster grand final, however with most fans sitting on the sideline wondering what went wrong in season 2014, I decided to scan your team’s chances in season 2015.

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2014 NRL Dally M Medal: live count, blog, results

The 2014 Dally M Medal will be awarded on the NRL’s night of nights, with Johnathan Thurston, Sam Burgess and Jarryd Hayne all right up the top of the list of contenders. Join The Roar from 8pm AEST for the the full vote count and results of the team of the year.

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Dally M Medal preview and predictions

By Daniel Nichols, 29 Sep 2014 Video
Dally M Medal preview and predictions

And then there were two. After a year of highs and lows, we are left with two teams to fight it out in Sydney for the 2014 NRL crown.

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Rabbitohs players Tom and Sam Burgess

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Sonny Bill Williams during the NRL round 1, Sydney Roosters v South Sydney Rabbitohs. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Renee McKay)

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Souths Celebrate : NRL Rugby League - Roind 25, South Sydney Rabbitohs V Wests Tigers at Allianz Stadium friday the 30th of August 2013. Digital Image by Grant Trouville © nrlphotos.com

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Anthony Minichiello - captain of the Roosters in 2013

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Panthers players celebrate. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Grant Trouville)

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Rabbitohs player Greg Inglis celebrates after scoring a try during the NRL Preliminary final between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium in Sydney, Friday, Sept. 26, 2014. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Colin Whelan)

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Ben Barba Brisbane Broncos

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Ivan Cleary and Des Hasler shake hands

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