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Service, sacrifice and, um, selling the game

I understand it’s about to change, but I still can’t quite get my head around the fact that the AFL has, so far, declined to play games on Good Friday.

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SMITHY: Referees rule, okay?

Here we go again. Round 7 and the howling about matches being decided by poor decisions is loud and long. The Cowboys have gone so far as to collect their ‘wrongs’ into a long list to ensure everyone knows how badly they have been treated.

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Benji and the Sharks: a match made on Struggle Street?

Its 3:30am in rugby league’s dodgy discotheque and after a night of rejection, our two out-of-sorts stragglers catch one another’s eye across the sticky, smoke-filled dance floor.

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Canterbury Bulldogs vs Newcastle Knights: preview, video

The Canterbury Bulldogs and Newcastle Knights face-off on Saturday night at ANZ Stadium.

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St George Illawarra Dragons vs Sydney Roosters: preview, video

The Sydney Roosters and St George Illawarra Dragons meet in the traditional Anzac Day clash at Allianz Stadium on Friday afternoon.

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New Zealand coach Stephen Kearney insists superstar Sonny Bill Williams was never being considered for the rugby league Test against Australia.

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A ‘washed up’ Benji Marshall has denied he’s set to join Cronulla but admits his promise to not play for another NRL team than the Wests Tigers was premature.

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Canterbury’s English enforcer James Graham has revealed he urged England coach Steve McNamara to pick in-form Bulldogs halfback Trent Hodkinson for last year’s Rugby League World Cup.

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Tim Grant has expressed relief that his on-off move to South Sydney next season has finally been rubber stamped.

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Sonny Bill Williams not considered for Kiwis: Kearney

New Zealand coach Stephen Kearney insists superstar Sonny Bill Williams was never being considered for the rugby league Test against Australia.

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We’ll bring you all the teams named for each and every week of the NRL, right here on The Roar. We’ll be updating them live as soon as they come in.

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With Glenn Stewart forced to leave Manly because of the salary cap, his undying loyalty towards the Sea Eagles doesn’t mean anything.

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Gifty’s departure could trigger another Sea Eagles’ premiership

Manly’s central brick has been removed, and the wall could come tumbling down sooner than many think.

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Footballing freak Israel Folau is setting impossibly high standards that no other rugby union convert – including Benji Marshall – should expect to match.

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George Burgess admits he doesn’t know whether two State of Origin forwards will be enough to fill the gaping hole left by his brother Sam at South Sydney next season.

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Melbourne Storm’s defence is becoming embarrassing, according to their skipper Cameron Smith.

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Manly's Glenn Stewart

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NSW Blues coach Ricky Stuart with Glenn Stewart and Paul Gallen. AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy

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Benji Marshall can't lead the Tigers to a win over Souths

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The Roar of the crowd

Your sports opinion. Write your own article
SBW’s withdrawal shows Anzac Test is a dud

Sonny Bill Williams decision to boycott the Anzac Test next Friday night is another blow to the credibility of the fixture.

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Benji should Marshall the Cowboys

Benji Marshall is returning to the NRL, but as of yet we do not know what club he will be playing for.

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Time to change suspensions

By gurudoright, Today
Time to change suspensions

When is an advantage not really an advantage in the NRL? For too many years I have seen the referees bottle it when it comes to binning a player for a foul on another player.

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Eels, Tigers make a strong case for games at ANZ (sometimes)

Well done if you were one of the 50,668 fans at the game between the Wests Tigers and Parramatta Eels. I was proud to be part of such a passionate and energetic crowd, in one of the best atmospheres I’ve ever experienced.

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What Stewart’s signing means for Sutton and Keary

He is as Manly as the Eagle that sits on his maroon jersey, but now Manly-Warringah legend Glenn Stewart is on his way across the Harbour Bridge after signing a two-year deal with the South Sydney Rabbitohs, beginning in 2015.

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Breaking down the NRL obstruction controversies

Another week, another refereeing controversy. This time the spotlight is firmly placed on the obstruction rule, as fans, players, coaches, referees and video referees seem to have no clue what is and isn’t an obstruction.

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Daley’s wingman are still up in the air

By Jordan Wykes, 23 Apr 2014
Daley’s wingman are still up in the air

Who should Laurie Daley pick as his wingers for Game 1 of this year’s State of Origin? Dragons and Kangaroos winger Brett Morris has one spot to call his own. The other is up in the air.

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The King’s Team of the Week: Round 7

By Matt King, 23 Apr 2014

Another round of games completed in the 2014 NRL season and what an interesting round of games they were. Picking a team of the week for Round 7 was a tricky mission as there were not many standout performances and the games featured far too many errors.

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A three-pronged approach to developing elite young players

We’ve all seen it – the player who was the best in every age group from the age of 8 to 16 or 17 who was going to make it, but never did.

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NRL: Anzac Day triple-header preview

By mastermind5991, 23 Apr 2014
NRL: Anzac Day triple-header preview

On what’s becoming the most important day on the NRL calendar outside of the grand final, Anzac Day 2014 will see the nation’s premier rugby league competition play three games – one in each of the East Coast capitals.

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Is loyalty the great weakness of top NRL coaches?

By, 22 Apr 2014
Is loyalty the great weakness of top NRL coaches?

The influence any NRL coach has on his players is as powerful as the Pied Piper’s on the rats of Hamelin.

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The Blues have halves blues

By Con Scortis, 22 Apr 2014
The Blues have halves blues

There’s been a lot of discussion on The Roar lately around the Blues’ halves pairing. Let’s firstly put things into perspective. Since the 2006 State of Origin the Blues selectors have selected the following…

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Rugby league players need minders

By Toni Malby, 22 Apr 2014
Rugby league players need minders

Once again my Manly men are in the spotlight. Firstly, for their very controversial win over the Cowboys on Friday night and secondly, with Brett Stewart charged this morning with low range DUI.

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Smith to appoint Stephen Hawking as sole video referee

In a bold move designed to address the recent spate of baffling referee decisions, NRL boss Dave Smith has decided to appoint Stephen Hawking as the sole video referee for NRL games.

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[VIDEO] Penrith Panthers vs Gold Coast Titans: NRL live scores, blog, highlights

The Penrith Panthers host the top-of-the-table Gold Coast Titans tonight at Sportingbet Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 7:00pm (AEST).

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[VIDEO] Parramatta Eels vs Wests Tigers: NRL live scores, blog, highlights

GAME SUMMARY FULL-TIME: Eels 18 – Tigers 21 Great game between two exciting football sides in front of a 50,000-plus crowd – lived up to expectations! In the end Parra scored 4 tries to the Tigers’ 3, goalkicking proving the difference.

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Johnathan Thurston. AAP Image/Action Photographics, Colin Whelan

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Queensland Maroons' Billy Slater and Copper Cronk celebrate winning State of Origin 2013

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Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith

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Johnathan Thurston. AAP Image/Action Photographics, Colin Whelan

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Newcastle Knights coach Wayne Bennett speaking to the media

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Sosaia Feki scores

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The Warriors romp home 42 - 18 against the Tigers in Wellington

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Dragons' Dylan Farrell on the charge. Day Two of the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines, Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand. Sunday 16th February 2014. Photo:

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Manly Sea Eagles players celebrate a try during their semi-final win over Cronulla Sharks (AAP Image/Dan Himbrechts).

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