From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
My brother-in-law is a keen Manly fan. I have told him constantly he is an ordinary judge when it comes to football, but he did marry my sister, so he’s not a a totally bad judge.
The NRL have announced changes aimed at improving refereeing in 2015, including nominating a senior referee who will control a minimum of 80 per cent of the game.
It’s that time of year again, where I provide ammunition to a demographic of people who certainly don’t need it. That’s right, it’s my annual fearless predictions for the NRL season, where I like to over-supply Roarers with egg to throw on my face come October.
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The immediate playing future of the Gold Coast Titans embroiled in the NRL cocaine scandal is still up in the air with club CEO Graham Annesley saying they are still waiting on key information about the charges.
The NRL conceded its integrity unit has to lift its game, after a botched investigation into the Arizona arrest of John Sutton and Luke Burgess was concluded on Monday.
Penrith believe they have put in place the final piece of their premiership puzzle after signing NSW back-rower Trent Merrin on a big-money deal for the 2016 NRL season.
Cronulla appear to have conceded defeat in their quest for the signature of Daly Cherry-Evans.
The South Sydney Rabbitohs have been fined $20,000 by the NRL integrity unit following the code’s investigation into Arizona incident involving John Sutton and Luke Burgess in November, though the players will not miss any matches.
With the season just a few sleeps away, it is time to put in your premiership tips. I’m going past all of the heavyweight teams who have either won or at least contested grand finals in recent years and tipping Penrith to win the premiership.
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South Sydney halfback Luke Keary says the NRL premiers are confident of avoiding a World Club Challenge hangover and are set to hit the ground running next week.
NRL boss Dave Smith wants a series of state-of-the-art 30,000-seat stadia accommodating fans throughout Sydney as rugby league moves to grow and consolidate crowds throughout its heartland.
Sydney NRL clubs have given cautious support to Dave Smith’s plan to invest in small suburban grounds, but warn he needs to think bigger and give certainty to fans.
The Gold Coast Titans’ troubles have deepened, with former player Ashley Harrison the latest to be arrested over the trouble-plagued NRL club’s drug scandal.
The cocaine scandal that has engulfed NRL club Gold Coast Titans spread to Super League on Friday when it was revealed that an arrest warrant has been issued for Hull’s new signing Steve Michaels.
Two of rugby league’s longest-running droughts were broken in 2014, but the task of emulating those feats for South Sydney and NSW will be even tougher this season.
Veteran Justin Hodges has capped one of the great comebacks by being officially confirmed as Brisbane captain for the 2015 NRL season by coach Wayne Bennett.
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You know the off-season is too long when vision of Braith Anasta selling hotdogs behind the Allianz Stadium in-goal wakes you in a cold sweat. So good riddance to disrupted nights, and welcome back rugby league.
As another NRL season kicks off, an on-field death is not inevitable but is certainly possible, as are spinal injuries. And serious concussions are a given.
The NRL has announced a $49.9million surplus from 2014, which is obviously a fantastic result for the sport.
No team has won consecutive premierships since the NRL competition began in 1998 following the Super League war.
It has been five months since the South Sydney Rabbitohs lifted the NRL premiership trophy. Since then, sporting fans across Australia endured a long off-season dominated by tragedy, triumph and controversy.
Round 3 of the Super League season has just been completed. Here is our wrap of the weekend’s action in European rugby league.
As an NRL fan with a keen interest in corporate governance, and in particular the way our clubs are administered, I have always watched with fascination as boardroom bickering eventually affect on-field results.
With Trent Merrin moving to the Panthers from 2016 – reportedly on a deal worth $750,000 per year – the Dragons have freed up vital space in their salary cap after this year.
As Suzanne Young, the NRL’s Chief Operating Officer, delivered the findings of the investigation into the Rabbitohs’ dealings with Tom Burgess and John Sutton, neither the media nor fans were expecting much in the way of punishment.
While the NRL season is still yet to kick off, there has been plenty of drama and speculation in the media so far in 2015. Player signings, misbehaviour and all kinds of speculation has been the order of the day in 2015.
Greg Inglis is obviously feeling the effects of a tough training regime, and flights to and from England for the World Club Series. Even for a player of his calibre, it is unsurprising that he’s tired.
On February 28, 2007, Australia lost music legend Billy Thorpe. Yes, it is hard to believe that it has been eight years since his passing.
If the reports are true and Kieran Foran is indeed leaving the Sea Eagles to join Parramatta then it truly is a disaster for Manly.
Leading into the 2015 season, the St George Illawarra Dragons are on target to miss the finals for the fourth successive year. Let’s get to the real reasons for their lack of success in recent years.
With the NRL’s annual report coming out it looks like the game is in great health.
After a horror season that ended with them ‘winning’ the dreaded wooden spoon, the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks will be looking to turn it around in 2015.