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So who’s the NRL premiership favourite now?

There’s nothing quite like nominating the NRL premiership favourite in April.

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Johnston’s Kangaroo selection the launching pad to greatness

Alex Johnston is the closest winger I’ve seen to the greatest of them all – Ken Irvine.

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South Sydney hooker Issac Luke has been fined $10,000, half of which has been suspended, by the NRL for posting a homophobic slur on social media.

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Billy Slater out of Kangaroos team, replaced by Michael Jennings

Melbourne Storm fullback Billy Slater has been ruled out of the trans-Tasman Test match this weekend, and has been replaced in the line-up by Roosters centre Michael Jennings.

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Talk of a Kangaroos succession plan won’t go away but Test captain Cameron Smith reckons few veterans will be following Justin Hodges’ lead and ending their representative careers any time soon.

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Saturday’s Pacific Test concept is just the next step in the development of international rugby league as those involved eye more opportunities.

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New Zealand halfback Shaun Johnson believes Benji Marshall deserved a recall for the Kiwis in Friday night’s rugby league Test against Australia.

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NSW coach Laurie Daley is desperate to retain his faith in the core of his 2014 State of Origin series winning side, they just have to find some decent form first.

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Rising Penrith star Dallin Watene-Zelezniak is set to be denied a New Zealand rugby league Test debut for a second time in six months.

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PRICHARD: Trent Merrin is here to stay as a Test player

Trent Merrin on the bench is the selection that really excites me in the Australian team for the Test against New Zealand on Friday.

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Josh Dugan, Will Chambers, Trent Merrin and Alex Johnston will make their Test debuts for Australia in Friday’s rugby league clash with New Zealand.

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Reynolds, Maloney to battle for NSW No.6 for Origin

Next Sunday’s City-Country clash shapes as a genuine selection trial for the hotly disputed NSW five-eighth slot after Josh Reynolds and James Maloney were named in the respective sides.

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South Sydney captain Greg Inglis has implored his teammates to stick tough after the embattled Rabbitohs fell to a third-straight NRL loss on Sunday.

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Some gentle sledging from former Panthers favourite Luke Lewis didn’t worry Penrith fullback Matt Moylan, as he gave his representative hopes a timely boost, with an influential performance in the Panthers 26-18 NRL home win over in-form Cronulla on Sunday.

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Being branded a cleanskin and a player every mother would love may not be the most flattering of compliments for an NRL forward.

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Keary is true blue says Fittler

Boom rookie Luke Keary is 100 per cent committed to NSW says Blues great and assistant coach Brad Fittler.

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

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Rabbitohs players Tom and Sam Burgess

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NSW Coach Laurie Daley can finally celebrate (Photo: @NRLPhotos)

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The Roar of the crowd

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Playacting in rugby league has to get the flick

Similar to Peter Griffin’s one-time segment on Family Guy‘s news bulletin, in this article I will go through some things that I see in the NRL that really piss me off. And today it is players lying down to get penalties.

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It’s time to go, Kurt Gidley

By maximus182, Today Video
It’s time to go, Kurt Gidley

Kurt Gidley had a complete shocker in the Knights’ loss to the Cowboys on Saturday.

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In my first article about the NRL draw, I looked at why conferences were a bad idea. Now I shift my attention to the State of Origin, which commentators often say can make or break a side’s push for finals.

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NRL Round 8: What tickled my fancy

By The lazy Phoenix, Today Video

Round 8 was the Anzac round, and therefore both sombre and heart-warming. It was wonderful to see so many close games, and so many moving ceremonies prior to each game.

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Is this the most competitive NRL season ever?

I was confident Round 8 was finally an easy round to pick a winner in NRL tipping – I thought I had a chance of a clean sweep.

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Some turning points from NRL Round 8

By Walter Penninger, 27 Apr 2015
Some turning points from NRL Round 8

Well this was the round I thought that the favourites would finally assert their authority, but I was clearly wrong and it was again a treacherous round for tipsters.

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Representative weekend preview part three: Pacific Islands

The NRL’s representative weekend won’t just be about Australia versus New Zealand. On Saturday May 2, we will see four Pacific powerhouses take part in a triple header at Gold Coast’s Cbus Super Stadium.

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The Junior Australian Kangaroos side was named on Sunday evening to face the Junior New Zealand Kiwis team next Saturday at 3pm from Cbus Super Stadium on the Gold Coast.

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Teams named for City Country clash

By Scott Pryde, 26 Apr 2015
Teams named for City Country clash

Next weekend’s NRL representative weekend sees the annual New South Wales State of Origin selection trial between the City and Country teams from McDonalds Park in Wagga Wagga. The teams have been announced on Sunday Afternoon and are below.

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[VIDEO] Australian Kangaroos team named to play New Zealand

Australian rugby league team coach Tim Sheens and the Australian selectors have announced their Kangaroos team to play New Zealand next Friday Night at Suncorp Stadium in a one-off Test match.

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[VIDEO] South Sydney Rabbitohs vs Canberra Raiders Highlights: NRL live scores

The South Sydney Rabbitohs will be looking to return to the winners list when they host the Canberra Raiders at Barlow Park in Cairns to close out Round 8 of the NRL. Join The Roar for live scores from 4:00pm (AEST).

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[VIDEO] Penrith Panthers vs Cronulla Sharks Highlights: NRL scores, blog

Sunday afternoon sees a showdown at the foot of the mountains as the massively in-form Cronulla Sharks travel west for a day-time clash against the struggling Penrith Panthers at Pepper Stadium. Join The Roar for our live coverage from 1:45pm (AEST).

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The NRL needs to overhaul their refereeing stocks

By Lachlan Jeffery, 26 Apr 2015 Video
The NRL needs to overhaul their refereeing stocks

NRL referees have lost all credibility. They seem to get worse every year and in 2015 they have hit a new low.

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Six to go: Monsoons, Kiwi legends and conspiracy theories

Welcome to the latest edition of Six to Go, looking at some of the things that have caught my eye over the past seven days.

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[VIDEO] Brisbane Broncos vs Parramatta Eels highlights: NRL live scores, blog

The Brisbane Broncos suffered their first loss since Round 1 last weekend, and they’ll be looking for vengeance when they take on the Parramatta Eels on Anzac night. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 8pm (AEST).

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[VIDEO] Melbourne Storm vs Manly Sea Eagles highlights: NRL scores, blog

The Manly Sea Eagles are in poor form and will need something special to upset a Melbourne Storm side eager for revenge after their loss at Brookvale Oval earlier in the season. Join The Roar for live scores and commentary from 6pm (AEST).

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Blake Ferguson evades Penrith's Jamal Idris

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Johnathan Thurston tackled by Newcastle Knights

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Sam Rapira attempts to muscle his way through the Gold Coast Titans defence

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Paul Gallen and Cameron smith share a joke.

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Adam Blair in action for the Wests Tigers

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St George Illawarra Dragons player Gareth Widdop

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Ricky Stuart fronts the media

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New South Wales player Josh Dugan is tackled by Queensland Darius Boyd

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