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NRL’s sudden sin bin change: Late, unexpected, good for one major team

Even when the NRL finally does the right thing they totally stuff up the implementation.

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Captains to lead ‘state of the game’ discussions at NRL launch

All 16 club captains will express their views on the state of the game when they meet with the NRL on the morning of the game’s season launch on Wednesday.

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Fit Raiders halves ready to fire in 2017

With a full pre-season under their belts, Raiders halves pairing Blake Austin and Aidan Sezer are ready to make their mark on the NRL in 2017.

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Mitchell Pearce re-signs with Roosters

Sydney Roosters halfback Mitchell Pearce has re-signed with the NRL club for a further two years.

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So many questions for Sharks and Broncos ahead of NRL kick-off

The NRL loves a blockbuster match to kick off the season, but there are a lot of question marks about the teams that will get the competition underway in 2017.

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NRL SuperCoach guide: Picking your team

I have two favourite conversation starters at this time of the year. The first is, “which rugby league team do you support?”

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Laurie Daley narrows down Blues Origin contenders

Laurie Daley rates this year’s NSW rugby league selection room dilemma as the greatest he’s encountered and has established a hot field of 23 candidates to wear the sky blue.

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Close but no cigar: Which NRL teams are another year away from contention?

In the third instalment of my season preview series, I delve into four ascending teams whose best football is still another 12 months away.

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Maguire could be set to unleash Farah and Cook in the same side

South Sydney coach Michael Maguire has given a strong indication he could use big-name signing Robbie Farah at lock alongside Damien Cook this NRL season.

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What we learnt from the NRL trials

Sx key notes from the final round of NRL trials.

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Souths rout Dragons in Charity Shield

South Sydney coach Michael Maguire still faces a tough choice between starting Robbie Farah or Damien Cook in round one after both starred in the Charity Shield win over St George-Illawarra.

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Storm’s five-eighth debate continues

Less than a fortnight from round one of the 2017 NRL season, coach Craig Bellamy is still struggling to figure out who fits best as Melbourne’s five-eighth.

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Broncos using World Club Series 2017 as season springboard

Brisbane skipper Darius Boyd insist their week in the UK will prove to be the perfect springboard for their NRL opener against Cronulla on March 2.

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When Josh Hodgson made the decision to leave England for the Australian capital, he never considered he would be leading the side onto the field.

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Cowboys sweat on Winterstein’s ankle after NRL trial injury

North Queensland sensation Kalyn Ponga has made an irrepressible case for NRL selection in round one after scoring a hat-trick in a reserve grade trial on Friday night.

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NRL to deregister Simona for alleged gambling breaches

The NRL has issued a notice of intent to cancel the registration of Wests Tigers player Tim Simona.

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Jarryd Hayne Gold Coast Titans NRL Rugby League 2016 b

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Dugan's great escape

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Ruan Sims of the Jillaroos (left) palms off a tackle by Maitua Feterika of the Kiwi Ferns

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Michael Jennings is sin binned by referee Matt Cecchin

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Liam Picken Western Bulldogs 2016 AFL Finals

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Nathan Ross for the Newcastle Knights

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Kieran Foran passes the ball.

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Mitchell Pearce Sydney Roosters

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Jamal Idris hugs Jamie Soward

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The Roar of the crowd

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Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors silence NRL critics

Over the weekend, the two best teams from the 2016 Super League season, Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors, took down NRL heavyweights the Brisbane Broncos and premiership winners the Cronulla Sharks.

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The NRL’s personal battles to watch out for in 2017

Rugby league may be a team sport, however there’s nothing better than a good old personal battle between players, and even coaches. Here are some of the best ones to look out for, sinister or not.

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Why the Brisbane Broncos won’t make the top eight

There are plenty of issues at the Brisbane Broncos, who were knocked out of last year’s finals by the North Queensland Cowboys, but they are ready to explode in the upcoming season and it will likely spell disaster for one of the most successful clubs in the NRL.

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Should the NRL give up on the Titans?

By Connor Bennett, 22 Feb 2017
Should the NRL give up on the Titans?

The Gold Coast Titans are the NRL’s newest club, having been introduced with high hopes in the 2007 season. But should they remain in the competition?

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The NRL’s most under and overrated coaches

By ArtVandelay, 22 Feb 2017
The NRL’s most under and overrated coaches

To be an NRL coach you need to be damn good – there’s maximum pressure and everything is overly scrutinised. While it’s a results-based role, some coaches without premierships are better than those who have won them.

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NRL 2017 season preview: Canterbury Bulldogs

By Keith Sheldon, 22 Feb 2017
NRL 2017 season preview: Canterbury Bulldogs

A forward pack is key to winning a competition; that has to be Des Hasler’s opinion, because that is where most of the Bulldogs’ cap is wrapped up.

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Wests Tigers in 2017: Off-season, what to look for, and prediction

Wests Tigers came within one competition point of making the 2016 NRL finals. The club will be lamenting losses to Melbourne and the Gold Coast by a combined total of two points, both at Leichardt Oval, as games which got away from them.

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NRL 2017 season preview: Gold Coast Titans

By Keith Sheldon, 21 Feb 2017
NRL 2017 season preview: Gold Coast Titans

You know, 2016 was a perfect season for the Gold Coast Titans.

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NRL 2017 season preview: Wests Tigers

By Keith Sheldon, 20 Feb 2017
NRL 2017 season preview: Wests Tigers

It only took over a whole chuffing season but it is finally over. Finally, we can watch a Wests Tigers game without the announcers mentioning the Farah and Taylor feud eight million times.

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Are NRL trials a thing of the past?

By Riley Pettigrew, 20 Feb 2017
Are NRL trials a thing of the past?

The NRL preseason has become increasingly packed, now featuring a variety of novelty events ranging from the Auckland Nines and All Stars to the World Club Series. This is putting unnecessary strain on the players, risking injury before a ball has been kicked.

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There is a pulse! Time to return league to its heartland

On Saturday night, the Canberra Raiders hosted the Newcastle Knights at their traditional homeland, Seiffert Oval in Queanbeyan.

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The NRL’s silence on TPAs is deafening

By Billy Buttons, 20 Feb 2017
The NRL’s silence on TPAs is deafening

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg has remained consistently silent on an issue that continues to ring loudly following last year’s Parramatta Eels salary cap saga – the impact third party agreements (TPAs) have on the competition.

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Gold Coast Titans in 2017: Off-season, what to look for, and prediction

The Titans had a superb 2016, reaching the finals for the first time since the 2011 season, with new life was breathed into the club with the marquee signing of former Parramatta Eels and New South Wales fullback Jarryd Hayne.

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Farah or Cook for the Rabbitohs?

By Billy Stevenson, 20 Feb 2017
Farah or Cook for the Rabbitohs?

Yesterday’s Charity Shield at ANZ Stadium didn’t make things any easier for Michael Maguire when it comes to choosing a full-time No.9 for 2017.

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Wigan Warriors vs Cronulla Sharks highlights: World Club Series scores, blog

Match result: The Wigan Warriors have taken out the World Club Challenge, completing a clean sweep for the English Super League with a 16-point victory over the Cronulla Sharks at a packed DW Stadium.

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South Sydney Rabbitohs vs St George Illawarra Dragons highlights: NRL Charity Shield live scores, blog

Match result: The South Sydney Rabbitohs have scored a massive pre-season win in the Charity Shield, giving the St George Illawarra Dragons an 18-point defeat.

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Broncos player Ben Hunt

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Johnathon Thurston North Queensland Cowboys Rugby League NRL Finals 2016

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Moses Mbye of the Bulldogs celebrates

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Manly's Daly Cherry-Evans

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The Warriors' Manu Vatuvei

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Tariq Sims St George Illawarra Dragons NRL Rugby League 2016

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Thomas Burgess of the South Sydney Rabbitohs offloads a pass

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Roosters player Latrell Mitchell is congratulated by Mitchell Pearce

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Jarryd Hayne Gold Coast Titans Rugby League NRL 2016

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