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They had been dubbed Australia’s “generation next”.

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No fourth nation in the history of the Four Nations rugby league tournament has come within cooee of victory but a highly competitive Samoa could only lament a massive opportunity blown on Saturday against England.

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GURU: Young Kangaroos will need to make a big step up

With the Four Nations on our doorstep, Australia are staring down the barrel of their toughest challenge yet. A squad hammered by injury means there are going to be guys who need to step up.

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What started as a celebration of Cameron Smith ended with the Australian rugby league captain’s representative career being put on notice on Friday in Brisbane.

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Samoan coach Matt Parish has given another chance to Reni Maitua after the troubled rugby league player’s heavy fine for his involvement in a Brisbane brawl.

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One word summed up why New Zealand captain Simon Mannering believed there would be no repeat of the junior trans-Tasman Test haka controversy in the Four Nations opener on Saturday – testosterone.

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An emotional Sam Burgess presented jerseys to England ahead of Saturday’s Four Nations rugby league opener against Samoa in Brisbane.

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South Sydney are already struggling to retain the remainder of their premiership-winning roster, less than three weeks after their NRL grand final triumph.

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Paul Gallen has issued a public apology for an offensive social media post attacking the NRL.

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The sportsman’s guide to tweeting

Twitter is a difficult medium to succeed in, and it’s even more difficult when you’re a professional sportsman, with all the duties and responsibilities that entails.

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Four Nations are a chance for Sheens to prove he’s no bludger

Tim Sheens sure has packed a lot in to the last couple of years – light golfing, heavy litigation, a double income – but one thing he hasn’t done is a day of hard work as coach of Australia.

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The NRL will investigate an abusive social media post from Cronulla captain Paul Gallen aimed at rugby league’s hierarchy.

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Burgess named RLIF International Player of the Year

Moments after accepting the RLIF International Player of the Year award, Sam Burgess defended the NRL despite becoming the third superstar to leave the code this year.

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Manly’s streamlined leadership structure could result in the retention of a number of Sea Eagles stars, after multi-millionaire Rick Penn assumed a 90 per cent stake in the NRL club on Thursday.

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Some Wayne Bennett tough love may be just what Ben Barba needs to reignite his NRL career, Broncos great Steve Renouf says.

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Canterbury have finally solved their custodian conundrum following Brett Morris’ move to Belmore to reunite with his brother Josh.

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The NSW State of Origin Blues player Brett Morris training at North Sydney Oval, Sydney, Tuesday, May 28, 2013. The Blues take on Queensland next Wednesday in Origin game one in Sydney. (AAP Image/Dean Lewins)

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Aaron Woods grabbed by Greg Bird

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The Roar of the crowd

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New Zealand storm home against depleted Aussies

The New Zealand Kiwis capped off a stunning opening night to the Four Nations series in Brisbane with a humbling win over the Australian Kangaroos 30-12.

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England emerged victorious over Samoa in an electric opening clash of the rugby league Four Nations double header at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.

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Australia vs New Zealand: 2014 Four Nations live scores, blog

MATCH RESULT: New Zealand have taken a big step towards playing a home final after defeating Australia by 18 points.

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England vs Samoa: 2014 Four Nations live scores, blog

World Cup semi-finalists England will look to kick start their 2014 Four Nations campaign against wildcard warriors Samoa at Suncorp Stadium. Join The Roar for live scores and coverage from 5:00pm (AEDT).

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Four Nations team guide

By Luke Carroll, 25 Oct 2014 New author!
Four Nations team guide

With the Four Nations set to commence at Suncorp Stadium tonight, let’s take a look through the squads of each nation, their preparation leading up to the tournament, and which team is poised to raise the cup on November 15th.

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Exploring sport’s concussion dilemma

By Cameron Mee, 25 Oct 2014
Exploring sport’s concussion dilemma

One of the major buzzwords in international sports today is concussion. Concussion controversies are present in almost every contact sport around the world and it doesn’t appear as though they are going anywhere anytime soon.

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Four Nations preview: An Aussie vs England final

The sporadic wonder of the Four Nations is upon us again after a three-year hiatus, and 2014′s instalment is set to be one of the most open fields in the tournament’s haphazard history.

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The time is right for Jarryd Hayne’s switch

By Hayley Maher, 25 Oct 2014
The time is right for Jarryd Hayne’s switch

Jarryd Hayne has been thinking switching to NFL for some time now, but I’m convinced he’s chosen the right time to do it.

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Dragons fans breathe fire as Morris goes to the Dogs

Rugby league’s worst kept secret has been confirmed, with the Bulldogs officially announcing the signing of Dragons superstar Brett Morris.

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Four Nations: The tournament where no one wins

By Daniel Murphy, 24 Oct 2014
Four Nations: The tournament where no one wins

On Saturday night the tournament very few people seem interested in, much less asked for, kicks off in Brisbane.

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Manly demolition opens trade season

By Jason Hosken, 24 Oct 2014
Manly demolition opens trade season

Rest easy northern beaches residents, that crumbling sound is not a catastrophic failure of the Manly Dam, but the toppling of the Berlin-esque wall that divided the Sea Eagles’ Pittwater Road headquarters.

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The success in 2014 of foundation and reinstated club South Sydney, with the accompanying surge in TV ratings, has highlighted the benefits of reinstating another foundation Club – the Bears.

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Are third-party player payments only for the rich clubs?

The word ‘unlimited’ is attached to the NRL third party agreements (TPAs), and unless your club is located near big corporates who find rugby league players marketable then you are offside before kick off in salary negotiations.

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2014 international rugby league overview

By Luke Carroll, 23 Oct 2014 Video
2014 international rugby league overview

The Four Nations kicks off this Saturday, October 25th at Suncorp Stadium Brisbane, and will be contested between Australia, England, New Zealand and Samoa.

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Kangablues? Kangaroons? Who cares, they represent Australia now

A recent opinion piece referred to the Kangaroos squad as the ‘Kangablues’ due to the number of NSW players named in the Four Nations opener.

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Four Nations: Are you really writing the Kangaroos off?

Since the Kangaroos squad of 24 was finalised (after Jarryd Hayne did his draft-dodging runner to the USA), I’ve not seen a single positive article about our national side.

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Jarryd Hayne attacks during the round 18 NRL match between the Parramatta Eels and the Wests Tigers. AAP Image/Action Photographics, Grant Trouville

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NSW Blues fullback Jarryd Haynes celebrates as his side win Game 1 of the 2014 State of Origin series 12-8 (AAP Image/Dan Peled)

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Jarryd Hayne in action for the Eels. AAP Image/Action Photographics, Renee McKay

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Jarryd Hayne is congratulated by his team mates. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Robb Cox)

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Scott Prince runs the ball in the NRL

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Jarryd Hayne being tackled by a Sharks player

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Jarryd Hayne v Steve Matai

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Jarryd Hayne is cornered by two referees. (AAP Image/Action Photographics,Colin Whelan)

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