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The NRL’s drought-breaking era to continue for Cronulla

South Sydney started the trend in 2014, ending the club’s 44-year NRL premiership drought with a comprehensive 30-6 win over the Bulldogs.

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Cooper Cronk’s historic week could continue on Wednesday night with the Melbourne star headlining a strong contingent of players for the Dally M medal.

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Hull KR fullback Ben Cockayne has labelled the Million-Pound Game a “disgrace”, insisting he will not be celebrating if his side beat Salford in their crunch Super League relegation decider. The Million-Pound Game was introduced last year as part of the Super 8s concept designed to re-introduce promotion and relegation in a controlled manner and […]

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Michael Ennis is holding out hope of finishing his career with an Australian Test swansong by earning his first green and gold jumper at 32.

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Andrew Fifita slapped with media ban

Controversial Cronulla Sharks front rower Andrew Fifita has been slapped with a media ban by the club in the lead-up to the NRL Grand Final, with fears anything he says or does could overrun the club’s chance at history on Sunday.

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2016 Dally M live stream – How to watch on TV or stream online

There are two teams left on the field, and it’s time for the NRL’s biggest awards night as the Dally M Medal is decided. Wondering how to stream or watch the event? You have come to the right place with The Roar‘s comprehensive guide.

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When is 2016 Dally M medal: Start time, venue, event and TV guide

The 2016 Dally M Medal ceremon, to crown the best player in the NRL this season will be hosted at The Star Casino in Sydney, with the event scheduled to start 8:30pm (AEST) on Wednesday, September 28.

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The NRL grand final that no one wanted

As the combatants for next Sunday’s NRL grand final were confirmed on the weekend, a popular narrative surfaced that it was the season finale that no one wanted.

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Refs revealed for NRL Grand Final

Matt Cecchin and Ben Cummins have been cast into the hot seat this weekend, with the pair announced as the referees for the 2016 NRL grand final between the Melbourne Storm and Cronulla Sharks. NRL general manager officiating Tony Archer said Cecchin and Cummins had been the competition’s premier whistleblowers during the 2016 finals, and […]

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Billy Slater almost cleared for shock grand final appearance

Billy Slater came achingly close to playing in Melbourne’s NRL grand final, with his surgeon almost giving him the green light.

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It wasn’t winning the minor premiership or even the preliminary final that made Cameron Smith believe the Melbourne Storm could win the NRL crown.

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Shannon Boyd, Joseph Leilua, Jarrod Croker and Junior Paulo have been rewarded for their key roles in Canberra’s impressive NRL season with a call-up to the Kangaroos train-on squad.

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Greenberg praises Sharks rebuild

Once an NRL pariah in danger of being relocated, Cronulla’s emergence as a rugby league powerhouse on and off the field is complete, according to NRL boss Todd Greenberg.

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NRL grand final on the move?

The NRL grand final could be played overseas for the first time, when construction begins on a remodelled ANZ Stadium.

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Storm out to end Sharks fairytale run

Melbourne star Cooper Cronk admits rugby league would be the winner if Cronulla end their premiership drought in Sunday’s NRL grand final.

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For grand final veteran James Maloney the week’s lead-in to the NRL decider is as important as the game itself.

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James Maloney of the Sharks

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Marika Koroibete for the Storm

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Marika Koroibete of the Storm runs with the ball during the Round 20 NRL match between the Melbourne Storm and the Sydney Roosters at AAMI Park in Melbourne, Saturday, July 23, 2016. (AAP Image/David Crosling)

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Cameron Smith Melbourne Storm NRL Finals Rugby League 2016

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Time to reinvent State of Origin

By Martin Millard, Today
Time to reinvent State of Origin

The jewel in rugby league’s crown is under threat of mediocrity.

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2016 Dally M Medal highlights: full results, blog

Full Dally M results: For the second time in the history of the Dally M Medal, a tie has decided the top honour in the game with Jason Taumalolo (North Queensland Cowboys) and Cooper Cronk (Melbourne Storm) both finishing the season on 26 points.

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Who will win the 2016 Dally M? What The Roar’s NRL MVP says will happen

The 2016 Dally M Medal is here. The NRL’s night of nights, where the best player as decided by judges after each game is decided, as well as a team, coach and rookie of the year among other things.

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Episode 94: The grand final special edition

By The Cheap Seats Podcast, 28 Sep 2016
Episode 94: The grand final special edition

Sportswriters Brett McKay and Ryan O’Connell have made a surprise return to the studio this month, for the grand final special edition of the Cheap Seats podcast.

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Please, for the sake of the Bears, not Cronulla!

Ninety-four years ago the North Sydney Bears, one of the foundation clubs of the league, won their last premiership. In fact it was their second consecutive title and the last and only glorious period in their history.

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Cecchin learns the irregular affect of a referee’s discretion

If every workplace has its internal politics, then being an NRL referee must be like a non-stop election campaign – stuff up and miss refereeing Origin or a grand final.

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Storm top, Knights bottom: My 2017 ladder prediction

The off-season is fast approaching and it’s nearly time for us die hard league fans to crawl back into our caves and hibernate for the next four or so months.

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2016 NRL grand final: The Mastermind preview

By mastermind5991, 28 Sep 2016
2016 NRL grand final: The Mastermind preview

It all comes down to this. After 200 matches and over 266 hours of football, we are down to the biggest match of the year – and the one that will decide it all – the grand final.

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My Kangaroos squad for the Four Nations

In October and November this year the Australian rugby league team will tour England for the 2016 Four Nations.

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Not a great grand final for the neutrals

When the Melbourne Storm hung on in their own grinding, methodical boring way to edge past the Canberra Raiders last Saturday night, my worst fears were realised.

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Grand final week: An unforgettable surreal experience

By Andrew Mandadakis, 27 Sep 2016
Grand final week: An unforgettable surreal experience

Take it from someone who saw their team win their first title in 43 years; grand final week is a surreal experience that should be appreciated to the fullest.

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The Dragons’ interest in troubled players shows they have no plan

The last time the St George-Illawarra Dragons had a plan was when Wayne Bennett arrived from Brisbane in 2009 on a million-dollar deal.

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These guys are creating rugby league history

By Stuart McLennan, 26 Sep 2016
These guys are creating rugby league history

While you are waiting for the grand final and deciding whether you are going to have souvlaki or party pies on Sunday, how about a quick rugby league history trivia quiz to break things up?

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The Roar’s NRL Finals MVP: Preliminary finals votes, leaderboard

The Melbourne Storm and Cronulla Sharks, two of the best teams at the end of the regular season, have advanced to the NRL grand final, while a man who has done it all in the sport is running away with The Roar‘s NRL finals MVP.

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Up, Up, Cronulla: Sharks one hurdle from maiden title

So the two protagonists in the NRL grand final have been decided – and what a mouth watering contest it should be.

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Why the Sharks will – and won’t – win their first premiership

Although the NRL grand final is won on the first Sunday in October, a season’s worth of hard work, form, luck and injuries all play their part in a team getting there.

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Melbourne Storm NRL Finals 2016

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Jordan Rapana Canberra Raiders NRL Finals 2016

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Paul Gallen Cronulla Sharks NRL Finals Rugby League 2016

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Wade Graham Cronulla Sharks

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Ben Barba Valentine Holmes Cronulla Sharks NRL Rugby League 2016 tall

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Marika Koroibete for the Storm

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Leon Bott burst onto the scene in 2005 but quickly faded into obscurity

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Jarrod Croker running

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Cameron Smith

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