From the expertsThe low down from those in the know
It takes some doing to steal the limelight from super model Heidi Klum.
Unlike tournament organisers, North Queensland’s Gavin Cooper can see the funny side of Johnathan Thurston’s Auckland Nines no-show.
Tomorrow, rugby league’s most ordered, sensible pre-season since the end of the Tooheys Challenge in 1995 will kick off in Auckland.
I like the cut of Marwan Koukash’s jib. He’s a dangerous thinker with a cowboy approach to business, plus he’s got so much money that he doesn’t have to think about money.
The event host may have had a “Dave Smith” moment but this time the NRL boss’ words resonated for all the right reasons at the official season launch in Auckland on Thursday night.
Get used to it. That was the message from Australia skipper Cameron Smith to rugby league fans pining over this weekend’s Auckland Nines no shows.
Paul Gallen says adding boxing sessions to his NRL pre-season regime has helped him keep a “cool head”.
The off-season is a necessary evil away from rugby league but I guess everyone needs time to re-charge their football batteries.
Brian Waldron, the Melbourne Storm CEO during the time they were found to be cheating the salary cap, has come clean on his involvement in the scandal that rocked the NRL in 2010.
The game’s biggest signing of season 2015 might just have been done by the NRL’s CEO David Smith.
He’s given up bread and took on an off-season fitness routine of sorts, but Parramatta’s NRL livewire Chris Sandow says that’s not because he’s coming off contract.
Gold Coast half Aidan Sezer says he’s loves playing at the Titans and isn’t aware of any interest from rival NRL clubs.
South Sydney have re-signed NRL premiership-winning halves Adam Reynolds and Luke Keary.
Comebacks are nothing new to Matt King but South Sydney coach Michael Maguire sounded a tad sceptical about the ex-Test flyer’s latest return in the Rabbitohs’ Auckland Nines squad.
Paul Gallen has urged Ben Barba to forget his Brisbane nightmare and prove at Cronulla he’s still one of the NRL’s brightest talents.
If Chris Sandow is feeling pressure amid speculation linking Manly’s Kieran Foran to Parramatta, he is hiding it well.
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After three seasons without a finals appearance, the Dragons fans are looking towards better things this year.
With the start of the 2015 NRL season rapidly approaching, it might be time to turn our focus to the most under-appreciated sector of the NRL – the fans.
The teams in the Waiheke group for this year’s Auckland Nines are the Melbourne Storm, Penrith Panthers, North Queensland Cowboys and the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
It has become increasingly clear that some NRL clubs are not taking the Auckland Nines tournament seriously. The Melbourne Storm and Penrith Panthers squads are especially laughably thin.
For the past 10 days many heads have been scratched in the wake of Greg Inglis’ appointment as captain of the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
The passing of two young rising stars within the NRL community is tragic and shocking. It just goes to show you don’t truly know what is going on behind closed doors.
The teams in the Piha group for this year’s Auckland Nines are the Sydney Roosters, Brisbane Broncos, Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs and the Cronulla Sutherland Sharks.
With the second running of the Auckland Nines coming up in a few days time, I thought it would be good to re-visit the issue that I covered for a UK website in the wake of the inaugural Nines last year.
The Auckland Nines are back for 2015 and kick off on January 31. The nines are promising to be even better and more exciting than they were last year.
Post-Christmas brings out the best in league fans, all teams are equal on the table, each side has the best recruits and by the end of the year all 16 will squeeze into the top-eight.
My team, Hull Kingston Rovers, have made a number of changes to their squad and backroom staff in an attempt to improve on a highly disappointing 2014.
I have recently read a couple of articles about possible structure changes and futures for the NRL, most recently an excellent article by Shane Wall.
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The Newcastle Knights are just one of many sides that will be glad to see the back of 2014.
After a tumultuous year highlighted by the ‘is there or isn’t there’ feud between coach Mick Potter and hooker Robbie Farah, the Tigers have cleaned their house.
Continuing our look at the contenders for the 2015 NRL season, today we assess the Wests Tigers’ chances.
They say that moving house is one of the most stressful events in your life. Having just completed a move I am not so sure, but one thing you do notice is how much you take sport for granted.