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Ray Dib cleans out the Bulldog kennel – timely or terminal?

Chairman Ray Dib has made a concentrated bid to return the Bulldogs to the halcyon days of a family club set up by Peter Moore in the late sixties to mid eighties.

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Mason’s Dogs warning: Don’t bring in Madge

Willie Mason has warned Canterbury against hiring axed South Sydney coach Michael Maguire to replace Des Hasler, or else risk finding themselves in the same hole again.

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Hasler axing won’t cost Dogs Foran

Canterbury’s decision to sack coach Des Hasler is unlikely to cost them Kieran Foran’s NRL signature for next season.

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Jack Bird calls for lock role in Brisbane

Jack Bird hopes the next stage of his NRL career will be at lock as he winds up at Cronulla and heads to Brisbane.

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Dragons chasing experience with forward signings

St George Illawarra’s bid to add more NRL experience to their forward pack is set to continue beyond the recruitment of James Graham and Jeremy Latimore.

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Is the NRL’s version of Sliding Doors ready to end?

I wonder what the St George Illawarra players are thinking now. If they’re still thinking of what might have been, then watching North Queensland’s fairytale run through the finals would be doing their heads in.

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So we should support the Roosters just because they’re from Sydney? I think not!

The Sydney Roosters are calling on league fans throughout Sydney to get behind them in the finals.

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When Bill Harrigan talks about rugby league referees, everyone must listen

Bill Harrigan is to rugby league referees what Don Bradman was to cricket – peerless.

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Todd Payten could loom as a shock candidate to replace Des Hasler at Canterbury after the veteran coach was sacked.

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Des out! Hasler gets the chop as Dogs coach

Des Hasler has been sacked as the coach of the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs after six years in charge of the club.

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Cowboys name Scott on extended bench in preliminary finals selection shock

Matt Scott could make a stunning return from a knee reconstruction after being included in North Queensland’s 21-man squad for Saturday’s preliminary NRL final.

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When footy is the focus, rugby league is the winner

Last weekend was what finals football is all about – two entertaining contests with plenty of thrilling match-ups, some outstanding defence, and a little bit of controversy to make things interesting.

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Sorry Brisbane and Sydney fans, but a Storm vs Cowboys grand final should have everyone salivating

After a somewhat lacklustre regular season, the NRL finals have been scintillating, with plenty of drama and, more importantly, some exceptional football.

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The divine chaos of refereeing errors

A rugby league game: with ten minutes to go, Team A is trailing Team B by four points.

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Hess goes from glassie to possible grand final winner

In 2015, Coen Hess was pulling beers behind the bar at Brothers Leagues Club in Townsville, watching North Queensland’s drive to their maiden NRL premiership.

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Gallen named Shark of the year

A typical workhorse season in which he didn’t miss a match has helped earn Cronulla skipper Paul Gallen the club’s player of the year award.

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Gorden Tallis of the Broncos fends off the tackle of Steven Witt of the Knights

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Coen Hess North Queensland Cowboys NRL Rugby League 2016

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North Queensland Cowboys fans NRL 2016

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Cowboys elimination final vs Sharks

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Brisbane Broncos NRL Rugby League 2017

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Cowboys elimination final vs Sharks

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Mitchell Pearce Sydney Rooster NRL Rugby League Finals 2017

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Nathan Cleary Penrith Panthers NRL Rugby League 2017

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Kenny Bromwich Melbourne Storm NRL Rugby League Final 2017

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The Roar of the crowd

Your sports opinion. Write your own article

Thirty years ago this month, Brothers beat Redcliffe in the last Brisbane Rugby League grand final played in the pre-Broncos’ era.

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Air of predictability zapping the fun out of finals footy

Parramatta, you’ve let me down. I needed you to win on Saturday night. I needed a change.

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The complicated relationship between the ladder and finals footy

Watching the eighth-placed Cowboys knock out both the fifth-placed Sharks and the fourth-placed Eels in succession got me thinking.

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Five talking points from Parramatta Eels vs North Queensland Cowboys NRL semi-final

The North Queensland Cowboys have done it again, booking their place in the preliminary final with a convincing 24-16 victory over the Parramatta Eels in their NRL semi-final. Here are my talking points from the game.

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The NRL needs to grow up – but not in the way Todd Greenberg thinks

When Todd Greenberg said during the week that the NRL had to “grow up”, he was right, but for the wrong reasons.

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Parramatta Eels vs North Queensland Cowboys: NRL Finals live scores, blog

Match result: A Michael Morgan masterclass has allowed the North Queensland Cowboys to defy the odds for a second straight week, winning their semi-final by eight points against the Parramatta Eels at ANZ Stadium.

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Five talking points from Brisbane Broncos vs Penrith Panthers NRL semi-final

The post-script of the Brisbane Broncos’ victory over the Penrith Panthers will not surprise anyone. It provided a narrative that was all too predictable.

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The NRL’s finals-system farce

By Mark O'Connor, 16 Sep 2017
The NRL’s finals-system farce

While recent discussions on what is the greatest blight on rugby league continue to echo, no one has mentioned the ridiculous state of affairs with the finals system. It is clearly unfair and something must be done.

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Parramatta Eels vs North Queensland Cowboys: NRL semi-final preview and prediction

The Parramatta Eels might have lost their qualifying final last weekend, but they will still enter the second week of the finals to record a victory over the brave and determined North Queensland Cowboys in their semi-final.

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Parramatta inching closer to 2009 redemption

By Jack Aubrey, 16 Sep 2017
Parramatta inching closer to 2009 redemption

I became a rugby league tragic in 2009. Although I follow Penrith and did back then too, the games I remember most that year were the those featuring the Parramatta Eels.

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Brisbane Broncos vs Penrith Panthers Highlights: NRL Finals scores, blog

Match result: The Brisbane Broncos have moved into a preliminary final against the Melbourne Strom at AAMI Park next week after a gripping 13-6 victory against the Penrith Panthers.

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Clubs and the NRL must work together to revive crowd numbers

A lot has been said about the NRL crowds after last weekend, and the question on many people’s lips is: how do we revitalise the game and get more people to stump up their hard-earned dollars to come and see the games?

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It’s not the refs, blame the coaches

Referee-bashing, it’s existed since the dawn of sport. Yet here we are at the business end of the season and it’s all anyone can talk about.

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Brisbane Broncos vs Penrith Panthers: NRL semi-final preview and prediction

The semi-finals are upon us, and the Brisbane Broncos will be out to avoid an embarrassing straight-sets knockout when they return home to host the battling Penrith Panthers.

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The Cold War of Australian sport

By Mark Campbell, 15 Sep 2017 New author!
The Cold War of Australian sport

The National Rugby League (NRL) and the Australian Football League (AFL) Cold War has continued into September and the NRL needs to be concerned by the poor crowds it has achieved for the first week of the finals.

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Suburban grounds are not the answer

By Brendon Waldron, 14 Sep 2017
Suburban grounds are not the answer

It’s been pointed out a lot this week that crowds were much better during week one of the finals a year ago. It’s true. They were way better. They make last week’s crowds look absolutely pathetic. It was embarrassing as a fan to watch those games. It was just sad.

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Artists impression of the refurbishment of Allianz Stadium. (Source: Supplied)

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NRL Finals empty seats

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Parramatta Eels NRL Rugby League 2017

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NRL CEO Todd Greenberg

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Josh Mansour Penrith Panthers NRL Rugby League 2017

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Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Colin Whelan)

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Paul Gallen Cronulla Sharks NRL Rugby League 2017

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