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Last updated: 5 July, 2016

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Taking rugby league to the other side of the world

Taking rugby league to the other side of the world

by , 29 Nov 2017

Roar Expert Robert Burgin helped administer the first Latin American Championship of rugby league on November 17-18. Here he tells of how this bizarre adventure became reality – and how it gives hopes to other average fans who want to play a part in growing their sport.

Empire versus upstart, coloniser versus colony: The contests which define the Ashes

Empire versus upstart, coloniser versus colony: The contests which define the Ashes

by , 21 Nov 2017

The Ashes is the story of antagonism. The itching, grating, sandpaper-underwear tension between colony and coloniser, between a perceived dominion and those who thought they could rule it.

Fourteen Wallabies, one victory, and a long history of prejudice: Why the Indigenous jersey must be permanent

Fourteen Wallabies, one victory, and a long history of prejudice: Why the Indigenous jersey must be permanent

by , 16 Nov 2017

A decade or so ago, I was sitting in front of my television set watching St Joseph’s College, Hunters Hill, playing St Ignatius’ College, Riverview. After about 15 minutes, the telephone rang. “How good is he!” my son Zolton yelled out down the line.

Destruction Tour: How the Tigers eviscerated the rest of the AFL and everything we thought we knew

Destruction Tour: How the Tigers eviscerated the rest of the AFL and everything we thought we knew

by , 10 Oct 2017 Popular article!

Richmond. 6am Sunday morning. The first day of October. The streets are bare, the light is grey, the sun about to rise. An empty Punt Road Oval is to the right, Melbourne’s largest church behind it.

Nick Farr-Jones talks to The Roar: “We need someone to be a messiah”

Nick Farr-Jones talks to The Roar: “We need someone to be a messiah”

by , 23 Sep 2017 Popular article! Video

Ask anyone to put together a list of the greatest captains to have led the Wallabies, and the odds are Nick Farr-Jones will feature in most of them. The same goes or any list of halfbacks.

All Blacked-out! Inspiring stories of Bledisloe Cup glory and defeat

All Blacked-out! Inspiring stories of Bledisloe Cup glory and defeat

by , 18 Aug 2017

As the Wallabies and All Blacks prepare for their first encounter of 2017, let us look back at some of the great matches between these two rugby nations.

The murky origins of Australia’s football codes

The murky origins of Australia’s football codes

by , 10 Aug 2017

I’m heading south on a date with sports history.

EXCLUSIVE: Rod Macqueen AM reveals his ‘Einstein Blueprint’ to fix Australian rugby

EXCLUSIVE: Rod Macqueen AM reveals his ‘Einstein Blueprint’ to fix Australian rugby

by , 28 Jul 2017 Popular article!

Roar Exclusive: The Roar approached the Wallabies’ most successful coach, Rod Macqueen AM, for his thoughts on how rugby can run with the ball in Australia again. His answer is the ‘Einstein Project’.

From London Bridge to Edgbaston, there’s no separating sport and politics

From London Bridge to Edgbaston, there’s no separating sport and politics

by , 5 Jun 2017

The night before India plays Pakistan, people are dying in London on a Saturday night out. Up the railway line in Birmingham it’s getting late, past 11pm, and the news creeps in by the soporific glow of phone screens.

The 2017 Lions are up against history and a rugby nation united behind the All Blacks

The 2017 Lions are up against history and a rugby nation united behind the All Blacks

by , 2 Jun 2017

The 12th edition of the British and Irish Lions touring New Zealand in 2017 has most of the elements of an almost mission impossible attached.


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