Posts Tagged "Rugby League"

There are plenty of issues at the Brisbane Broncos, who were knocked out of last year’s finals by the North Queensland Cowboys, but they are ready to explode in the upcoming season and it will likely spell disaster for one of the most successful clubs in the NRL.

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Over the weekend, the two best teams from the 2016 Super League season, Warrington Wolves and Wigan Warriors, took down NRL heavyweights the Brisbane Broncos and premiership winners the Cronulla Sharks.

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Rugby league may be a team sport, however there’s nothing better than a good old personal battle between players, and even coaches. Here are some of the best ones to look out for, sinister or not.

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The NRL loves a blockbuster match to kick off the season, but there are a lot of question marks about the teams that will get the competition underway in 2017.

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I have two favourite conversation starters at this time of the year. The first is, “which rugby league team do you support?”

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The Gold Coast Titans are the NRL’s newest club, having been introduced with high hopes in the 2007 season. But should they remain in the competition?

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To be an NRL coach you need to be damn good – there’s maximum pressure and everything is overly scrutinised. While it’s a results-based role, some coaches without premierships are better than those who have won them.

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A forward pack is key to winning a competition; that has to be Des Hasler’s opinion, because that is where most of the Bulldogs’ cap is wrapped up.

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Wests Tigers came within one competition point of making the 2016 NRL finals. The club will be lamenting losses to Melbourne and the Gold Coast by a combined total of two points, both at Leichardt Oval, as games which got away from them.

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Laurie Daley rates this year’s NSW rugby league selection room dilemma as the greatest he’s encountered and has established a hot field of 23 candidates to wear the sky blue.

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You know, 2016 was a perfect season for the Gold Coast Titans.

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In the third instalment of my season preview series, I delve into four ascending teams whose best football is still another 12 months away.

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It only took over a whole chuffing season but it is finally over. Finally, we can watch a Wests Tigers game without the announcers mentioning the Farah and Taylor feud eight million times.

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The NRL preseason has become increasingly packed, now featuring a variety of novelty events ranging from the Auckland Nines and All Stars to the World Club Series. This is putting unnecessary strain on the players, risking injury before a ball has been kicked.

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On Saturday night, the Canberra Raiders hosted the Newcastle Knights at their traditional homeland, Seiffert Oval in Queanbeyan.

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NRL CEO Todd Greenberg has remained consistently silent on an issue that continues to ring loudly following last year’s Parramatta Eels salary cap saga – the impact third party agreements (TPAs) have on the competition.

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The Titans had a superb 2016, reaching the finals for the first time since the 2011 season, with new life was breathed into the club with the marquee signing of former Parramatta Eels and New South Wales fullback Jarryd Hayne.

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Yesterday’s Charity Shield at ANZ Stadium didn’t make things any easier for Michael Maguire when it comes to choosing a full-time No.9 for 2017.

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Match result: The Wigan Warriors have taken out the World Club Challenge, completing a clean sweep for the English Super League with a 16-point victory over the Cronulla Sharks at a packed DW Stadium.

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South Sydney coach Michael Maguire has given a strong indication he could use big-name signing Robbie Farah at lock alongside Damien Cook this NRL season.

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