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England coach Wayne Bennett has received a ringing endorsement from Rugby Football League chief executive Nigel Wood, who says he could remain in charge of the national team beyond the 2017 World Cup.

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It’s that time of year. All around the country (well, the bits that play rugby league) NRL coaches, boards and support staff are sitting down to plan for season 2017.

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The St George Illawarra Dragons failed to fire in 2016 with a boring and predictable attack, defence down on confidence, and a coach apparently unable to make adjustments necessary to rescue the season.

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Melbourne are confident Cameron Munster has all the right attributes to make a successful transition from fullback to five-eighth next NRL season.

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Ambitious NRL premiers Cronulla have outlined their bold bid to emulate South Sydney and add the Auckland Nines and World Club Challenge titles to the club’s trophy cabinet.

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The end of the year draws nearer and nearer, we are getting closer to the promised land of the NRL season every day.

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As far as 2017 is concerned, no team intrigues me quite like the Panthers. Few teams had such a tumultuous season this year.

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He may have only one NRL season under the belt, but Nathan Cleary is on Laurie Daley’s radar as a NSW representative.

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After an unhappy year, Ben Hunt admits he is considering what not so long ago seemed unthinkable – he may leave Brisbane.

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As speculation continues to mount around James Tedesco’s possible move to the Roosters, there have been various opinion pieces on the Tigers’ ‘big four’.

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Queensland Rugby League boss Peter Betros fears for NSW country footy’s future if John Grant is ousted by disgruntled NRL clubs.

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Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga says Newcastle will reap long-term benefits if NRL prodigy Kalyn Ponga sees out his North Queensland contract in 2017.

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NRL stars Jason Taumalolo and Valentine Holmes’ stocks in the NFL are on the rise.

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Not long ago, AFL and NRL nearly exclusively monopolised the rights to the words football and footy – so long as you knew which state you were standing in.

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Each Friday I will be taking you on a trip down memory lane to relive the careers of some of Australian rugby league’s lesser lights.

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With the end of 2016 in sight it is worth reflecting on some of the issues that that Australian sporting administrators have had to deal with.

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Parramatta expect to have Anthony Watmough’s salary dispute resolved in the new year as they prepare to consign the rampant tribalism of the past to the dustbin of history.

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There have been some absolute pearlers in this series, but it’s not often I get to introduce one of the flashbacks as the infamous ‘penis biter’. Yep, that happened.

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The ‘honest toiler’ is a term synonymous with rugby league. They’re the players who were perhaps not blessed with the skills of future Immortal Johnathan Thurston but none-the-less tried their guts out and made the grade.

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Australia’s code wars took a turn for the worse this week with the furore over a ‘joke’ coined by a comedian with a penchant for Aussie rules.

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