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NRL NEWS: Warriors cop heat over Lodge's $700,000 payout, Hasler facing fine over ref rant

In other news, the Costello press has reported that somebody thinks there’s a chance a swap between Kyle Flanagan and Jayden Sullivan could happen.

I mean, the Dragons are dumb, but not that dumb. Right?

NRL NEWS: Warriors cop heat over Lodge's $700,000 payout, Hasler facing fine over ref rant

He wasn’t? My bad.

The sixteenists: The greatest West Indies team of players with fewer than 16 Tests

Dembélé, Gavi and Ansu Fati probably the ones to keep a close eye on.

'Free shot': Dwight Yorke says A-Leagues All Stars have chance to upset Barcelona

Good article Gibbo. I didn’t know the story of CT Stubb – thanks for that.

Three little-known cricketers who were more than the game

Brendan Nash? Though he didn’t score a century – just 92 – in Adelaide.

The sixteenists: The greatest West Indies team of players with fewer than 16 Tests

I’m a Dragons supporter too – I know what you mean.

Respect for NRL referees? Let's start with media's role in making every decision a drama

But, seriously.

Nice article and series, Zezers. Not being very familiar with Windies cricket history, there were some new names to me here – and clearly some very good players who only managed a short test career for whatever reason.

The sixteenists: The greatest West Indies team of players with fewer than 16 Tests

😱

I refuse to believe the reign of the sixteenists is over. They’ll be lurking in the shadows, waiting…

The sixteenists: The greatest West Indies team of players with fewer than 16 Tests

A couple of welcome inclusions here.

First, Gorgeous Jorge Taufua – look out Mr Munster.

Second, Jake Simpkin for Wests. I thought he was very good during the Tigers’ brief resurgence.

Round 12 team lists Late Mail: Croker, Grant suffer training mishaps, Murray, Fifita back for Origin bids, AFB out

Good stuff, Mary.

Regarding legacy media, its ignorance and incompetence is endemic. A feature, not a bug. It won’t go away while circle-jerk telling each other how wonderful they are.

Regarding social media, apart from a facebook page I use only to message friends and relatives abroad and bookmark interesting pages, I don’t use it. It’s a sewer. I recommend divesting to everybody – you’ll be much happier.

Much to my mother’s chagrin, I refuse to accept her friend requests. Why would I be facebook friends with somebody who lives in the same city and who I see regularly?

Gambling is insanity. Just give the money to charity – at least it might be put to a productive purpose.

One more thing. While it’s not in the same league as legacy and social media, I would encourage a few people who post comments on this site wailing about supposed refereeing bias against their teams to take a good look at themselves.

Neither the Rabbitohs or Warriors – or the Dragons for that matter – get or need any help to be generally crap.

They do it to themselves, they do. And that’s what really hurts.

Respect for NRL referees? Let's start with media's role in making every decision a drama

Good article – thanks Chris.

Sydney is way too lucky when it comes to public funding for football stadiums

Yes, of course – I would’ve said something similar re correlation, or lack thereof, between FP and LB but didn’t want to go on too much.

One line break often begats another (and maybe even another) but, of course, we lack the data (as you touch on in your piece) to piece things together properly.

I think I’ve previously raised the need for an NRL data summit with you – get all the wonks together, discuss what’s possible now, what’s potentially achievable, thrash out some definitions…

I hope you’re using what influence you have to push your contacts in such a direction. 👍

Why Rabbitohs were right to let Reynolds go to Broncos and put faith in Ilias

No room for Eisenhuth or Salmon?

State of Origin likely game one teams - Slater keen on teen duo, Fifita a chance, Fittler coy over new Blues centres

It probably happens all the time at lower levels.

'I want to take a break': Warriors star walking away from NRL at 23

Interesting article, Mike. I broadly agree with your observations about where Souths and Brisbane are currently, and the suitability of Reynolds for his current role.

“If you take the raw line break assist and try assist numbers for Reynolds, Walker, Ilias and whoever is standing next to Reynolds for the Broncos, it is clear that Souths have more than replaced the attacking contribution that their veteran half created.”

In terms of raw numbers, this is true (28-21 to Souths). But isn’t this to be expected given the other factors you mentioned – Souths tend to play in far better field position and score more points?

What Reynolds is achieving given he doesn’t really have a halves partner and given he has far fewer opportunities close to the opposition line is pretty impressive.

Souths may be paying a short-term price, but they had to move on eventually. I’m not convinced Ilias is the answer (mainly because of his kicking) – we’ll see.

Why Rabbitohs were right to let Reynolds go to Broncos and put faith in Ilias

CHT’s a good player – I hope we see him back at some stage. But, whatever happens, I hope he finds some happiness and fulfilment.

'I want to take a break': Warriors star walking away from NRL at 23

👍 The lizard man.

NRL Round 11 talking points - It’s evolution, baby

The way Koloamatangi’s been going lately, I don’t think he should be in the NSW squad.

I’d probably lean toward Burton over Crichton, but I’m not too bothered either way.

State of Origin likely game one teams - Slater keen on teen duo, Fifita a chance, Fittler coy over new Blues centres

Hi Sheepy,
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This is the Roar, a sports website. The David Icke fan page is thataway >

NRL Round 11 talking points - It’s evolution, baby

Quite, JB. I am familiar with his story, as you know.

But your broader point is a good one. The likes of No Mates are pretty good at projecting their opinions on to others. I certainly wasn’t trying to do the same.

What would Johnny Warren make of the A-League on the anniversary of his 79th birthday?

Thanks Ken. Agree with all of that, especially your point about the USA.

I recently wrote an article about league in the USA. Predictably it attracted a few siege-minded unionists, but overall it was an interesting discussion. League is tiny on the states and COVID might have just about killed it off. If it has any future – a big if – it needs to piggyback on union’s presence.

I’ve thought about writing one about my loose theory, but it would probably be interpreted as another shot in the so-called code war.

‘Absolutely nothing to worry about’: League shouldn’t fear union’s player raids

I hear you, Ken.

I do wish certain folk would be less provocative and, most importantly, keep things in perspective. What are we really talking about here? Rugby maybe (or maybe not) finding a bucket of money to entice a few of league’s best.

At most we might be talking about 3-4 players. I hope it doesn’t happen, but it would hardly be the end of the world (or even anything radically new).

I actually have a loose theory about the league-union dynamic in Australia – make of it what you will.

There are four countries where both codes have a long established domestic presence: Australia, England, NZ and France. Australia is the only country where: (a) league is the bigger player; and (b) where the split from union wasn’t really acrimonious and ugly.

The Kangaroos and Wallabies even played against each other during one of the more acrimonious periods – when league was in the process of poaching virtually the entire Wallabies team in 1909. It’s not that long ago some people were talking about the two codes merging.

It’s no contest in NZ. In England, the two codes have settled into their respective geographical areas. League and union clubs have even started being civil and sharing facilities in the south of France (what?).

Australia is, and always has been, out of kilter. Does this leave something unresolved in the minds of some?

League has the upper hand and must keep pushing down lest things change. Union has been pushed down and must counter, emphasising the advantages it does have.

I’ve seen a bit of both in this thread and it seems manifest in the posturing on RA. I could also be reading way too much into things. 😊

‘Absolutely nothing to worry about’: League shouldn’t fear union’s player raids

Why are you wasting it on me, Zezers?

The best Newcastle players who never played representative football

“I cant recall Johnny Warren ever [sic] talk about a 2nd division, [sic] Promotion & Relegation that people think is the answer to everything.”

Of course he didn’t – it was never a topical issue during his life. I’ve no idea what he’d think if he were around. I imagine he’d want the best junior pathways. The NSD might play a part in that, or might not. We still don’t know what it’ll be or evolve into.

What would Johnny Warren make of the A-League on the anniversary of his 79th birthday?

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