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Ben Pobjie

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Ben Pobjie is a writer and comedian whose promising rugby career was tragically cut short the day he stopped playing rugby and had a pizza instead. The most he has ever cried was the day Balmain lost the 1989 grand final. Today he enjoys the frolics of Wallabies, Swans, baggy greens, and Storm.

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A Test team of players who never played any Tests

Oh I see, fair enough

A team of the NRL's most disappointing players

Clive Rice isn’t Zimbabwean, so it’s not Curran over him, it’s van der Bijl over him.

A Test team of players who never played any Tests

But which test-playing country would ten Doeschate be representing?

A Test team of players who never played any Tests

Can’t believe you didn’t pick Trevor Barsby

A Test team of players who never played any Tests

All very well, but this article leaves the big mystery unsolved: just what team does Les support?

Collingwood again on the wrong side of the AFL and its minions

Thank you

Are the Storm in decline and does the game want them dead?

Can’t see promotion and relegation working. There’s not the fanbase or the money in the game to maintain clubs that aren’t playing in the top flight at a high enough standard. How could a club dropped to the second division stay professional enough to cut it when they rise back up?

A team of the NRL's most disappointing players

For a while there I thought you were just going to list the Broncos’ 17.

A team of the NRL's most disappointing players

I’m with Blocker

Blocker Roach bizarrely roasts Warriors for kicking for touch... when down to 12 men

Of course whether you believe it to be a crippling case of food poisoning or a chronic case of crybabyitis very much depends on whether you’re sitting in Cape Town or Christchurch.

Sick of it: Sport's greatest illnesses

I expect the 2008 grand final will be very high up on the list…and rightly so. Incredibly depressing day for me.

The top ten worst finals performances of the NRL era: Part 1

My Eels-loving dad turned the 1998 prelim off after seeing Polla-Mounter’s last-second FG shot, because he thought it had gone over and his team had lost. Imagine his relief at finding out it missed…and then his second wave of devastation at finding out the final score.

The top ten worst finals performances of the NRL era: Part 1

I still remember playing a rugby game with the flu – truly I was a hero that day.

Sick of it: Sport's greatest illnesses

I agonized over Deano. One of the all-time great stories…in the end decided against putting in two cricket stories.

Sick of it: Sport's greatest illnesses

I reckon the simplest explanation is just that the practice of feeding arsenic to horses turned out to be, amazingly, inadvisable.

Sick of it: Sport's greatest illnesses

Love the idea behind this piece.

Forgotten efforts from famous Test players: Part 1

Ever since Alan Jones lost the Wallabies coaching position he has been seething at the injustice of Australian rugby existing without him being in charge of it. He finds it deeply offensive that anyone believes Australian rugby can operate without Alan Jones at the helm. Everything he says about rugby can be seen through the prism of his utter loathing of anyone who doesn’t bow to his obvious superiority in all things.

A rebuttal of Alan Jones

I’m a Storm fan and I’d rather see Grant at the Tigers quite honestly.

Why Harry Grant must not stay with Wests Tigers

Indeed: keeping the ladder the same in perpetuity, that’s what all fans want.

Why Harry Grant must not stay with Wests Tigers

This is an excellent argument for every good young player whose team is currently not in the top flight to leave immediately.

Or to put it another way, this is not an excellent argument.

Why Harry Grant must not stay with Wests Tigers

This does not seem like the kind of comment that should be published.

The Paul McGregor smoke and mirrors show

Ah, so true! I would like to put in a vote for the brilliant, tragic Yorkshireman, Bobby Peel.

The best Test team of left-arm spinners

Given the aforementioned error re Wilfred Rhodes, I suggest replacing him with Arthur Morris, a much better opening batsman anyway.

Though I don’t think you mentioned why the team needed to bat left handed anyway?

The best Test team of left-arm spinners

They don’t pay me enough…

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