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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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The Trans-Tasman conundrum, solved

There’s been a lot of talk lately about the best way forward for Australian rugby teams in terms of a Trans-Tasman competition, given that early results in this year’s tournament have been eerily akin to watching a silverback gorilla repeatedly slamming a chihuahua’s head in a car door.

Gubby Allen never risked being dropped. He was an establishment man through and through and knew his position was secure no matter what attitude he took.

Busting cricket myths: 'Bradman best against Bodyline'

If by “the most overlooked innings of that Ashes”, you mean the innings about which more has been said and written than all of the other innings in that series put together, the innings which is routinely included on “greatest ever innings” lists, and which is one of the most famous innings ever played by an Australian batsman, then yes, McCabe’s 187 has been shamefully overlooked.

Busting cricket myths: 'Bradman best against Bodyline'

Eddie Gilbert would never have finished his first over. He would have been no-balled for throwing every ball he sent down until Bill Woodfull removed him.

Busting cricket myths: 'Bradman best against Bodyline'

I have never in my life heard or read of this “myth” that Bradman handled Bodyline best: only that he topped the averages in that series, which is a statistical fact. The way Stan McCabe played in Sydney is generally regarded as the gold standard in playing Bodyline: I don’t think the “myth” upon which this article is premised actually exists.

Busting cricket myths: 'Bradman best against Bodyline'

He woud no doubt have struggled against the West Indies quicks: the only batsmen who really handled them well were lanky beanpoles like Allan Border and Sunny Gavaskar.

Busting cricket myths: 'Bradman best against Bodyline'

That’ll take too long. Make it once a team gets in front by six.

Hey NRL, here's a few more madcap ideas as you try to constantly 'improve' the game

Playing too few?

Hey NRL, here's a few more madcap ideas as you try to constantly 'improve' the game

Grade 3 usually involves firearms

Another crazy chapter in the Book of Feuds as Mitchell's moment of madness stuns Manu

But who do you want if your team is 2 ahead in a grand final, and the opposition just put up a bomb?

Latrell Mitchell: Great footballer, ordinary fullback?

As Captain Barbossa said, they’re not rules, they’re more like guidelines.

The blatant Cleary shoulder charge and what it confirms about the NRL

“ We need to know that basic rulings are going to be the same in every game.”

Then get used to disappointment, because the rulings are still made by human beings and you’re demanding the impossible.

Memo to NRL referees: We just want consistency

Absolutely Joe! But I don’t think any Origin debutant ever feels carefree

NSW picking Mitch Moses is a wasted opportunity

There’s no such thing as a zero pressure Origin game.

NSW picking Mitch Moses is a wasted opportunity

What may stop NSW dominating for many years hence is the fact Queensland have young guns on the horizon. Ponga and Walsh and Walker and Grant will make for a powerful spine in years to come. Looking forward to some cracking contests.

Six talking points from State of Origin Game 2

Oh, I am a hard core Balmain supporter – I feel vaguely embarrassed at claiming Artie as one of ours!

The true blue Queenslanders

Minor quibble: calling Beetson a “Balmain legend” seems a bit off, as he played the bulk of his career with Easts, and captained them to two premierships.

The true blue Queenslanders

Beat me to it…

The true blue Queenslanders

I think those who defend the booing of Adam Goodes have yet to explain the timing.

But I’m not that interested in arguing, as above. I’d just love everyone to think about Goodes, and what happened, and what that might mean.

Thinking about Goodes

Which is passing strange, because it’s more like a heinous act performed by pretty much every Australian Rules footballer who ever played.

Thinking about Goodes

You’re no doubt right, Gyfox. My mistake.

Thinking about Goodes

I don’t even think it’s a bad call. Almost always, when someone says Queensland’s team is rubbish, they’re 100 percent correct. But still it always results in a crushing Queensland victory…

The Maroons are awful and the Blues are going to take the series 3-0

Nope. Next.

The change I'd make to the knock-on rule

See, this is the kind of article that gets written directly before a stirring Queensland win and now I’m terrified.

The Maroons are awful and the Blues are going to take the series 3-0

Who was picked out of position apart from Capewell for Queensland? Both NSW centres were out of position but seemed to do ok.

Six talking points from State of Origin Game 1

To be honest the only way to get his approval in reality would be a Goodbye Lenin style arrangement where an elaborate infrastructure is built to convince him that he is the Wallabies coach again.

The Trans-Tasman conundrum, solved

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