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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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So dump an Origin lock?

Melbourne's easy fix to accommodate Harry Grant and Brandon Smith

Oh that’s an easy one. The defence must be ten metres from the ruck at the moment the bell is played. If they are not, a penalty will be awarded unless the referee believes someone might be upset by this.

The hard facts about NRL rules

If Mallett had played a longer career as a frontline spinner, maybe he’d challenge Lyon. But as it is, his achievements are just nowhere near. Like Miller: maybe if he’d taken up spin ten years earlier he’d have built a huge career. But the fact is he didn’t. Lyon’s played nearly 100 tests, and averaged near enough 4 wickets per test. No other post-WWI Australian offspinner has managed anything like his record for anywhere near as long.

Is Nathan Lyon really the GOAT?

I repeat: it’s not close. No serious judge would put Mallett, Miller or Johnson anywhere near Lyon, and the fact that if you put those three together their career wickets wouldn’t add up to Lyon’s is a fair reflection of the comparison.

Is Nathan Lyon really the GOAT?

Lyon is the best Australian off spinner since World War One, and it ain’t even close.

Is Nathan Lyon really the GOAT?

“And while we wait for that solution to come, let’s make the umpires’ job easier, not harder. Stop making them read players’ minds, eliminate the confusion, and improve the spectacle of the game we love.”

How?

Holding the ball? You be the judge

The Storm missing their two best players, against the reigning premiers? Yeah I reckon they’ve probably got the whole wariness thing covered.

Why the Storm should be wary of the injured Chooks

Hit a hundred against South Africa with a busted shoulder.

As well, of course, as playing half his career with a buggered back. One of the toughest bastards ever to wear the baggy green, no matter what the popular perception is.

Sick of it: Sport's greatest illnesses

As Bernie said: in test cricket you need to push the game forward. In one-dayers the game moves forward with its own momentum. In tests the bowlers must attack: bowling in one-dayers is a defensive exercise. Border was a defensive-minded captain, not surprisingly after what he went through in the early years of his captaincy.

Why are we so terrible in nail biters?

I feel you, brother

Why are we so terrible in nail biters?

Cooper Cronk, John Sattler, Bert Sutcliffe, Gillian Rolton, Michael Clarke, etc etc.

Sick of it: Sport's greatest illnesses

“White elephant in the room” is my new favourite mixed metaphor.

Why are we so terrible in nail biters?

Wrote on this subject myself in the wake of Headingley last year https://www.theroar.com.au/2019/08/27/why-is-australia-cursed-to-lose-the-classics/

Why are we so terrible in nail biters?

I rather think JGK was aware of it.

Sick of it: Sport's greatest illnesses

There’d certainly be a greater wealth of material, I reckon.

Sick of it: Sport's greatest illnesses

Yes, apparently it’s excellent for tonsillitis.

Sick of it: Sport's greatest illnesses

(Joke)

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