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Beattie shouldn’t be held as the example. He sent a mineral-based golden river state broke and done the same with the NRL and a failed Comm Games on the GC. Fact is high ranking Poli’s are well connected in high places across a range of industries (hence Beattie keeps getting rolls). V’landys has been a bit of an anomaly insofar as being as visible as he has been. Most Chairs work in the background.

NRL News: Kiwis knock back Wayne for NZ legend, PVL may make early Commission exit, Cleary makes call on Luai for final

It’ll be a tough transition out of relying on gambling. Even though the majority of the money comes from broadcast money, their revenue comes from gambling ads. It’s very dangerous to have so many eggs in one basket so the NRL should be looking at alternative revenue sources while they don’t have to right now. It could all change with the flick of a politician pen.

NRL News: Kiwis knock back Wayne for NZ legend, PVL may make early Commission exit, Cleary makes call on Luai for final

He is definitely in the top 17 of talent they have there. However, like Easts and Tigers it’s not his talent that is getting on the nose. He’ll be 30yo this year and arguably never reached his potential.

NRL Week 2 Trial Team Lists: Dogs pull Crichton selection surprise, banned prop allowed to play, Raiders make Savage call

I don’t mind the idea of giving Taafe a chance to prove himself. Has it ever been stipulated by coach or club that Crichton went there to play FB? Critta (and JAC) outside of Kikau and Burton is a pretty handy left edge.

Bulldogs' bark is worse than their bite: Defence needs mending as Ciraldo gambles with star recruit in make-or-break year

He’ll be linked with the Dogs or Tigers by June. 😛

NRL Week 2 Trial Team Lists: Dogs pull Crichton selection surprise, banned prop allowed to play, Raiders make Savage call

You’re most likely right re Matto but it feels to me like he’s on the outer but not through lack of talent.

Yeo is effective in his role because he also holds the threat of running for good metres.

NRL Week 2 Trial Team Lists: Dogs pull Crichton selection surprise, banned prop allowed to play, Raiders make Savage call

Much like Nofo, it’s hard to hold a winger liable considering the cattle inside them.

Benji, beware the poisoned chalice: The good, the bad and downright ugly of Wests Tigers’ ongoing coaching debacle

First thing I thought when Tony said he might have 4yrs: who was the last Tigers coach to last 4yrs. My guess would be Sheens from the 2000s?

Benji, beware the poisoned chalice: The good, the bad and downright ugly of Wests Tigers’ ongoing coaching debacle

A few interesting calls in here in otherwise full strength squads. Not the least Matterson isn’t in the top 17 for Parra?

I get Dogs are a work-in-progress but Salmon at #13. I don’t mind Taafe getting the FB gig to keep the defensive Crichton in the front line.

No wonder Paix is exploring his options from Brisbane when he is the last named in a reserve grade squad.

NRL Week 2 Trial Team Lists: Dogs pull Crichton selection surprise, banned prop allowed to play, Raiders make Savage call

Very true but hard to be unambiguous at the same time if the player has never been selected to play in these games. If this game counts towards suspension without question, that is one hurdle. If Kris can show proof of selection and take that to the NRL then the decision should be pretty straight forward.

Further, who was he going to play for? He missed Kiwi representation due to this suspension but then you have Ricky referring to Kris “I have a proud Torres Strait Island boy” meaning he could have rep’d for the Ind team. Why was this raised after the game? He could have argued his way into (and out) of the team but back into Rnd 1, it’s not like he didn’t know it was happening.

Maybe I just see Ricky as the boy who cried wolf but if he wants to point the finger then he should have an indisputable case. Something, unfortunately, he is not known for.

NRL News: Field goal rules changed, Sticky fires up over 'inconsistency' in All Stars ban, Wigan prop out of Panthers duel

I wish Benji well but there is a huge amount of writing on the wall he stands in front of. Really he should have cut his teeth in the lower grades and developed his own style. In saying that I do think there will be some ‘dead cat bounce’ and I suspect they won’t finish last. Nor should they with the roster and that will give Benji another few years grace but I would be pleasantly surprised if he sees 4yrs out.

Benji, beware the poisoned chalice: The good, the bad and downright ugly of Wests Tigers’ ongoing coaching debacle

Before we jump to the “Ricky had a point” let’s hear what the NRL comes back with. Could be a simple add be just wasn’t selected. Not that any reply would satisfy Stuart. He has more a vested interest in Kris playing rnd 1 than the AS game.

NRL News: Field goal rules changed, Sticky fires up over 'inconsistency' in All Stars ban, Wigan prop out of Panthers duel

You instigated it, you got owned and with a childish “blah blah blah” you turn tail and retreat. This is what happens when you let your pride argue a point you cannot make.

The representative fullback battle between Tedesco and Edwards: Now isn't the time to panic with knee-jerk actions

Ok, so your “next best” the next generation of talent the one who is older than the current #7 by 2 yrs? This is the same bloke picked and dropped in one NSW game? And just for clarification he was picked for 1 GF and didn’t play a minute. Given his performance in finals and for state you can keep him as your “next best”.

The representative fullback battle between Tedesco and Edwards: Now isn't the time to panic with knee-jerk actions

Luai?!?!?! The bloke who has been carried his entire career? 100% would never have seen a blue jersey without Cleary and Freddy. Would never have seen A Aussie jumper at all. What did he lead exactly in the WC? Who wore the C for the Samoan WC? Wasn’t bloody Luai? Not even his own coach thinks he’s a leader and let him go.

The representative fullback battle between Tedesco and Edwards: Now isn't the time to panic with knee-jerk actions

“ A couple of veterans & a couple of ordinary halves.” The only thing ordinary is your opinion. I’ll lean on the opinion of those whose opinion is based on fact.

The representative fullback battle between Tedesco and Edwards: Now isn't the time to panic with knee-jerk actions

Baahahahahaha, yeah I’m the one who is without a clue. This coming from the judge claiming the next half is a rookie. “But but but look at the reserve grade…” Dearden: Already played origin and prelim finals. Walker: Rookie of the Year, played a Prelim and Semi as well as PM X111 and been in origin camp 3yrs now. In 3 years Walker has done more, won more and proven more then any of your next best. Dreams are free but your opinion is just wrong. Take the “L” buddy you have earned it.

The representative fullback battle between Tedesco and Edwards: Now isn't the time to panic with knee-jerk actions

I reckon Tommy is your man in the future. He plays like one now less the kicking duties. NQ have more depth in a running 5/8 (Drinky) & FB than finding better than Tommy.

RTS a cautionary tale for code hoppers, heavyweight stars slim down, Reece for Dally M: NRL Week 1 Trials Talking Points

This from the guy who only has depth 3years older than Cleary. Who’s next, Ilias? Dearden, Walker and Mam will be killing NSW long after Cleary is done.

The representative fullback battle between Tedesco and Edwards: Now isn't the time to panic with knee-jerk actions

Good job by the Indigenous boys but I’m stuck between good defence or lousy attack by the Kiwi boys. They had every chance to dominate that game but didn’t look like scoring. It is a bit of a shame this game starts the season because the skill level would be higher with a few more games under the belt.

Sizzling Sharks duo too tricky by half in brilliant All Star display to inspire Indigenous side's slick win over Maori

Very well done.
I was going to try list the angles of absurdity but I think it rounds itself out nicely.

Twist in NRL expansion debate as powerbrokers say ‘Aloha!’ to Dirty Reds return bid

Can’t comment a lot on the Storm bar Pezet has come on and Paps had a good run. The Dogs though showed a bit of structure. Obviously it was rusty the halves dug in and passed and the backs were deep. Also, Mike’s fav stat, the push efforts were quite evident and persistent through the game. If the trials are just about working on fundamentals then it was a good hit out by the Dogs.

Trial Takeaways: Pap's back with spectacular try as drug ban centre's return the Xerri on top of Dogs win

He cloud possibly be the best player running around Q Cup and I hope he stays there on $50k a yr. He’ll have learned nothing by waltzing back into the NRL. He might have convinced himself his attitude was because of Sydney but Brisbane paid handsomely to see the back of him.

Tevita Farnham ... Pangai comes out of short-lived retirement for another crack at NRL

I’d rather him 45 – 55 in the middle and of the bench. No defensive decisions just hit ups and off loads.

Tevita Farnham ... Pangai comes out of short-lived retirement for another crack at NRL

That’s why every article on the guy starts with “at his best…”. TBH I gave up hoping for his best a long time ago.

Tevita Farnham ... Pangai comes out of short-lived retirement for another crack at NRL

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