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Duncan Smith

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Sporting polygamist who supports two rugby league teams, the Bulldogs and the Storm. (The 2012 grand final was a nightmare.) Also a QPR tragic and a firm believer that Ian Chappell\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'s mid-70s Aussie cricket team can never be topped.

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That sort of argument wouldn’t protect an ordinary citizen.

De Bellin shouldn’t need the NRL to tell him that what he’s alleged to have done is wrong. Don’t these footballers read the paper (past the sport pages) and hear about things like ‘Me Too’ etc?

'He wasn't educated': De Belin's lawyers play the blame game

Gold medal silliness.

Yes, of course it benefits the NRL / News to have a strong Melbourne club. To extrapolate from that, that the 1999 semi finals & grand finals were rigged is laughable.

If we believe Mr Smurf, Ricky Stuart deliberately sent a wayward kick across field late in the Melbourne-Canterbury game, for Matt Geyer to run 90 metres and score. We’re also to believe Jamie Ainscough was bribed to hit Storm winger Craig Smith in the head over the try line 2 minutes from time, leading to a penalty try in the grand final.

I presume stripping Melbourne of their 2007 and 2009 titles was also part of News Ltd’s fiendish plan.

But please, Senor Smurf, do tell us more.

Disappointment continues as Storm’s forecasted decline nears decade without fruition

The flip side of that is people forget how hard Smith, Slater, and Thurston trained as well. Cronk’s not the only one who did that, and the other boys haven’t just coasted through on talent.

Rooster Cooper's dagger into the heart of Melbourne

Anthony Griffin should be having a good laugh, and Wests Tigers too.

Watene-Zelezniak moment of madness riles Cleary

Very witty, Dane. Good job.

Disappointment continues as Storm’s forecasted decline nears decade without fruition

Very detailed, well written article. It’s a shame about Smith and Cronk. They should just get over it and move on.

Rooster Cooper's dagger into the heart of Melbourne

Slim pickings, really. This mob will be battling the Es for the wooden spoon.

The A team is alright, but the other four need to form a merger called Vowels United. Between E, I, O, and U, you might get a competitive team!

Rugby league history: The all-time great alphabet teams – Letter I

Yep, it is annoying.

Can Canberra be Melbourne's biggest challenger in 2019?

I think you’re right. These five players are all on the elite level and would have been great in any era.

Just because they’re in the same team should not count against them. Raper, Gasnier, Langlands, and Provan were all in the same team and are immortals. These modern five players are all worthy immortals too.

Should Greg Inglis be made an Immortal?

It’s too soon. Should wait a couple of years for the dust to settle.

Beetson and Fulton were iconic players of the 70s, Meninga and Lewis of the 80s.

Thurston, Smith, Lockyer, Slater, and Inglis are all elite players of the last 15 years. How many of them should be ‘immortals’?

Should Greg Inglis be made an Immortal?

We’ll never see a team as good as that again.

Greg Inglis announces immediate retirement from NRL

So long, champion. Thanks for all the entertainment.

He’s up there with the best centres to ever play the game – Gasnier, Fulton, Rogers, Meninga, etc. He would also have been one of the best full backs to ever play the game if Billy Slater had not been in his way.

Greg Inglis announces immediate retirement from NRL

Legend of the game. At his best, he was unstoppable. We’ll miss him.

Greg Inglis announces immediate retirement from NRL

He played really well in 2016 for Melbourne and has been severely unlucky not to play more games. Can’t blame him for moving on.

Blair granted immediate release by Storm to join UK club

I’ve not got the slightest idea what you’re raving about Smurf boy. As for conspiracy theories, the ones that interest me are on more important topics than who wins a game of footy.

If you seriously think News Ltd and the NRL are in cahoots with Smith and Bellamy over refereeing decisions, you are clearly trying to fabricate a reason whatever team you support has underachieved in the last 15 years.

As for News Ltd’s sinister plot for Melbourne to dominate the NRL, yeah, I guess that makes perfect sense in light of the salary cap scandal and stripping of 2 premierships in 2010. What a brilliant counter intuitive way to achieve dominance by trying to destroy the club. Fiendish!

Cowboys robbed by full-time siren

If you’re worried about looking silly, Big Pappy, maybe you should knock off the crazy conspiracy theories.

But if it makes you happy, go ahead and tell yourself any fairy tale you like. Whatever gets you through the day …

Cowboys robbed by full-time siren

Cowboys got a try off a forward pass, Cameron Smith was denied a 40-20 and was on the wrong end of a knock on call. Conclusion : COWBOYS WERE ROBBED!!!

Cowboys robbed by full-time siren

Good post. I agree.

The 2019 Brisbane Broncos are struggling and it won't get any better

He’s moving to the new super rugby franchise, the Brunei Bulldogs.

NRL redemption: Is Israel Folau headed back 'home'?

Meanwhile in Brunei …

Rugby union would be a more inclusive, kinder place without Israel Folau and his backwards views

You can lock in Storm, Easts, and Souths for the top 8, but there’s not much confidence in Brisbane getting one of the other 5 spots at this stage.

The 2019 Brisbane Broncos are struggling and it won't get any better

Good – thank you. Maybe you can summarise A-H, then I-O, then P-Z, just so we can keep track.

Rugby league history: The all-time great alphabet teams – Letter H

Hayne played his best football at fullback, so I’d put Mark Harris in front of him. Also, Harris played gridiron long before Hayne was born! He went over for a season in the 1970s.

Rugby league history: The all-time great alphabet teams – Letter H

You’ve got a good memory mate. I reckon it’s time for Matth to publish those first 8 teams side by side so we can easily compare them. How about it Matt?

Rugby league history: The all-time great alphabet teams – Letter H

Surely the Bulldogs’ effort was a talking point. Expected to get blown off the park yet went very close to winning agaisnt the in-form team of the comp.

Eight talking points from NRL Round 4