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Despite claiming a brilliant sporting career cut short by numerous injuries, the truth is best summed up by my cricket record: batted 11, never bowled...
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The utility. Every club has them. The guy who will play anywhere. The bloke who will go on for an injury cover and play out of position. The guy who can slot in wherever there’s a gap.
Every few years it comes up. Growing the game. Expanding into new markets. And hand-in-hand with the concept of expansion comes relocation.
Yesterday we looked at the State of Origin player ratings for Queensland. Now it’s the Blues turn.
State of Origin is over for another year and the usual post-mortems have begun. For Queensland the future looks bright – now having won the last three series and blooded a new group of stars in the Origin arena.
It’s halfway through the NRL season and that’s a good time to look back at the big player movements for the 2017 season.
Origin team speculation is almost a sport in its own right.
It’s that time of year. All around the country (well, the bits that play rugby league) NRL coaches, boards and support staff are sitting down to plan for season 2017.
My young fellow played his first game of cricket on Saturday. A handful of parents were there to watch their kids play in the Under 10s.
Many won’t remember Willis Meehan, the promising forward the Roosters sacked in July 2015 after he was found guilty for a second time of assault, having previously been placed on a good behaviour bond in 2014.
You are waiting for the bus. It is late. Looking for something to occupy your time, you notice a book on the seat beside you. It looks like a Choose Your Own Adventure story, although you notice someone has crossed out the word ‘story’ and written ‘fairytale’ instead.
Over the years we have seen a number of positions evolve as the game of rugby league has changed.
For Roosters fans, accustomed to finishing at the top, the wrong end of the table is a sad and unfamiliar place.
I’ll be frank. I’m not a Shaun Marsh fan.
The NRL Rookie wrapped up last week, with 24-year-old Lou Goodwin winning a contract with the Canberra Raiders.
The current Test series in Sri Lanka has brought together Australia’s most successful finger spinner, Nathan Lyon, with the man who has been the bridesmaid for many years, Stephen O’Keefe.
A recent article on The Roar discussed the notion that all-rounders have deteriorated in quality over time, held Andrew Symonds up as an example of one of the best, and defined an all-rounder as one who has a batting average higher than their bowling average.
Yesterday, Part 1 examined the existing halves combinations that will play on in 2016. Now let’s look at the new combinations and the clubs who have big decisions to make.
With teams starting their pre-season for 2016 it is an opportunity to take an early look at each club’s halves combinations. Who will shine? Who will struggle?
And Capewell wins the Ethan Lowe award for performing 1000% better than expectations on debut.
Six talking points from State of Origin 1
That’s the logical play i think
REVEALED: NSW Blues and Queensland Maroons teams for State of Origin 1
I can’t wait to see who does an “Ethan Lowe” this year and goes from people wondering why is this bloke even in the squad??? to playing out of his skin in the game of his life.
Queensland Origin selections: The final squad
Glad to see you didn’t miss the chance to put the word big in front of Nelson. it’s apparently compulsory.
NRL grand final player ratings: Melbourne Storm
Coach gets a 3 for mine. Team was off the boil right from the start – that’s on the coach. As for putting May in the starting lineup over Naden. A negative play which backfired dramatically. Didn’t seem to fire up the team at half time either.
NRL grand final player ratings: Penrith Panthers
Jamie Ainscough looked a million bucks running off the Johns boys. I would have looked a million bucks running off the Johns boys. Worst decision ever to leave Newcastle but managed to make rep teams after that, although I don’t know how.
Rugby league's one-Test wonders
I thought CHN was the pick of the Canberra forwards. Mind you over on the nrl website they hardly rated him and gave Bateman huge wraps. Apart from butchering a try by going himself with two unmarked outside I can’t remember anything Bateman did.
Storm trounce Raiders to book grand final berth
The Bulldogs should get on the phone to this guy
Aidan Sezer continues to light up the Super League with another stellar performance
Great summary Baz.
I also think the hunger for the Chooks was just not there this year. The desperation that made them a great team wasn’t quite there and that brought them back to being a really good team instead.
Hats off to Canberra – I’d love to see a Raiders v Panthers GF!
Three-peat over! Roosters dream ends after loss to Raiders
Hope it goes well for him. Can’t wait to see how Brimson goes at the higher level, he’s a talent for sure.
It's official, Kalyn Ponga won't play Origin this year
Summed it up Geoff. Of course the NRL will bring out the wet lettuce which will make no difference after the fact. It has to be acted on in the game. Surely the bunker can rule on stuff like this???
Are the Storm up to their old dirty tricks again?
Deliberate act of foul play. How much more textbook do you need for a professional foul? 10 in the bin for sure.
Did the Sharks deserve more than a penalty for this?
I’m willing to write off everyone except the Panthers and the Storm. Cant see a grand final featuring anyone else.
Cooked Chooks make NRL semis a five-team fight
Pretty harsh on Ikuvalu – yes so many tries went down his side but more often than not he was coming in because there was a massive overlap. That whole right edge was dysfunctional in defence. Toupinua was often heading to the middle in defence leaving Flanno exposed and Aubo drifting in to cover that, which left Ikuvalu with 3 coming at him. For sure he had his worst game of the season but so did pretty much all of the roosters.
The Roosters' aura is fading
Which peanut approved the teams wearing almost identical uniforms?
'That's a penalty': Cowboy's pass is so far forward it's actually hilarious
Great write-up for a champion player. He’ll be missed. I can’t think of an equivalent player who provided so much versatility and consistency for such a long time.
A tribute to Mitch Aubusson
I dunno souvalis. I think Lewis was going well before he was taken off. It was really encouraging to see Wakeham come on and take charge though. Not all bench players can come on and own the team.
South Sydney's pretend contenders can have no complaints about Su'A's sin-bin
Yep – couldn’t agree more on this one.
NRL flags bunker changes after wrong call
On the captains challenge and insufficient footage I think it could work like cricket, where an umpire’s call on ball tracking might mean the decision stands but the review is not lost. Definitely a precedent that seems to work.
New rules need tweaking with finals fast approaching
Guilty of the “not disappearing into thin air the millisecond he played the ball” rule. I don’t know that one but it’s the only possible explanation
'What's he meant to do?' Was Nat Butcher hard done by to be pinged for an obstruction?
Good read Jeremy and I love the passion. I think all fans feel their team gets hard done by. The sin bin of Tevaga was waaaaay soft though. Definitely a wrong call.
I suspect with some continuity in the halves the Warriors will continue to build. I can see them pushing the eight hard next year, particularly as teams like Cronulla look to be on the slide.
Warriors see yellow, fans see red
Good talking points Barry. I think it will be fascinating to watch how it plays out. Who is close to selection? Who drops out? Who puts club first?
I think there’s too much history and pride for players to opt out, excepting some of the older guys maybe? Everyone wants to be an Origin player. But time will tell. It’s something I’ve never understood about Aussie Rules and football – that players will put club before state or country.
You’re right though – The success or otherwise of this year will dictate what happens from now on.
Origin may be a casualty of the pandemic
Luai has really won me over. When Cleary was out and Burton stepped in to partner Luai it was the young Burton who impressed. I was sure they’d gone the wrong direction when Cleary came back and they kept Luai and not given Burton an extended run.
I concede I was dead wrong. Maybe Burton would have turned out good too, but Luai and Cleary together are running beautifully.
Maybe Cleary senior does know what he’s doing after all.
Nathan Cleary and Jarome Luai are the NRL's best halves combination
Dang. What a shame that he went down this path.
Xerri's career in doubt after positive B-sample