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Wiser than leaving your drink unattended around rugby league players.

NRL News: Ponga season over as weird video emerges, Shoey Vasa-Sheck ban lifted, Martin, Latrell OK, Crichton staying

It’s more fun seeing the chaos caused to one half of the draw by him being wild carded into some random spot.

Is Nick Kyrgios rising, or are we witnessing a false dawn?

The photo makes it look like the villain from Stranger Things season 4 got to him.

'I honestly don't care': Sore Kyrgios eyes US Open after winning run ends in Montreal

Rankings will never be relevant to judging Kyrgios’s standing anyway.

He deliberately plays fewer tournaments, so he will always be ranked lower than his threat level.

Is Nick Kyrgios rising, or are we witnessing a false dawn?

Very true.

I have no idea how that team made it to a grand final.

Freddy lauds Green for 'one of the greatest coaching efforts ever'... and it's not the 2015 premiership

Steve Menzies is actually an immortal highlander.

Age just a number: Total seasons a better indicator if 30-something players deserve new deals

Exactly.

Why is there an urgent need to replace one perfectly useful sweeping generalisation, just because we find a shiny new one.

This is rugby league. Sweeping generalisations, especially ones that no one actually involved in the game would ever consider valid are intrinsic to the sport. The more of them we can use, the better – especially if they are completely outdated or contradictory.

Age just a number: Total seasons a better indicator if 30-something players deserve new deals

It can definitely be coached.

Age just a number: Total seasons a better indicator if 30-something players deserve new deals

Not admissible.

'Completely unacceptable': Stuart banned one game, fined $25,000 by NRL for 'weak-gutted dog' rant

Kent is one of the most toxic actors in rugby league. The sport would be a lot better off without him.

Why Stuart won't understand his petulance but consider himself a martyr after being banned

1) a person who acts in a cowardly, dishonourable way.
2) yes.
3) could go either way.
4) hurt feelings. Any judgment amount, even with indemnity costs wouldn’t cover the actual legal fees.

'Completely unacceptable': Stuart banned one game, fined $25,000 by NRL for 'weak-gutted dog' rant

Yeah, if I was his lawyers I’d try to run that argument too. The judge might even agree with you at the end of the trial.

But meanwhile Stewart’s lawyers have produced affidavit material detailing the horrible things my client did when he was twelve, and my client either has to admit that, or deny it and be cross examined on it. My client’s family will probably be brought into it, since they were apparently there 11 years ago – they will be asked whether the type of conduct their son is alleged to have engaged in is acceptable or unacceptable. They will be asked whether they raised their son to not be the sort of person who behaves that way, and then they will be asked whether how their son behaved was acceptable. They have to answer those questions – they can’t run and hide like people do on the internet. That will probably be one of the worst days of their lives. If they deny that the alleged behaviour happened, or give a different version of events, the judge will make finding as to whether or not they are being truthful.

Then if I am going to claim my client has changed his personality since that time, that becomes a fact in issue that the other side get to explore. So now I’m gambling that my client who apparently causes a 4 car pile up driving under the influence doesn’t have any other skeletons in his closet (he’s a rugby league player, remember).

And I don’t know where you are getting the idea that someone’s behaviour as a child is somehow protected from scrutiny in defamation proceedings. That just not how the law works.

'Completely unacceptable': Stuart banned one game, fined $25,000 by NRL for 'weak-gutted dog' rant

Yes – public guilt – that’s the problem Salmon faces – it goes in the pleadings, it goes in affidavits and it gets reported in the papers and the news.

If he wins, he gets maybe $10k, and everyone gets to hear about what he was like as a kid. And that is only if he wins…

'Completely unacceptable': Stuart banned one game, fined $25,000 by NRL for 'weak-gutted dog' rant

Every lawyer defending a defamation claim will immediately complicate the factual issues.

'Completely unacceptable': Stuart banned one game, fined $25,000 by NRL for 'weak-gutted dog' rant

Damages of that kind are very, very hard to prove. He would basically need to get an affidavit from someone relevant in the Storm stating that they were going to recruit him but now they won’t because Ricky Stewart called him a weak gutted dog.

'Completely unacceptable': Stuart banned one game, fined $25,000 by NRL for 'weak-gutted dog' rant

“I have had history with that kid. I know that kid very well.
He was a weak gutted dog as a kid and he hasn’t changed now. He is a weak gutted dog person now.”

That’s what he said. Two out of the three sentences relate to his character as a child. Salmon could try to only litigate in the last sentence, but:
1. That’s basically admitting that he was a weak gutted dog as a kid;
2. He kicked a guy in the balls, and there is a very god chance that a court would find “weak gutted dog” to be fair comment.
3. Stewart’s lawyers would just bring the previous two sentences into issue as they provide context to the third.

'Completely unacceptable': Stuart banned one game, fined $25,000 by NRL for 'weak-gutted dog' rant

The complaint would be about what Stuart said. What Stuart said related to his character as a child.

So there is no real way that his behaviour as a child wouldn’t be an issue in the proceedings.

'Completely unacceptable': Stuart banned one game, fined $25,000 by NRL for 'weak-gutted dog' rant

You would not be thrown out on your ear – that is how defamation claims are run.

'Completely unacceptable': Stuart banned one game, fined $25,000 by NRL for 'weak-gutted dog' rant

If he wants to sue Stewart, he runs the risk that Stewart will run the truth defence. If that happens Stewart will describe the events from 12 years ago, which are unlikely to reflect well on Salmon.

In any event, Salmon is going to have to show that Stewart has defamed his character. This is a guy who is publicly known for having just kicked an opposition player in the groin and several years ago smashed his car into 3 parked cars due to still being drunk from the night before.

Stewart might have acted inappropriately as an NRL coach, but Salmon already has a bad reputation and any claim against Stewart is by no means likely to result in a good outcome for him, and may very well result in further damage to his reputation.

'Completely unacceptable': Stuart banned one game, fined $25,000 by NRL for 'weak-gutted dog' rant

This is correct – he is making himself ineligible for Australia and NSW. It would be different if he was playing for a tier 2 country.

'I thought screw it, I’m not listening to my head': How Radley let emotions choose England over NSW Blues

What did he have to say about his halfback spear tackling someone last week?

NRL News: Tigers plead case to have result changed, Fittler irate over Carrigan ban, Hasler says players united

The NRL could have made a profitable deal with Queensland to host the grand final, but did not because of promises made by the NSW government.

The NSW government broke those promises, so it is entirely appropriate for the NRL to change its plans.

They now have to go cap in hand to Queensland to make a deal in circumstances where Annastacia knows they have no other bidder. This is a big loss for the NRL.

NRL News: Papalii opts for Samoa over Kangaroos, Jones 'baffled' by no charge for NAS, Collins takes break

Wouldn’t even be in the top hundred things worth spending money on.

Political grandstanding abounds as stadium stoush gets ugly - but it's correct call to cancel suburban upgrades

Didn’t say that it did.

The NRL generates billions of dollars.

Political grandstanding abounds as stadium stoush gets ugly - but it's correct call to cancel suburban upgrades

Regardless – the NSW government knew all of that when they made the agreement and still decided it was worth it.

They reneged and the NRL is entitled to be indignant and change it’s plans accordingly.

Political grandstanding abounds as stadium stoush gets ugly - but it's correct call to cancel suburban upgrades

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