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Is it really classed as overpaying if they’re front-loading a contract to ensure they don’t breach the ‘spend 95% of the cap’ requirement. Leilua probably just gets a full season’s pay from the dragons after getting 1/3 of his contract from the cowboys, helps pay the DUI fine but the dragons should be within their rights to deduct 2 weeks pay based on his deceptive behaviour. He’s overpaid as far a relative worth goes compared to others, but maybe not based on the dragons need.

Believe it or not, Luciano Leilua is a marquee player - just a wildly overpaid one cashing in on Dragons' desperation

Think Michael Molo is a fair bit off the forwards listed above, even the bench. Interesting to see how RFM goes after being hung out to dry by his ex-team mates who grumbled to him as captain about training & he ended up taking the fall. I’d think Eisenhuth would play longer minutes and they’ll hope Leilua and Su’A have more impact in attack if they play a bit less. Subject to a fair run on the injury front, I can’t see how they’re wooden spoon favourites. Hunt will win them a few games off his own bat, the pack looks strong and they have pace in the backline. Fullback defence is probably non-existent but that’s not the forte of most number 1’s. I have then 13-15 at the worst.

Believe it or not, Luciano Leilua is a marquee player - just a wildly overpaid one cashing in on Dragons' desperation

They need Su’A to get back to the form that earned him origin call ups and automatic inclusion in those squads of 30 odd Qld got together for their early season weekend camps. Su’A needs to be a runner, not a workhorse.

Believe it or not, Luciano Leilua is a marquee player - just a wildly overpaid one cashing in on Dragons' desperation

Yep, think it’s skewed by the first 4 months wages paid by the cowboys and the dragons might have front-loaded his 2024 contract because they’ve got plenty spare that they can’t carry over to 2025. He’s a weapon if used correctly and Hunt should enjoy having him sitting on his shoulder for an offload but also prone to errors.

Believe it or not, Luciano Leilua is a marquee player - just a wildly overpaid one cashing in on Dragons' desperation

Thanks Ryan, I can breathe easier now when looking forward to the maroon’s fate in this season’s origin series. My fearless (foolish) prediction, the cowboys to again disappoint and finish between 10th-12th. Looks a bit thin on depth in the backline & quite a few forwards are getting on in years (plus Hess out now).

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It’s absolutely a desperation signing, but the dragons haven’t really got any more viable options. Would love to see Flanagan put on a lie detector & see the answer to the question “would you swap 4 years of Leilua at $900k annually for 4 years of Taumalolo at $1M a year”.

Believe it or not, Luciano Leilua is a marquee player - just a wildly overpaid one cashing in on Dragons' desperation

Thought Pope was very ordinary in his 2 ball duck in the first innings until I saw him out for a first ball duck in their second innings. At least he’s not negatively impacting his strike rate, guess he stays in the side because strike rates rule under bazball.

Root silences Bazball critics while returning to form with ton as England keep comeback series win hopes alive

Maybe take the game to sin city with 6 or 8 American referees on the field, like to see all those yellow hankies being thrown around.

'Lying is a sin': To'o takes aim at Wardle, referee 'making assumptions' with contentious try as Wigan upset Panthers

Think we might say the same about shark park, whatever that 4 Pines place is and parramatta’s stadium particularly.

'Lying is a sin': To'o takes aim at Wardle, referee 'making assumptions' with contentious try as Wigan upset Panthers

C’mon, don’t you two start before the proper season kick off. Only saw replays and panthers had some reason to feel aggrieved but you’re probably not old enough to recall some of those dodgy refereeing decision against the kangaroo’s when touring England in the 1960’s and 70’s. Open slather was the name of the game, we had to be 20 points better to sneak over the line.

'Lying is a sin': To'o takes aim at Wardle, referee 'making assumptions' with contentious try as Wigan upset Panthers

Mate, since Murdoch and his like-minded cronies started pushing into sport, it’s all just content to them. Don’t care if it’s league here or darts in the UK, they don’t give a tinkers as long as it fills a slot. The NRL product is mainly what I watch because I enjoy the game, union has gone down the rabbit hole of having too many rules so i just can’t watch it, unlike in the good old interstate rivalry era. The bloke who wrote the article had a bit to do with stuffing up both codes. If I was to bother to spend the wee hours watching overseas sport, think I’d go the women’s soccer from the UK, they seem to play like it’s fun but prefer my sleep. Each to our own.

10 reasons league and union should merge to become One Rugby - and give AFL nightmares

Not sure what planet you were on back then, Wally Lewis played league for cannon hill stars (Wynnum juniors) from U6’s & his dad was a senior coach at Wynnum-Manly. Got into Brisbane State High from outside the catchment on a sports exemption and went there because he was a good chance to get on the junior wallaby tour if he played union. Never ever played junior or club rugby, played for Valleys when not playing school rugby. Just watched a few minutes of reds v waratahs at lang park in front of a miserly crowd, your mob have got a way to go before that reaping starts. Long way from the Loane, McLean & Shaw et al era.

10 reasons league and union should merge to become One Rugby - and give AFL nightmares

Wasn’t knocking Cleary, just thought comments like “gotten his ass kicked twice in GF’s by Cleary” was over-egging the true representation of the halves competition in both those Grand finals. I’m on-eyed as the next bloke and admit the broncos were lucky not to be 10-12 in arrears at half time in the GF, but kudos to their scramble. Similarly, kudos go to the panthers scramble when the broncs had 15 minutes using the afterburners in that second half.

Debate is over: Rabbitohs should regret Reynolds roster clanger as Broncos half gets last laugh with contract extension

Have to agree that Root’s conventional innings (as bazball devotees tumbled around him) confirms there’s a time and place for up tempo cricket, but it’s certainly not every time a team elects to bat. Looking at the scorecard, the successful batsmen were those that played to the conditions.

Root silences Bazball critics while returning to form with ton as England keep comeback series win hopes alive

Haven’t you been reading the plethora of articles about AFL players retiring early as a result of concussion? It’s the one game out of three oval ball codes where you can legally hit an opponent from behind.

10 reasons league and union should merge to become One Rugby - and give AFL nightmares

All those positives yet your game can’t seem to be able to support five clubs in an international competition, I see where your seething anger emanates from. Loved that old furphy about stealing rugby juniors, you probably mean those kids who played league from U6’s , showed promise and got scholarships to the elite private high schools looking to gain increased donations from the ‘old boys’ by winning a premiership. Rugby in Australia failed from the time they ditched the tribalism of interstate footy which followers of both codes loved, this coincided with the move into professionalism and arrival of franchise clubs. V’landys talks a big game but most aussie league followers like me don’t really care much about the international game because we know league will never be the dominant code in that sphere. Soccer (football) has been talking about their international dominance taking root in Australia since the influx of post war immigration, but it’s never happened. Takes quite a few generations for loyalties to change, I’ll be dead & buried before it happens.

10 reasons league and union should merge to become One Rugby - and give AFL nightmares

Sounds like a thought bubble by someone looking for a job working on a feasibility study. I’m a league fan, not the least bit interested in a rugby financial millstone around the NRL’s neck. They blew $M’s after hosting the world cup, almost went bust, took out loans & still can’t make their competition viable. Peddle your nonsense elsewhere please.

10 reasons league and union should merge to become One Rugby - and give AFL nightmares

Peter Sterling born in Toowoomba, born & bred Eel? what’s the point, came through the bronco scholarship junior ranks and feeder clubs, not unlike country boy Isaiah Yeo at Penrith.

2024 NRL Transfer Centre: Dogs add remiership winner, Luke locked in for another year

There’s generally a desperate club somewhere that’s willing to state that a serial yobbo “deserves a second (third/fourth) chance”. I guess we’ll find out in 2025 if and when TT nominates for a supplementary draft. Suspended NRL drug cheat Bronson Xerri has got a gig at the bulldogs not that he’s served his time, I just wonder if anyone thought to test him for the PED’s while training during that 4 year suspension.

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As well as the impact of the groin injury when Reynolds did the splits in an awkward tackle. until then, he was going gangbusters & if I recall, Cleary missed two tackles that led to bronco tries. It’s always the end result that determines the perception of man of the match performances, Milford was killing it and JT was well off the pace until the final moments of that Cowboys/Broncos GF.

Debate is over: Rabbitohs should regret Reynolds roster clanger as Broncos half gets last laugh with contract extension

Reckon it’s a bit tough to assign that 2022 bronco fadeout to Reynolds. If you remember how they were going when comfortably in the top 4, a lot of it was due to the pack dominating with Reynolds pulling the strings as a consequence. It’s no coincidence that they fell apart against lower ranked sides as soon as Carrigan got outed for 5 games because of that hip drop tackle. Not only was his physicality missed but also his talk where he kept the discipline up in those lesser lights like Billy Walters etc. I think that quality in Carrigan’s is undervalued by ordinary fans. There was a clip of a set of six tackles shown on one of the footy shows with Carrigan talking Walters through the up & back for each tackle and it was very impressive.

Debate is over: Rabbitohs should regret Reynolds roster clanger as Broncos half gets last laugh with contract extension

Brodie Croft has been in England for two years, maybe you mean Jock Madden but I reckon your logic is wrong.

Debate is over: Rabbitohs should regret Reynolds roster clanger as Broncos half gets last laugh with contract extension

Congratulations JM, well reasoned argument on the selection dilemma the nsw selectors might face in three months. In my opinion, the fact that Tedesco never passes the ball has only become an issue for the Roosters, Blues and Kangaroos since he’s lost acceleration and a yard or two of pace in the last two seasons. Edwards’ style suits Penrith but I’d have to say his lacklustre last game against the kiwis, even though as a winger, didn’t do his case for replacing Tedesco any good. As a Qlder, I just hope they don’t pick a fit tommy turbo at fullback, I’d prefer either of the aforementioned pair against us.

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

Hope we’re not witnessing the bronco version of that St George player get-together that derailed their already wobbly season in 2023. As a supporter, the last thing you need to see is a public blue between the current captain and his vice-captain who has been identified as the heir-apparent for years. Reynolds has been extremely professional and a calming influence on the excitable young turks since arriving here so fully prepared to cut him some slack for one misdemeanour.

Broncos brawlers get their first slice of Vegas luck after breach notices served but bans unlikely

Advice to cowboys, lock Mario Tartak in a room at the clubhouse & don’t let him out until the release papers for Leilua are signed, notarised and lodged with the NRL. Aside from Luki and Finefeufiaki you’ve got Griffin Neame & Coen Hess to extend. Leilua has always been one brain explosion away from disaster given the money he’s on, the quantum of which was always debatable. St George are welcome to roll the dice, they’re far more in desperate need of experienced nrl forwards. Just lock in a book of uber ride-share vouchers as part of his contract.

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