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JWH with his usual weekly head high tackle contact and the powers that be just slap an inconsequential fine on him, how does the serial offender continue to get this unprecedented leniency? Probably has a wealthy Roosters sponsor willing to pay the fine so no real consequences for his offences in his final year. The way he’s going, he’ll put half a dozen rivals out for HIA injuries by season’s end.

Tuilagi lucky to avoid spear tackle send-off, JWH binned after sneaky Parra ploy but Roosters get last laugh

I’m a rabid maroon so have been hoping Arrow gets well to add to our depth but karma gets everyone, the pointless hair ruffle on Ricki might have earned him a relapse of the shoulder injury.

'Ready to go': Latrell Mitchell's perfect audition for Origin II as Souths stun Broncos

Gary, most of us look at our early sporting years with rose coloured glasses. Always thought Price believed he never got the recognition he thought he deserved in his league career, was particularly jealous of King Wally. Maybe the fact that he took the $ to switch then ended up with very little to show for his career after several post retirement financial setbacks made him sentimental for the amateur days.

Eddie's NRL assistant who planted seed that led to Gordon defection - and how he could switch to the All Blacks

Don’t quite get your point, I just remarked that the 3 mentioned aren’t here. As for SBW, he does both games but I’d be happy if he stayed with commenting on union, he can barely string a sentence together and I find his comments incoherent. How many times can you cram ‘bro’ into a conversation? Rogers & Snoz probably can’t get a job commenting on league and the other two never really set the world on fire in league in limited sojourns so there’d be plenty of league legends (good & bad) to fill those roles before they would get an offer. Like you, I have no time for Rupert & his more right wing son, so we can only hope the estranged one gets a greater say on media balance when the old b*st*rd croaks.

Eddie's NRL assistant who planted seed that led to Gordon defection - and how he could switch to the All Blacks

Fair point, but aren’t those three you mention based in Europe, switched & played in that region. Union went through the ‘pinch a league outside back as a quick fix’ and it worked at a certain level but that came at a cost. Until RU can secure a FTA deal of at least 50% the NRL has, they’ll forever be spending the future income from Lions tours or RU World Cups. Maybe the Gordon defection indicates those potential future opportunities aren’t as big draw-cards for this latest generation of kids.

Eddie's NRL assistant who planted seed that led to Gordon defection - and how he could switch to the All Blacks

How long before union followers start to call him out for the bad habits league infected him with? Before he gained notoriety for smashing Reece Walsh & getting 4 weeks suspension (would have been more in union) he got a ‘letter of concern’ from the NRL after on 3 occasions raising the knees into would be tacklers. He’s no saint & certainly not an innocent victim of an unfortunate accident as many NSW league pundits would have you believe.

Schmidt picks 17 Reds players for train-on squad - but there's no room for Suli in Wallabies' immediate future

Even paranoids have enemies.

Schmidt picks 17 Reds players for train-on squad - but there's no room for Suli in Wallabies' immediate future

Maguire had months after he got appointed to monitor NSW players form, got about 40 or more preferred candidates together for a weekend, constantly told the media it was a fresh start & he selected the team he wanted, then said after Wednesday night’s effort there probably didn’t need to be much change. Anyone want to bet how long he’ll stick to that stance. Same old NSW, knives out after a loss. If you were a speculator, would anyone want shares in Nico Hynes’ representative football future?

Time will Trell: Why Mitchell is a tantalising pick for Origin II - but not replacing Suaalii at centre

Yep, another possible NSW initiative, pick a big-bodied back on the bench, you’ve got to hand the blues plaudits for original thought there if they implement it. Reckon you can always rely on the ex-Rabbitoh coach to introduce new tactics to take out the opposition dangers, anyone remember where the cannonball tackle originated?

Time will Trell: Why Mitchell is a tantalising pick for Origin II - but not replacing Suaalii at centre

Yeah, think a post by someone in an earlier thread about the brothers May wanting to play together was right, probably at some correctional centre sometime in the future.

NRL News: Suaalii makes plea decision, teammate in strife for social media spray, Benji bites back at critics

I’m sure all three brothers make their parents so proud, Terrell showing with his two word post that you can’t knock getting an education. Maybe after he retires from footy he’ll go to uni and learn how to apostrophise. He at least has learned how to find the upper case button, that’s a start.

NRL News: Suaalii makes plea decision, teammate in strife for social media spray, Benji bites back at critics

Yeah, hope it’s a classic but prefer you avoid the ‘champ’ dig. Was just pointing out that with many outlets shut or trading restricted excluding essentials, there would naturally be less merchandise displayed.

Copycat Blues keep trying to match Queensland's spirit - why that approach will never work

Game outcome aside, even as a card carrying maroon supporter I have to feel sorry for a bloke who probably should have got his shot last season. Definitely need someone to start looking at the training regimes with the prevalence of soft tissue injuries, particularly hamstrings, across the nrl.

Blues make heartbreaking Edwards call for Origin 1 with Tedesco reclaiming fullback spot

He’ll make the ashes team if it looks like he can get wickets, results trump the higher moral stance every time.

Ashes hopeful cops feather-touch ban for betting: 'No excuse, I take full responsibility for my actions'

No problem, just interesting you saw all those things you mentioned when most stuff was closed as you moved around serving your community. Hope you got that award nomination, I just followed the health advice and didn’t look for ways to get around directions.

Copycat Blues keep trying to match Queensland's spirit - why that approach will never work

Yeo is ok but was really thinking of an NRL centre turned back-rower. In a perfect world you’ve won the raffle if you get a Gene Miles come through the ranks. Your guys seem to be able to cover things most times, the Broncs have been found out when Piakura has had to go there, that seems the only part of Capewell’s game they’ve missed (however he did possibly cost them a GF with that missed tackle defending out wide). Looking at the broncs, that bench spot would be the only reason Oates should be kept at the club, geez he looked slow against the Titans. Respect his service but there comes a time for everyone unfortunately.

Limited top-line NRL coaches: Where are the pathways to develop Bennett, Bellamy and Cleary's replacements?

Think you’ve got the wrong read on the Aitken recruitment possibility. If you look at how teams have performed when they lose an outside back to injury, having Aitken in the pack provides a ready made replacement if the bench comprises 4 forwards. That’s why he’s valuable, he’s capable of effectively handling the job. Aside from Talakai at Cronulla, can’t think of anyone else that slots in without having some defensive issues. Dolphins are apparently waivering on giving Aitken anything beyond one more year.

Limited top-line NRL coaches: Where are the pathways to develop Bennett, Bellamy and Cleary's replacements?

Maybe the 2019-2020 lack of merchandise related to the fact that covid arrived, lockdowns were pending and then implemented, the game with all clubs relocated to south east QLD and spectators either locked out or restricted by numbers. Not sure how you gauged that lack of interest because you probably should have been at home, there was something unique happening in the world I lived in around that time and it was a bit bigger than footy.

Copycat Blues keep trying to match Queensland's spirit - why that approach will never work

Got to respect Cleary, 3 premierships and 1 losing GF at Penrith on top of a GF with the sixth placed Warriors back in 2011 (bouncing back from a 40-10 walloping in their first final that series). Bennett had the cattle at the broncos but won the premierships with a fair few battling workers doing their jobs. Came back & had the Broncos 60 seconds from another win in his return season. Bellamy (salary cap issues aside) gave a busload of nobodies premiership rings by working their butts off around Smith, Cronk & Slater.

Limited top-line NRL coaches: Where are the pathways to develop Bennett, Bellamy and Cleary's replacements?

Nah, not totally a dream team because he won with the lesser lights around fewer stars. Wally was almost a spent force mentally and physically when the broncs arrived for that first season & Just hung on for a few seasons. He ended up cut by Bennett then the broncos got fit & better disciplined after earlier expecting it to be like origin. Also not sure an assistant coach to Bennett is a decent pathway, they have a checkered history. Bellamy is the only one to succeed if you don’t count Kevvie who Bennett sacked. Bit like horse racing, the battler sometimes wins a Melbourne cup but is it his training methods or was the horse just too good.

Limited top-line NRL coaches: Where are the pathways to develop Bennett, Bellamy and Cleary's replacements?

But RA is virtually broke, they’ve already borrowed against the potential future earnings. How do they pay kids enough to expect them to do whatever they’re told.

Tupou to Tahs, LSL to Reds, Gordon eyes NRL switch: Where Rebels stars will find new homes in Super Rugby

Seem to recall Ray Price stated Wally wouldn’t hack it in Sydney quality games, the King next game picked him out in defence & ran through him for two tries.Plenty of those critics eventually had egg on their faces.

Copycat Blues keep trying to match Queensland's spirit - why that approach will never work

You’d almost guess they were hearing Gus Gould saying “Qld are out on their feet” so often that they respond with 80 metre tries.

Copycat Blues keep trying to match Queensland's spirit - why that approach will never work

Nah, only want the genuine article. NSW (Sydney) hierarchy still want to run everything & have little regard for grass-root regions in QLD or NSW country. Origin is still viewed by many in blue territory as something that gets in the way of club footy.

Copycat Blues keep trying to match Queensland's spirit - why that approach will never work

That’s what I mean Tony, bit of an insult?

Copycat Blues keep trying to match Queensland's spirit - why that approach will never work

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