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Finally some common sense. Thanks Ben.

We have to be honest about refs

Thanks Simon, appreciate it!

The six best rugby league grand finals I've been to

Well said Nat! Very often the best footy is local footy. Thanks for reading.

The six best rugby league grand finals I've been to

Yeah for sure mate. The part of the article was written jest, but you really can’t take anything away from the Cowboys that night.

The six best rugby league grand finals I've been to

I’m afraid it’s the only NRL grand final I’ve been to, as my tongue-in-cheek rules decreed!

The six best rugby league grand finals I've been to

Lockyer finishing his Broncos career by kicking the winning field goal in golden point with a broken cheekbone – life doesn’t get any better.

Finals: A chance to make history

Good read, thanks Andrew

Is it time to go Brodie?

Interesting article. I don’t have a strong affection for any Sydney clubs but I’d hate to see any go – it would be sad to lose the history of any club. I also think there are flaws in the “Broncos get 30 000 every game so a new club would too’ argument. The Broncos get a lot of people to their games, but tI’m not sure if they would all go every week. But it would be great to get a a new team in the Brisbane area – how best to do it is for smarter people than me!

The death of a Sydney NRL club is inevitable

Great article, thanks Jaydem. I hope you get to play.

The dream of playing rugby league is now a reality for everyone

I was lucky enough to be involved with clubs that had pride in both their on-field and off-field behaviour.

Well said! If only all clubs were like that. Interesting article mate.

Let’s celebrate “Dad Monday” rather than Mad Monday

And from what I understand Peter Sterling was born in Toowoomba but grew up in Wagga Wagga then off to Sydney. So we can’t really claim him!

What does the average NRL fan think of Toowoomba rugby league?

Hi Peter, glad you liked it! I’m not smart enough to write about contract football, but Joel Gould wrote a great piece on Duncan: https://www.qrl.com.au/news/2019/06/04/maroons-honour-1919-captain-war-hero-one-lung-thompson/

What does the average NRL fan think of Toowoomba rugby league?

Thanks for reading Nat, typo is all fixed up.

For sure, JT isn’t a true blue Toowoomba product. I mentioned him as I thought at least some fans might know of his connections to Toowoomba, and that might come to mind if they thought about Toowoomba footy. The man himself holds the place in high regard and reckons playing in Toowoomba helped his career immensely. In fact, he was the “Colt of the Year” in the TRL 2000!

What does the average NRL fan think of Toowoomba rugby league?

Thanks mate. The real footy is played outside of the NRL.

What does the average NRL fan think of Toowoomba rugby league?

Thanks mate! I’d have to agree. I’ve heard stories that Duncan Thomspon was the first halfback to run with the ball – probably too good to be true, but he was certainly influential

What does the average NRL fan think of Toowoomba rugby league?

That’s a great story Albo! The more I think about rugby league, the more I realise it’s local football that really matters, more than the NRL.

What does the average NRL fan think of Toowoomba rugby league?

Thanks Paul! I have a dream of an English team coming back to Toowoomba in 2024 for a centenary rematch – wouldn’t that be great?

What does the average NRL fan think of Toowoomba rugby league?

I’m reliably told that the Clydesdales name was first given to their tough forwards (I think a little bit after the 1924/25 run), and then later became the nickname for the whole team. Pretty cool!

What does the average NRL fan think of Toowoomba rugby league?

Yeah that would be great I reckon. I didn’t mention the NRL game that was played in Toowoomba last year – certainly not something I ever thought I’d see!

What does the average NRL fan think of Toowoomba rugby league?

Personally I’d get rid of all the pokies. But as long as gambling exists, should the NRL make some money off it?

(I really don’t know. Maybe? It’s tough.)

Mathew Lodge and the moral issues of rugby league

I definitely agree. I think it is great Lodge can be offered a second chance here in the NRL – but there should have been greater effort to sort out a payment plan for the victims

Mathew Lodge and the moral issues of rugby league

Hey Paul, thanks for the feedback.

My aim for this piece was to compare the ethical concerns about Matt Lodge with some of the wider concerns you might find with rugby league. In other words, if you don’t want Lodge to play because it’s a bad look for the sport, do you also have to consider the implications of being associated with gambling and alcohol? I’m not even sure where I stand on that, it’s just something I’ve been thinking about recently.

Once I heard someone suggest that people are going to gamble and drink anyway, so why shouldn’t the NRL make some money off it? Again, not sure if I agree with that, but it’s worth thinking about. Wouldn’t want to tell anyone what to think. Just wanted to say my piece.

As for Lodge in particular, I said in the article I am convinced he is remorseful and has turned over a new leaf. I just wish an “arrangement had been made for him to begin paying the settlement set out by the US court.”

As for boycotts, I think my final paragraph sums up my position (that first sentence in particular). I didn’t go into great detail in my article but I really do think rugby league and sport are wonderful things for society with demonstrable positive outcomes. Look at the joy and hope it brings kids all around the country as one example. And just personally my life would be so much poorer without having the Broncos and QLD to support each year!

But the good doesn’t necessarily cancel out the bad and vice versa. A lot of tricky questions! Thanks for reading again.

Mathew Lodge and the moral issues of rugby league

Then wait about a hundred years after that first dare and we’re all debating shoulder charges, forward passes and obstructions. Crazy.

Origin really is a peculiar thing

I wouldn’t be the first person to suggest Jason Statham as Darren Lockyer (on looks alone).

A few ideas for the movie star Maroons