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Spruce, is that a question for the NRL or a question for the government/police?

Details of the NRL's draft punishment matrix revealed

I really want to differentiate between cases like Matt Lodge and Russel Packer.

Russel served his time in prison – he committed a crime and was punished. There are other players in the game in similar positions like Manu Ma’u from the Parramatta Eels. Both players went through a process before they came back to the NRL and have both used the opportunity to turn their lives around.

This to me, is slightly different to the Matt Lodge situation.

Details of the NRL's draft punishment matrix revealed

Thanks for mentioning this, Onside… I don’t follow racing at all so appreciate you bringing this to my attention!

New Zealand's investment promise the latest step forward for women's cricket

I have no doubt they will have better luck this year with the squad they have. Brittany Breayley was a stand out for the Broncos last year and I’m looking forward to seeing her and Maddie Studdon play together.

The countdown to NRLW's second season is on

BA Sports, I agree with your final paragraph.

What do you think about expanding the NRLW next year so that each team plays each other twice and then kicking Women in League Round off that weekend (if we have it?)

The diamond ring is a Storm in a teacup

Tazz, great question and yes I do think we are almost there. I wrote a piece about this very topic last year in fact:

https://www.nrl.com/news/2018/08/03/why-i-hope-women-in-league-round-will-become-redundant/

Next year, if they want to continue the round, I would like to see them expand the NRLW season so each team plays each other twice and then kick off Women in League Round that weekend too.

Thoughts?

The diamond ring is a Storm in a teacup

Great comment Insider – and you are spot on. I also applaud the Dogs, they have had a tough year but continue to behave with class on and off the field.

Newcastle are struggling, but that doesn't mean their players don't care

Sherry, I completely agree with you, but given how little chance the Wallaroos have had in this space, I’m pleased that at least some progress is being made.

I think the approach you have set out above would be great going forward.

Wallaroos head to Perth for first Test against the Black Ferns

Thanks for reading, Peter!

Leeds Rhinos women win the Challenge Cup final

Right, so the only external factor worth considering when people make errors is whether there are other people there trying to make that person make a mistake?

"Ref's fault" culture ruining rugby league

Your comment that they ‘regularly get it wrong’ is just not true based on the number of decisions referee’s are making per game.

"Ref's fault" culture ruining rugby league

Except the several voices that they have in their head communicating with them on top of the hundreds of decision they are required to make on the spot per game?

"Ref's fault" culture ruining rugby league

I don’t sit and watch footy games writing lists of every 50/50 call. Is rugby league more fun to watch that way?

"Ref's fault" culture ruining rugby league

Ben, I have nothing further to add, but wanted to say thank you for such a well thought out response and an additional thank you for your service to our game.

"Ref's fault" culture ruining rugby league

Even if it wasn’t fair for the Warriors, let me tell you there have been several games over the last few years where I don’t think Parramatta have got the rub of the green. It’s part of rugby league and in my view, all evens out in the end. I’m long past blaming referee’s for whether my team wins or loses.

"Ref's fault" culture ruining rugby league

No I don’t get the focus on that try. It was a 50/50 call which the referee’s made a decision on. End of story.

"Ref's fault" culture ruining rugby league

Souvalis, I find it hard to understand why penalty counts need to be ‘even’?

If a team does the wrong thing they are penalised.

Additionally, the RTS pass was 50/50 – it went one way and not the other. I don’t get the focus on it?

"Ref's fault" culture ruining rugby league

Adam in the situation proposed could there be space to both?

NRL teams continuing to take teams to the bush, whilst reintroducing the concept during a break from regular season footy?

How the return of City vs Country can revitalise league in Australia

Gosh people like you make me laugh.

Imagine coming onto an article simply to troll it.

I wish I had this much time on my hands.

Australia retain the Ashes despite a tinge of sadness

Then I guess don’t signal that your intention is to win – both sides made that intention known at the start and then that was backed up with play that didn’t reflect those intentions.

Australia retain the Ashes despite a tinge of sadness

Josh, I think there’s a problem when someone like Ellyse Perry makes back to back centuries in Tests and the next time she will have the opportunity to play a Test is 2 1/2 years away.

Australia retain the Ashes despite a tinge of sadness

Peter, I hope your daughter enjoys this game. How special for your whole family!

New faces and experienced hands as Aussie Ashes defence goes red ball

Hmmm good question – I was at North Sydney Oval for the last Test match, was that one shown on TV? I seem to remember some uproar that people weren’t able to watch the Ellyse Perry double hundred.

New faces and experienced hands as Aussie Ashes defence goes red ball

Larry my point about Keebra Park is that there is a school on the Gold Coast with plenty of rugby league talent. Why do the Titans keep moving away from their home base and recruiting Sydney players on big money who do nothing? It’s like Parramatta recruiting their players from Brisbane – it doesn’t make sense?

Brennan had to go, but the Titans' problems run deeper than the coach

Appreciate you reading the article!

Brennan had to go, but the Titans' problems run deeper than the coach