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Life Long Brisbane Rugby League supporter, first Redcliffe, then Broncos and now back to the Dolphins. Also a mad cricket follower and casual everything else follower.

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But why not try to engage a whole city of $1m plus, rather than another small section of a city already well catered for?

Don’t treat Perth as second-class NRL citizens again by lumping them with a relic of the past from 'over east'

Between the Dragons and Dolphins we have a lot of red already. Dolphins even have the sandy good thing as well. Red and black would be a nice contrast, but not because of the Bears. The Reds should be free to chart their own course and make their own history and tradition.

Don’t treat Perth as second-class NRL citizens again by lumping them with a relic of the past from 'over east'

It worked for the Broncs as they very nearly won the comp last year.

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

Not for long the way his face is being rearranged.

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

His own coach said he was lucky to stay on the field.

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

I agree and think Ricki should have got an extra week. When your own coach says you were lucky to stay on the field it might be time to have a look at yourself.

Round 15 judiciary: Tuilagi hit with hefty ban for spear tackle, JWH, DWZ in strife, Riki charged for cheap shot

Maybe. If it does, then you will see some big contracts dangled in front union players.

The games are so different these days though, I can still only see a very small niche of players who could be top of the tree in both codes without having grown up with the games.

'That will shock him': Carter's big adjustment in NRL move, '20 years of inept admin' called out

Maybe his life aim is not to live in another country. QLD is his home and after a stressful time this year going home to family might have been a big pull. Not everyone in Oz is aiming to live somewhere else.

'That will shock him': Carter's big adjustment in NRL move, '20 years of inept admin' called out

He’s changed codes, it’s not a guarantee that this will destroy his career. There are plenty of NRL players enjoying excellent careers.

'That will shock him': Carter's big adjustment in NRL move, '20 years of inept admin' called out

I don’t think the Titans have the salary cap space to play him this year anyway. Maybe he could have played the the QCup

'That will shock him': Carter's big adjustment in NRL move, '20 years of inept admin' called out

He went for less, so it’s not about the money

'That will shock him': Carter's big adjustment in NRL move, '20 years of inept admin' called out

You’d think 6, but possibly a centre if his defensive decision making and speed is good enough.

'That will shock him': Carter's big adjustment in NRL move, '20 years of inept admin' called out

Only four of them. And if he wanted to come home to QLD, just one

'That will shock him': Carter's big adjustment in NRL move, '20 years of inept admin' called out

He’s been signed as a project player by the club running 15th. He’s no where near being on the radar of representing QLD or Australia. He will be starting with the Burleigh Bears or Tweed Heads Seagulls in the the QRL second tier comp.

'That will shock him': Carter's big adjustment in NRL move, '20 years of inept admin' called out

Yeah the NRL has maybe 8-10 top kickers, then it drops off pretty quickly. The kicking game has become more sophisticated since the days when Ricky Stuart looked like a genius, but the kicking is obviously for different purposes than in union.

There are very few instances- maybe half a dozen per season – where you want to find touch (40/20), otherwise you’re long kicking game is about not finding touch, but having the opposition start their set as close to the corner flag as possible, so aiming to pull the ball up towards the sideline and less than 20 out. Alternatively you are looking for a swirling bomb (and there’s a number of different ways of kicking these days to have them swing in the air), to allow the kick chase line to be in position as the opposition catch the ball.Other than that he will only need the long drop kick, the short drop kick that goes 12 and swings, the cross kick bomb to land with the winger and another to land between the better and edge forward, and maybe three different grubbers depending on angle or distance.

'That will shock him': Carter's big adjustment in NRL move, '20 years of inept admin' called out

Re Wally at state high, he was originally a league player, his father coached Wynnum. But here is why he was lost to union:

However, Lewis knew a path in rugby union was not for him when he was prevented from playing in an exhibition game at Ballymore.

“A lot of the officials kept turning around and pointing over and thinking, ‘I’m not sure what it’s all about,’” Lewis said.

“Then the coach and manager came over and said, ‘You can’t play, you’re a professional player’. I said, ‘I haven’t been paid a cent.’

“They just said, ‘No, they’re not going to let you play out there.’ I said, ‘Well, you can stick this game up …’ and told them where they can jam it.

“They went and had a game and straight after it I raced away and said, ‘Boys, thanks, the decision’s been made.’

“I drove over to Newman Oval, which was Valleys’ club ground, and I raced up to the president and I said, ‘Where’s that contract, I’m signing it now, I’m a professional.’”

Lewis revealed the contract was only worth “a couple hundred bucks”, but the fact his decision to pursue a rugby league career full time meant even more considering the joy it brought to his parents.

'That will shock him': Carter's big adjustment in NRL move, '20 years of inept admin' called out

Chances are he will be a six, which means he will be the second playmaker operating on the opposite side to the main general and be more about running and being the second link for set plays rather than running the field. From the sounds of it, this might suit him at this stage.

'That will shock him': Carter's big adjustment in NRL move, '20 years of inept admin' called out

Regarding the league kicking game, you are correct. There are very few instances- maybe half a dozen per season – where you want to find touch (40/20), otherwise you’re long kicking game is about not finding touch, but having the opposition start their set as close to the corner flag as possible, so aiming to pull the ball up towards the sideline and less than 20 out. Alternatively you are looking for a swirling bomb (and there’s a number of different ways of kicking these days to have them swing in the air), to allow the kick chase line to be in position as the opposition catch the ball.

Other than that he will only need the long drop kick, the short drop kick that goes 12 and swings, the cross kick bomb to land with the winger and another to land between the better and edge forward, and maybe three different grubbers depending on angle or distance.

'That will shock him': Carter's big adjustment in NRL move, '20 years of inept admin' called out

Big call comparing him to Lewis. Lewis had rugby league in his veins, Carter will have to learn the game from scratch

'That will shock him': Carter's big adjustment in NRL move, '20 years of inept admin' called out

The NRL do not pay players directly at all. They pay grants to the clubs who have to operate under their salary cap. No marquees, no exemptions. The only way to get more is third party sponsorships, but they cannot be linked to club sponsors.

Also to think that the NRL would pay a top up for a depth player for their 15th placed team is unrealistic.

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

The 510 NRL first graders are taking a chunk of available talent. Of course that has an effect. Rugby is not the dominant code in this country. That like saying NZ just don’t try hard enough to beat Brazil in football, when most Kiwi boys would think a round ball has a manufacturing defect.

The Aussies can't win it and the Kiwis don't care. It's time to bin rotten to the core Super Rugby Pacific and start over

I’m praying for a washout now 😂

'Against the spirit of cricket': Cummins shuts down talk of World Cup shenanigans to knock Poms out

Losing your key players is much harder to handle. Virtually everything at the Broncos starts with Reynolds and Walsh. Mam is just a runner and reacts to others plays and Walters is solid at best.

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

The Broncos don’t have the quality to cover Reynolds and Walsh. Losing their best attacking options, half their spine, their first two kicking options, has them in all sorts of trouble.

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

The Dolphins have learned the hard way to carry a utility on the bench as insurance and be prepared to not use him.

Is it time to get rid of the 18th man in rugby league and just have a five-man bench instead?

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