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Adam Bagnall

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Plus the member discount brings it down further. I’m at 20% which equates to about $30 off

An NRL jersey rant to get off my chest (again)

A couple of issues with your article: firstly you don’t want him suspended, just stood down. I fail to see the difference between the two. Secondly standing him down until he has his day in court is admirable, but given these cases can take up to 18 months to be resolved, it’s not a viable option. You want to take him out of the game for almost 2 seasons based on a charge, but no conviction? Big call, especially if he is found not guilty.

Stand Jack de Belin down until his case is resolved

The Eels and Sea Eagles will be locked in a battle for the spoon. Neither have great rosters, although Sea Eagles is slightly better. Eels will win maybe 6 games all season

NRL 2019 season preview: Parramatta Eels

I highly doubt it. It’s been more than 20 years since the merger so that sort of sentiment should be long gone for true fans. Mary needs to deliver or go, it’s that simple. We have a top 4 roster not one that scrapes into the finals on theast couple of weeks

Are armchair critics fair to write off these NRL coaches?

It’s a bit of a stretch to say he’s on the outer before th season has even started. He has some stiff competition for a spot, but we don’t even know what Mary will do yet. It would be a shame to lose him which will probably happen if he’s forced to play ISP

Dufty on the outer at Dragons?

100% agree. You can’t trot out a roster like the Dragons have and limp into the finals which is what has happened during Mary’s reign, or miss them altogether. The club should hold off on any decision until after the season. Top 4 and he stays, otherwise it’s bye bye Mary

Dragons depth a problem for coach McGregor?

That premiership drought is really eating into Broncos supporters. Don’t get too excited for 2019 either

Dragons depth a problem for coach McGregor?

I like Dufty on one wing and Pereira on the other. Dufty can easily drop to fullback if injury strikes and Peirera showed great signs in 2018. In the centres it has to be Aitken and Lomax. There is no justification for Lafai to be starting centre with his lack of potency on attack and defence. If De Belin is out, Leilua can come into the starting side and maybe Kerr or Host onto the bench. Top 4 or McGregor is out

Dragons depth a problem for coach McGregor?

I don’t understand why they play this game months later when they could play it late October. Blake Ferguson misses out despite having a great season while Brett Morris, who contributed nothing gets a game. It’s treated like a pre season game here because that’s exactly what it is. Needs to be played same year as both GFs

The World Club Challenge has to stop stumbling from one year to the next

I see where yup are coming from, but not playing the game in Feb due to risk of injury doesn’t make sense. Players get injured all the time, next we’ll have to call of the NRL in case players get injured. As fro end of season, well good luck pulling premiership winners out of GF celebrations to play this game. End of season, players are ready to wind down, get away from footy. I don’t see many of them being to keen on this game. I’d say play it middle of the year but yup have indigenous players who could play Origin too. It’s already a crowded schedule and until Origin is reduced to a one off game, these other types of fixtures will ways take a back seat.

The Indigenous All Stars vs NZ Maori is rugby league's Hunger Games

This needs to be the benchmark for serial offenders. No BS carry on for months, no piss poor apology or rehab in bali, but strong, swift action by the club, backed up by the NRL. Great move

"Find a new vocation": Barba officially deregistered by the NRL

As a Dragons fan we ready below it 2004-2006 with the roster we had, should have won at least one title. 2005 was a good year for neutral supporters getting behind both the Tigers and Cowboys in the finals, but don’t think Dragons fans will recall this year too fondly.

2005: A brief look back at one of rugby league's greatest seasons

Threatens to kill, and spends only 2 weeks in jail? Resumes NRL career and gets on with his life. Makes sense

At long last, the NRL makes a stand

He should redeem himself, but not in the NRL. You must have low standards if you’re happy for him to be playing in the NRL.

At long last, the NRL makes a stand

First I’ve heard of rape, not sure where your getting your facts from

At long last, the NRL makes a stand

Lodge’s actions were far worse than De Belin’s.

At long last, the NRL makes a stand

He’s back playing NRL and getting paid very well to do so. Explain to me what punishment he has received? Only a life ban from the game would be adequate

At long last, the NRL makes a stand

De Belin has one night out, makes a silly mistake and career over? Ridiculous. Serial offenders should be rubbed out of the game, but not a guy that makes one mistake in 5 or 6 years of NRL.

At long last, the NRL makes a stand

At no stage did I say it was ok. I said it didn’t warrant a gaol sentence. Learn to read

Cowboys sack Ben Barba for 'significant' breach of contract

NRL stats list him as 9th, well down the list. I personally wouldn’t rate him as amongst the best forwards in the game, there are plenty ahead of him. They may surprise, but for me there are a lot of questions around the team. Tapau and co can be damaging on their day but that day doesn’t happen enough. I think they will struggle and cant see them winning more than 10 games

Season preview: Can Des revive the Eagles?

He got drunk and exposed himself to a woman in her apartment, stupid, immature, but hardly warrants a gaol sentenc. As far as I know he hasn’t been stood down by the club so we’ll have to see what happens. If found guilty he’ll likely miss several games. Can’t see him getting sacked

Cowboys sack Ben Barba for 'significant' breach of contract

Any player charged by police should step away from the game until he has had his day in court. Swift, clean and it doesn’t drag on for months.

Cowboys sack Ben Barba for 'significant' breach of contract

I count 3 decent players in their team; Turbo, Jurbo and DCE. Outside of that it’s nothing special and they’ve copied Parramatta’s recruitment strategy, buy a bunch of nobodies that can’t get a start elsewhere and hope they come good. If either of the above 3 go down, Manly will really struggle and around Origin they will be easy pickings for the opposition. Will battle from the spoon, Design has had his time but the game has moved on, his tactics were exposed at the Dogs so how will anything change at Manly?

Season preview: Can Des revive the Eagles?

I’ve watched games from the 80’s the skill level was nothing compared to today. I actually found those games pretty dull.

What made you fall in love with rugby league?

Well done Cowboys. At 29, Barba should have matured into a mature adult a long time ago. No room for dickheads in the NRL. Swiftly dealt with and we move on from one season wonder Barba

Cowboys sack Ben Barba for 'significant' breach of contract