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Stuart McLennan

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Stuart is a sport and media fanatic who has been on both ends of the phone, spending many years as a sports media manager before going freelance and writing for sporting sites, newspapers and magazines. Growing up catching trains and buses to Leichhardt, North Sydney and Redfern Ovals he developed a lifelong love of rugby league that included playing, watching, coaching and writing about the sport. Stuart currently lives in Athens Greece where he coaches a local rugby league club while keeping a sharp eye on all things NRL. On Twitter @discomclennan

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I believe Scott has changed Roar Tipping policy guidelines to ensure TBC can never be repeated.

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 6

Your points are good but population growth doesn’t always equate to large on ground support for the local team. There are a number of other factors. Otherwise the Gold Coast and Penrith would be at the top with average attendances.

The greatest NRL home ground advantage is in the spreadsheets

As one off events suburban grounds work well but the horses for courses approach with more matches at larger modern stadiums such as Western Sydney is the future.

The greatest NRL home ground advantage is in the spreadsheets

A combo of old and new works for me Adam but I get your point. The new stadium should be used extensively.

The greatest NRL home ground advantage is in the spreadsheets

Increased membership, sponsorship and game revenue according to the club. Every club receives the grant but not all ended up in the black.

The greatest NRL home ground advantage is in the spreadsheets

Just testing to see if I could leave it until half time Baz. Haha. Probably still get it wrong!

The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 5

I think they have struck the right formula in Bruce Geoff. Expecting them to go to the next level and make the finals this season. Will enjoy watching them get there.

Pack of English giving Raiders the rub of the green

Yeah Ricky does divide fans Barry but recruitment and development at the Raiders is hard to fault.

Pack of English giving Raiders the rub of the green

Joe I agree. I am expecting them to be up there with the big boys in September.

Pack of English giving Raiders the rub of the green

Definitely my favourite ‘other team player’ at the moment.

Pack of English giving Raiders the rub of the green

Mary I can’t add the link but it was Daily Telegraph March 28. Warriors CEO Cameron George and Dragons CEO BriannJohnston both quoted as saying teams would likely withdraw if the funding model didn’t change.

Faux anger over women’s game doesn’t add up

Scott Pryde can obviously pick a Dragons form reversal.

The Roar's NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 3

Quinn Ngawati is still only 19. He couldn’t get a run in the top side last year and spent time with London Skolars so has returned to union.

Perez was upfront about WP’s ambition to get to Super League as soon as possible when I spoke to him in 2016 and was recruiting the overseas players that could get them out of League One in one season.

Ask a Canadian for the solution to the rugby league expansion conundrum

Ottawa plans to recruit from the Canadian rugby union ranks rather than the TW model of established players from OS was my point there.

Ask a Canadian for the solution to the rugby league expansion conundrum

Would they be the ones that can’t put a decipherable sentence together Pete?

The NRL has enough problems without media-manufactured crises

Barry, I don’t think I was shock jocking at all. Just restating the long bow drawn by Weidler. It may have not been crystal clear but my reference in both the 23% and 160,000 was to viewing of the All Stars game.

If that’s shock jocking I reckon I need to do some work to match Sydney’s best.

The NRL has enough problems without media-manufactured crises

He would be a great addition Adam.

Wests Tigers will need more than Madge’s tough love to break the drought

The heart always gives hope Paul. My next sentence is the reality

Wests Tigers will need more than Madge’s tough love to break the drought

We disagree Rakshop but I will certainly enjoy watching over the next couple of years to learn the outcome. I believe he is in the cusp of being a genuine superstar.

2019 will be the year of Ponga

The Knights have a very good look about them in 2019. If Brown can’t get then into the finals with the roster he has at his disposal he may be looking for a new job.

2019 will be the year of Ponga

I think he will not only do a good job of replacing those Queenslanders he will go down as one of the greatest.

2019 will be the year of Ponga

Yes Radley is also very impressive. Ponga is a once in a generation talent.

2019 will be the year of Ponga

Unless they change their name to Furner

Integrity on the line as Cleary faced with ultimate dilemma

Very interesting data Tim. Thanks for putting this together.

I like many other Tigers supporters would have pointed to Gavin Badger for our highest percentage of losses. He seems to penalise the hell out of us!

Facts dispel this gut feeling and we can point the finger at Henry! Haha.

Other interesting stats might be penalty counts according to position on the ladder, most penalising refs and second half penalty turnarounds that provide a balanced count at the end of the game?

You think the referee hates your side? Check the stats first

World championships are the pinnacle for a number of sports and need to be included when talking funding alongside Olympic and Commonwealth games.

Are Commonwealth Games medals worth the taxpayer money?