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Happily married. Still working full time. My younger self played league and cricket and now it's golf and the gym. Love to travel.

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Fair comment about Gutherson but he always gets involved and looks likely. I think he would benefit in a more structured team. Nothing in attack offered last night. Big wraps on Moses but he offered very little other than some poor kicking options. Can’t recall a run or a pass of any note.

Arthur: “I thought we’d be better”

Nice to hear from a Tiger fan. As a lifetime Tiger fan my highlight is the 1969 G.F. against Souths.
My uncle is Keith ‘Chicka’ Outten. I was at the game that day and even went into the dressing room. Keith was a great player. Tough and smart. If you recall Dennis Pittard was a key player for Souths. Keith was moved from halfback to 5/8 to mark Pittard and played him out of the game. There is a great book about the rivalry between these two clubs. It all started way back in 1908/9 and the book details why it started. A must read for a Tiger fan. Let’s hope 2020 is a great season for us. GO THE Tigers !

Redefining the career of Benji Marshall

Hi Jaydem, I’m very happy for you that this game represents so much for you. Yes you are correct in saying that it draws in political discussions. History tells us of the oppression your people endured but let us not forget that our country was populated with convicts who were also treated poorly.
Also let me add that history tells us that most countries have been invaded and conquered and I don’t think that has always worked out well for the original inhabitants.
I have no issue with not playing the National Anthem as this is an Indigenous Game. At other times we should be allowed to stand and sing as we choose because it’s a personal expression of how I feel not how anyone else feels. The issue of changing the anthem with words more inclusive of your culture is fine by me but I haven’t heard any suggestions yet. Perhaps you have some thoughts.

The importance of the Indigenous All Stars

Fair to say that he has had an interesting career. Never the complete player in some ways but had skills few others had. As to your article on his longevity, physical and mental strength, I could not agree more. I would add self belief to that list. He has adapted to changes in the game over the years and I hope his final year is a success. Good read Jeremy.

Redefining the career of Benji Marshall

Thanks for the nod RowiE. Enjoyed your post.

Rugby league: The real shame of the game

I know this is not an original thought, but thinking about the ‘gang tackling’ – 3 sometimes 4 in the wrestle – aspect of the game, leaving 9 or 10 defenders getting set, and considering the field is the original size, the advanced physical conditioning of the players and now add the interchange factor, what would having only 11 players create ? You do the maths. It might just solve a few problems.

Rugby league: The real shame of the game

And that is exactly the point.

Rugby league: What a game, what a shame

Souths supporter ?

Rugby league: What a game, what a shame

I agree with that Insider but as I’m sure you know sport is business and it’s about the money first and the game second. Worse still supporters third.

Rugby league: What a game, what a shame

I’m guessing you are a Souths supporter.

Rugby league: What a game, what a shame

Worse still is when you see an aerial view of the scrum. What an absolute disgrace.

Rugby league: What a game, what a shame

Stay tuned for the next instalment.

Rugby league: What a game, what a shame

You are on to something Randy. My next post will address that point.

Rugby league: What a game, what a shame

Thanks for asking RowiE. My next post will be about what I believe can advance the game. Stay tuned.

Rugby league: What a game, what a shame

Sorry clicked the add comment by accident. I wanted to point out the dominant point in the article related the the League structure in the U.K. and their positions of power and authority. And yes he did bring the religious point up but I don’t think he intended it to be the main issue for discussion.

Israel Folau and the governing bodies who are powerless to govern

Hey everyone. I’m relatively new to ROAR and think the idea of an open forum to discuss subjects is a great vehicle to express our opinions, but having just read a large number of comments relating to Steve Mascord’s article I must say I didn’t enjoy the ongoing debate about religion. That is not a criticism about your comments as it seems we are heading down the path where we can say anything about anyone anywhere at anytime. This whole folau issue has probably just brought forward this freedom of speech issue. My fear is it will give nasty people the right to be even nastier. That just can’t be good.

Israel Folau and the governing bodies who are powerless to govern

Your final comments perfectly sum up folau. I won’t even use a capital for his name.

Israel Folau and the governing bodies who are powerless to govern

I have only ever viewed the Folau issue as a breach of contract in relation to the position Rugby Australia has adopted. My only point would be that RA got blind sided because their contract didn’t spell it out specifically. I don’t for one moment condone Folau’s comments and I accept that he is entitled to his opinion religious based or not, but simply as a compassionate person I would never say such things. We are all different and we should accept that fact and judge people by their character not their choices. There are a lot of fragile people in our society who need help not criticism. As a final point I believe profile people have to accept the added responsibility of understanding what they say matters.

Rival club has the perfect response to Israel Folau signing with Super League side

Don’t necessarily agree with every point in the article but whether it’s the 60’s 70’s or now, there is an inherent responsibility for anyone in the public eye to express themselves in a respectful and compassionate manner. Sure, hold true to your beliefs and answer questions pertaining to those beliefs but understand that you will be quoted and probably incorrectly at times. It is not your position to tell us what to believe or accept. Margaret Court like Folau is entitled to believe whatever they choose and genuinely hold those beliefs as true but what they and others in the public eye don’t seem to be able to do is use ‘their power for good and not evil’. Why is it that only elite sports people comment on these issues ? Why doesn’t the 78th ranked person or the reserve player for the Wallabies strongly express their beliefs ? There is certainly enough media coverage to ‘get it out there’. Perhaps they don’t feel empowered enough. Could it be that Court’s and Folau’s status distorts their humility ? Here we have two people of faith who have confused the expression of their responsibility to their personal beliefs and their responsibility to their public status. Margaret Court has missed the opportunity to be loved because she simply does not understand that we live in a world of grey not black and white. You can have your cake and eat it too, but knowing which spoon and fork to use is the question.

Margaret Court: the champion Australians never loved

There is no doubt that Nick Kyrgios is a polarising personality and his character to not conform is in itself perfectly acceptable, but he should perhaps pick his mark a little more carefully. In my opinion being at odds with Rafael Nadal is a mistake. There is no player as mentally strong as Nadal. That is not to say that his Nadal mimicking is out of order but if Nadal himself says that he doesn’t like it perhaps that was the time to say sorry. Unfortunately Rafa is all about respect, respect that he undoubted deserves and Nick’s reluctance to use the ‘sorry’ word only gives a mentally superior Nadal more reason to make a point. Tennis is a very mental game and at this stage of his career, that is still a work in progress for Kyrios. His effort last night was a good sign but his opponent helped in that regard. The Russian was a little too careless at times. Nadal is rarely careless. The match itself will be compulsive viewing.

Spicy and salty: the Nadal-Kyrgios rivalry

Interesting article. Always enjoyed watching Jimmy play because it was ‘like a box of chocolates’ you never knew what you were going to get. He generally just made it up as he went. His real strength was his ability to put a mistake behind him and not fade into the background. That reminded me of Ricky Stuart playing in a test in England after he threw an intercept and we looked like losing the series. Ricky just shrugged it off and created a match winning try. He had the ball on about the 20, sliced through the defence with a dummy, sprinted up field, and delivered a timely pass to Mal Meninga who loomed up and positioned himself perfectly. Ricky showed great composure and backed himself. Jimmy was like that too.

Where does James Maloney rate among the NRL's greats?

Cricket has successfully introduced 50 and 20 over versions because it’s a world game and played all year round. Cricket has built on this and both versions are now main stream. I can remember seeing a day night game at The SCG and didn’t think it would catch on. White ball under lights and drinks arriving in a golf buggy. How wrong can you be ? The Nines as a one off tournament is seen as a novelty. It comes and goes and is forgotten just as quickly. It can only succeed if the NRL market it as a competition.

Psst, the NRL Nines and All Stars game are coming up

If LM does play fullback it may hinder his representative career. Teddy has a mortgage on the full back spot – barring injury. Having said that though Fittler picks the best players and slots them in positions to suit the team and Meninga has a soft spot for him so that will help. No doubt LM is a quality player although still too often overly aggressive at times and opposition players know that. At The Roosters he had experience aplenty to guide him as he was only a part of the team but given the expectations he now faces he will have to set the example. Souths supporters will be expecting big things and at just 22 I doubt that he can deliver week in and week out.

"I'm not GI": Latrell to blaze his own trail at the Bunnies

Interesting to read the different comments and ideas. Perhaps if we agree to keep scrums but add some controls to give it some legitimacy i.e. players to bind properly and don’t let them break until the ball is caught by the receiver giving the attack time to develop. That one change could cover all the concerns. Just a thought !

What are scrums good for in rugby league?

Hi Paul, I remember those days too, but I also remember some very suspect penalties for not putting the ball in middle etc. I’m not anti scrums entirely but they simply don’t serve the purpose they could as outlined in most other comments. Nothing better then seeing long distance tries or even long breaks. A scrum presents that opportunity but too much is not controlled with the current scrum process. Have you seen an overhead view of a scrum ? What a mess !

What are scrums good for in rugby league?