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Rugby league is not a rubbish game, it doesn’t know what it is

Rugby league craves – but has never known nor will ever know – absolute consistency. The game involves human beings and not four-legged robots that can open doors.

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Having a beer with Darrell Eastlake wasn’t just social, it was an event

Darrell Eastlake was a knockabout larrikin who rose to legend status as a sporting commentator.

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WATCH: Broncos coach Bennett walks out on media

Wayne Bennett has walked out on a press conference after taking exception to questions about his coaching future at NRL club Brisbane.

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Tell your story walking Israel. The NRL doesn’t want your crap

“I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it” – Evelyn Beatrice Hall.

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NRL Round 7 preview panel

Preview of Round 7 NRL matches.

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NRL launches touch football league

The NRL has locked in an inaugural six-team elite touch football premiership with games to act as curtain-raisers for first grade over the middle of the season.

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You think Billy Slater’s a grub – get over it

In researching this piece, I punched ‘Billy Slater grub’ into the search engine and was immediately spoilt for choice. If you have the time and the tolerance, there’s over 314,000 entries to peruse.

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Radical plan announced to decriminalise Todd Carney

Despite the long-term health risks associated with the move, a proposal to legalise Todd Carney for ‘recreational use’ has been released.

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Questions start in halves for Parramatta

A misfiring halves pairing and the loss of Semi Radradra on the wing shape as the biggest issues that matter at Parramatta in 2018.

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Anzac Day footy set for move to Sydney Cricket Ground

Anzac Day rugby league will return to the SCG for the first time in more than three decades in 2019, with the traditional clash between Sydney Roosters and St George Illawarra to shift for the next three years.

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If new NRL franchises are coming through the second tier, how should it look?

Well, what to talk about this week? There’re plenty of candidates: whether rugby league is s**t, how good it is that the Denver Test is still on, the woes of Parramatta and North Queensland, the fantastic season of the Illawarra Steelers.

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Flanagan admits Sharks have missed Maloney

Cronulla coach Shane Flanagan admits his team is missing James Maloney ahead of the star playmaker’s return match for Penrith against the Sharks this weekend.

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Slater’s dive claims split NRL opinion

Newcastle veteran Chris Heighington has called for referees to clamp down on supposed gamesmanship from Billy Slater after the Kangaroos and Queensland star was accused of diving.

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NRL coach Green re-signs with Cowboys

After finally putting pen to paper following protracted contract negotiations, North Queensland coach Paul Green is facing up to his greatest challenge yet – the post-Johnathan Thurston era.

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Are the Cowboys cooked?

After their 27-10 loss to the Canterbury Bulldogs on Saturday night, North Queensland’s season is in trouble and I don’t know what they need to do to fix it.

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NRL demands Lodge must compensate victims

The NRL has made it clear to Broncos prop Matt Lodge that it won’t register a new contract unless it includes compensation for the victims of his New York rampage, The Sunday Mail reports.

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Johnathan Thurston

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Billy Slater Melbourne Storm NRL Rugby League Finals 2017

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Matt Dufty Dragons fullback

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Matt Gillett takes it to ground in Origin 2 (Photo: @NRLPhotos)

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Cameron Smith of the Storm is sin binned but wasn't keen to leave the field

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Damien Cook runs the ball

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Ivan Cleary NRL Rugby League Wests Tigers 2017

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Michael Morgan NRL Finals North Queensland Cowboys Rugby League 2017

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Raiders Jack Wighton looks on

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Time for Thurston to retire – before it’s too late

With the North Queensland Cowboys having their most disappointing start to a season in years, losing five of their last six, and the ageing Johnathan Thurston looking like a shell of himself, it’s time for him to hang up the boots.

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The NRL is falling behind the AFL

By Thomas Costigan, Today
The NRL is falling behind the AFL

For so many years, I have argued with mates that rugby league is neck-and-neck with AFL. They make the argument about crowd sizes, then I make the point about TV ratings.

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Young gun Ponga’s time will come

By, Today
Young gun Ponga’s time will come

Albert Einstein supposedly once said, “The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results”, and Maroon coach Kevin Walters took Einstein’s advice after his team were comprehensively bashed 28-4 in last year’s Origin opener.

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NRL and Canterbury must use Western Sydney Stadium

Western Sydney Stadium looks like it will be a magnificent venue when it opens next year. The stadium will have great facilities and an atmosphere that be will be second to none. The fans will get a fantastic experience inside the stadium and out.

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Canterbury Bulldogs vs Sydney Roosters: NRL live scores, blog

The Canterbury Bulldogs will be out to turn around a sluggish start and get back into the winner’s circle when they face the Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium on Thursday night. Join myself and The Roar for live scores and a blog of the match, starting from 7:50pm AEST.

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The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Round 7

Remember how I was saying last week looked to be the easiest of the season? Well, it wasn’t.

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In a different league

By Jeremy Brown, 19 Apr 2018
In a different league

Do you like balls to get plenty of air, or do you prefer them to be held tightly to avoid popping out in heavy contact?

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Round 7 preview: Dragons to go 7-0, Parramatta get on the board

Ahead of Round 7 of NRL action, here’s a rundown of the upcoming matchups.

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Book of Feuds shelved as fans demand carnival blockbusters

How do you reckon you would have gone at Allianz Stadium last Thursday night trying to convince a rugby league novice the Rabbitohs vs Roosters match they were about to witness is the NRL’s oldest and most bitter rivalry?

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Does Jackson Hastings have a future in the NRL?

By Lachlan Jeffery, 19 Apr 2018
Does Jackson Hastings have a future in the NRL?

Jackson Hastings is just 22 years old, yet he may not get another chance to play in the NRL.

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The ideal model for NRL expansion is relocation

There are some major challenges in setting up an all-new professional rugby league team in Perth, in particular assembling a first-grade squad from players based on the Eastern Seaboard and moving them across the Nullabor.

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NRL team list Tuesday live blog: Round 7 – all 16 teams named

The first quarter of the 2018 season is done and dusted, and there will be plenty of changes across the NRL ahead of Round 7. Join The Roar for live coverage of team list Tuesday from 3:30pm (AEST).

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If the Parramatta Eels lose Brad Arthur, they lose me

The Parramatta Eels are down on confidence, nothing is working in attack, the forwards aren’t powerful enough, and now there’s a rumour that Brad Arthur has ‘lost the dressing room’.

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Heart specialists advise against being a fan of the NRL

Being a rugby league fan means signing up for a rollercoaster of emotions. One week you’re soaring with the birds in the clear, blue sky, the next you’re sinking to the bottom of the ocean with a broken heart.

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How the NRL’s mighty have fallen

By Adam Bagnall, 16 Apr 2018
How the NRL’s mighty have fallen

How good is it to see perennial strugglers the Wests Tigers light up the NRL like it was 2005 all over again?

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Let’s stand by Todd Greenberg and #TalkTheGameUp

The majority of rugby league fans are left with a sour taste in their mouth after trying to reason with a particularly controversial figure of our game. The man is Phil ‘Buzz’ Rothfield and, according to him – and I quote – “rugby league is now a s*** game”.

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James Graham

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Gavin Cooper North Queensland Cowboys NRL Rugby League Grand Final 2017

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George Burgess. (AAP Image/Action Photographics, Robb Cox)

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Ben Hunt Dragons

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Daly Cherry-Evans

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Ash Taylor

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James Tedesco

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Matt Cecchin

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Canberra Raiders celebrate a try

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