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Should Women’s State of Origin be a standalone event?

Tonight at North Sydney Oval, rugby league fans will have the opportunity to watch history happen when the first women’s State of Origin between New South Wales and Queensland takes place at North Sydney Oval.

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The Immortals: A concept drenched in wine

The Immortals began in 1981 as a vehicle to sell red wine.

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CRISIS: Why the standalone Origin weekend is already killing rugby league

CRISIS MERCHANT EXCLUSIVE: The standalone weekend for Origin 2 is the worst thing to happen to rugby league since community standards.

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State of Origin 2: The definitive stats preview

Did you know that in the history of State of Origin three-game series, 25 of them have been won by the side that won the first game?

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Your complete guide to the NRL’s Representative Round: All the matches, how to stream and watch on TV

This week, the NRL takes a break from the regular season to take part in Representative Round. While the focus may be on Sunday night’s State of Origin game, there are several other important matches. This is The Roar’s guide on all you need to know about Representative Round.

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Ten players shortlisted to become next rugby league Immortal

The NRL has announced a shortlist of ten players who will be considered to become the next rugby league Immortal, with the list featuring Dally Messenger, Mal Meninga and Darren Lockyer.

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Matt Lodge settles with New York victims

Matt Lodge’s controversial NRL second chance looks likely to extend beyond this season, with the Brisbane prop taking out a bank loan to pay the victims of his 2015 New York rampage.

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Provan, Lockyer in running for Immortals

Rugby league pioneer Dally Messenger, record tryscorer Ken Irvine, St George legend Norm Provan and Brisbane great Darren Lockyer headline the shortlist of contenders to be inducted later this year as Immortals.

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Robbie Farah leaves Souths, heads back home to the Wests Tigers

The Wests Tigers have today confirmed that Robbie Farah will return to the club effective immediately to aid the side’s finals push.

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Origin on Wednesday “would have been nice”: Napa

Clearly Dylan Napa is no fan of Sunday State of Origin.

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Matt Prior isn’t the popular selection, but he’s the right selection

Go on, admit it. Like me and any number of others, you had Ryan James suiting up this Sunday for New South Wales.

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A toddler’s guide to NSW’s inevitable series win on Sunday

If you’re a little baby New South Welshperson, your existence has sucked. You’ve never experienced any of life’s great thrills, like cutting off a cyclist at a roundabout, drinking in a Sydney bar after 8pm, or a successful Origin campaign.

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Shock selection as NSW Blues confirm team for Origin 2

The New South Wales Blues have confirmed their State of Origin team for Game 2, with just a single change announced in coach Brad Fittler’s side.

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NRL doubles down with controversial refereeing appointment for Origin 2

The referees for Game 2 of the 2018 State of Origin series have been announced, with Gerard Sutton and Ashley Klein confirmed to retain their spot in the middle.

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Hayne wants to take Pacific Test to US

Jarryd Hayne has called for a Pacific Test to be taken to the United States, arguing it would attract a bigger crowd in his once-adopted home than the clash between England and New Zealand will.

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Two issues for the price of one: The Kiwis and Magic Weekend

This week I couldn’t make up my mind whether to write about Magic Weekend or the Kiwis – so I’m going to have a bet each way.

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Greg Inglis

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Nathan Cleary

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Brad Fittler

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Billy Slater

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Brad Fittler

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Queensland Maroons

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Wayne Bennett

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Suncorp Stadium

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Roosters player Luke Keary

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Blues fans and optimism: A dangerous combination

Ever seen the Eternal Sunshine of a Spotless Mind? Basically, it’s about this guy undergoing some process whereby he attempts to erase a woman with whom he’d had something of a romantic tryst with, from his memory.

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Farah needs to adapt to the new Tigers

By Billy Stevenson, Today
Farah needs to adapt to the new Tigers

There’s been a retro atmosphere in the air recently when it comes to the Tigers. Not only has Robbie Farah just resigned with the club but there’s even talk that Tim Simona may be permitted to return to the NRL sooner than expected.

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2018 State of Origin: Game II preview

By mastermind5991, 21 Jun 2018
2018 State of Origin: Game II preview

This weekend, in the first State of Origin match to be played on a Sunday since 2001, New South Wales will have the chance to wrap up just their second series win since 2005.

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The Roar’s NRL expert tips and predictions: Representative round

It’s fast become my favourite weekend of the season. The Pacific Island nations get to go around again, while Denver gets its first Test and the women’s State of Origin lights up. Our NRL expert tipping panel are here to tell you who is going to win each game across representative round.

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Back them or don’t: NRL must set a precedent

Phil Gould is about to open Pandora’s box – and it could get ugly.

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2018 NRL season: The story so far

By mastermind5991, 19 Jun 2018
2018 NRL season: The story so far

We are now past the midway point of the NRL and with the regular season pausing for this weekend thanks to the representative weekend, let’s take the time to look back at the first half of the season.

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From worst to first: The story of the 2003 Penrith Panthers

There aren’t too many ‘fairytale’ stories in rugby league similar to the Penrith Panthers’ 2003 campaign.

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The Pacific jewel that the Denver Test needs

The Denver Test between New Zealand and England has come under scrutiny for various reasons. There is one issue, however, that has not been as well publicised.

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Three things that caught my eye from Round 15

Now we’re closer to the business end of the season and with the second State of Origin game just around the corner, the past weekend of footy was the last chance for those on the fringes to impress and incumbent players to stay fresh and injury free.

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Fresh ideas to market rugby league

The NRL has taken the step of announcing a ‘Magic Round’ weekend of footy in Brisbane in Round 10 next year.

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NRL penalty counts and the referees’ role

By Mark Morgan, 19 Jun 2018
NRL penalty counts and the referees’ role

Penalty counts in NRL games are in the news yet again. And now more specifically, the referees’ role in reducing them.

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Increasing the fatigue factor

By Don Aprile, 19 Jun 2018
Increasing the fatigue factor

Hopefully the dust is starting to settle on the penalty clamp down saga and the game can again move forward.

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Why the Denver Test is a good thing and why I’m excited to go

Over the past three years as I’ve watched this great game of rugby league I’ve noticed that the mainstream rugby league media looks for things to complain about.

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Where Queensland need to improve ahead of Origin 2

Despite signs pointing to a Blues victory in State of Origin Game 2, Queensland were very strong in Game 1, and on the wrong end of some 50-50 calls.

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NRL team of the week Round 15

By Riley Pettigrew, 18 Jun 2018
NRL team of the week Round 15

In the last round before the international break, the National Rugby League was blown apart by some big wins from teams in finals contention.

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Eleven talking points from NRL Round 15

By Scott Pryde, 17 Jun 2018
Eleven talking points from NRL Round 15

It’s been a weekend of big games – games which could well go a long way to deciding the top eight – with some surprising scorelines ensuring there is plenty to talk about heading into the rep weekend break. Here are all the big points from Round 15.

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Mahe Fonua of the Tigers

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Cameron Smith runs the football.

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Craig Bellamy

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Valentine Holmes

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Daly Cherry-Evans

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Moses Mbye.

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Greg Inglis

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Moses Mbye.

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Dragons Anzac Day rugby league NRL.

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