State Of Origin III - QLD v NSW

‘Parochialism and Worse’ by Lyle Beaton

At times one despairs about the quality of reporting on rugby league in this country. Game 3 of State of Origin will be one of the biggest sporting events of the Australian calendar in 2015 – if not the biggest. The match is a sell-out. Again. This means that basically bar a handful of unsellable[…]

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Rugby League in Melbourne – A Brief History

Rugby league is the newcomer of the football codes in Australia when it comes to the city of Melbourne. It has had the most difficult job of any code in disrupting established sporting hierarchies given the fact that preferences for certain types of football in Victoria, largely soccer and Australian Rules, were well set by[…]

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Crowds Across the Globe

Melbourne has the opportunity to join an unlikely band of cities with London, Sydney and Bradford on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, by entertaining a 90,000 plus crowd at a rugby league match (Game 2, State of Origin, 2015). This select group of cities has hosted the previous biggest attendances at rugby league matches around the[…]

NRL Rd 9 - Sea Eagles v Knights

Round 9 Wrap Up

by Wilson Smith   Roosters vs Tigers Friday nights match turned out to be a very one-sided affair with Roosters halves Mitch Pearce and James Maloney doing their Origin chances no harm after guiding the Roosters to a solid 36-4 win. The Roosters dominated the first half with Tupou opening the scoring in the 4th[…]

Australia v New Zealand

The International Game

by Lyle Beaton The continued griping among members of the rugby league press, represented well by Paul Kent from News Limited, about the lack of value of international rugby league is surely either rooted in bigotry or misinformation. In either case, these represent inexcusable reasons for people with such prominent platforms to make such comments[…]

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Rugby League & the ANZAC Centenary

Rugby league will come together to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Gallipoli landings across its ANZAC Round, which begins tonight.The NRL will commemorate the ANZAC Centenary with a special ceremony prior to each match.More than 500 rugby league players and officials served in WW1, although incomplete records mean it’s not possible to quantify the[…]

NRL Rd 2 - Canberra v New Zealand

Manu Vatuvei Re-Signs

VATUVEI EXTENDS CAREER TO 15 SEASONS   Auckland, New Zealand, April 22, 2015 – Just days after joining the 200-game club and setting an all-time try-scoring record, Manu Vatuvei has extended his Vodafone Warriors career to a record 15 seasons with a new three-year contract to the end of the 2018 NRL campaign. The 29-year-old[…]