NRL Rd 16 - Bulldogs v Storm

Round 18 Signings

Newcastle Knights Newcastle have confirmed that NSW halfback, Trent Hodkinson will be joining the club in 2016 on a 3 year deal, until the end of 2018. This acquisition has put pressure on current halves, particularly Tyrone Roberts who has been linked with a possible move to the Titans. Cronulla Sharks Cronulla have announced that[…]

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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Round 17: Team of the Week

By Wilson Smith   1.     Brett Stewart Brett Stewart was great for the Sea Eagles putting in a man-of-the-match performance, coming up with 2 try assists and was close to getting his own if not for the video referees. He also ran for 70 metres and while he made only 6 tackles, several of them[…]

NRL Rd 17 - Panthers v Rabbitohs

The Wrap: with Wilson Smith

Panthers vs. Souths Both sides headed into the shortened round relatively unaffected by Origin, with the only player missing being Greg Inglis for the Rabbitohs. Both sides lost players before kick of however, with Souths losing Tim Grant and Panthers missing Josh Mansour, forcing some reshuffled line-ups with Jason Clark and Sika Manu coming into[…]

NRL Rd 21 - Sea Eagles v Broncos

Round 17 Signings

By Wilson Smith Theres been heaps of signing news this week, so lets get stuck into it! Parramatta Lots of focus this past few weeks has been on the Kieran Foran contract drama. However Eels will be happy that this is now at an end, with Kieran Foran signing a revised 2 year contract until[…]

State Of Origin II - NSW v QLD

Origin Game III: Opinion Piece

By Wilson Smith   Robbie! Will he or wont he play? NSW have been playing this card very close to their chest, showing Robbie off as training but not making a clear cut decision whether or not to fully rule him out. If he does play, NSW goes one step closer to winning their second[…]

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The Wrap: with Wilson Smith

Round 15 Wrap up- By Wilson Smith   Manly vs. Tigers Manly made a welcome return to Brookvale oval for the first time since Round 10, with playmakers Daly Cherry-Evans, Kieran Foran and Brett Stewart guiding them to victory over the Tigers, snapping their 3 game losing streak.   Brett Stewart, the Prince of Brookvale,[…]

Pg 6 Bottom (below other two as discussed)

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[…]

NSW Blues State Of Origin Training Session

Origin II: With Wilson Smith

No Cronk is big trouble for QLD Probably the biggest and most influential change for Origin II comes is the absence of Cooper Cronk for Queensland, who was one of their best in Game I, with many feeling as though he was robbed of the man-of-the-match award, which went to Cameron Smith. While DCE is[…]

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The Wash- Round 14 with Wilson Smith

West Tigers vs. South Sydney The Tigers must’ve pulled a rabbit out of a hat when they beat South Sydney without their origin stars, putting an end to a 4 game losing streak. Martin Taupau played arguably his best game to date, scoring two great tries and provided some aggression that has been missing from[…]