Another Wallabies star stood down

The last thing Rugby Australia needs right now is another controversy but they have one with Wallabies rake Tolu Latu stood down until after his court appearance on drink driving charges. Just one day after Israel Folau said he would not appeal the Code of Conduct decision against him that saw his contract terminated, Latu has been stood down by […]

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Magpies make history stopping fast starts

Collingwood are the most miserly first-quarter team in more than 50 years and are on pace to become the best defensively we have seen in more than 100 years. The Magpies jump teams in the first quarter, not so much by starting fast, but by making the opposition start very slowly. The Magpies have conceded the lowest first-quarter points of […]

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NRL slammed over ‘struggling’ de Belin

Jack de Belin’s St George Illawarra teammates have thrown their arms around the suspended back-rower and their support behind a potential players’ union challenge of the NRL’s no-fault stand down rules. The representative star forward’s future is dangling precariously after the Federal Court last week dismissed his case against the governing body in a bitter blow to his bid to […]

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Real top dog in Storm’s trio of terror

Cooper Cronk reckons he was the lucky bloke sandwiched between two future immortals while at the Melbourne Storm — but the rest of the game isn’t buying it. Cronk’s retirement announcement on Monday has seen the game flooded with glowing praise and humble revelations about the champion playmaker’s stature in the game. Rugby league guru Phil Gould on Monday night […]

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Fittler set to lock in Blues team before final auditions

Brad Fittler and his Blues brains trust are expected to lock in their first Origin team as early as Wednesday, meaning this weekend's final auditions become all but redundant. The halves battle remains the biggest talking point with a four-way battle between No.7 incumbent Nathan Cleary, Souths pair Adam Reynolds and Cody Walker, and Clive Churchill Medallist Luke Keary. Decisions, […]

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Without warning: Sin bin heads-up set to end

Is this the end of the NRL’s sin bin warning? The writing appears to be on the wall after the game’s hierarchy on Monday told referees they don’t have to give teams advance notice before marching a player for 10 minutes. NRL head of football Graham Annesley said he sent a reminder to referees boss Bernard Sutton and his officials […]

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Hardwick admits he only has himself to blame in underestimating Ellis

Richmond coach Damien Hardwick has pointed the finger at himself for focusing too much on what Brandon Ellis can’t do, rather than the premiership defender’s capabilities. Meanwhile, Hardwick has urged umpires to afford greater leniency for off-the-ball free kicks after a Tom Lynch shove to the chest of Hawthorn antagonist James Sicily cost Richmond a goal during the third quarter […]

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Fittler’s R-rated Queensland Origin gaffe

Got to love live TV. NSW Origin coach Brad Fittler has dropped a golden C-bomb in a hilarious gaffe while talking about the Queensland Origin team. A regular panel member on Channel 9’s The Sunday Footy Show, the panel was discussing Wally Lewis’ Queensland Origin side. While Fittler has been able to talk about his side in previous weeks without […]

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