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NRL converts: Australia looking to boost chances of home RWC success
Edward Munro-Martin - May 20, 2022

Australia has been awarded the 2027 men’s Rugby World Cup and the women’s tournament two years later. This has kickstarted talk about whether Rugby Australia will look to a few NRL converts to boost their chances? In the past, NRL converts have had mixed success. For every Sonny Bill Williams, there is a Sam Burgess. […]


Who will make the 2021 Grand Final?
Sam Mackeown - Sep 24, 2021

The 2021 NRL season is down to the final four. Only two can proceed to the 2021 Grand Final but the contest for that will be thrilling to watch for rugby league fans across the globe. Week three of the play-offs and it’s up to the teams that finished in the top four in the […]

Week 1 of the 2021 NRL Finals
Sam Mackeown - Sep 14, 2021

Week 1 of the 2021 NRL finals, and four unmissable matchups. Melbourne Storm beat the Manly Sea Eagles, South Sydney Rabbitohs beat Penrith Panthers, Sydney Roosters beat Gold Coast Titans, and Parramatta Eels beat Newcastle Knights. Melbourne and Souths’ victories mean they get the all-important week off. In fact, 13 of the last 14 Premiers […]

Melbourne Storm lose
Sam Mackeown - Aug 31, 2021

For the first time since Round 3, Melbourne Storm lose. The Parramatta Eels emerged victorious on Saturday night against a lacklustre Storm.

Resilient Roosters Back into Top Four
Sam Mackeown - Aug 22, 2021

The Resilient Roosters are back in the top four after beating the St George Illawarra Dragons 40-22 on Sunday. The Roosters both regained fourth spot on the ladder and also ended Dragons’ final hopes. The injury-hit Eastern Suburbs outfit have shown remarkable resilience in the face of constant setbacks. Sunday at the Clive Berghofer Stadium […]

Parramatta and Manly Face Off
Sam Mackeown - Aug 13, 2021

A 70-year rivalry resumes on Saturday, as Parramatta and Manly go head to head on the Sunshine Coast, with a top-four spot up for grabs. 

Melbourne beat Penrith
Sam Mackeown - Aug 2, 2021

It was billed as Super Saturday, the game of the season. A Covid outbreak in Queensland had other ideas. As a result, all three Saturday games were moved to Sunday. An empty Suncorp stadium was the stage for the Melbourne Storm’s emphatic win over the Penrith Panthers. The score was 37-10 but it could have […]

Melbourne and Penrith
Sam Mackeown - Jul 26, 2021

The top two sides in the NRL left Round 19 with victories. Melbourne Storm beat the North Queensland Cowboys 20-16, while the Penrith Panthers edged past the Brisbane Broncos 18-12. However, both teams’ performances were surprisingly lackluster given the quality of opposition. A rare off-day adds more spice to the upcoming season-defining match in Round […]

NRL relocation to Queensland
Sam Mackeown - Jul 12, 2021

The NRL’s relocation to Queensland is a controversial albeit necessary move – how will it affect the competition?

All Black Sonny Bill Williams officially retires from storied rugby career
Ross Sanderson - Mar 12, 2021

This month, New Zealand All Blacks legend Sonny Bill Williams called time on his professional rugby playing career. Although already retired from rugby union at both club and international level, Williams announced he had played his last game in league too, officially hanging up his boots in rugby for good. In a career that spanned […]

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck gone from Warriors to All Blacks*

The highly-rated rugby league player Roger Tuivasa-Sheck is gone from his Warriors NRL side, to chase a dream of playing rugby union – and possibly the All Blacks. Often touted but on Saturday afternoon, the rumours were proved true. In a ZOOM call, Warriors management and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck himself told media that his final year […]

Rugby League 2021: All you need to get started
T.J. Davies - Jan 20, 2021

The rugby league season begins in the UK in just over two months and ends 2021 with a World Cup. If you’re a little bored with rugby union but can’t go to the theatre – as Edinburgh coach Richard Cockerill recently suggested – take a look at how the hard-hitting relatives of union do things. […]

Jordan Mailata success: will there be more NFL converts?
Christian Evans - Dec 29, 2020

Jordan Mailata became an NFL starter in just three years after leaving the South Sydney Rabbitoh juniors, a story which is already a remarkable tale. Mailata’s success could see more converts between rugby and the NFL. Mailata, who briefly starred with the South Sydney Rabbitohs under 20’s team made the switch to American football in […]

Sam Harris - Oct 14, 2020

In the last of our new series, Last Word on Rugby looks at iconic rivalries in the NRL. When did this iconic NRL rivalry start? Since these two great rivals first faced off in 1998, the record stands at 38 games, with 22 wins for Melbourne, 15 wins for Manly, and 1 draw. Melbourne’s biggest […]

Sam Harris - Oct 7, 2020

In the fourth of a new series, Last Word on Rugby looks at iconic rivalries in the NRL. When did it start? Cronulla were formed in 1967 when the New South Wales Rugby Football League added them, as well as Penrith Panthers to the competition, the first new teams to be admitted in 20 years.  […]

Rugby League: time to look at Union for expansion tips
Christian Evans - Oct 4, 2020

With the Toronto adventure seemingly on life support, rugby league is looking another failed attempt at expansion. The 13 man code could learn a lot from rugby union. Unlike their league cohorts, rugby union has had little trouble expanding with Major League Rugby growing rapidly in the United States. The Top League in Japan doing […]



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