Iconic NRL rivalries – Melbourne Storm v Manly Sea Eagles

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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 […] READ MORE


When English sides dominated the World Club Challenge

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It may seem unlikely given that the NRL sides have beaten their Super League counterparts in six of the last seven editions of the World Club Challenge, but between 2004 and 2008 the English sides were undefeated.  This run contained two victories apiece for the Bradford and the Leeds Rhinos while St Helens also got […] READ MORE


Leeds Rhinos’ World Club Challenge Victories

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Following on from Leeds Rhinos’ Golden Generation piece, Last Word on Rugby decide to look back at the World Club Challenge titles they won during that period and the few where they fell short. World Club Challenge Triumphs Canterbury Bulldogs – 2005 Following their 2004 Grand Final victory, the Rhinos earned a place in the […] READ MORE


The Southern Hemisphere: COVID’s impact on rugby league

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The world is going through a tough time right now, which includes the rugby league southern hemisphere community. However, it is not just a human toll, but an economic toll. This includes Australia and New Zealand, which have teams in the National Rugby League (NRL). COVID’s impact on the southern hemisphere for rugby league National […] READ MORE


Southern hemisphere Rugby Cities with both League and Union teams

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In the southern hemisphere, Australia and New Zealand have five cities that play host to both professional rugby league and union teams. The game has a wide reach throughout the region; Australasia, the Pacific, and across the Southern Hemisphere. Fan loyalty can be engrained, although, at times, it might be whichever game has the most […] READ MORE


2019 NRL finals – ready for ‘another classic’

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With the 2019 NRL finals starting 13 September, and Last Word On Rugby are elated to preview the upcoming matches in what is sure to be ‘another classic’ end to the season. The teams’ finals history The top eight for the finals is: Melbourne Storm, Sydney Roosters, South Sydney Rabbitohs, Canberra Raiders, Paramatta Eels, Manly […] READ MORE


Sydney Roosters imperious in 2018 NRL Grand Final win

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The Minor Premiers Sydney Roosters have become the 2018 Telstra NRL Premiership winners, after claiming an imperious victory 21-6 over the Melbourne Storm on Sunday. In a display that was against the form and some oddsmakers predictions, the New South Wales side were able to deny the all-powerful Victorian side quality possession, and importantly, much confidence. The ball […] READ MORE


Roger Tuivasa-Skeck wins Dally M Award; NRL Grand Final on Sunday

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The New Zealand Warriors rugby league teams’ captain, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has received the highest honour in the NRL. The seven-year veteran has been voted as the games best player – claiming the clubs first Dally M Award. The award, voted for by fellow players and stakeholders, is a commendation for the player’s commitment and level […] READ MORE


NRL Telstra Premiership 2018 Finalists found

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With the NRL Telstra Premiership 2018 Finalists found, it begins a week-long celebration of rugby league. A week to build-up towards the single biggest day on the calendar … Grand Final day. September 30 will be a huge event on the rugby league calendar. One which organizers, stakeholders, fans and ….. only just confirmed after last […] READ MORE


NZ Warriors are headed to the Telstra NRL Premiership Finals

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After an seven season hiatus from the knock-out stages, the Vodafone NZ Warriors are headed to the 2018 Telstra NRL Premiership finals. Results from this weekend, including a strong home win over the Penrith Panthers 36-16, all assisted the team to realize the potential of a successful start to the season. The win was the […] READ MORE