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Did Robbo stuff up by playing Cronk?

It wouldn’t be the grand final without stories of players playing through injury, heroically soldiering on in the name of their teammates despite significant pain. Names like John Sattler and Sam Burgess have been etched into grand final folklore. This time around, Roosters coach Trent Robinson defied medical logic by playing his expensive halfback Cooper […]

Can Fremantle finally land Hogan?

The coming AFL free agency and trade period may yet deliver the Fremantle Football Club the key forward it has yearned for since Matthew Pavlich’s retirement in 2016. However, will the acquisition of Jesse Hogan remove some of the apprehension that Victorian born/based players have about moving to the west? Fremantle struggle to recruit key […]

The Footy Show wasn’t axed because of Erin Molan

After a quarter century on TV the NRL Footy Show has finally been put out of its misery with Channel Nine announcing the show won’t be renewed for 2019. This decision comes 12 months after the decision to remove Paul ‘Fatty’ Vautin from the host chair and replace him with Erin Molan. Some see this […]

Dylan Shiel is not St Kilda’s knight in shining armour

Greater Western Sydney star midfielder Dylan Shiel has allegedly been offered a staggering deal from St Kilda. The Saints are after the services of Shiel for six years and have supposedly offered him more than $8 million dollars. That offer from the Saints would land Shiel firmly in the top 10 bracket of highest paid […]

The language of rugby

Language is not only the most significant tool of communication, but a powerful force when it comes to propaganda and manipulation, and the media are experts. As defined in Forbes, media manipulation “shapes everything you read, hear and watch online”. It’s about exploiting “the difference between perception and reality”. Basically, the industry realises that, if […]

If Melbourne are going to trade Jesse Hogan, here’s how to do it

A disappointing finish to the season has left a bitter taste in Melbourne’s mouth, and that has only been made worse by rumours that Jesse Hogan has decided to return home to Western Australia. The club is yet to confirm Hogan’s despire to depart, and if there’s any hope of doing so should look to […]

Mitch Marsh and Josh Hazlewood named joint vice captains for Australian Test side

Mitchell Marsh’s continued spot in the Australian Test side has been all but solidified after he was revealed as a surprise vice captain for the Australian Test team today. With Steve Smith and David Warner’s suspension still in effect, the national selection panel and Cricket Australia board today revealed the appointment of Marsh and injured […]

The NRC report card at the halfway point

So then, one month down, five weeks to go. With three more weeks of regular season and two weeks of National Rugby Championship finals to come, we’ve hit the halfway point of the season. NRC seasons have never been marathons by any stretch, but the 2018 season really feels like the sprint it clearly is. […]

Six potential A-League explosions for the 2018-19 season

On Tuesday I wrote of opportunity and a recent Matt Simon hat trick. Today, the focus shifts to a group of young players with opportunities of their own and the chance to take the A-League by storm. In a salary-capped league, clubs are forced – thankfully – to develop local talent rather than casually cherry-pick […]

Kalyn Ponga on the cusp of a stunning rugby league career

Eight years ago Kalyn Ponga was New Zealand’s under-13 golf champion while he was also playing rugby league, rugby union, soccer, touch football and hockey. Last night, at 20, Ponga was runner-up to Roger Tuivasa-Sheck for the coveted Dally M Medal, and he’s only played 29 NRL games in his life. If he hadn’t had […]