Category: NRL

A tale of two disasters

The careers of two footballers were derailed yesterday. Israel Folau’s $4 million contract was torn up and Jack de Belin failed in his attempt to overturn the NRL stand-down ban. The legal fees in both cases were crippling and have to be paid by the players. My original opinions that both actions were misconceived were […]

Why the Dragons signing Corey Norman is a mistake

When Corey Norman was released by the Parramatta Eels to sign with the St George Illawarra Dragons, many Saints fans raised their eyebrows, here’s why. Firstly, he is known for many off field dramas throughout his career. In 2016 he had a night out at the Star Casino, involved in drug use, filming inappropriate content […]

My top eight for the NRL in 2019

The Sydney Roosters reigned supreme in 2018. They outclassed, outlasted and definitely – all the way to grand final day – outwitted everyone. They’re the team to chase in 2019. 2019 seems so close, yet it is so far away. With arguably the most controversial offseason in the past decade, the season is brewing to […]

Reports: Corey Norman to sign with Dragons

Just when you thought the NRL player merry-go-round was coming to an end, it would appear there are more movements yet to be completed. Fox Sports are reporting Corey Norman will be the next player to move in what has been a dramatic NRL off-season, with his destination rumoured to be the St George Illawarra […]

Baz, it’s time to leave Manly – and no, you don’t deserve a cent

If you want evidence of the gulf between working in professional sports and the real world, the drama playing out at Manly would be exhibit A. After three unremarkable seasons as coach, Trent Barrett has been replaced at the helm by former Sea Eagles mentor Des Hasler. Except the reason Des is back at the […]

The Robin Hood of sports reaches for its quiver

Australia don’t lose rugby league Tests often – but when they do, it’s usually when there has been a sudden loss of talent or an oversupply, with too many good players being squeezed into the side to please too many people. Since the 1970s, the dip has only ever been temporary. But – in the […]

The top 50 NRL players of 2018: 40-31

In the second part of my series running through the top 50 players in the NRL, we move through players 40-31 on the list, with more big changes from the start of the year. » Part 1 (50-41) 40. Anthony Milford (Brisbane Broncos) Rank at start of season: 12 Milford has taken one of the […]

Hasler confirms interest in Manly return

Des Hasler has confirmed a possible reunion with Manly Warringah, the NRL club he coached to two premierships. The 57-year-old sat down for a meeting with the embattled Sea Eagles as they search for a new coach after Trent Barrett tendered his resignation amid a feud over training facilities. Hasler told Nine News he still […]

Meet the Parramatta tragic who travelled over 19,000 kilometres to every Eels game in 2018

2018 – a year that opened with so much promise yet was over in a matter of moments for the Parramatta Eels. Many were quick to jump ship, and the pitchforks quickly followed for head coach Brad Arthur. Yet, there was one Parramatta supporter who was there for all 19,000 kilometres of the journey. You […]

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 […]