NRL secure $1.8 BILLION broadcast deal

The NRL, television giants Fox Sports, the Nine Network and Australia’s largest telecommunications company Telstra have signed an historic $1.8 billion agreement that will see every game broadcast live. And Fox Sports will introduce a 24-hour channel devoted entirely to Rugby League on its PayTV network.  Fox will have their existing ‘Super Saturday’ triple-header, broadcast from 3pm to 9.30pm and…

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International: Ashes series back on the agenda

The success of the Four Nations Tournament, with record-breaking attendances and huge television ratings, has embarrassed the NRL hierarchy – which now wants more, not less, international Rugby League. According to Sydney media reports there is now talk of organising a British Lions tour with a three-Test Ashes series. This move comes less than a year after the Australians rejected…

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Opinion: International Rugby League is back and booming

Australians can be cruel at times. Just ask any tourist. Inevitably, if you visit the home of any Australian (other than my humble abode) you will be offered a taste of a unique Australian food product – Vegemite. It’s a bit like Marmite, known to many Britons. It was originally called Parwill … thanks to an advertising man who must…

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Sione Mata’utia: A young breadwinner and record breaker

I never saw Reg Gasnier’s first Test appearance for Australia back in 1959. At the time I was a schoolkid living in the country and had to be content to listen to a radio broadcast of the match that crackled with sounds of static. It was the First Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground against the touring Kiwis, won 9-8…

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James Graham wins battle of Britain

All last week the media had been trumpeting Rugby League’s ‘Battle of Britain’ – the clash between World Cup room-mates Sam Burgess and James Graham. And it proved to be just that on Good Friday! As Canterbury snatched a late 15-14 victory over South Sydney it was difficult to judge which of the two former Super League behemoths came out…

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