Friday, October 24, 2014
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The web of deceit: From Tweet to Twit

Joel-Monaghan

Social networking, love it or loathe it, is king. This weekend I came across an image of a player in a compromising position, which was being shared between fellow Rugby League players. This distasteful and private image was something that shouldn’t be posted in the public arena. But what disturbed me most was the fact it was a player that ... Read More »

WWE star The Rock calls Newcastle Knights’ Alex McKinnon

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There was a heartwarming story emerging from the NRL this week, surrounding seriously injured Newcastle Knights star Alex McKinnon. The 22-year-old, who landed on his head during a tackle in the Knights’ fixture against Melbourne Storm earlier this year, is currently recovering from the horrific injuries suffered that day. But Beau Ryan – the recently retired Cronulla Sharks winger who ... Read More »

Locke could debut with Salford Red Devils next week

Kevin-Locke

New Salford Red Devils signing Kevin Locke could make his debut for the club against Castleford Tigers next week, after reports suggest he is close to completing his protracted switch to the club. The New Zealand Warriors star has endured a tumultuous ending to his time with the NRL club, with relations turning sour over the move to England – ... Read More »

Origin and Nines break records

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This week’s State of Origin match at ANZ Stadium has registered the highest TV ratings for any Origin match in the history of Rugby League. And it is the highest rating television show so far this year – eclipsing Origin I, which was the previous top rating show of 2014. A total of 4.193 million viewers watched the NSW Blues ... Read More »

Origin: Cherry-Evans favourite to start for Maroons

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Injured Queensland half-back Daly Cherry-Evans looks set to return for the Maroons in tomorrow’s State of Origin test after he was pictured running without pain in a training session earlier today. The Manly Sea Eagles star, 25, was a serious doubt with a knee problem and it looked as though Mal Meninga would have to field third-choice Ben Hunt, with ... Read More »

Thurston: Origin scheduling “borderline ridiculous”

Johnathan Thurston

Reigning Golden Boot winner Johnathan Thurston is calling for the NRL to factor State of Origin into their scheduling, which he labelled as “borderline ridiculous”. Origin stars pride themselves on ‘backing up’ – playing for their club team the week after an interstate test, but Thurston doesn’t think they should have to, especially when the intensity of the first match ... Read More »

Bennett wants three Origin games in four weeks

Wayne-Bennett

Former Australia coach Wayne Bennett wants next year’s State of Origin series to be played over four weeks and hopes it will prevent the inevitable injuries that come from players ‘backing up’ for their clubs just days after intense interstate action. Johnathan Thurston spoke today of the “borderline ridiculous” scheduling that is pushing players to their limits. Bennett claims he ... Read More »

Origin: Thurston unconfident in rookie half-back partner

Ben-Hunt

Queensland stand-off Johnathan Thurston has described the prospect of rookie Ben Hunt filling in at scrum-half for the injured Cooper Cronk and Daly Cherry-Evans as “not ideal”. First-choice number seven Cronk (broken arm) is unlikely to play another part in this Origin series while understudy Cherry-Evans (knee) has a chance of making the second test but admitted he wasn’t confident ... Read More »

Blake Green agrees Melbourne Storm switch

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Outgoing Wigan Warriors stand-off Blake Green has announced he is to join 2012 NRL Premiers Melbourne Storm at the end of the season. The 27-year-old revealed in an honest interview with League Express recently that a move back to Australia was always his plan, and he has penned a two-year deal with the Storm to play alongside the likes of ... Read More »

Blues bring in Dugan and Hopoate for Origin II

Jarryd-Hayne-origin

New South Wales have called-up Josh Dugan and Will Hopoate to replace the injured Morris twins for the second State of Origin match on June 18. Winger Brett fractured and dislocated his shoulder in the act of scoring a crucial try, while centre Josh ruptured his posterior cruciate ligament. Brett finished the match despite the pain and Josh carried on, ... Read More »