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Opinion: 10 questions to be answered in NRL Grand Final

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On Sunday the South Sydney Rabbitohs will meet the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in the 2014 NRL Grand Final at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium. Here’s 10 key questions we may have answers to at the end of this highly-anticipated match. 1) Will Lote Tuqiri go round again? The ageless winger has done it all in rugby league, winning a premiership with the Brisbane ... Read More »

James Graham hoping to end Grand Final hoodoo

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Canterbury and England prop James Graham is hoping to end his Grand Final losing streak when he faces Sam Burgess’ South Sydney in the NRL’s season-ending spectacle on Sunday. The 29-year-old has played in seven Grand Finals in the last eight years, but has won just once, in 2006. Since then he’s lost six in a row. “The sole [win] ... Read More »

Four Burgess brothers named in Grand Final squad

Sam Burgess

All four Burgess brothers have been named in South Sydney Rabbitohs’ 20-man squad to face Canterbury Bulldogs in Sunday’s NRL Grand Final. George and Sam look set to start at prop and loose forward respectively, while Tom and Luke have a spot on the bench to fight for. The Souths would have been at full strength had hooker Issac Luke ... Read More »

Issac Luke to miss NRL Grand Final

Issac Luke (middle) taking on the Australian defence at RLWC2013. ©RLPhotos

South Sydney and New Zealand hooker Issac Luke will miss Sunday’s NRL Grand Final after picking up a one-match suspension for an illegal throw on Sonny Bill Williams of Sydney Roosters. Many pundits thought Luke had a chance of dodging a ban altogether, but the NRL’s match review committee slapped the 27-year-old with a two-game suspension. Williams, who was playing ... Read More »

Dally M Medal: Thurston and Hayne named joint winners

Johnathan Thurston

North Queensland Cowboys stand-off Johnathan Thurston and Parramatta Eels full-back Jarryd Hayne have been named joint-winners of the prestigious Dally M Player of the Year Medal. Never before has the NRL’s most prestigious award been shared. It’s the third time Thurston has won the accolade (something only Andrew Johns has accomplished) and the second time Hayne has pocketed the medal. ... Read More »

NRL Grand Final becomes Battle of Britain

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The Battle of Britain! That is how the Australian media is already describing next Sunday’s NRL Grand Final. In the blue corner former St Helens prop James Graham. In the red (and green) corner the Burgess brothers, led by soon-to-defect Sam. This follows the victories by Canterbury and South Sydney at the weekend for a place in the Homebush encounter ... Read More »

Burgess brothers 80 minutes away from Grand Final glory

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South Sydney Rabbitohs are into their first Grand Final in over 40 years, and are now just 80 minutes away from their first premiership since 1971, after eliminating defending champions Sydney Roosters in a thrilling play-off encounter. The 32-22 victory means that Sam Burgess is just 80 minutes away from signing off in Rugby League with a Grand Final victory, ... Read More »

James Graham could end career Down Under

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England World Cup prop James Graham is enjoying his rugby Down Under so much that he may eventually call Australia home – forever. He made the prediction on the eve of his Man of the Match performance that helped inspire the Canterbury Bulldogs to a ‘golden point’ victory over Manly on Saturday and a place in the penultimate week of ... Read More »

Parramatta Eels confirm Ben Crooks signing

Ben Crooks

NRL outift Parramatta Eels have confirmed the signing of Hull FC star Ben Crooks, last year’s Super League Young Player of the Year, on a two-year contract. The move will re-unite Crooks with former Hull coach Peter Gentle, who is now an assistant to Eels coach Brad Arthur. “Ben is a talented footballer who is excited about a chance to ... Read More »

Controversial call does for North Queensland Cowboys again?

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Lightning never strikes twice, apparently – but for North Queensland Cowboys, their season has been cruelly ended by a potential controversial call for the third consecutive season. After the ‘Hand of Foran’ incident involving Kieran Foran in 2012, the Cowboys were defeated by Cronulla Sharks in last year’s play-offs after the Sharks scored a try on the seventh tackle. That ... Read More »