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  1. It would be a real surprise if he bought the Broncos. Wayne Bennett's contract would have more clauses in it than you could poke a stick at. The Broncos are nowhere near the Club they used to be a decade ago.
  2. Cronulla will never match it with the big boys or pull big crowds because its a yuppy/Surfie small suburb that should have been merged or moved years ago. They have been in trouble longer than I can remember. Wests/Tigers and the Titans could go either way but more likely bad. St George/Illawarra or Newcastle would be the best bet, strong League foundations and a fan base that could be engaged with a winning team and good management. Newcastle good be really solid but I am not sure how the fans would take to the new owner even if it was to their benefit, they are pretty insular.
  3. Wayne Bennett has signed up with the Brisbane Broncos for the next three years. Apparently getting four million dollars for the deal, not bad if you can get it. I am not a big fan of Mr Bennett or the Broncos, it will be interesting to see if can get them back on top.
  4. A great Q & A with Peter Stirling

    Sterlo is a good thinker and an asset to the game.
  5. Its a shambles. What the format is will decide this games future in a few years time. All of the combinations look like desperate stuff to try and appease everyone.. What happened to the last plan? Clubs given guarantees to not be relegated and build their juniors and set some foundations. It did not work out? What England does next year will set the game in the Northern Hemisphere for years if not decades, I worry about it, still there is always SOO :-)
  6. AUSTRALIA PLAYER RATINGS Fullback: Billy Slater - Scored twice, outstanding under the high ball, ended a difficult tour on a high with a superb display. Rating: 8. Winger: Brett Morris - Scored two tries and was lucky to avoid serious injury with his first when he collided heavily with an advertising board in the ridiculously small end-goal area. Rating: 7. Centre: Greg Inglis - Quiet by his immaculate high standards but kept the dangerous Dean Whare firmly in check. Rating: 7. Centre: Jarryd Hayne - Grew as the tournament progressed and impressive again after shaking off a heavy knock to the head early in the game when tackling Simon Mannering. Set up Morris's second try with a huge breakaway run. Rating: 8. Winger: Darius Boyd - Set up two tries with a wobbly kick and a shaky pass, but always solid in defence and a threat going forward. Rating: 7. Five-eighth: Johnathan Thurston - Simply outstanding and involved in everything. The Kiwis struggled to contain his kicking game as he dictated the pace of the game on his way to becoming the Kangaroos' record points scorer. Rating: 9. Halfback: Cooper Cronk - Dovetails so well with Queensland teammate Thurston, scored a try with a superb take and only denied a second by a brilliant piece of defending from Issac Luke. Rating: 8. Prop: Matt Scott- Had a huge opening 20 minutes to put the Kangaroos on the front foot against a massive Kiwi pack. Rating: 8. Hooker: Cameron Smith - Did little to suggest he's not the finest player in the world. Leads from the front and his imperious kicking game was at times a joy to behold. Rating: 8. Prop: James Tamou - Strong running game and worked well in defence. Rating: 7. Second-row: Greg Bird - A big occasion player who outshone Sonny Bill Williams. Rating: 8. Second-row: Sam Thaiday - Ran hard and played his part in a dominant performance from the Australian pack. Rating: 7. Lock: Paul Gallen - Put a difficult 2013 behind him to become a World Cup winner with a big-hearted and hard-working performance. Rating: 8. Interchange: Andrew Fifita - A few big runs and continued his progression as one of the best props in the NRL. Rating: 7. Josh Papalii - Did well and will be around the rep scene for a very long time to come. Rating:7. Daly Cherry-Evans - Didn't get much chance to have a major impact but was steady and controlled when he was involved. Rating: 7. Corey Parker - No frills, goes about his business in a disciplined manner the perfect player to have off the bench. Rating: 7. NEW ZEALAND PLAYER RATINGSFullback: Kevin Locke - Struggled to impose himself and picked off all to easy under the high ball by the Kangaroos. Rating: 5. Winger: Roger Tuivasa-Sheck - The Sydney Rooster with the dancing feet never really got the chance to show his attacking prowess after limping out of the game in the eigth minute with a leg injury . Rating: 4. Centre: Dean Whare - Rarely involved, worked hard to make things happen but to no avail having moved to the wing early in the game. Rating: 6. Centre: Bryson Goodwin - Struggled in defence against the Aussie onslaught after, not a game to remember for the South Sydney man. Rating: 5. Winger: Manu Vatuvei - Almost scored a try just before halftime but faded as the game went on after a strong start. Rating: 6. Five-eighth: Kieran Foran - Ran the ball well and never stopped trying to make things happen. The Kiwis' best player. Rating: 7. Halfback: Shaun Johnson - The semi-final hero failed to hit the heights of Wembley. Scored his side's only points with a first-half penalty. Rating: 6. Prop: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves - Failed to dominate against the Aussies' big men but never stopped trying and did his fair share of work in defence. Rating: 6. Hooker: Issac Luke - Produced a stunning piece of defending to hold up Cooper Cronk to deny him a try. Worked hard around the ruck. Rating 6. Prop: Jesse Bromwich - Made some early inroads with a blocking run but, like the rest of his team, failed to build on it as the game progressed. Rating: 6. Second-row: Sonny Bill Williams - Newly-crowed international player of the year couldn't find a way to lift his side. Worked hard but had a rare off-day. Rating: 6. Second-row: Simon Mannering - Tried to galvanise his side, but the skipper found it difficult to make an impression. Rating: 6. Lock: Elijah Taylor - Worked hard as always and tackled his heart out to no avail. Rating: 6. Interchange: Alex Glenn - Moved to the centres after Tuivasa-Sheck and struggled to stem to green and gold tide on his side of the field. Rating: 5. Frank-Paul Nuuausala - A few bulldozing runs in the first half and made one delicious offload to Foran but didn't maintain it over the 80 minutes. Rating: 6. Ben Matulino - A big talent but never really got the chance to show what he can do. Rating: 6. Sam Kasiano - The Canterbury giant struggled with the pace at times and was outgunned by the Aussie front row. Rating: 5. Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/player-ratings-for-world-cup-final-20131201-2yj4x.html#ixzz2mDuK539C
  7. SUNDAY morning's World Cup semi-final between England and New Zealand is being billed as a battle of the heavyweights and it's an appropriate description when you consider the relative size of the forwards packs each side will put out. The Kiwis have arguably the most formidable pack in the tournament, with the likes of Jared Waerea-Hargreaves, Ben Matulino and Sonny Bill Williams. It's one with power and skill and a large part of New Zealand's game plan is based around forward dominance. But England won't be intimidated. They have the Burgess clan - Sam and Tom are the lightest of the three at 116kg - and workhorse front-rower James Graham. In fact, England's starting pack in their quarter-final against France was slightly heavier than New Zealand's at 625kg to the Kiwis' 620kg and they also brought George Burgess and his 120kg frame off the bench. Read more: http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/sport/nrl/heavyweight-battle-between-new-zealand-and-england-in-world-cup-semifinal/story-fni3fbgz-1226763497141#ixzz2lBS0f6tC
  8. THE Kangaroos, Kiwis and England will kick off their quest for global rugby league supremacy on October 26. Check out our mug's guide to the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. WHAT IS IT? France lobbied for and hosted the first World Cup in 1954 and the inaugural edition featured only three other teams – Great Britain, Australia, New Zealand and the host nation. The Brits would have taken great delight in beating the French 16-12 in the final. Since then Australia has taken great delight in beating all-comers, most of the time. Britain (1960, ’72) has won the title twice since the first staging of the event, Australia has conquered on nine occasions (1957, ‘68, ‘70; ‘75; ‘77; ‘88; ‘92; ‘95; 2000) and Kangaroo fans are just starting to forgive Billy Slater for an errant pass that helped New Zealand win it for the first time in 2008. Read more: http://www.foxsports.com.au/league/a-mugs-guide-to-the-2013-rugby-league-world-cup/story-e6frf3ou-1226743823744#ixzz2iLvmmpd5
  9. NRL-bound star fullback Sam Tomkins says England hope to catch Australia cold when they meet in Saturday's Rugby League World Cup opening match in Cardiff. England suffered a shock loss of their own when beaten 15-14 by Italy in a warm-up game on Saturday as coach Steve McNamara's side, which had a 10-man bench including first-choice hooker James Roby and Gareth Widdop, were made to pay for a below-par display. Tomkins, who scored two tries in that game, insists England are happy to meet tournament favourites the Kangaroos first up before an expected crowd of 70,000 after a preparation that included two trips to a camp in South Africa. "It's perfect for us to play Australia first ... we've put everything in place to be in the best position possible for that first game," Tomkins told BBC Five Live Radio. "Hopefully we can catch them a little bit cold and shock them. We don't want to build into this competition. "We've been building for three years and don't want to build up to play against Australia against a lesser team. If we beat Australia first then it will put a massive buzz over this World Cup." More here. http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/rugby-league/league-news/england-out-to-ambush-australia-in-world-cup-opener-20131021-2vwlj.html
  10. He showed plenty of early promise but seems to have drifted away.
  11. Vanuatu 22 Niue Islands 20 Mal Meninga's 20-year-old nephew could be with the Gold Coast Titans next year after starring in Vanuatu's historic, nail-biting win over international league newcomers the Niue Islands. Rangy back-rower Joey Meninga crossed for the home side's second try in a 22-20 win at Port Vila's Municipal Stadium, a result secured in the 78th minute after Niue came back from 10-0 down to lead for much of the second half. Sunshine Coast Sea Eagle Meninga was seen talking to Gold Coast official Matt Francis at fulltime on Saturday and it's understood the possibility of a move to the tourist strip was discussed. “I'm not sure about next year – I'm still keen to play footy, I'm just looking for another club to go to,” Meninga told Fairfax Media. Advertisement “I want to have a good shot at it now, while I'm still young. My time's coming up now. I don't want to not go for it now and later regret it. “Every week I'm improving. Hopefully something comes up.” Joe said his family's connection to Vanuatu went back to great great grandfather Tom, who was relocated to Queensland to work on the cane fields as part of the blackbird movement. “My great, great grandfather came from Tanna Island,” said Meninga. “He was blackbirded, to work on the sugar cane field. I think it might have been to Bundaberg. Read more: http://www.smh.com.au/rugby-league/league-match-report/mal-meningas-nephew-stars-as-vanuatu-scrape-home-in-historic-encounter-20131012-2vfev.html#ixzz2hZsek423 Vanuatu seem to be developing the game well.
  12. Should be a good contest.
  13. Around 25.2 years of age