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R L Winger

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  1. Pen has now been put to paper, Wayne Bennett is now officially the Dolphins coach. It was announced at a press conference this morning in Brisbane.
  2. Week 7 Selections In Bold Thursday, Oct. 21 Denver at Cleveland Sunday, Oct. 24 Cincinnati at Baltimore Washington at Green Bay Atlanta at Miami New York Jets at New England Carolina at New York Giants Kansas City at Tennessee Philadelphia at Las Vegas Detroit at Los Angeles Rams Houston at Arizona Chicago at Tampa Bay Indianapolis at San Francisco Monday, Oct. 25 New Orleans at Seattle
  3. Norm Provan, one of the greatest rugby league players of all time and legend of St George's greatest era, has died aged 89. Provan played in 10 consecutive premierships with the Dragons between 1956 and 1965, and was named Australian Rugby League's 13th Immortal in 2018. His likeness will forever adorn the NRL's premiership, locked arm in arm with Wests' captain Arthur Summons after the 1963 grand final. Provan debuted for St George in 1951 and played in the second row throughout his 14-year career with the Dragons, serving as captain-coach for the last four. He also represented Australia 14 times between 1954 and 1960, and New South Wales 19 times between 1954 and 1961. A tall second-rower at 193cm, Provan was born in Urana in the Riverina region before moving to Sydney and playing for Willoughby as a junior. He later moved to the Sutherland area, setting up his illustrious career with St George after initially being knocked back by Eastern Suburbs. Provan remains the most capped player in St George's history, a record he will hold forever after the club's merger with Illawarra in 1999. He is also a member of the Sport Australia Hall of Fame and in 2008 was named in the Australian Rugby League team of the century. Due to his ailing health, Provan was unable to attend his induction ceremony after his elevation to immortal status, with daughter Sue McCloud attending on his behalf. "We've always looked up to Dad. He's always been immortal to us," Ms McCloud said at the time in accepting his appointment. "To have him receive this, especially now, means an awful lot to all of us — and to him."
  4. Week 6 Selections In Bold Thursday, Oct. 14 Tampa Bay at Philadelphia Sunday, Oct. 17 Miami vs. Jacksonville (London) Los Angeles Chargers at Baltimore Minnesota at Carolina Green Bay at Chicago Cincinnati at Detroit Houston at Indianapolis Los Angeles Rams at New York Giants Kansas City at Washington Arizona at Cleveland Las Vegas at Denver Dallas at New England Seattle at Pittsburgh Monday, Oct. 18 Buffalo at Tennessee
  5. Still mostly all Western Suburbs Magpie money propping the place up....With nothing coming from Balmain Tigers.
  6. Looks like the Wayne Bennett deal is fake news it came out later no pen has been put to paper yet.
  7. 'Farcical': The Key Dolphins Detail That's Riled Up NRL Fans NRL fans have raised eyebrows after it was revealed Redcliffe will now simply be known as 'The Dolphins' upon joining the NRL in 2023. The Dolphins were officially unveiled as the NRL's 17th team on Wednesday, after staving off bid rivals the Jets and Firehawks to become the second team based in Brisbane. The club's headquarters will be based at their traditional home ground of Moreton Daily Stadium in Redcliffe, 40 km north-east of the Brisbane CBD. However, they will represent the greater Brisbane region and share Suncorp Stadium as their home ground with the Broncos. Speaking to News Corp leading into the official announcement, Dolphins general manager Terry Reader said the club would drop 'Redcliffe' from their name and consult the community about using a more general geographic reference instead if they were to win the license. “Redcliffe is not intended to be in the Dolphins NRL team’s name,” Reader said. “Redcliffe will be the Dolphins’ NRL team base and present what the Red Hill base is to the Broncos. “The Dolphins aim to consult with the community, fans and the NRL on a final name that may include a geographical reference suitable for Brisbane’s second NRL team." However, after being officially approved for the 17th licence, it's since been revealed they will be referred to as 'The Dolphins', in a bizarre call that sparked confusion in the wake of Wednesday's announcement.
  8. The NRL needs to get back to how the NSWRL ran the comp every team playing each other twice in home & away rounds. The best way to do that is expand the comp asap to 24 teams divided into 2 divisions with promotion & relegation involving 2 teams in each division every year. You get competitive or you languish in 2nd division.
  9. Should be replaced with the words Western Suburbs Magpies and a Magpie logo.....It's all the Magpies money keeping the joint afloat.
  10. The Wests Tigers will need more than a new logo to see themselves as title contenders in 2022....The Tigers along with the St George Illawarra Dragons are the biggest train wrecks in the NRL. The Tigers old logo looks way better.....The new logo, how did they come up with that. Hold a competition between 100 local 3 year olds to see who came up with the best logo?
  11. NO SURPRISE HERE... Wayne Bennett agrees to three-year deal with Dolphins from 2023 Supercoach Wayne Bennett has agreed to coach the Dolphins on a potential three-year deal from 2023. Bennett has agreed to terms with the NRL’s newest club to helm the franchise when they enter the competition in two years. He has hired veteran agent Sam Ayoub to strike the deal, with Bennett expected to put pen to paper in the coming days. It is understood Bennett is guaranteed three years with a potential option for a fourth. He is expected to be announced this week and begin his time at the Dolphins from November 1. That is the same day the Dolphins are free to sign players for 2023. Bennett’s connection to Ayoub will concern Parramatta officials, who are trying to retain three of his clients in Clint Gutherson, Reed Mahoney and Junior Paulo. South Sydney officials will also be concerned about Bennett’s relationship with Cody Walker, another name free to hit the open market at the start of next month. Bennett’s three-year deal will see him coach for 38 consecutive seasons at the top grade. The NRL on Wednesday officially handed its 17th licence to the Redcliffe-based Dolphins, who pipped the Jets and Firehawks for inclusion in an expanded competition. The Australian Rugby League Commission met on Wednesday morning to sign off on the decision, which will result in the Dolphins becoming the first team added to the league since the Gold Coast Titans were introduced in 2007. The announcement was made in time for the Dolphins to become a major player in the transfer market as a slew of free agents prepare to test their value from November 1. The prospective new franchises had to prove that they could immediately stand on their own from the outset without the financial support the AFL gave to its expansion clubs. The Dolphins satisfied a number of criteria, including being able to produce a bank cheque of $50 million over the course of the next five years to prove they were sustainable. They also demonstrated they could increase interest and participation in rugby league without adversely affecting the Broncos, Cowboys or Titans. Their catchment area - which runs from northern Brisbane, through Moreton Bay and linking to the Sunshine Coast – has more than 10,000 registered junior players. The Dolphins junior club alone has 50 teams and 800 registered players in an area that is predicted to further expand. Foxtel was prepared to commit a further $100 million over the next five years for another Queensland side. That offsets the predicted $75 million cost for the NRL to fund the new team, enough to placate the existing clubs. One of Bennett’s first tasks is to compile a squad that will be competitive from the moment it joins the competition in 2023. Other players yet to commit to their existing clubs for that season include Dylan Brown, Viliame Kikau, Clint Gutherson, Brandon Smith, Kalyn Ponga, Anthony Milford and Dylan Edwards. The expanded 17-team competition will see the NRL Telstra Premiership become a 26-round competition with every team continuing to play 24 games. All teams will receive two byes during the season with the total number of regular season games increasing from 192 to 204. ARLC chairman Peter V’landys said the Commission’s decision was a landmark moment in the game’s history. “Today is an exciting moment in the history of our game. The NRL Telstra Premiership will expand to 17 teams in 2023 and on behalf of the Commission I would like to congratulate the Dolphins on being granted the 17th licence,” V’landys said. “I would also like to acknowledge and thank the other bid teams for the work they put into their submissions. All three bids were of the highest calibre and highlight the strength of rugby league in Queensland.” V’landys said expanding the game in Queensland was vital to the long-term growth of the sport. “Rugby league is part of Queensland’s DNA and to have four teams based in Queensland will further strengthen our game as the No.1 sport in the state,” he said. The key to long-term success is growth. By growing the NRL Telstra Premiership we create more fans, encourage more participants and increase commercial investment in rugby league. “Expansion is also a really important part of our participation strategy. It will be a condition of the licence that the Dolphins spend $2 million every year on participation and growing the women’s game in south-east Queensland. Our focus over the next year is revitalising our participation strategy and The Dolphins will be an important part of that in Queensland.” V’landys said the commission approved the expanded competition because it added value to the competition. “Our priority as a commission was firstly to ensure all 16 clubs came through the pandemic financially secure and we have achieved that. “This decision adds substantial value to the game which will benefit all existing clubs. I would like to acknowledge our broadcast partner Fox Sports who have agreed to an enhanced broadcast agreement from 2023 to 2027.” NRL CEO Andrew Abdo said the expanded competition would create more opportunities for the rugby league ecosystem. “This is an exciting day for our game. There will be more opportunities for our players in 2023, more games of rugby league to watch for our fans and more investment in pathways for our grassroots participants,” Abdo said. “It’s also an excellent outcome for our partners and sponsors who have additional exposure from 2023. “The structure of the season means there will be 12 more games played every year and all clubs will receive two byes, which assists the workload management of our players.”
  12. The NRL have unveiled the Dolphins as the eagerly awaited 17th team beating the Brisbane Firehawks and the Ipswich Jets to the 17th licence. The Australian Rugby League Commission on Wednesday officially unveiled the northern-Brisbane consortium as the winning bid in the NRL’s expanded 17-team competition for 2023. The NRL Telstra Premiership will expand to a 26-round competition as part of the Dolphins’ entry with every team continuing to play 24 games in the regular season. The total number of regular season games will increase from 192 to 204 with teams receiving two byes each. Wayne Bennett is tipped to be the club’s inaugural coach although he has not put pen to paper on a deal at this stage. “Today is an exciting moment in the history of our game,” ARLC chairman Peter V’landys said. “The NRL Telstra Premiership will expand to 17 teams in 2023 and on behalf of the Commission I would like to congratulate The Dolphins on being granted the 17th licence. “I would also like to acknowledge and thank the other bid teams for the work they put into their submissions. All three bids were of the highest calibre and highlight the strength of rugby league in Queensland.” V’landys stressed that expanding the game in Queensland was vital to the long-term growth of the game in Australia with such a crowded market place. “Rugby League is part of Queensland’s DNA and to have 4 teams based in Queensland will further strengthen our game as the No.1 sport in the State,’’ V’landys said. “The key to long term success is growth. By growing the NRL Telstra Premiership we create more fans, encourage more participants and increase commercial investment in rugby league. “Expansion is also a really important part of our participation strategy. It will be a condition of the licence that the Dolphins spend $2 million every year on participation and growing the women’s game in Southeast Queensland. “Our focus over the next year is revitalising our participation strategy and The Dolphins will be an important part of that in Queensland.” V’landys said the Commission approved the expanded competition because it added value to the Competition. “Our priority as a Commission was firstly to ensure all 16 clubs came through the pandemic financially secure and we have achieved that. “This decision adds substantial value to the game which will benefit all existing clubs. I would like to acknowledge our broadcast partner Fox Sports who have agreed to an enhanced broadcast agreement from 2023 to 2027.” NRL CEO Andrew Abdo said the expanded competition would create more opportunities for the rugby league ecosystem. “This is an exciting day for our game,” V’landys said. “There will be more opportunities for our players in 2023, more games of rugby league to watch for our fans and more investment in pathways for our grassroots participants. “It’s also an excellent outcome for our partners and sponsors who have additional exposure from 2023. “The structure of the season means there will be 12 more games played every year and all clubs will receive 2 byes, which assists the workload management of our players.”
  13. Keep it to be played after both the NRL & Super League seasons are completed
  14. Week 5 Selections In Bold Thursday, Oct. 7 Los Angeles Rams at Seattle Sunday, Oct. 10 New York Jets vs. Atlanta (London), Philadelphia at Carolina, Green Bay at Cincinnati, New England at Houston, Tennessee at Jacksonville, Detroit at Minnesota, Denver at Pittsburgh, Miami at Tampa Bay, New Orleans at Washington, Chicago at Las Vegas, Cleveland at Los Angeles Chargers, San Francisco at Arizona, New York Giants at Dallas, Buffalo at Kansas City, Monday, Oct. 11 Indianapolis at Baltimore,
  15. About as close with that prediction as Sydney is to London.....Ah well there is always next year.....GO THE MIGHTY DRAGONS.
  16. AND A HUGE WELL DONE TO GRAHAM ON YET AGAIN RUNNING THE BEST FORUM BASED NRL TIPPING COMP ON THE NET.
  17. Week 4 selections in bold Thursday, Sept. 30 Jacksonville at Cincinnati, Sunday, Oct. 3 Washington at Atlanta, Houston at Buffalo, Detroit at Chicago, Carolina at Dallas, Indianapolis at Miami, Cleveland at Minnesota, New York Giants at New Orleans, Tennessee at New York Jets, Kansas City at Philadelphia, Arizona at Los Angeles Rams, Seattle at San Francisco, Baltimore at Denver, Pittsburgh at Green Bay, Tampa Bay at New England, Monday, Oct. 4 Las Vegas at Los Angeles Chargers,
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