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Mitchell Pearce trains with the Newcastle Knights

NRL season preview: Newcastle Knights

Can the Newcastle Knights seriously make a charge from three consecutive woodens spoons into the top eight?Well one thing is for sure, the Novacastrians are not going to die wondering.The club has been on one of the biggest shopping sprees seen in the modern NRL era. The likes of Mitchell Pearce, Kalyn Ponga, Aiden Guerra, […]

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Ben Hunt in his St. George Illawarra strip

NRL season preview: St. George Illawarra Dragons

There has to be a fire burning in the belly of each and every St. George Illawarra Dragons player – there has to be.2017 was the stuff of nightmares. Riding high for much of the year in the top four, the club wobbled, buckled and crashed out of the finals altogether with a final round […]

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Matt Moylan of the Cronulla Sharks

NRL season preview: Cronulla Sharks

The Cronulla Sharks were looking good to become the first (legitimate) team since the Broncos in the 1990s to go back-to-back in 2017.  But their run was rudely cut short by the upstart Cowboys on their giant-killing run to the grand final. That would have stung the Sharks, who ran with essentially the same roster that won […]

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Shaun Johnson of the New Zealand Warriors

NRL season preview: New Zealand Warriors

So pathetic was the New Zealand Warriors’ effort in 2017, some leading analysts actually called for them to be kicked out of the NRL. The once New Zealand spine of Shaun Johnson, Kieran Foran, Issac Luke and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck should have send tremors through the competition. A massive forward pack and a good mix of young talent […]

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Canberra Raiders half Blake Austin

NRL season preview: Canberra Raiders

The Canberra Raiders of 2018 are a bit like an ugly bloke in Kings Cross – they aren’t going to score much without a hooker.The Raiders chances took a heavy hit in the World Cup when Englishman and rake Josh Hodgson tore his ACL, ruling him out for most of the season.That puts plenty of […]

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Kieran Foran is now with the Canterbury Bulldogs

NRL season preview: Canterbury Bulldogs

Boy, the Canterbury Bulldogs sure made rugby league look like running through mud in 2017. The Dogs of Bore only managed to pile on 360 points for the whole season, almost 70 less than wooden spooners Newcastle. So there was little wonder something had to change, beginning with the inevitable sacking of coach Des Hasler. There is a […]

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