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Wests Tigers player Benji Marshall

NRL season preview: Wests Tigers

Who is onboard Ivan Cleary’s Wests Tigers bus for 2018?  Well, not Aaron Woods or James Tedesco. They’ve buggered off to bigger clubs for (we assume) bigger pay packets. Not a great start for the battling merger club that has only tasted one finals series since the 2005 premiership. A rebuild is firmly in place, with Ben […]

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Rabbitohs players Greg Inglis, Tom Burgess and Sam Burgess

NRL season preview: South Sydney Rabbitohs

Since the Rabbitohs won a memorable NRL title in 2014, the powerhouse club has been unable to crack the top eight again. That cost coach Michael McGuire his job, and now his assistant Anthony Seibold has the reins. Young gun Angus Crichton has amputated half of his middle finger to ensure he will be all right for […]

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Daly Cherry-Evans of the Manly Sea Eagles

NRL season preview: Manly Sea Eagles

The Sea Eagles face some stern challenges before the season even kicks off. Manly let Blake Green walk out the door for a big money contract in New Zealand, confident they would land Mitchell Pearce. Pearce went to Newcastle, so the Sea Eagles turned their attention to Todd Carney and Trent Hodkinson – but then a salary […]

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Ash Taylor and Kane Elgey of the Gold Coast Titans

NRL season preview: Gold Coast Titans

The 2018 NRL season won’t just be about fighting for a spot in the top eight for the Gold Coast Titans, it will be about sheer survival. This year was not kind to the side from the glitter strip, with no owner, the sacking of coach Neil Henry and the sensational walkout by Jarryd Hayne. Could there […]

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New Knight Mitchell Pearce

NRL halves merry-go-round – who won and who lost?

Another NRL off-season, another round of contract carnage. We have seen Jarryd Hayne flick the Gold Coast for a return home to Parramatta, but that is only one element of the off-season craziness that we have seen so far. Six NRL clubs have been involved in a game of halfback swapsies, with a host of playmaker movement […]

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Mitchell Pearce and Jarryd Hayne

Why the NRL needs to stop the rot and bring in a transfer window

Rugby league likes to pride itself on its theatre. Fairytale stories, underdogs winning big, tales of the working class overcoming adversity by taking on the world – and winning. But it’s time for the curtain to close on the theatre of players shifting from club-to-club – because it is detrimental to the game. The Rugby League World Cup […]

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