Issues

Sydney Roosters star James Maloney hoping to take South Sydney Rabbitohs to 'dark places' in preliminary final

Michael Carayannis Roosters five-eighth James Maloney has instigated the mind games against South Sydney by urging his side to take the Rabbitohs to "dark places" in the hope that their old foes can start to doubt...

Bulldogs coach Des Hasler backs automatic punch penalties

No question: Bulldogs player Reni Maitua is sent off.

Michael Carayannis The sin-binnings of Reni Maitua and Josh Starling for punching should serve as a warning to the remaining teams in the finals, says Canterbury coach Des Hasler.

Canterbury Bulldogs down Manly Sea Eagles after golden point shootout

Trent Hodkinson celebrates his winning field goal.

Adrian Proszenko Just like the game played the previous evening, a match which should have finished a whitewash morphed into a thriller.

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NRL semi-final: Manly Sea Eagles v Canterbury Bulldogs

Standing up for the fans: Manly's Kieran Foran.

Ash Gray Live coverage of Saturday night's do-or-die showdown from Allianz Stadium.

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Michael Ennis brain snap nearly cost Bulldogs victory

Unusually calm: Michael Ennis.

Chris Boulous It’s not often Michael Ennis doesn’t get the last laugh. The NRL’s No.1 niggler usually gets his target.

Sydney Roosters hooker Jake Friend cheated death after chest injury

Cause for concern: Sydney Roosters hooker Jake Friend  suffered potentially lift-threatening injuries.

Michael Carayannis Jake Friend could have died had the Roosters hooker's internal bleeding gone untreated for much longer, such was the horror of his car-crash-type injury.

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves tells of Roosters' great escape

Always in the thick of it: Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.

Michael Carayannis Near dead silence gripped the Roosters behind their try line when the Cowboys charged back to draw level, according to Roosters prop Jared Waerea-Hargreaves.

Eels whiz-kid Tepai Moeroa refuses to give up on Rio Olympics dream

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Adrian Proszenko Parramatta young gun Tepai Moeroa has revealed his ambition to compete in track and field at the Rio Olympics while juggling his football commitments.

Parramatta Eels whiz-kid Tepai Moeroa wants a shot at Rio Games

Parramatta's Tepai Moeroa tackles Newcastle's Sione Mata'utia.

Adrian Proszenko Parramatta young gun Tepai Moeroa has revealed his ambition to compete in track and field at the Rio Olympics while juggling his football commitments.

Which is the greatest rugby league premiership-winning team of the past 35 years?

Era-defining premiers: A jubilant Parramatta Eels halfback Peter Sterling in 1986; playmaker Cliff Lyons from the victorious 1987 Manly Sea Eagles side; Darren Lockyer and Wayne Bennett savour a Brisbane premiership in 2006; Cameron Smith was key to the Storm’s success; Sydney Roosters star Sonny Bill Williams rejoices in 2013.

Daniel Lane Yes, we know how hard it is to compare teams and players from different eras, but that doesn’t stop lots of fans from doing so.

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Jamal Idris finally on road to happiness with fiancee Amy Rowe

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Danny Weidler Jamal Idris says he is ready to play the biggest club game of his career – now that he has managed to adjust the way he looks at life.

Roosters defeat North Queensland Cowboys without the ball

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Phil Gould What an extraordinary game we witnessed on Friday night between the Roosters and the Cowboys – so many talking points.

NRL grand final could be on the move from spiritual home of Sydney

On the move?: The NRL grand final

Adrian Proszenko The NRL has flagged the prospect of taking the NRL grand final out of Sydney for the first time and taking it to Queensland or other destinations.

Stubborn NRL issues that need to be tackled

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Roy Masters While the year has thrown up new challenges, some of the old problems persist, indeed intensify, making coaches as sleep-deprived as new parents.

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League

The big issues league must conquer in order to reach the promised land

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Phil Gould What are the key areas our game needs to address over the next two years?

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Ultimate League

Ultimate League coaches must weigh up State of Origin issues

Flyer: Sam Tomkins of the Warriors.

Chris Boulous As we enter the business end of the representative season, it is also time for Ultimate League coaches to consider what I call the BIS factor for their players.

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James Tedesco affair highlights many youth development issues facing NRL

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Phil Gould The James Tedesco affair has highlighted a number of problems in our game.

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Court issues warrant for Maurice Blair's arrest

Gold Coast Titans recruit  Maurice Blair.

Gold Coast NRL recruit Maurice Blair will hand himself in to police on Tuesday afternoon after a warrant was issued for his arrest, his lawyer says.

Horse Racing

Ups and downs of NRL final extended to the betting exchanges

Matt Jones While most fans gave the Cowboys no hope of a comeback when down 30-0 to the Roosters on Friday night, the Betfair punters put a number on their chances of winning – 0.5 per cent.

League

What now for Folau? The big issues ...

Israel Folau

Brad Walter We take a look at some of the potential issues facing Israel Folau after his move back to the NRL.