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NRL should buy a stake in ARU to increase code's marketability

Steve Mascord   As we look towards 2015, Australia is actually one of the less interesting territories where rugby league is played, even if it remains the most significant.

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League's highs and lows in 2014

Cloud nine: James Tamou and Trent Merrin after NSW broke the Maroons' eight-year strangehold on the State of Origin shield.

Michael Chammas   It was the year of fairytales and drought-breaking victories. It's hard to go past South Sydney ending their 43-year wait for premiership glory as the highlight of 2014, Sam Burgess' heroics in the grand final capping off a remarkable year for Michael Maguire's men

Guerra extends Roosters NRL deal

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Australian and Queensland back-rower Aidan Guerra has agreed to a contract extension that will keep him at the Sydney Roosters until the end of 2017.

The top 10 rugby league stories of a drama-filled year

Sacked, again: Former Cronulla Sharks five-eighth Todd Carney.

Michael Carayannis   From the sublime to the ridiculous - the top 10 rugby league stories of 2014.

Raiders give back to community in last training run before Christmas

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Jon Tuxworth   In the midst of a tortorous pre-season it's easy for rugby league players to feel sorry for themselves. 

Dugan set to switch as McGregor revamps Dragons' attack

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Michael Carayannis   Paul McGregor is considering switching Josh Dugan between centre and fullback during matches while the St George Illawarra coach has also removed the shackles on halves Benji Marshall and Gareth Widdop in a bid to spark the Dragons attack.

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SBW: Sport-hopping to stay

Suited and booted: Sonny Bill Williams in Sydney on Friday.

Darren Walton   He accepts the NRL may not like it, but Sonny Bill Williams says players switching codes and dabbling in boxing are realities of modern-day sport that make football careers even more enticing.

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No green to be seen as Fergo and Waerea-Hargreaves train with the Roosters in Canberra

Jared Waerea-Hargreaves meets Roosters fans in Canberra on Sunday.

Jon Tuxworth   Canberra Raiders fans could be forgiven for thinking all their Christmases had come at once when they hear Blake Ferguson and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves are training in the capital.

Hayne back in Sydney due to visa issue

Jarryd Hayne: Relaxed about visa issues.

Former rugby league star Jarryd Hayne has revealed he would have signed with a NFL franchise two weeks ago had it not been for visa issues which forced him back to Sydney.

Group bidding for Wellington franchise stumped at Warriors' change of heart

Lack of support: The Warriors' response to the possibility of a second NRL team in New Zealand has disappointed the consortium behind the bid.

Brad Walter   The backers of a bid for an NRL team based in Wellington are questioning the lack of support from the Warriors.

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Ferguson has 'served his time': Stuart

Cleared to return to the NRL, Blake Ferguson.

Chris Wilson, Michael Carayannis   Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart stands by the club's "courageous decision" to sack Blake Ferguson, but says the troubled star has "served his time" and predicted he could return to the NRL better than ever in 2015.

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Soliola models himself on Raiders legend Wiki

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Chris Wilson   He idolised Ruben Wiki, now Sia Soliola is modelling himself on the Raiders legend as he returns to the NRL with Canberra.

Barba "feeling the love" at the Sharks

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Michael Carayannis   Even Ben Barba doubts if he can regain his magical form of 2012 but he believes he is better placed than ever thanks to the Sharks showing him "some love".

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Croker has Campese's confidence as captain

New Raiders skipper Jarrod Croker.

Chris Wilson   Departing Canberra Raiders captain Terry Campese has endorsed good mate Jarrod Croker as the club's new skipper, encouraging him to lead with confidence despite being the youngest captain in the club's history.

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Croker appointed Raiders captain at just 24

Keen to lead from the front: Jarrod Croker.

Jon Tuxworth   The Canberra Raiders will bank on one of their established juniors, 24-year-old Jarrod Croker, to lead the club into a new era.

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DISCORD

Why I gave my Golden Boot vote to Shaun Johnson

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Steve Mascord   I voted in this year’s Golden Boot Award and I voted for Shaun Johnson – even though I don’t believe he is the best rugby league player in the world.

Bulldogs boss reveals battle with hair disorder

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Michael Carayannis   Bulldogs chief executive Raelene Castle has gone public with her alopecia areata battle for two main reasons; so people don't think she has cancer and that the stress of being the only female club boss had forced her to lose her hair.

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SBW v Gallen fight on the cards

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Chris Barrett   Sonny Bill Willams says a fight against his former NRL and rugby league international rival Paul Gallen is on the cards 

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Vaughan, Wighton selected in NSW emerging squad

Model players: Canberra Raiders players Jack Wighton, left and Edrick Lee show off next season's home and away jerseys.

Jon Tuxworth   Young Canberra Raiders prop Paul Vaughan has taken a first major step toward his desire for higher representative honours after he was named in the NSW Emerging Squad for the first time on Friday. 

Dragons open to privatisation to keep up with big clubs

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Brad Walter   St George Illawarra officials believe the policy of taking marquee games to big stadiums will help ensure the joint venture is profitable by 2017. But they have confirmed publicly for the first time they are prepared to consider selling a stake in one of the NRL's most famous clubs.

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