NRL 2016 season draw released

3:27 PM   The NRL draw for the 2016 season has been released, capping a busy day at league headquarters.

Editor's picks

Burgess to kick off blockbusters

Sam Burgess' return to the NRL will kick off against arch-rivals the Sydney Roosters in front of a potential sell-out Sunday afternoon crowd at Allianz Stadium on March 6.

Thurston wins Golden Boot as Australians dominate world team

North Queensland halfback Johnathan Thurston has won rugby league's Golden Boot award for world player of the year for a record third time. The 32-year-old beat competition from New Zealand international Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Leeds fullback Zak Hardaker.

Titans staffer forges star's contract

Michael Carayannis   Star centre James Roberts may be rendered a free agent after it emerged his signature had been forged.


Eels get new home away from home in Darwin

Adrian Proszenko   Parramatta won't have to wait for Pirtek Stadium to be refurbished to be playing out of a brand new home ground.

McGrady follows in uncle Ewan's footsteps

Adrian Proszenko   Lindon McGrady was not around to witness his uncle Ewan McGrady during his Rothmans Medal year, but he is well aware of the family tradition at Canterbury.

Eels to play three derbies in big start

Brad Walter   Parramatta will face the Bulldogs, Tigers and Eels in opening five weeks a a big start to their 2016 campaign.

NRL to block bargain deals 

Brad Walter   Wests Tigers have proposed Robbie Farah stay next season then head to Super League.


Machine switches from Parra to Manly

Adrian Proszenko   At a time when a seemingly endless procession of Manly players are defecting to arch rivals Parramatta, Halauafu Lavaka has gone the other way.

Mason poised to bid NRL au revoir

Adrian Proszenko   Willie Mason is tipped to bid au revoir to the NRL after receiving a lucrative offer to finish his career at Super League side Catalans.


News Corp salvages NRL rights

Max Mason and Dominic White   The National Rugby League is poised to announce a historic rights agreement with Fox Sports, with the News Corp-owned pay-television broadcaster believed to have acquired the rights to the crucial Saturday night game from the free-to-air rights holder Nine Entertainment Co for around $175 million as part of the five-year deal.

Farah may play for Tigers again

Brad Walter   A huge payout from Wests Tigers is the key to unwanted hooker Robbie Farah joining Sydney Roosters next season.


Join the debate

Super League stars deserve more respect in NRL circles

Steve Mascord   Willie Mason is to join Glenn Stewart, Todd Carney and Frank Pritchard in Super League next year. Is it time the European competition tried to get a slice of the Australian market?


Move to install puppet chair

Roy Masters   There are suspicions the campaign to oust John Grant as ARLC chair is motivated by a clandestine plan to install a puppet replacement.


Taylor’s Tigers future questioned

Danny Weidler   The Robbie Farah-Jason Taylor situation has taken a nasty twist with the lawyer representing Farah publicly questioning whether the Tigers coach will keep his job.

Packer's threat of deportation a legal minefield

Darren Kane   So, a question. If you could deport new St George Illawarra recruit Russell Packer back to his native New Zealand, would you? Some questions are easy; others, anything but.


World's toughest quiz on NRL 2015

Michael Carayannis   How closely did you watch the NRL season?

Plight of Packer no comparison to Carter

Steve Mascord   Maybe Russell Packer needs to find another job. And hopefully, one day, Gary Carter can return to his.

Gyngell a 'no-brainer' for ARLC 

Danny Weidler   Usually a push for someone to slip into a leading job starts with a whisper, but in the case of David Gyngell it's more of a roar.


Burgess has no right to whinge

Peter FitzSimons   Thank you, we will now hear the case of Sam Burgess vs the English Rugby Football Union.


Which NRL team are you? 

Which NRL team should you really support? Take our all-encompassing personality quiz to find your true rugby league soul mate once and for all. The answer may shock you.


Top 10 NRL buys for 2016

Michael Carayannis   Who are the top 10 buys for 2016?


NRL's forgotten 13 players

Michael Carayannis   Take a look at the NRL's "forgotten 13". The players who may have slipped off the radar and will be looking to make their mark in the NRL next year.


World's greatest grand final quiz

Have you been paying attention to NRL grand finals over the past 20 years? Take the challenge of our quiz on the premiership deciders.