Brad Walter 8:11 PM News Corp supremo paid inflated price for AFL rights, helping drive up the value of the remaining four games after the NRL inked free-to-air deal with Nine.
Brad Walter 8:28 PM A $50 million advance payment from News Corp is set to quieten - and possibly quell - a revolt by NRL clubs against ARLC chairman John Grant as the record $2 billion broadcast deal ensures a win for all parties.
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.
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.
James MacSmith NSW fullback Josh Dugan is backing Blake Ferguson to make a successful transition to the custodian role for Sydney Roosters next season.
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