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Rugby backline moves could light up the NFL

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Peter FitzSimons 9:11 PM   It's been a long, hot summer, but I'm baaaaack!

How dare you question Robert Allenby?

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Peter FitzSimons   Don't you know who Robert Allenby is? He is a famous golfer! And famous people don't tell porky pies

Carney's got a wee problem ... but it's none of our business

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Peter FitzSimons   That pissing in his mouth thing? I wish he wouldn't do that. You wish he wouldn't do that. But ultimately it really is none of our damn business.

Time lags were given a second chance

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Peter FitzSimons   This week’s question is whether the likes of Russell Packer and Danny Wicks should be allowed back into the NRL after serving time in prison for, respectively, stomping on a man’s head in Martin Place, and trafficking ecstasy and methylamphetamine.

Bad heir day: Skipper’s calls left me baffled

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Peter FitzSimons   Steve Smith? Seems like a good bloke but, for the life of me, I couldn't follow two of his decisions this week, on the final day of the third Test.

Mundine should hang up gloves

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Peter FitzSimons   Dear Anthony Mundine. Mate, it's time. Time to retire. You've fought the good fight in two of the toughest sports in the world, and proved yourself world class in both.

Fitz Files: Still not sure on this: is Buddy worth all that?

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Peter FitzSimons   You win some. You lose some. In March I wrote: I will not be unkind. I will not be unkind. I will NOT be unkind. OK, I think I’ve got it. I think I can manage this ...

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Black line of the pool might just set Grant Hackett straight

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Peter FitzSimons   Told yers. My item a month ago about Grant Hackett being back in the pool at the age of 34 turned out to be right on the money.

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Fitzy on Thursday

Wallabies need to take a hit so grassroots rugby can survive

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Peter FitzSimons   When it comes to the sudden lift in fees for registration and insurance of rugby players, there are so many points ... and so little time. So, as the bishop said to the actress, we're going to have to be quick.

Michael Clarke has been an inspiration to the nation during Phillip Hughes tragedy

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Peter FitzSimons   The manner with which Michael Clarke carried himself over the past week has been not only worthy of an Australian captain, but inspirational to the nation.

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How best to pay tribute to Phillip Hughes?

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Peter FitzSimons   A tragically sad week for Australian sport, that we will long remember. The week that a popular Test cricketer, on the most fabled turf in the land, his own field of dreams, was struck a blow as the cameras rolled, that felled him, that he never rose from.

Phillip Hughes' injury brings perspective to sport

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Peter FitzSimons   Nothing could have put the "seriousness" of Michael Clarke's hamstring strain more quickly into perspective. For by now we have all seen the footage, the stark images of what happened when a regulation bouncer hit Phillip Hughes below and behind the left ear on Tuesday afternoon, on an otherwise benign, sunny day at the SCG.

‘Sports scientist’ used the Rabbits as guinea pigs

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Peter FitzSimons   South Sydney have opened the club up to criticism after being involved with a controversial sport scientist.

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FIFA has seen the enemy, and it is us

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Peter FitzSimons   Just let the waves of deliciousness roll over you, the bubbles of hilarity rise until you can guffaw with gusto, as you contemplate, firstly, the news that FIFA has presided over – wait for it – an ethics investigation into the bid process for the 2022 World Cup.

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Players face long road if they take action

Played on: Wounded Rabbitoh Sam Burgess in the grand final.

Peter FitzSimons   League players face many obstacles if they are to make a successful legal case over concussion.

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Should Wanderers have boycotted Saudi?

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Peter FitzSimons   Australian sport helped end apartheid by ostracising South Africa, but we're still playing games in Saudi Arabia and against Zimbabwe

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Western Sydney Wanderers success will change sporting landscape

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Peter FitzSimons   Which code will suffer because of the Wanderers' success?

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Tweet revenge: NRL had to act on Gallen

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Peter FitzSimons   There has been an interesting fallout over the last week concerning the tweet sent by Paul Gallen, publicly and deliberately accusing his employers at the NRL of being, ahem, a pack of "c---ts" who don't actually care about the welfare of the players.

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Muhammad Ali, George Foreman and the Rumble in the Jungle 40 years on

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Peter FitzSimons   Back in the day, it was everything you ever wanted in a sporting event: the power and the passion, the agony and the ecstasy, the staggering saga with the twist in the tale and the staggering denouement.   

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Cry, I can no more for the Wallabies

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Peter FitzSimons   Oh come on, you must remember Gerard Manley (Sea Eagles) Hopkins, the English fullback and poet you and I studied for the HSC, circa 1978?

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