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Why Paul Green is right to derail the Hess Express

Over the past fortnight, Cowboys premiership winning coach Paul Green has copped criticism by declaring forward prodigy Coen Hess, not ready for the demands of State of Origin football. In what’s to be another unpopular opinion, I share these same...

2017 mid-season predictions

Embed from Getty Images Now that we've reached the halfway mark of the season, it is time we took stock of the first 14 rounds of the Telstra premiership and began forecasting what is to come at the back-end of...

Queensland’s Loyalty Formula In Need Of Drastic Re-Write

For over a decade the Queensland State of Origin team has prided itself on loyalty. A tried and tested formula once reknown for its long running succes, is in need of a drastic re-write. After a comprehensive 28-4 loss...

Possible Storylines after Origin I

Every Origin game is as important as the last and the possible consequences of winning or losing could shape the future of some players at Origin level.  We take a look at some of the stories that could come...

Time for the NRL to ‘fix’ Origin period scheduling

The greatest problem with the State of Origin series isn't the game being played on a Wednesday night. Each year, for three rounds, we see teams that would normally be favourites to win a match, be reduced to a B Grade...

Why Michael Maguire is on borrowed time at South Sydney

After yet another humiliating loss on Friday night, Michael Maguire’s days at South Sydney are numbered. Or at least they should be, given the way many clubs within the NRL have chosen to deal with coaches when they hit hard...

Bennett’s gamble pays off, Eels’ 2016 salary cap rort comes back to haunt them

When it was announced in December last year that Benji Marshall would be joining the Broncos on a one-year deal, many fans were left dumbfounded, wondering how exactly Bennett planned on fitting him into a seasoned outfit. The halves...

The Queensland Origin bombshells set to turn the series on its head

Kevin Walters approached today's Origin team announcement with a hint of trepidation. Perhaps this was him coming to the sudden realisation that, for the first time in a long time, he would be without two of the finest players...

The NSW candidates no one is talking about

State of Origin is right around the corner, and plenty of names are being thrown around as potential bolters for the Blues side. The in-form Dragons forward Paul Vaughan, and electrifying Trbojevic brothers, headline a list of stars waiting...

Question marks surrounding Farah’s selection are the kind of distractions NSW must shake

The question that divided the rugby league public leading into State of Origin last year was whether or not Robbie Farah, playing off the bench for the Tigers at the time, was worthy of the NSW number nine jumper. The very same...

Who Should Replace the Injured Origin Stars?

As the list of injured Origin players seems to grow by the week, so does the list of their potential replacements. Queensland were dealt a blow this week with Johnathan Thurston succumbing to a rotator cuff injury; while the...

The international game is becoming meaningless.

Heading into the last ever City vs Country match I had heard a lot of talk about it was great to get rid of it and how meaningless it was. When I watched the game though I found it...

Rugby League must escape ‘dark-ages’ mindset and endorse international game

The problem for international Rugby League is simple. Unlike many other sports around world, the national competitions, that is the games played between club sides in leagues like the NRL and Super League, are far bigger in scale than any...

Frawley or Mbye? The Bulldogs Big Question

Young Matt Frawley has been a revelation for the Canterbury side in recent weeks. He took over from a suspended Moses Mbye in the round 5 clash with Brisbane and his boot may have single-handedly won the Dogs that...

Who’s the right leader for the Panthers?

Matt Moylan rates as one of the best players in the National Rugby League competition after a stellar 2016 season where he represented both state and country. The last fortnight hasn't been his best off-field after breaching team protocol after a...
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