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The Armchair Pundit: What lies behind Widnes Vikings’ flying start?

“IT’S not top eight, it's top six, possibly top four - they are the things we are reaching for.” Six weeks into the 2016 Super League season and Widnes Vikings head coach Denis Betts’ assessment of his squad’s strength prior...

Annus Mirabilis: Super League XXI shaping up to be genuinely extraordinary

Now in its 21st year, Super League has come of age. The RFL’s marketing in 2014 talked of a ‘League of the Extraordinary’, while last season’s fanfare was accompanied by the hashtag everymomentmatters. While 2014 mightn’t have been all that...

ROUND 1 NRL TEAM OF THE WEEK

Welcome to the first NothingButLeague NRL Team of the Week new for 2016. Each week the writers submit their best 13 players from the weekend’s action, and the players with the most nominations get the honour of being named...

The Armchair Pundit: No Varsity blues for Oxford University

Amid a compelling weekend of action and controversy, both on and off the field, the annual Varsity Match between Cambridge University and Oxford University almost slipped past unnoticed to the wider world. First played in 1981, the annual clash between...

Part 4: NRL Players To Breakthrough For 2016

Right before we get to the season it’s only just to cover the remaining four clubs and shine the spotlight on their players looking to shine, never mind the article delay over the Nines! Rabbitohs Damien Cook was able to impress...

What if I told you…. League is better than Union?

The hype machine is in full swing for the 2016 Six Nations, but union fans have a choice... There's a scene in the Matrix where Laurence Fishburne's enigmatic Morpheus offers Keanu Reeves a choice: "This is your last chance. After this,...

The Armchair Pundit: How secure is a Super League coach’s job?

IT TOOK just over three weeks of the new Super League season for the first coaching casualty to occur when Hull Kingston Rovers decided to part company with Chris Chester. Former Rovers forward Chester was relieved of his duties in...

Who will finish as the NRL’s top try scorer?

With the start of the new NRL season now upon us, there are a number of fascinating storylines preparing to be played out. Will the Cowboys defend their title? Can the Roosters build on the Premiership win? How will...

The Armchair Pundit: Where now for the World Club Series?

IF the past weekend’s results are anything to go by, the best chance Super League teams will have in next year’s World Club Series is to play their National Rugby League counterparts at knifey-spoony instead of rugby league. As pointed...

Forecast suggests a Storm on the horizon, threatening reign

Nervous and uncertain times face the Melbourne Storm in 2016. Whilst critics and pundits again write the southern franchise off, citing that age will again be the factor of their demise along with a lack of notable depth and not being active in the player market as their counterparts have been, that is the least…

Is There a Future for Pokies and the NRL?

Sport and gambling have always had a tight bond in Australia. Thanks to the relationship between pokie machines and rugby clubs at all levels of the game, money has flowed freely for the last few decades and that's made...

The Armchair Pundit: Shocks and surprises in Super League

It has been a tough week on the injury front for rugby league players. First, Castleford Tigers lost influential captain Michael Shenton for the season with an anterior crucial ligament injury suffered in the opening weekend draw with Hull Kingston...

The biggest games need to be held at the biggest venues – Not Perth

The Australian Rugby League Commission needs to protect the endangered species that is international rugby league by giving the game the respect it deserves. Playing the biggest games at the biggest venues would be a good way to start. To...

Matt Moylan right choice for captain

When it was announced mid-week that Matt Moylan would captain the Penrith Panthers in 2016 I was initially surprised. The twenty-four year old has only played fifty National Rugby League matches. It would have been more except for a season...

How the Nines format can learn from the World Sevens

The first weekend of February will see the third annual Rugby League Nines tournament held in Auckland. There are plenty of people who see the Nines as a throw away tournament not worthy of their attention* but this year’s...
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