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Among the problems Greece has faced in recent years, the issues affecting rugby league in the country are somewhat comparatively trivial. But as far as the sport itself is concerned, these are troubled times following the suspension of the Hellenic...

Griffin’s Panthers face similar predicament

Penrith Panthers went so close to their third victory of 2016 in going down to North Queensland Cowboys 18-23 at Pepper Stadium in front of season high crowd 13,725. Their two wins and four losses will see the club finish...

The Armchair Pundit: Where has it gone wrong for Leeds Rhinos?

As their stalling Super League title defence was dealt another blow of Friday evening – this time in the form of a Hull Kingston Rovers-sized hammer – Leeds Rhinos’ players, management and fans must again have been left wondering...

The Armchair Pundit: Rugby league’s Easter extravaganza at a crossroads

Given how the Easter period again proved a scintillating one on the field for Super League and beyond, it is a shame two of the biggest talking points from the past five days are both negatives. Leaving aside the unsavoury...

Scott Sattler: No Bears but Titans Need Rebrand

As someone who has both played and been involved with managing Rugby League on the Gold Coast, Scott Sattler has a better idea than most as to where the future lies for the Gold Coast Titans. With the recent...

Time to discuss footy, not camera angles

We were treated to two amazing games of rugby league over the Easter long weekend. On Friday night the Brisbane Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys played out a thrilling 21-20 grand final replay. On Saturday in the Intrust...

The Armchair Pundit: Lock Lane flying the flag for the amateur game

When the draw is made for the fifth round of the 2016 Ladbrokes Challenge Cup at 6.30pm on Tuesday evening, there will be more than a few people with an eye on where ball number eight comes out. That is...

ROUND 2 NRL TEAM OF THE WEEK

The NothingButLeague Team of the Week returns for a second week, and there were a number of standout performances this week, some of whom were unanimous selections. No surprise there are multiple representatives from Souths, Melbourne, Cronulla and the Wests...

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...
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