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Top 10 Hookers of 2015

To finish off the regular season I will be counting down the top ten players in 2015 for each position, including the best rookie and best recruit. This reflects which players had the better season this year and not necessarily which is the better player. As with any subjective list, there will be several varying opinions, so feel free to…
I have been a bit quiet for the last few weeks as the season winds down and my Fantasy team implodes, however the NRL never goes quiet and a new story has piqued my interest. A few weeks ago we had the fantastic news that the NRL had signed off on a new free-to-air (FTA) broadcast deal with Channel Nine.…
Jarryd Hayne has landed in the NFL and you will struggle to find somebody that isn’t impressed by what he has done. Yes it is pre-season, and he has primarily lined up against 2nd, 3rd and 4th string players but he’s hoping to make the 4th string on the roster so looking good against that level of talent clearly shows…
What interesting times we find ourselves in! I never would have thought that this time yesterday, I’d be having to write a blog on the potential departure of Robbie. I’m going to start off by saying that I absolutely believe that right now, it’s what needs to happen and is a good move for the club. Over the last few…
West Tigers have today announced they will be taking 5 of their 13 home games to NIB Stadium in Perth in 2016. The NRL have strongly backed the move as all Sydney clubs grapple for a stronghold within the highly saturated Sydney Market. The move will coincide with a secondary sports centre of excellence being built in the Northern Suburbs…
Emergency services were called to a Western Sydney home today after a NRL Fantasy coach (who wishes not to be named) suffered chest pains after waking up Wednesday morning to see multiple players from his team ruled out this week. The man was apparently unable to comprehend the fact that his one trade wasn't enough to get him through six…
According to the Chinese calendar, 2015 is the Year of the Sheep. If you believe in superstition, coincidence or even fate, the Chinese calendar might explain why the Kiwis won the only Rugby League test to be played this year. Ironically, at the same venue the 2006 test was played. The losing sides in both 2006 and 2015 only scored…
Media Backflips As I wrote last week, the 60 Minutes special on Alex McKinnon was going to be an unapologetic hatchet job, where Smith and McKinnon’s careers and reputations would be abused to grab ratings. I turned out to be right, and the general consensus is that 60 Minutes handled the interview poorly; failing to give Smith the right of…
The Queensland Maroons The Blues grabbed the second game at the MCG in another game my dad reckons proves the State of Origin is rigged. The real difference was Cronk, whose performances at the representative level make him irreplaceable. The other area the game was won was in the intensity of the forwards. To me, the game felt faster and…
Last year, after the terrible injury to Alex McKinnon, I wrote a piece about how it was difficult to easily blame any one person for the accident. For me, it seemed we were all in part to blame, for supporting a sport where young men are repeatedly put into dangerous positions, where they could be horribly maimed, or even killed.…

Head Coach To Be Sacked

Reports are flying that the Manly Sea Eagles are set to sack their head coach, Geoff Toovey, within the next 3 days. It is understood that Manly will hold a press conference on either Monday or Tuesday, after the team returns from their match against the Warriors in Auckland. Every year, there is an expectation that one or more coaches…
Prior to the start of the season I introduced a number of new stats and explained how they might be used to predict the future, you can find the article series at the below links: An Introduction to predictive stats Who will bend Who will depend Who will pretend Who will contend Now that we are just over halfway through…
Every week I cast my eye over the NRL, the journalists who report on it, and the fans that bleed for it. Where some are keen the roll out the same old tropes, criticizing referees, lambasting David Smith, and calling player’s off field behaviour into question, I try to offer the alternative view; the renegades view (but not necessarily the…
New South Wales Blues In game one, the Blues were given a harsh reminder of how Queensland have received refereeing favoritism over the past 10 years. Clearly the Queenslanders’ only tactics are to cheat whilst resorting to continuous unsportsmanlike dog shots to try and affect a result. These dog tactics will work every now and then, and let’s be honest,…
Since rugby league has turned into a soft game run by politically correct, socialist anarchists, you probably don’t care about watching the State of Origin on Wednesday night. So, to maintain the manly reputation of the game, and its hairy, muscular, and witty fans, here is a game to keep you entertained. One Drink When a commentator describes a play…
Here at RFS we have decided to shake up the NRL round previews to give you a better Fantasy insight, plus the usual tips for the games. Also, we will update it when late mail comes in on Thursday night. This round we see a return to a full bye round, with eight teams having a week off – Broncos,…
Considering the NRL is taking a back foot over the bye period, I thought I’d write about the State of Origin Game II team selections. Don’t worry; I didn’t miss the Daly Cherry-Evans hyperbole. It gets a mention below. QLD Maroons 1. Billy Slater 2. Darius Boyd 3. Greg Inglis 4. Justin Hodges 5. Will Chambers 6. Johnathan Thurston 7.…
With Ricky Stuart's post match press conference fines reaching staggering levels and recent reports that Stuart was struggling to make ends meet the NRL has today announced a startling new initiative titled the "Ricky Stuart Foundation". Earlier this week Stuart was observed visiting his bank to make a withdrawal. However, he was told that his account had no funds available…
Daly Cherry Evans faced criticism from fans of the Gold Coast Titans after he decided to back flip on his decision to go to the Titans in 2016. Many fans have suggested that DCE showed a complete lack of integrity in changing his mind on the Titans and they haven’t been shy to vent their feelings on social media. You…
Much has happened in international rugby league since the previous instalment of rugby league world, and as such in this instalment I will mainly focus on some of the stories that may not have received quite as much press. There has been plenty of coverage on New Zealand knocking the Kangaroos off their perch, the circus in the UAE and…
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