Seibold identifies key stat as source of NRL’s injury crisis with galaxy of stars out of Manly-Storm clash

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Manly coach Anthony Seibold has picked out the increased pace and duration of the NRL in 2024 as a key factor behind the spate of injuries seen across the league in recent weeks. Speaking ahead of his side’s Friday night clash with Melbourne, Seibold reflected on a teamlist that will likely see his side on […]

Tall wings, short locks and the Love Boat: Picking an All Blacks squad to take down England… and then the world

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New coach, new World Cup cycle, new players. With plenty of scope for change and three months of Super Rugby behind us, possibilities abound for amateur All Blacks selectors. My team has one eye on the future, but also one on continuity and the particular strengths and weaknesses of England. It’s pretty experienced but very […]

Coaching the perennial underachievers: A farewell to Brad Arthur and Jurgen Klopp

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The lengthy tenures of two respected coaches have come to an end. In the early hours of the morning (Australian time), Jürgen Klopp was farewelled in emotional scenes at Anfield after a disappointing third-place league finish, having signalled his exit from Liverpool FC in January. In the late afternoon, Parramatta coach Brad Arthur was quietly […]

Footy Fix: The Dogs just had 2024’s most honourable loss so far – and it’s probably cooked their season

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Defeat is a funny thing in sport. At times, it can feel like the worst thing in the world, a damning indictment on all those who pulled on the colours and an embarrassment to their supporters. Sometimes, the build-up of injuries or other conspiring forces against a team can make a loss feel all the […]

Burton boosts Blues claims as Bulldogs bulldoze Dragons after Bird grounded by ankle injury

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Matt Burton didn’t quite bash down the State of Origin selection door but he definitely gave his chances a major boost by orchestrating Canterbury’s second-half surge to sink St George Illawarra.  With the Dragons’ edge defence crumbling after Jack Bird went off with an ankle injury late in the first half, the Dogs ran in […]