The Amazing Rise Of Ben Hunt

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By STEVE MASCORD BEN Hunt has read too much negativity about a particular subject to really enjoy talking about it. So when he is asked about it, he tends to give short, polite, somewhat defensive answers. That subject is: himself. “Before the season started, a lot of people wrote me off,” the Brisbane Broncos player […]

The A-List: JARRYD HAYNE (Parramatta, NSW, NRL All Stars & Australia)

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He’s the current joint Dally M winner and he’s leaving for the NFL. But who is Jarryd Hayne, really?

THE JOY OF SIX: International Season Week One 2014

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SANDOW SIN BIN WHEN we went to Parramatta with claims Chris Sandow had played in an aboriginal knockout and been sent off for a shoulder charge followed by an elbow, Eels CEO Scott Seward told us: “He had permission to play. He passed a medical and the coach gave him his blessing. Chrissy has told […]

The Rabbitohs Star Who Prepared In Secret, Alone For A Shot At History

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By STEVE MASCORD A TOP secret training camp under the Australian Institute of Sport’s Glen Workman has made Ben Te’o the man who can make the biggest difference in Sunday’s grand final. Teo, banned for a month on a chicken wing charge in the lead-up to Saturday’s preliminary final against Sydney Roosters, stunned the competition […]

The A-List: SAM BURGESS (South Sydney, NRL All Stars, England & Great Britain)

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By STEVE MASCORD ON a dreary, cold, wet Sydney day, the redeveloped Redfern Oval gives off an unearthly green hue. It’s almost as if the lighting that allows Melbourne AAMI Park to turn the colour of the host team has been installed just below the historic patch of grass. In the Park Cafe at the […]

Six Highlights Of The 2014 NRL Regular Season

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By STEVE MASCORD THERE Is something unnatural – even mean-spirited – about the finals. For 26 weeks, rugby league is just THERE. Some weekends, there aren’t eight NRL games but no matter how well or otherwise your team plays, there’ll be a match to watch again in a minimum of a fortnight That’s 24 matches […]

Matt Scott: We Left Our Persecution Complex In Gosford

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By STEVE MASCORD NORTH Queensland co-captain Matt Scott has revealed the moment the switch flicked for the Cowboys this season – when the premiership hopefuls stopped blaming everyone else for their misfortune, After winning the inaugural Auckland Nines, Paul Green’s side coughed and spluttered its way through the opening weeks of the new season, winning […]

Australia Needs A Challenge Cup, Says Luke Dorn

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By STEVE MASCORD OK, the NRL schedule is already so full that we didn’t even have a room for the All Stars game this season. But according to former Northern Eagles, Manly and Sydney Roosters utility back Luke Dorn, what it really needs is not more games, but more occasions. Standing in the players’ race […]

Decision Not To Join Cronulla Pays Off For Tom

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By STEVE MASCORD JUST a few hours before the club he was to join was left holding a likely wooden spoon, Tom Briscoe scored a try before 77,000 people at Wembley on the way to a Challenge Cup winners’ medal. “I think that’s justified me staying in the Super League and choosing the Leeds Rhinos,” […]

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