The Dream Is Alive
History beckons for the Parramatta Eels as they head into a preliminary final against the heavily favoured North Queensland Cowboys.
The Pitfalls of Chasing History
Recalling a legendary player or former coach is often tempting for a club trying to recapture former glory. But rarely does it work, and often it tarnishes the coach’s legacy.
Harry Grant: Following the Professor
Harry Grant has filled the Melbourne Storm boots of Cameron Smith and seems to be taking the hooking position to the next level.
The Mystery of Parramatta’s Bench
Brad Arthur’s use of the Parramatta Eels’ bench has been a curious study all season, and the NRL finals aren’t providing any further clarity.
The Big Five
Metre-eating outside backs were once a luxury in the NRL, now teams build their attacking plan around them.
The Wildly Inconsistent NRL
The NRL can’t decide whether it wants to punish players for foul play, or ignore it, and it’s becoming a big problem.
The Corner Post: RIP
More than a decade since the NRL changed the corner post rule, and we’re witnessing more breath-taking finishes than ever before.
The Need For NRLW Professionals
The NRL has reached the point of no return when it comes to making the NRLW players full time professionals as the competition expands.
A Way Too Early Look At The World Cup Part I
Five years in the making, this rugby league world cup could be one of the best yet as Pacific nations continue to improve.
Cameron Munster is Different Gravy
Cameron Munster is the wild thing of the NRL. As the talisman of the Melbourne Storm and Queensland, he’s unique among his contemporaries.
The Return of the Cowboys
The next generation of the North Queensland Cowboys are rising from the ashes of their greatest era, and it’s an exciting thing to watch.
The Rebuild | Broncos or Bulldogs?
There are many ways to go about rebuilding. The Brisbane Broncos and Canterbury Bulldogs show the right way and the wrong way.
Tigers vs Souths | Halves vs Halves
Breaking down the NRL round seven upset between the Wests Tigers and South Sydney Rabbitohs through the performance of their halves.
The Origin Trial of Josh Addo-Carr
In the court of public opinion, Brad Fittler was wrong to drop Josh Addo-Carr. But what do the stats say about the Blues flyer and his replacement?
Penrith Panthers | Producing Fire
Penrith is the NRL’s best side and they are absolutely relentless in pursuit of glory.
Grace Griffin | Long Time Coming
Grace Griffin grew up in Wagga Wagga where the NRLW wasn’t even a thought bubble. In 2022 she became the city’s first NRLW player.
How Isaah Yeo Leads The Penrith Panthers
Isaah Yeo is the lock and key to Penrith’s on field success. Here’s what he did across 80 minutes against South Sydney.
The NRL is a Danger to Itself Part III
The NRL is once again being run by someone who appears incapable of recognising he is the root of the game’s problems.
Everything Christian Welch did in 61 Minutes
Christian Welch’s job for the Melbourne Storm is more than stats can show. So here’s everything he did in round 1 of the NRL season.
What your heart does during the footy
As NRL fans it can be stressful watching your side each week, but what is actually happening to your body during a game?
The NRL Should Want International Footy
International rugby league is the perfect way to grow the game. But the NRL seems perfectly content to remain in its isolated outpost.
Karina Brown: “I used to wish that I was a boy”
Karina Brown grew up idolising Darren Lockyer and unable to play rugby league. Now she’s making history in the NRLW.
Parramatta Eels: End of a Dynasty
The Parramatta Eels once ruled the roost, but their dynasty fell apart almost as quickly as it was established.
The Fire and the Fury of Fuifui
Fuifui Moimoi brought the fire and the fury to the NRL for a decade, but eight years later he’s still going strong in England.
Gavin Badger: Hanging Up The Whistle
Gavin Badger spent 18 years as a referee in the NRL before it came to a sudden end. Now he’s started a new chapter in the game he loves.
Hot dogs, meat pies: Food at the footy
Hot dogs, meat pies, and sausage rolls have become normal fare at rugby league games. But why is food at the ground so important?
NRLW 2021/22 Season Preview
A new era dawns for the NRLW. Will the Broncos maintain their dominance, or will a new team rise to take their mantle?
What Cronulla Can Expect From Craig Fitzgibbon
Craig Fitzgibbon takes over at Cronulla in 2022. Here’s what Brad Fittler has to say about his former teammate’s coaching ability.
The Challenge Of Playing Utility
Utilities are back in vogue in the NRL. But what’s it like to play in a position that covers every position?
Why New Foran Is The Best Foran
Kieran Foran’s career very nearly ended at three different clubs. But 2021 showed the five-eighth is in the form of his life.
A short thank you for visiting the site this year.
Life After Footy: Matt Srama
Matt Srama dreamt of playing in the NRL, but his star burnt out quickly and at the age of 26 he was forced to give away the game he loved.
The NRL Vaccination Question
The NRL has largely stayed out of the vaccination debate, but it will need to wade in if it hopes to keep the 2022 season running smoothly.
Women’s League Deserves Professionalism
The NRLW is set for its biggest year yet, but the players deserve more than what they’re receiving at the moment.
Rugby League’s Most Notorious Gangster
Barney Dalton once played rugby league for Eastern Suburbs, before he picked up a razor and joined one of Sydney’s infamous razor gangs.
A Dolphins NRL Team Full Of Redcliffe Juniors
How would a Dolphins NRL team look if it were made up entirely of players that have represented Redcliffe?
Concussion In Junior League
While all of the focus on concussion is on professionals, what about the effect it is having on kids playing junior league?
I Found a Home: Why We Follow Our Team
Why did we look at a footy team and decide this was the one for me and what continues to drive us to don the colours every week?
The NRL Second-Rower Quiz
Point scoring backrowers, tackling machines, match winners and durable representative players all make up an interesting second-rowers quiz.
2021 NRL Season Review
Rugby league’s toughest season has drawn to a close. Here’s how we look back on all the highs and lows of the 2021 NRL competition.
Concussion Series: Part Three
Concussion remains a serious issue in rugby league and professional sport. So how is it being addressed by sports and researchers alike?
Darren Lockyer: Never Say Die
Darren Lockyer was the king of the clutch moments throughout his career. But where does he sit in the pantheon of NRL greats?
How Streaky Is Your Try Scorer?
In rugby league we often focus on the total number of tries scored in a season, but how consistent are those try scorers?
The Rules That Need Fixing
How the NRL butchered its own rules and how they can try to fix the problems the new rules have created.
Grand Final Quiz
Test your knowledge of rugby league grand finals from champions and drought breakers, to point scorers and dominant teams.
Not Your Average Grand Final Preview
After a tough NRL season, requiring relocating 13 clubs, the grand final is here. Will it be the Penrith Panthers or South Sydney Rabbitohs?
Why are broadcasters threatened by NRL Digital?
Fox and Channel Nine should put their money where their mouth is instead of asking the NRL to pull its digital shows.
5 Minutes With Ryan Morgan
Who had the worst fashion sense? Who was the messiest player in the dressing room? Ryan Morgan lifts the lid on his former Eels teammates.
The NRLW Quiz
Think you know everything there is about the NRLW? Well test your knowledge here.
When will we see NRL players sit out?
Will players sitting out games and training be the next evolution in the game of NRL player contract negotiations?
Saying Goodbye to Live Footy for 2021
While the rest of the world opened, the home of rugby league closed down and 12 teams departed for Queensland.
Life After Footy: Ryan Morgan
Ryan Morgan was once a centre for the Parramatta Eels, after retiring, he’s now helping men get fit and healthy.
Concussion Series: Part Two
In part two of the concussion series we’re looking at CTE, head knocks and how concussion is currently being treated in the sporting world.
Just Leave the Game Alone
The NRL doesn’t need to add yet more rule changes to a sport that is already struggling to adapt to its last raft of changes.
Christian Welch: Driving the Engine Room
Once a Wallabies hopeful, Christian Welch has gone from rugby union centre to one of the premier front rowers in the NRL.
Women’s Rugby League: Breaking The Grass Ceiling
From getting changed in stadium carparks to selling out State of Origin matches, women’s rugby league has come a long way.
Concussion Series: Part One
Assessing the impacts and risk of concussion and head knocks in the NRL.
The Front Rowers Quiz
Test your knowledge of front rowers who have played in the NRL.
COVID Accelerates NRL Loan Plan
COVID seems to have put the hammer down on the NRL’s plans to introduce a player loan system.
The Halfback Conundrum: Moses vs Reynolds
Who should Brad Fittler select at halfback for State of Origin game three? Mitchell Moses or Adam Reynolds?
The greatest State of Origin matches
Re-live some of the greatest State of Origin matches in the 21st century with the likes of Andrew Johns and Darren Lockyer.
Veni, Vidi, Vici: The fast fall of Peter V’landys
Peter V’landys is consumed by his own hubris and is the biggest threat to the growth of the National Rugby League.
Johnathan Thurston: Origin Machine
Thurston may be best known for his career for the Cowboys, but often he was the beating heart of the Maroons State of Origin dynasty.
The Centres Quiz
Test your knowledge of some of the greatest centres to have graced rugby league.
5 Minutes With Ali Brigginshaw
Queensland and Brisbane Broncos captain Ali Brigginshaw gives us a quick insight into her teammates and her career.
Melbourne Storm: Rugby League Assembly Line
The Melbourne Storm have made a habit of winning. They seem to have a factory that only produces players that win.
The Fullback Quiz
Test your knowledge of fullbacks in the NRL era.
Jordan Rankin: Long way round
Jordan Rankin has spent his career bouncing around to try and establish himself in the NRL. Parramatta may just be home.
Winning streak are not just the domain of the dominant teams. Sometimes the ones struggling strike gold and charge into the finals.
5 Minutes With Greg Brentnall
Greg Brentnall gives us an insight into his career and some of the great characters he played with and against.
5 Minutes With Alex Twal
Who is Alex Twal’s most annoying roommate? What about the worst part of pre-season? NRL star Alex Twal lifts the lid.
Andrew Johns: Queensland’s Baba Yaga
Andrew Johns is sent an SOS by Ricky Stuart and he returns to haunt Queensland. To this day, his performance remains a benchmark.
The NRL is a danger to itself part II
The NRL continues to shoot itself in the foot every time Peter V’landys comes up with a new idea that makes little sense.
State of Origin dynasties
State of Origin has experienced long periods of dominance, interspersed with regular sharing of the shield.
Youngest and Oldest Quiz
Test your knowledge of the youngest and oldest players to appear in Australian professional rugby league.
When rugby league clashed with war
World War One didn’t spare rugby league, with players and administrators fighting and dying in the war.
Should we be reporting on sex tapes?
With another sex tape being leaked, where does the public interest end and a player’s right to privacy begin?
Test your rugby league hooker knowledge with this short quiz.
Benji Marshall – Rugby League Magician
When Benji Marshall finally retires, the rugby league world will be poorer for it, but glad they witnessed the career of a magician.
Dolphins bid to leap into the NRL
The Redcliffe Dolphins make their bid to enter the NRL and become the second Brisbane team to enter the competition.
Groundbreaking concussion test developed
A brand new saliva test could see concussions detected on the sideline within minutes of a player being removed for a HIA.
NRL cult heroes
Some of rugby league’s best cult heroes.
NRL 2021 Season Preview
Who is going to come out on top in 2021?
Surviving the COVID season
How the Parramatta Eels survived a tough 2020 season.
The Halves Quiz
Test your knowledge on the best halves to have played in the NRL.
Playing through the pain
How should painkillers be used in the NRL?
Why the NRL needs a supporters’ union
The fans need an organisation to represent their interests.
The sad case of the Toronto Wolfpack
What happened to the Toronto Wolfpack was a travesty for rugby league.
The NRL is a danger to itself
The NRL should stop messing with rules that had no real need to be changed.
Keep track of the pre-season cliches with our pre-season bingo.
The NRL’s greatest utilities
Utilities are back on the bench menu, but who have been the best in the last 20 years?
2020 Season Review
2020 was a challenging year for the game but it managed to survive and thrive.
Origin: Rugby league’s saviour
A look at the inaugural Origin match through the eyes of three players.
Women’s Origin: Looking back, moving forward
Women’s Origin has gone from strength to strength since its launch in 2018.
State of Origin Timeline
A look back at the beginnings of Origin.
Test your Origin knowledge
Kings of the finals quiz
Think you know the history of rugby league finals? Test your knowledge here.
Decades of Champions
Across five decades rugby league has featured the stories of one hit wonders and premiership dynasties.
Why Origin needs to be left alone
Origin has always been mid-season and that’s where it needs to stay
The NRL Draft
Do we truly need a draft, or can talent still be dispersed evenly?