Tim Mannah: A player worth talking up

This article was first written and published for the Roar and was also co-authored by Joseph Sponholz. In recent weeks, Todd Greenberg has been encouraging the rugby league family to #TalkUpTheGame. Tired of those that profess to love the game but use their influence to try and hurt the game, Todd has encouraged all of […]

LADIES WHO LOB: A Fed Cup Full of Inspiring Women

This story was written by Nicole Hunt. In the opening game on day two of the Fed Cup tie between Australia and the Netherlands, Aussie Ash Barty was 0-30 down only to then fire off an unplayable serve followed by two aces.  She fought back calmly to win that game despite the slight delay caused […]

In defence of Brad Arthur

This article was first written for and published for The Roar. ‘A week is a long time in footy.’ It’s one of my favourite rugby league clichés, but it’s certainly true when I reflect on my last week as a Parramatta Eels supporter. After six rounds of the competition, I was the first to admit […]

Social media banter is good for the NRL

This article was first written and published for NRL.com. Over the last week, there have been some NRL clubs spitting fire over Twitter… and I am all around it. The lead up to the game between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Sydney Roosters was the most heated battle between two club Twitter accounts I […]

Are the Cowboys cooked?

This article was first written for and published  for The Roar. After their 27-10 loss to the Canterbury Bulldogs on Saturday night, North Queensland’s season is in trouble and I don’t know what they need to do to fix it. That makes it five consecutive losses for the Cowboys – only the Parramatta Eels have […]

Upsets galore ensures NRL is enthralling for all fans

This article was first written and published for NRL.com. When thinking about the opening five rounds of the Telstra Premiership, the word that immediately springs to mind is “surprise”. Whether it’s the fact the Warriors and Dragons remain unbeaten, that the Eels are yet to win a game or that Benji Marshall and Chris Lawrence […]

Has Wayne Bennett lost his aura?

This article was first written for and published for The Roar.  Suggesting Wayne Bennett has lost his aura always makes me laugh, but there has been some weird stuff to come out of the Broncos in the last week. Let’s be clear: Bennett will be remembered as one of rugby league’s greatest mentors.

Rossdog proves rewards of persistence

This article was first written and published for NRL.com.  Dear Nathan (the Rossdog), This week, I wanted to sit down and write you a letter to congratulate you as you prepare to play your 50th NRL game for the Newcastle Knights against the Brisbane Broncos on Saturday. Not everyone will know how much this milestone […]

Refereeing crackdown the right thing for the game

This article was first written for and published by The Roar. ‘With great power comes great responsibility’; Uncle Ben from the first Spiderman film had it right. Unfortunately, when it comes to rugby league, those with the greatest power and those who are charged with educating people and fans about the game are instead looking […]

Stay Kind Cup’s message goes beyond rugby league

This article was first written and published for NRL.com. Often when I need it the most I find reminders all around me that put life into perspective. I had one of these moments after the final siren in the 2017 playoff between the Parramatta Eels and the North Queensland Cowboys. My beloved Eels lost 24-16 […]