Cronulla’s off-field dysfunction will eventually catch up on the field

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There’s a problem when you’re describing a sporting organisation and one of the first words that come to mind is ‘dysfunctional’.

That’s certainly one word that came to mind for me earlier this week when it was announced the Cronulla Sharks and CEO Richard Munro would be parting ways immediately. The Sharks will begin the search for their next CEO immediately – their third in the space of just over a year after the previous departures of Lyall Gorman and Barry Russell.

Test preview: Jillaroos versus Kiwi Ferns

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When the Kiwi Ferns beat the Australian Jillaroos 17-15 in the final of the World Cup Nines last weekend it was the first time the Jillaroos had lost a game since 2017.

There was some disappointment from Aussie fans after the defeat and potentially some shock given the Jillaroos’ recent success, but given the quality of rugby league played by both teams, I left the tournament with confidence that the women’s game has such a staunch rivalry and plenty of competition for our Aussie women.

League or union? Jillaroos or Kiwis? Bo knows she chose well

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Botille Vette-Welsh used to sledge James Tamou for choosing Australia over New Zealand but now she can empathise after making the switch.

“I used to give James Tamou so much slack for choosing to represent Australia over New Zealand. I used to think ‘how could you’, but now I think ‘how could you not?.”

Hardcastle seeks ‘plane’ sailing in World Cup 9s

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It wasn’t without trepidation, but England international Amy Hardcastle is thrilled to be back where she was first part of the new era of the women’s rugby league.

Hardcastle and her side are preparing for their busiest season yet, with the World Cup 9s to be followed by a historic tour of Papua New Guinea that will include Test matches against the Orchids on November 9 and 16.

Fiji conjure some Marshall magic to combat Aussies

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The Fijian women’s team takes another significant step on their journey in Suva on Friday when they host the powerful Australian Women’s PM’s XIII captained by Karina Brown.

It is just the second time that the Fijian women’s team have played a Test match together, having burst onto the international scene in style in June when they beat PNG Orchids 28-0 at Leichhardt Oval.

It’s time for the NRLW to grow

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Yesterday, the Brisbane Broncos beat the St George Illawarra Dragons 30-6 in the NRLW grand final.

The Broncos have only lost one game in the history of the NRLW and the Dragons only really showed what they were capable of from the second week of the competition onwards.

Joey’s ref criticism is absurd

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When it comes to rugby league and refereeing, there are many fans and members of the media calling for consistency.

Consistency is a buzzword. Whenever there is a perception that two referees have made different decisions on separate occasions or that a rule is not as black-and-white as it seems, people scream for consistency.