NRLW expansion the latest red-letter day for women’s game

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When I started writing about rugby league my intention was to encourage women to get in conversations about the game and to support and promote those women who were visible to me.

Back then, for me, that included women who were fans, volunteers, administrators, and those in the media. I had no idea that women even played the game.

Will Townsville prove to be the difference in State of Origin Game 1?

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After much debate and discussion it’s finally here; State of Origin Game 1. Following the disruption of last year, particularly the scheduling of one of the games on the same night as the US election, I’m thoroughly looking forward to the game tonight.

For some fans, the venue is something worth complaining about, but for me, the decision to move the game to Townsville is genius.

As a New South Welshman, of course my preference would be that Queensland do not have two home games during this series. Despite that, I understand the need to have moved this game due to the COVID-19 pandemic and I think Townsville is a sensational choice.

Fan power: Knights supporters share what they really think about the Lodge signing

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The rise of social media can be accused of doing many things.

In the sporting world, it has given faceless trolls the opportunity to attack athletes and sporting administrators about their performance and it has resulted in athletes being under the microscope 24 hours a day, with the opportunity for their every move to be scrutinised.

Fox League’s decision to hire Ray Hadley is baffling

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Last year I watched on with tremendous sadness as many of my colleagues in the media industry lost their jobs.

Each week during the height of the pandemic in Australia there seemed to be more announcements about job cuts at some of our biggest media outlets and mastheads, including News Corp, the Sydney Morning Herald and of course Fox Sports.

Why has Xavier Coates signing with the Storm hit such a nerve?

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The depths of some footy fans’ dislike for the Melbourne Storm never ceases to amaze me.

I can understand why the Storm aren’t everyone’s cup of tea. In fact as a Parramatta Eels supporter I hated the Storm for many, many years. Part of it was due to their salary cap breaches in the late 2000s. Many of you will also recall that Parramatta lost a grand final to a Storm team that was in breach of its salary cap obligations, which planted some deep seeds of bitterness within me.