You can’t be what you can’t see: Katie reports for Rabbitohs duty

You can’t be what you can’t see and it wasn’t until NRL.com reporter Katie Brown saw women competing in the first NRLW season that she made her decision to give rugby league a go.

Even though she had some reservations.

NRL.com’s very own made her rugby league debut on the weekend for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in the NSW Harvey Norman Premiership, reminding women everywhere it is never too late to lace up a pair of boots and try the game for the first time.

Volunteers toil away to keep grassroots footy growing despite pandemic

This article was first written for and published by NRL.com

It’s hard enough running a grassroots footy club at the best of times but when there’s a pandemic that means volunteers need to ensure biosecurity rules are followed, it becomes a monumental task.

When the NSWRL announced grassroots footy would return in July, the news was met with plenty of joy from players across the country.

Let us Never Take Live Sport For Granted Again

This article was written by Inaugural Parramatta Eels Members Councillor and Sydney FC member, Melissa Muscat.

It’s so good to be back. As an avid sport fan, four whole months is a torment to be denied access watching your favourite sporting teams play live, so thankfully Friday night saw the return of almost 7000 Parramatta Eels members to Bankwest stadium to cheer on the team in person once again. What a welcome feeling it was. For some, sport is more than just a team to follow. It’s a social connection, an identity, a way of life, and as the last few months have proven, the saying, you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone, rang very true. More importantly, live sport is also crucial to our youth for something greater to aspire to other than a technology fix. It’s been evident and welcoming that the young in society have also been yearning to watch their teams play once again. 

Creating Chances: How sport put Fressard on straight and narrow

This article was first written for and published by NRL.com.

Jayme Fressard is the first to admit she was a bit of a “naughty kid” in school. Fortunately, sport came to the rescue.

“Growing up, I didn’t think school was for me. For a while I was getting into trouble and hanging out with the wrong kids,” she said.

“Then I found a sport that I loved. I had a couple of teachers that believed in me and pushed me and motivated me. Thanks to them, I ended up finishing my HSC, playing rugby sevens for Australia and staying in school.”

Lack of talent isn’t a problem in the NRL – but lack of good coaches may be

This post was first written for and published by the Roar.

here were plenty of stand-out players in the Wests Tigers 34-6 win over the Canterbury Bulldogs on Sunday evening including Tommy Talau, David Nofoaluma and Joseph Leilua.

But there is one player that is being talked about a little more than the rest and that’s 22-year-old Harry Grant who the Tigers currently have on loan from the Melbourne Storm. In Sunday’s performance Grant led the number of tackles for the Tigers with 45, made 168 metres and scored a try.

Grass at the cutting edge: Stadium turf treated like ‘high-class athlete’

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When you have high-priced commodities like NRL players gracing your stage, it’s fitting that the Bankwest and ANZ Stadium curators treat their turf “like it’s a high-class athlete”.

Since the Telstra Premiership has resumed, we’ve all marvelled at the on-field feats of our favourite players like Maika Sivo, James Tedesco and Tom Trbojevic.

The sacking of Stephen Kearney absolutely stinks

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ou would be hard pressed to find an NRL fan whose adopted second team for 2020 wasn’t the New Zealand Warriors.

The entire rugby league community has been moved by the sacrifices the club has made to keep the competition going, not least relocating the playing group to Australia so the competition could progress.