Is it ever okay to boo your footy team?

This post was first written for and published by The Roar.  Sunday afternoon was meant to be a special occasion for Wests Tigers fans. The Tigers’ Round 5 fixture against North Queensland was held at Leichhardt Oval, a source of magic in itself. There might be a long line for the bathrooms, but there is […]

Ton of courage: Kasey’s milestone built on drive and dedication

This article was first written for and published by NRL.com. Kasey Badger has overcome plenty of hurdles to raise a century of games as an NRL touch judge and, while she’s rightly proud of the achievement, the ultimate goal remains refereeing an NRL match. After playing the game she loves between the ages of four […]

Why did the NRL introduce the new rules anyway?

This article was first written for and published by the Roar. In the NRL, there have always been good teams and poor teams. There have always been teams that are well managed and teams that are badly managed. There have always been teams that have been ‘lucky’ when it comes to injury and teams that […]

Body of work: Krystal clear to see Rota’s inspiration

This post was first written for and published by NRL.com. Next time you see Krystal Rota playing for the Manurewa Marlins, for the New Zealand Warriors in the NRLW or representing the Kiwi Ferns, keep an eye on her right leg. As of last week, Rota has a new addition to her body; another Tā […]

Why is Cronulla coach John Morris under pressure?

This article was first written for and published by the Roar.  On Saturday night at Bankwest Stadium, Parramatta beat Cronulla 28-4. It’s a cliché often used in sport, but in this case the scoreline really wasn’t an accurate reflection of the match. At halftime the score was 10-4 but the Sharks were in trouble, having […]

Eels for real: Why Parra are now genuine title contenders

This article was first written for and published by NRL.com. It only took until round two for the Parramatta Eels to make a statement about their premiership credentials in 2021 with an impressive 16-12 win over the Melbourne Storm at Bankwest Stadium last Thursday. After an extremely disappointing first half against Brisbane the week before, […]

The Dally M system is well overdue for reform

This article was first written for and published by the Roar.  Dally Messenger is remembered as one of the greatest rugby league players of all time, held in such high esteem that the Dally M Medal was named after him. This medal is awarded annually to the best player in the NRL as judged by […]

Wheels in motion: Holli’s hectic return

This article was first written for and published by NRL.com. Plenty of players have come back from ACL injuries, but it would be safe to say none have done it the way Holli Wheeler did. The mental and physical questions after having not played for more than 12 months can be expected on game day.

Joseph Suallii should not be playing in the NRL until he turns 18

This article was first written for and published by the Roar. On Monday, the NRL announced that the Roosters have been granted special dispensation to allow 17-year-old Joseph Suaalii to play in their first-grade team, despite the existing rule in place that requires players to turn 18 before they are eligible. On Tuesday, NRL CEO […]