Author: The81stMinute

Rugby league men that never came home from war

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis  Imagine a world where your favourite NRL player was scoring dazzling tries one week and enlisting to go to war the next. Try to picture the legendary Johnathan Thurston, his infectious smile, not on a football field having the time of his life, but instead storming up cliff faces on the […]

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Why we should always play the greatest game of all on Anzac Day

BY CURTIS WOODWARD   @woodward_curtis   It is just after 4pm on Wednesday afternoon as 34 players stand side-by-side inside Allianz Stadium. One group is draped in the famous Red V – the other in the Tricolours of the Roosters.   They lock arms and breathe deeply. Some twitch nervously, others lift their heads into […]

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Burgess must curb his playing style or risk ending his own career: Sterling

Premiership-winning legend Peter Sterling says South Sydney tyro Sam Burgess must curb his playing style or risk rubbing himself out of the NRL for good. The Rabbitohs will be without their inspirational forward after a vicious shot on Canberra playmaker Aidan Sezer at Central Coast Stadium. Many believe Burgess should have been sent off for […]

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Toovey claims salary cap pressure behind Hastings problem

Manly Sea Eagles legend and former coach Geoff Toovey has made the startling claim Jackson Hastings is being pushed out of the club to ease salary cap pressure. Current coach Trent Barrett recently held a press conference stating an altercation between Hastings and captain Daly Cherry-Evans was the reason behind Hastings’ tenure at the Blacktown […]

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Warriors ready for Dragons blockbuster despite injury concerns

Kiwi veteran Issac Luke says the 5-1 New Zealand Warriors are ready for the undefeated St George Illawarra Dragons in a massive Friday 6pm clash in Auckland. “We didn’t show up last week (against Brisbane), so we have to make sure we show up this week,” Luke said. “What better chance to showcase our great […]

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Tributes flow for Darrell Eastlake as we enter the iconic figure straight into our Hall of Fame

The iconic Darrell Eastlake passed away on Thursday morning after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was 75. Rugby league and the wider community paid tribute to a once-in-a-lifetime larger than life character. We at The81stMinute would also like to pay our respects by inducting Eastlake straight into our Hall of Fame. You can […]

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