Author: The81stMinute

Success of last Friday’s Women’s Origin reminds me of early days of World Series Cricket

  BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis Australian fast bowler Dennis Lillee stood in front of a crowd of reporters after the very first World Series Cricket match back in 1978. The iconic Lillee, famous moustache hanging over his top lip was asked about the 45,000 fans that had jammed into the Sydney Cricket Ground to see […]

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Origins of brotherhood: Why Brad Fittler succeeded and Laurie Daley didn’t

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis There was a thought at one point that Laurie Daley was only coaching the New South Wales Blues while he waited for the right NRL job to open up. And there was another thought that Brad Fittler wasn’t cut out to be a first grade coach – that perhaps he was […]

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Blues celebrate after clinching series with win in Sydney

The @NSWRL win 2018 #Origin! #NRL pic.twitter.com/55bn5tUqSE— NRL (@NRL) June 24, 2018 Father and son. #Origin pic.twitter.com/zxLfoep8HX— Wide World of Sports (@wwos) June 24, 2018 The passion and love in the Blues. 💙 #Origin pic.twitter.com/aNvNp8zkaY— The NRL Footy Show (@NRLFootyShow) June 24, 2018 Jimmy the Jet and the Foxx share a moment after the siren […]

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James Roberts sin bin not great but came at right time for us: Fittler

Jubilant New South Wales coach Brad Fittler has jokingly admitted he almost took James Maloney off the field after a risky pass went close to being intercepted by swarming Queenslanders which would have led to a long range try. “When Jimmy came and threw a cut out pas to the winger and there were three […]

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17-year-old South African set to make his International debut this Sunday against Malta

He is yet to turn 17 and not even the most famous Will Smith in Australian rugby league – but listen to this. On Sunday, the West Coast Pirates centre will make his International rugby league debut when South Africa clash with Malta. Smith was born in Pretoria and moved to Western Australia as a […]

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‘I know who you are’: Inglis reveals first meeting with Ponga

Queensland captain Greg Inglis has revealed his first ever encounter with gun rookie Kalyn Ponga labeling the rising talent a “gentleman” ahead of Ponga’s State of Origin debut for Queensland on Sunday night. Speaking to 2GB’s Alan Jones, the Maroons skipper said Ponga made a beeline for the legendary leader. “He’s an absolute gentleman. He’s […]

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Organisers of England versus Kiwis Test respond to The81stMinute’s story

Organisers of the historic England versus New Zealand Test match in Denver aren’t worry about a rugby union 7’s tournament being played in the local area at the same time. Replying directing to The81stMinute on Twitter, Rugby League Football International Challenge say they are promoting the game instead to fans of other Denver sports like […]

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Confirmed: Robbie Farah will be back at Wests Tigers this week

It is officially official. Robbie Farah will be back at the Wests Tigers this week after being granted a release from the South Sydney Rabbitohs. Wests Tigers confirmed the news on Wednesday. “I look forward to welcoming Robbie back home to Wests Tigers this week,” said coach Ivan  Cleary. “Robbie brings a wealth of experience […]

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‘Built for State of Origin’: Tweets that haven’t aged well

30 minutes too late. Woods built for this. Get him out there before the 72nd Minute! #Origin— Dan Talintyre (@dantalintyre) June 1, 2016 King on Josh Jackson: He's built for #Origin footy. I can't wait to see him play. @NSWRL #Blues— Big Sports Breakfast (@BigSportsBrekky) May 26, 2015 .@joshreynolds9 is built for Origin. He'll own […]

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South Sydney’s Damien Cook doesn’t want Robbie Farah to go anywhere

South Sydney’s State of Origin rake Damien Cook doesn’t want Robbie Farah to leave Redfern after it was confirmed Wests Tigers had approved Farah’s return. All now rests on Souths coach Anthony Siebold releasing Farah as per an agreement between the two earlier in the year. It’s widely understood Siebold told the veteran he would […]

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