Author: The81stMinute

Footy’s oldest rivalry: Seven of the best Roosters versus Rabbitohs clashes of the modern era

BY STAFF WRITERS It is the oldest rivalry in rugby league and deserves our respect – the Roosters and Rabbitohs, Tricolours and the Bunnies, the glamour club and the pride of the league. Another chapter will be written this weekend when the Sydney Roosters and South Sydney Rabbitohs clash for a spot in the 2018 […]

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Chaos and flair: The story of an Innisfail kid who made a decision that changed everything

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis Here is something you may not know about Australia’s greatest ever fullback. If Billy Slater did not leave high school as a 15-year-old, we probably would not be celebrating his illustrious career this weekend. On Friday night at AAMI Park, Slater plays his last ever game in front of his adoring […]

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Former Rooster says Boyd Cordner too young to captain Australia

Former Rooster Mark Riddell says current Tricolours and Blues skipper Boyd Cordner is too young to captain Australia and that honour should go to South Sydney’s Greg Inglis. The Roosters and Rabbitohs clash this weekend in a preliminary final and the last ever game to be played at the iconic Sydney Football Stadium. But Riddell, […]

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Top 10 greatest matches played at the SFS

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis Since its opening in 1988, the Sydney Football Stadium has played backdrop to some of rugby league’s greatest moments and matches.  Ironically, the two clubs that called it home longer than anyone else will see the old girl out. The ground is set to be demolished later this year meaning this […]

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News outlets are rabid vampires ripping at the flesh of a game that keeps them alive

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis Rugby league has taken plenty of abuse over the years. Ever since Mrs. Messenger gave Dally her blessing to switch codes, rugby league has been the victim of all kinds of skullduggery. You name it and rugby league has survived it. From the Super League War to sex scandals, salary cap […]

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Separated at birth: Why the rivalry between Penrith and Cronulla almost didn’t happen

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis Penrith and Cronulla could not be any different. A world away from each other on opposite sides of a little thing called Sydney. Out west, at the foot of the Blue Mountains, all the way down to the south where land gives way to the Pacific Ocean. On Friday night, more […]

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