Category: Feature Story

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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Brad Arthur built a team on his values and pissed it away by signing too many egos

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis “The players are obviously enjoying his coaching because they’re playing tough, genuine rugby league.” That was former Parramatta Eels General Manager Daniel Anderson speaking about Brad Arthur in 2014. How quickly things can change. Six weeks ago the world must have felt like a beautiful place to Arthur. Rugby league was […]

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Six NRL names you didn’t know were playing Ron Massey Cup this weekend

BY STAFF WRITERS Beau Henry Wentworthville Magpies The talented half was touted as a future star of the NRL after winning the 2009 NYC Player of the Year award while at St George Illawarra. Henry re-signed with the Dragons after extended talks with coach Wayne Bennett. He never played top grade for the Saints and […]

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The guy that sacked Wally Lewis isn’t sweating a 2-3 start to the season.. yet

BY CURTIS WOODWARD    @woodward_curtis What is happening up in sunny Brisbane? Beautiful one day, battling NRL team the next. The Broncos are struggling and their coach Wayne Bennett has never been under so much pressure (so they say). Yes the Broncos haven’t started the season well. Is Bennett feeling the heat? Probably not. Despite […]

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Jeremy Marshall-King’s untold story as a 16-year-old park footballer

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis Everyone wants to do the Marshall brothers story. It makes sense. Benji has resurrected his career at Wests Tigers while the unlikely Jeremy starts again tonight for Canterbury. Both are playing number 6 but they couldn’t be any more different. You know the story already. Benji can beat you with a […]

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Rugby League needs to go Mad Max and stop being a pussy

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis  Canberra versus Manly in China, Penrith versus Brisbane in Hawaii and now England versus New Zealand in Denver. What do they all have in common? None of them happened. Lost to the rugby league world like only we can lose it. Have no doubt – England against the Kiwis at the […]

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How far is too far? Why social media’s rage could make Matt Lodge a victim too

BY A.J NASH   As we speak, social media, the modern world’s moral compass, is hammering the NRL and CEO Todd Greenberg for allowing Matt Lodge to play rugby league again. Tonight, the prop debuts for his new club the Brisbane Broncos against St George Illawarra at Kogarah.   We all know what Lodge did. […]

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