Category: Feature Story

From Tutty to Tallis: When rugby league contracts go wrong

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis Like sands through the hourglass, these are the rugby league contracts that didn’t quite work out. Yep, like death and taxes, it seems we can’t go a week in rugby league without a contract saga somewhere in our fair game. Check these out!   Kirk Reynoldson vs. Newcastle Kirk ‘The Bushranger’ […]

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Netflix, WWE Network, Stan… Rugby League on Demand? NRL needs to get with the times

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis It is a slow old Sunday and the wife tells you she is off to lunch with her friends for an hour or three. You’re all alone with nothing to do. Magically, you find yourself – feet up – on the recliner, remote in one hand, cold beer in the other. […]

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Demolished rugby league grounds we loved

BY STAFF WRITERS They hold some of rugby league’s greatest memories but are sadly no longer around to see the light of day. No longer here to share. They are rugby league’s demolished grounds of the past.   Lang Park Location: Milton, Brisbane Opened: 1914 Demolished: 2001 Tenant: Brisbane Broncos Built on a cemetery, the […]

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Exclusive: Sydney Roosters buy happiness

BY CURTIS WOODWARD  @woodward_curtis It is official – The81stMinute can exclusively reveal that you can indeed buy happiness with the Sydney Roosters set to announce the signing of happiness on a five-year, multi-million dollar deal. It’s understood that the challenge and the opportunity to play in a premiership-winning side were the overwhelming factors – money […]

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‘Smoking, drinking, acting like a 15-year-old’: The real reason Matt Moylan is now at the Sharks

EXCLUSIVE BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis It is a Saturday afternoon in Penrith – the crowd is restless. Their team, the Panthers, are having a shocker against the New Zealand Warriors. Penrith are down 26-8 and have no way back against the rampaging visitors. It’s May, a lifetime ago, long before rumblings became an avalanche and […]

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Why the ‘Rooster for Life’ Mitchell Pearce has every right to be dirty on the ones he called family

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis You make your first grade debut as an 18-year-old and immediately impress – it comes as no surprise to club officials or your chairman. After all, you’re Mitchell Pearce – the future of the Sydney Roosters. Within a couple of years you’re in your first grand final but unfortunately it isn’t […]

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5 out of 13: A tribute to the great man ‘Fatty’ Vautin and the legendary Footy Show

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis I am one of the thousands who grew up watching Paul ‘Fatty’ Vautin – the loveable fool of the once much-loved Footy Show. Too young to remember the player, Fatty became the face of Thursday nights. With old mate Peter Sterling, Steve ‘Blocker’ Roach and Ray Hadley, The Footy Show was […]

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