Category: Feature Story

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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‘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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Why the grumpy old men of rugby league can’t keep baby in the corner any longer

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis There is so much happening in rugby league it isn’t funny. What a time to be alive. State of Origin II, England versus New Zealand in Denver, Women’s State of Origin and the return of Tonga. And these aren’t even first priority if you’re from Fiji, Samoa or Papua New Guinea. […]

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Oddball Footy History: Was Andrew Johns hammered when he hammered the Raiders?

BY CURTIS WOODWARD  @woodward_curtis Rugby league is a funny game. It’s also a crazy, strange, wonderful place full of forgotten memories and bizarre events. Welcome to Oddball Footy History – Part Three. SNEAKY WARRIORS STEAL TWO POINTS AFTER BRONCOS FORFEIT It is March 1996 at the height of the Super League War. The new season […]

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Rugby league and Macarthur region under threat from billionaire backing A-League expansion bid

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis Wests Tigers and rugby league in the Macarthur region of Sydney has a new threat with momentum building for an A-League soccer franchise to be included in an expanded competition. Campbelltown’s City Council is behind the ‘United for Macarthur’ bid which takes a veiled swipe at Wests Tigers on their website […]

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The year State of Origin chewed up the legendary Jack Gibson and spat him out

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis Craig Bellamy and Wayne Bennett stand head and shoulders above all other modern day coaches. Their records speak for themselves. Unfortunately, one day they will die. And when they do, they will be met at the pearly gates of Coach Heaven by one man that will forever be king of the […]

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Beware the wizardry of the Queensland spin doctors and State of Origin madness

BY CURTIS WOODWARD  @woodward_curtis    The world’s most exciting young rugby league player – Kalyn Ponga – will not make his State of Origin debut for Queensland tomorrow night at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. There was talk the prodigious utility was set to replace injured veteran Billy Slater only for reports to surface on Tuesday […]

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The XIII: State of Origin Entertainers

BY STAFF WRITERS  Rugby league is all about entertainment and State of Origin is arguably the pinnacle of our game. So to be the most entertaining at Origin level makes you the cream of the crop. But who are they? What qualifies you for this team? The quickest? The strongest? Maybe it’s the ego or […]

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The 32nd instalment of Brad Fittler versus Kevin Walters next Wednesday at the MCG

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis  They faced off against each other 31 times during their glittering careers – 16 of those matches at State of Origin level. In just over a week, Brad Fittler and Kevin Walters start a new chapter in their storied rivalry. It may have taken almost twenty years, but two of the […]

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Oddball Footy History: Prince Philip’s Kings Cross encounter, Jeff Fenech, Pat Jarvis uses car to straighten injured leg and more Brad Fittler

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis  Rugby league is a funny game. It’s also a crazy, strange, wonderful place full of forgotten memories and bizarre events. Welcome to Oddball Footy History – Part Two. PAT JARVIS STORY #1 Here is a couple of stories to warm the cockles of one’s heart about retired great and former Test […]

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