Tag: nswrl

Please Freddy! For State of Origin’s sake, do not pick Andrew Fifita

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis Apparently New South Wales State of Origin coach Brad Fittler is considering a selection shock by picking Tongan World Cup hero Andrew Fifita in his Blues squad for Game I at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. If only Freddy came out and just knocked it on the head. If only Fifita hadn’t […]

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Tributes flow for Darrell Eastlake as we enter the iconic figure straight into our Hall of Fame

The iconic Darrell Eastlake passed away on Thursday morning after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease. He was 75. Rugby league and the wider community paid tribute to a once-in-a-lifetime larger than life character. We at The81stMinute would also like to pay our respects by inducting Eastlake straight into our Hall of Fame. You can […]

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Legends, stars and heroes: Players that never should have left their first loves

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis Some players become ingrained in a club. Whether as captain, the superstar playmaker or because of the blood, sweat and tears they’ve spilt for the team and their fans. Sometimes, for different reasons, those players end up somewhere else.   Steve Rogers Dragons An icon of the Cronulla club, Rogers played […]

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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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Western Suburbs Magpies will return to NSW Cup in 2018

EXCLUSIVE BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis The Western Suburbs Magpies will return to rugby league’s second biggest rugby league competition in 2018 when they run out in the Intrust Super Premiership as the direct feeder club to Wests Tigers. Despite whispers to the contrary, the Magpies will compete in the NSW Cup – a competition they […]

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