Tag: Rugby league

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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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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Bankwest cops social media backlash for discriminating against rugby league

BY A.J NASH Bankwest is copping a pasting from people on social media over their apparent discrimination against rugby league. An e-mail is doing the rounds which has been posted to Twitter countless times showing a Bankwest employee explaining why they refuse grants to rugby league clubs despite sponsoring rugby union and AFL. Bankwest ‘Easy […]

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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 close was Jeff Horn to picking league over boxing?

WBO Welterweight champion Jeff Horn has revealed he seriously considered picking rugby league over boxing in his younger years. Speaking to Brisbane Broncos hooker Andrew McCullough on a podcast for playersvoice.com.au, Horn said he approached trainer Glenn Rushton about the switch. “When I told him (Glenn) I’d probably want to go to rugby league – I […]

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