Tag: Rugby league

From Stolen Generation to champion boxer: John Patten was also a handy league player

BY CURTIS WOODWARD  @woodward_curtis    Boxing historians know him as former Australian bantamweight champion Johnny Jarrett. So dominant he was in his own division, very few pugilists would challenge him. In fact, even the featherweights wouldn’t fight him. Jarrett was a rare talent. So rare that he often had to give up his own purse […]

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Greg Inglis reveals the price rugby league players pay to be at the top of their game

Legend Greg Inglis has given some insight into the things rugby league players are forced to miss in their pursuit of professional careers including funerals of loved ones and even their children’s births. Speaking to QRL Media alongside Matt Gillett, Inglis  acknowledged how difficult life can be for top sports stars. “You sacrifice birthdays – […]

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The best jersey designs of 2018 NRL Indigenous Round

BY A.J NASH  The 2018 NRL Indigenous Round is upon us and don’t we have some awesome designs this year?! Alot of hard work went into these jerseys but we thought we’d give special mention to a few we thought are just bloody tops:   CRONULLA SHARKS The @Cronulla_Sharks #NRLIndigenous jersey#NRL pic.twitter.com/hZbv2YaOqG— NRL (@NRL) May […]

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How Henson Park helped me travel through time on a magic carpet called rugby league

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis On Saturday afternoon I experienced something absolutely strange. Almost too out there to put into words. I, wait for it, stepped into a time machine and travelled back to the early 1980’s. Before you tell me to put down the peyote – let me explain. My journey to this other time […]

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Another win for Tonga as Michael Jennings pledges long term

Slashing Parramatta centre Michael Jennings has pledged his allegiance to Tonga long-term and joins Jason Taumalolo, Andrew Fifita and Tevita Pangai in doing so. It’s another victory for the rising rugby league nation after a dream run at last year’s World Cup. “My focus now is Tonga,” he said. “I’d love to play Origin but […]

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Uncle Rupert, #CodeWars and double agents: The revolution and why rugby league is fighting back

BY CURTIS WOODWARD @woodward_curtis “What you’ve just said is one of the most insanely idiotic things I have ever heard. At no point in your rambling, incoherent response were you even close to anything that could be considered a rational thought. Everyone in this room is now dumber for having listened to it. I award […]

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It must be rockin’ in Wollongong: Research suggests men become more aroused after their team wins

BY A.J NASH We here at The81stMinute are always looking out for our readers – that’s a fact, Jack! That’s why we’re bringing all those frustrated wives and girlfriends the following public service announcement (yeah we’re nice, we know). Sick of trying to get your partner’s attention on a Friday night while his favourite team […]

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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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