BIG BROTHER V’LANDYS IS WATCHING YOUR EVERY MOVE NRL

“This app is a simple, genius idea that can help protect public health and eradicate the virus,” said ARL Commission chairman Peter V’landys. V’landys was referring to the Australian Government’s app that is purported to give everyone in the country with access to the app the ability to determine if and when they had been…

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WRONG PLACE WRONG TIME CASTLE STEPS DOWN FROM RA POST

We would say we predicted this, but we didn’t, at least not so far as we can recall or prove, but Raelene Castle has stepped down from her post as CEO for Rugby Australia. Our view is that she was no better or worse than any other RA CEO was, but she took the helm…

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NRL SEES DEPARTURE OF CEO TODD GREENBERG DURING PANDEMIC

Todd Greenberg has left his post as chief executive of the NRL after four years on the job. His contract was through the end of the season, but it is hard to ascertain when that end might be. Reports suggest that he had a falling out with ARLC chairman Peter V’landys, but some of the…

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BOGUT EXPRESSES DOUBT AROUND RESCHEDULED TOKYO OLYMPICS

Andrew Bogut informs us that he had planned to call time on his 15-year professional basketball career after representing the Boomers at the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympic Games. The best laid plans, Bogie…. His is just one example of an aging athlete whose time has come, but whose plans have been knocked a-kilter. Pick a…

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WORLD RUGBY SPENDS LAVISHLY TO PROP RUGBY AUSTRALIA

Raelene’s Castle made of sand might fall into the sea, eventually, but not quite yet, as Rugby Australia has been stimulated by a $158 million donation from World Rugby to help football around the world. It is not exactly a gift and the fund is comprised of loans and advances, but World Rugby is generous…

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NRL CLUBS SEEKING STAR PLAYERS FROM IDLE FOOTBALL CODES

If it seems like only a short time ago that anyone with the power of speech and a connection to the game was predicting that Israel Folau would never play rugby in Australia again, it is because it was only a few short months ago when those “in the know” said Folau’s days in Australia…

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VIC PREMIER TURNS HIS ATTENTION TO RESUMPTION OF AFL

It is hard to say anything with anything even approximating certainty in this uncertain period in which the world finds itself, but Victorian Premier Daniel Andrews has publicly declared that the AFL, unlike the NRL, will not be restarting anytime soon. Andrews says that the state of emergency in Victoria has been extended until at…

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BOMBERS BOSS PREDICTS AFL RESUMPTION BY JULY

Xavier Campbell, chief executive of the Essendon Bombers, has expressed confidence that the AFL can resume by July. This announcement comes along right as we learn that the Sydney police boarded a cruise ship to search for evidence that could link the ship to hundreds of Covid-19 cases and 15 deaths in Australia. Almost 3,000…

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NO BRITISH OPEN IN 2020 ANNOUNCED BY ROYAL AND ANCIENT

There will be no Open Championship at Royal St. George in 2020. The Royal and Ancient announced England’s premier golf event, originally scheduled for mid-July, would not be held. At the same time, they said it would be played at the same venue in 2021. The weekend coming would have been The Masters in Augusta,…

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BALL AND JACKSON PURCHASE OF ILLAWARRA HAWKS NOT A DONE DEAL

We have to tap the brakes and offer an apology for reporting that NBL rookie sensation and prospective high NBA draft pick LaMelo Ball had secured ownership of the Illawarra Hawks. We were premature. We jumped the gun. We supplied a whole new meaning to spitting the dummy. It turns out that Ball’s agent Jermaine…

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TOP NBL ROOKIE BALL BUYS STRUGGLING ILLAWARRA HAWKS

LaMelo Ball and his manager Jermaine Jackson have purchase the NBL club Illawarra Hawks. Ball must be counting on a big signing bonus when he enters the NBA draft in a couple months’ time. Okay, the name Jermaine Jackson jumped out at us, but this is not that Jermaine Jackson, the former member of the…

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AFL AND AFLPA REACH ACCORD ON PLAYER PAY REDUCTION

Some look at us writers as people who get money for nothing, but we are going to do our level best to supply some sports news that does not involve the impact of the novel coronavirus. Only problem is: Done before started. The AFLPA and the league have come to terms on a 50 percent…

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