BLUES CANDIDATE RAMIEN HOPES TO MAKE ARGUMENT WITH KNIGHTS

There is plenty of time before State of Origin 2019 lists are released, but Newcastle Knights centre Jesse Ramien has made it his goal to play in the 2019 series. He made his debut with the Cronulla Sharks in 2017 and got the starting job last season, where he exploded with 10 tries, tackling efficiency…

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RUGBY WORLD CUP 2019 IN JAPAN POSES THREAT TO NZ

Rugby World Cup 2019 futures markets are up and despite yet another year of predictions that attempt to undermine New Zealand, they are on the first line of betting for the tournament to be held in Japan in November. Next come Ireland, England, South Africa and Australia, with Wales France, Argentina and Scotland rounding out…

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WALTERS SEEKS NEW MAROONS SANCTUARY AWAY FROM SANCTUARY COVE

We ourselves are not entirely certain if it is a move up,down, or sideways, but the Queensland Maroons have announced that their questto restore order to the world by taking back the State of Origin shield willfind the Maroons training in West Brisbane, rather than the luxury digs theyenjoyed at Sanctuary Cove on the Gold…

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BONUS BET INCENTIVES TO BE BANNED AUSTRALIA WIDE 2019

Regardless of where you fall on the spectrum of opinion over the practice by the corporate online bookmakers of marketing to new customers with appealing enticements for punters who established a new membership, they are going the way of the Dodo bird. Sign-up bonuses were a threatened species and come 2019, they will be extinct,…

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RUGBY AUSTRALIA SHUFFLES ORDER AT THE TOP RETAINS CHEIKA

Do not fret, those of you who wave the Australian flag at international rugby Tests. Rugby Australia has taken some measure to avoid a repeat of 2018, where they managed to win only four Tests from 13 attempts. The chorus screaming for the head of Michael Cheika will have to find a different song to…

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ADAM GOTSIS DEVELOPMENT A BRIGHT SPOT IN DISMAL BRONCOS CAMPAIGN

An Aussie playing quarterback in the NFL? It may be a while. Same proposition for the other “skilled” positions, the blokes who run with and catch the ball. Ex-players of Australian Rules football are the “discovery” for professional gridiron, where the ability to punt for distance, accuracy and according to the dictates of the situation,…

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STARTING CRICKET MATCHES WITHOUT A COIN TOSS HERESY IN EYES OF SOME

True, we have put out any number of eyes flipping coins, but we have done far more extensive damage flinging the willow around casually. Just ask our uncle, who patiently replaced the glass in the window of his parlour on any number of occasions when our younger, less responsible selves sent the red ball ripping…

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LYCETT LEVERAGES PREMIERSHIP INTO LUCRATIVE PORT CONTRACT

Now that he can tick off Grand Final Winner, or the more modest, Premiership Player on his resume, Scott Lycett hopes to spark Port Adelaide in the Toyota 2019 AFL Premiership competition. Port finished 10th in last year’s competition and watch finals from Adelaide, but over the course of the home-and-away season, Port was at…

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PRESIDENTS CUP CAPTAIN WOODS HOPES TO QUALIFY IN TOP EIGHT

The 2019 Presidents Cup at Royal Melbourne could feature ararity of sorts. Tiger Woods is the captain for America and he has declaredthat he might play as well as do the captaining. The event will certainly add to golf’s lustre down under and some Aussies will be relieved to hear that Woods will not direct…

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CRUCIAL DOCHERTY SUFFERS DISABLING CRUCIATE INJURY

Two words you never want to hear the doc say in the samesentence are ruptured and ACL. Okay, five words, but your knee is buggered whether the doc uses ACL or says Anterior Cruciate Ligament. Imagine, then, hearing it twice in the span of a year and you have the situation that represents the current…

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CHEEKY RUGBY FANS WANT TO SEE THE BACK OF CHEIKA

We advocate mercy for Michael Cheika, but Rugby Australiadoes not seem to be in a merciful frame of mind, as they need a special meetingof the board to ponder his fate. Would the Wallabies be any better with another coach? Then, remove Cheika and let everyone get on with their lives. Would the Wallabies be…

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MATILDAS SCHEDULE FRIENDLY WITH U.S.A. AHEAD OF 2019 WORLD CUP

Break out the oxygen. The Matildas are heading for a meeting with the U.S. in April as part of their preparations for the 2019 Women’s World Cup in France. The oxygen? The match against the top-ranked Yanks will be held in Colorado on April 5. It is a friendly, not to see which country is…

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