Rugby League

Barba avoids ban with code switch.

    Australia’s Ben Barba has made headlines again following his reaction to his 12 game ban in the NRL for testing positive for cocaine. The 27 year old has managed to avoid the ban by switching codes to join the Top14 side Toulon. Although most situations like this would be a lot more complicated; down to contracts with the NRL …

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Improve your tackling and adapt to the new tackling rule.

    Down to the new ruling surrounding dangerous tackles, players are having to adapt the way they make challenges to avoid gaining what some see as soft cards. The new rule has already seen multiple red and yellow cards since the rule came in at the new year; with players making the same challenges as before, but getting penalised much …

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Improve your speed with these tips.

One aspect of your game which you cannot improve on enough is speed. Whether you need to get back to make a try saving challenge, or break down the line to get the ball over the try line, you need speed, and you can work on it any time you want. If you are looking to leave last years you …

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‘A hooligans’ game played by gentlemen’ – Sportsmanship fading?

Our great game has always revolved around putting in everything you have and just as importantly, sportsmanship. This is why we were appalled by Pape’s display of diving against Edinburgh at the weekend, which wouldn’t fall short of earning him an oscar.  The Frenchman was ‘slapped’ by Edinburgh centre Phil Burleigh in the second half and was looked down upon …

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Will the drain end? – Pichot’s plans to tackle the talent drain

The player drain is taking it’s toll on Rugby and it’s less funded nations, with talent flocking to bigger, more successful nations in a bid to make it into the professional game. This drain is nothing new, with players jetting off to the likes of France and England like there’s no tomorrow, making it less of a talent drain and …

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Why NSW Cup is better than the NRL

Rugby league is a game that’s been loved throughout the ages, by all ages, and so it should be. It’s fast, exciting and can ignite a passion within us that may very well have otherwise been left undiscovered. Over time however Australia’s first grade competition, now the National Rugby League (NRL), has lost some of its character, character that can …

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