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    ^Watching the North Sydney Bears vs Western Suburbs Magpies right now and the Bears are in more strife than the early settlers at the break. Love the retro jerseys

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    I was looking forward to a Bulldog revival at the start of this season with the introduction of a new coach but what a disaster.

    And they seem to be getting worse game by game.

    I predict a Penrith V Melbourne final again.

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    Is it still Magic Round without magicians?

    Knights star full-back Kalyn Ponga is the latest big name to be ruled out after suffering a groin injury in the lead up — he joins his playmaker Mitchell Pearce on the sideline.


    The Storm will be without big three Cameron Munster, Harry Grant and Brandon Smith, while the Eels will take the field with no Dylan Brown, who is sitting out with suspension.


    We won't see Sharks half-back Shaun Johnson as he's still at least another week away from returning from a minor hamstring injury — and Titans enforcer David Fifita, who was named on Tuesday, has received a two-match suspension after failing to have his grade-two high tackle charge downgraded at the judiciary.

    The other big names who we won't be seeing magic from are: Ash Taylor, Addin Fonua-Blake, Cameron Murray, Sam Verrills, Zac Lomax, Joseph Tapine, Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Jordan Rapana, Ryan Sutton, Kurt Capewell, Paul Momirovski, Kotoni Staggs, Jesse Ramien, James Roberts, Jeremy Marshall-King, Josh Jackson and Lachlan Lewis.

    Aussie times ...


    Friday, 14 May, 6pm - Wests Tigers vs Newcastle Knights
    Friday, 14 May, 8:05pm - Manly Sea Eagles vs Brisbane Broncos
    Saturday, 15 May, 3pm - Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs vs Canberra Raiders
    Saturday, 15 May, 5:30pm - Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks vs South Sydney Rabbitohs
    Saturday, 15 May, 7:45pm - Sydney Roosters vs North Queensland Cowboys
    Sunday, 16 May, 1:50pm - New Zealand Warriors vs Parramatta Eels
    Sunday, 16 May, 4:05pm - Melbourne Storm vs St George Illawarra Dragons
    Sunday, 16 May, 6:25pm - Gold Coast Titans vs Penrith Panthers

    NRL Magic Round in 2021: When is it, tickets, draw, matches and venue | Sporting News Australia
    Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago ...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Loy Toy View Post
    I predict a Penrith V Melbourne final again.
    I predict it'll be 2 decent teams with the least injuries, Penrith were extremely lucky in that department last year and this year so far too. The amount of what's classified as serious injuries (5 weeks or more needed to recover) has never been higher, something like 4.8 players per round of late. But, the game has never been faster either.

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    Expect a crack-down with sin-bins/send-offs for head high tackles.

    The Boss (Peter V'landys) has spoken.

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    ^So they should. Players have been getting a few weeks off for throwing a lazy arm out that makes any head contact, even if it was obviously unintentional and the opposing player wasn't hurt. God help anyone making intentional contact and the opposing player needing to go off for HIA now, they'll be suspended for months.

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    State of Origin 1 ... soon.

    Scheduled to be played (Wed week) at the MCG ... but Vic are in 'lockdown' due to Covid-19 restrictions.

    Possibly to be held in Townsville.

    QLD might as just hand the shield back now ... no hope based on Star Power!

    NSW squad


    • James Tedesco (C)
    • Brian To'o
    • Latrell Mitchell
    • Tom Trbojevic
    • Josh Addo-Carr
    • Jarome Luai
    • Nathan Cleary
    • Daniel Saifiti
    • Damien Cook
    • Jake Trbojevic
    • Cameron Murray
    • Tariq Sims
    • Isaah Yeo
    • Jack Wighton
    • Junior Paulo
    • Payne Haas
    • Liam Martin
    • Apisai Koroisau
    • Campbell Graham




    Queensland squad


    • Jai Arrow
    • AJ Brimson
    • Kurt Capewell
    • Daly Cherry-Evans
    • Xavier Coates
    • Tino Fa’asuamaleaui
    • Kyle Feldt
    • David Fifita
    • Moeaki Foutiaka
    • Dane Gagai
    • Harry Grant
    • Coen Hess
    • Valentine Holmes
    • Felise Kaufusi
    • Reed Mahoney
    • Cameron Munster
    • Joe Ofahengaue
    • Kalyn Ponga
    • Jaydn Su'A
    • Christian Welch



    But, judging from last year ... QLD had a star team

    More here ... Queensland Maroons name a 20-man squad for the opening State of Origin match against New South Wales - ABC News

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    Rugby League 2021-screenshot-2021-06-12-19-30-a

    Why?

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    Australia and New Zealand pull out of Rugby League World Cup in England due to COVID-19 concerns

    The 2021 Rugby League World Cup will be without its two biggest teams after Australia and New Zealand pulled out of the tournament "because of player welfare and safety concerns".

    Key points:
    • The ARLC and NZRL released a joint statement flagging COVID concerns and the time players would have to spend away from family
    • The NRL season is supposed to finish in early October, with the World Cup in the UK in from October 23 to November 27
    • Great Britain was the last country other than Australia or New Zealand to win the tournament, doing so in 1972


    The Kangaroos and Kiwis account for the past nine World Cup titles dating back to 1972, when Great Britain won in France.

    Here

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    Rugby Football League (RFL) President Simon Johnson called this a “selfish, narrow and timid decision,” and said, “We are very dissatisfied with this decision and are not ready to lie down.” Inquest has begun.


    Johnson is lobbying the International Rugby League (IRL) Commission to consider banning both countries from the next World Cup in France or the United States.

    Dickhead wants the IRL to bite off its nose, just to spite its own face.

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