Almanac Rugby League – Kangaroos Merit Team

Our rugby league editor runs his eye over the Kangaroo Merit Team selected over the weekend. He has one or two bones to pick.

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin Game 3: the aftermath

Everyone’s a winner after Game 3 of the 2018 State of Origin series. And there really is no such thing as a dead rubber in this pinnacle clash of the code – here’s why.

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin: Game 3 Teams

The 2018 State of Origin series, the showpiece of the NRL, concludes next week with Game 3 in Brisbane. Although the series has been won and lost, there’s still a lot to play for. Check out the team selections and our rugby league editor’s thoughts here.

Almanac Rugby League: State of Origin – where now for Queensland?

In which direction will the Maroons selectors go when they choose their squad for Game 3 of this year’s State of Origin series? Father and Son sorted it out over lunch the other day.

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin Game 2 – the aftermath

Take your chances and you’re likely to win; miss the moment and you’re likely to lose. Ian Hauser looks at last night’s State of Origin Game 2.

Almanac Rugby League – 2018 State of Origin Game 2: comparative modesty abounds

Game 2 of this year’s rugby league State of Origin series will be played in Sydney on Sunday night but there seems to be an unusual modesty about the way each side sees its prospects. What’s it all about?

Almanac Rugby League: State of Origin Game 2 team selections

The Blues and Maroons have selected their squads for Sunday night’s Game 2 of State of Origin in Sydney. How will they line up?

Almanac Rugby League: State of Origin – Game 2 selections

This weekend, selectors choose their squads for State of Origin Game 2 in Sydney on 24 June. Ian Hauser thinks the two selection committees face contrasting challenges.

Almanac Rugby League: Boyd and Wallace walk away, one more easily and comfortably than the other

Almanac rugby league editor Ian Hauser gives his thoughts on Darius Boyd and Peter Wallace as both players announce major changes to their playing futures.

Almanac Rugby League: State of Origin – Game 1: the aftermath

State of Origin Game 1 is done and dusted. Did we see the beginning of a new stage in the evolution of the great interstate rivalry?

Almanac Rugby League: 2018 State of Origin – Game 1: what on earth should we expect?

It’s Game 1 of the 2018 State of Origin series tonight. Almanac rugby league editor Ian Hauser ponders what’s possible but can’t quite read the tea leaves.

Almanac Rugby League: One hell of a nice bloke

Fifty years after a phrase in a newspaper photo caption stuck in a boy’s mind, he meets the man in the photo – and he’s a hell of a nice bloke. And that original photo is here, too.

Almanac Rugby League: A character from another era

On a day celebrating characters from a bygone era, FNQ Almanacker Peter Hulthen came across this obituary in ‘The Townsville Bulletin’ recently. The wharf, the hustle and the footy – what a combination!

Almanac Rugby League: Vale Fonda Metassa, ‘The Golden Greek’

Fonda Metassa, ‘The Golden Greek’, BRL Norths Devils legend, cult hero and personality extraordinaire has passed away. The Almanac pays tribute to a player who thrilled, inspired and entertained as few have. Read Phil Lutton’s story of Fonda’s greatest performance.

Almanac Rugby League: State of Origin – Game 1 selections

Game 1 of 2018’s Rugby League State of Origin series looms next Wednesday night at the MCG. Both sides have made significant changes from last season heralding a possible new era in this most competitive of contests. Ian Hauser checks out his earlier selections against the final line-ups. Have the selectors chosen well? Have your say.

Almanac Rugby League: State of Origin selection time (give us your thoughts)

The pinnacle of this year’s rugby league calendar, State of Origin 2018, looms on the horizon. Almanac rugby league editor Ian Hauser tries to second guess the selectors in the lead-up to the first clash early in June. Will he be even close to the mark?

Almanac Rugby League: Sorting out the Cronks

A phrase that stuck in a schoolboy’s mind for fifty years; a post on the Almanac site five years ago; an email pops up on a screen earlier this month. The dots connect for Almanac rugby league editor Ian Hauser and he’s off for coffee tomorrow.

Almanac Rugby League: Cameron Smith calls it quits

Rugby league’s 2018 State of Origin series has been blown wide open by Cameron Smith’s retirement from rep footy. What does it mean for this year’s series? Where does Smith fit into the pantheon of rugby league greats? Have a say.

Showdown 44: Fans: are they fierce or fickle?

Showdown is to South Australian footy as State of Origin is to rugby league. Inter-Stater Ian Hauser goes along to Showdown 44 and comes away bemused by the fickle nature of the supposedly loyal fans of the Power.

Almanac Book Review: Kieran Modra: the way I see it

We all know the qualities we most admire in our best sportspeople – skill, determination, resilience, commitment, courage, sportsmanship, humility and so on. That’s what you get and a lot more with Kieran Modra, blind Paraplympic cyclist. Now his story had been told for us to appreciate and value. Almanac editor Ian Hauser reviews this grounded and inspirational addition to our national sporting library and comes with a chaser recommendation by the great Anna Meares!