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Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 9: Chooks winged!

Have we seen the last of Brett Morris after he sustained a serious knee injury? Are the Chooks winged? Ian Hauser sorts his way through the rugby league scene.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 8: Turbulent times and ta-ta to Trent

Rugby league correspondent Ian Hauser is happy to observe further signs of new life in what initially looked like an all too predictable season. The retiring Trent Merrin also gets a well-deserved salute.

Almanac (Pure) Art: Badly Drawn Rugby League’s ‘Nev Hornery (with Brian Davies)’

John Harms recently discovered the artist known as Badly Drawn Rugby League, and requested he draw him an old favourite.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 7: Welcome back Harry and Turbo

Ian Hauser comments on Round 6 and then has a look at the games of Round 7.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 6: Curiouser and curiouser!

The NRL’s Round 5 saw a couple of upsets while Round 6 promises several clashes which may reinvigorate or destroy more than a couple teams. Ian Hauser offers his thoughts and predictions.

Almanac Rugby League – Tommy: the last word

Roy Masters coached Tommy Raudonikis at the Western Suburbs Magpies in the late 70s and early 80s. Roy penned this tribute to Tommy late last week in ‘The Sydney Morning Herald’.

Almanac Rugby League: Meeting Tommy Raudonikis after the 1981 Grand Final

Wayne Ball goes back to his childhood to recall his memory of ‘the people’s champion’, Tommy Raudonikis.

Almanac Rugby League: Iosia Soliola, a legend on and off the field!

‘Iosia Soliola is one of the most well-regarded rugby league players I have ever encountered personally or heard of. He was (and is) an absolute champion of a fellow with the Sydney Roosters, Newtown Jets, St Helens and the Canberra Raiders.’ Here’s why!

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 5: Is there more to this competition than meets the eye?

Are the Dragons going to confound the ‘experts’? What are the Titans made of, and do the Sharks have enough teeth to maul the Roosters? Ian Hauser previews the NRL’s Round 5.

Almanac Rugby League: Vale Tom Raudonikis

Tommy Raudonikis, champion halfback for the Western Suburbs Magpies, Newtown Bluebaggers, NSW and Australia, and larger-than-life rugby league icon, has passed away aged 70. Ian Hauser pays tribute to the little Aussie battler who never took a backward step.