Almanac Rugby League



State of Origin dominates rugby league this weekend. The annual women’s
clash takes place tomorrow night; Game 2 of the men’s series will be played
on Sunday night. Read Ian Hauser’s preview of both matches here.


If you’d like to join the Almanac’s rugby league email list to receive regular
updates during the season and occasional updates in the off-season, contact us at: [email protected]



Our collection of articles appears below.

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.

Almanac Rugby League: …and then Tommy scored

As his tribute on the passing of Tommy Raudonikis, Neill Jones revisits that day in 1981 when Tommy starred for the Newtown Bluebaggers but could not stop Parramatta from winning the Grand Final.

Almanac Rugby League: The code evolves beyond the Super League in Europe

Rugby league is looking to expand its base in the UK and Europe. The latest development is the introduction of The Championship which kicked off over the Easter weekend.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 4: The wheat and chaff are settling

Upsets have become almost a regular occurrence in the 2021 NRL season making tipping a bit of a nightmare. Ian Hauser tries to make sense of it all to come up with his picks for Round 4.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 3: The big boys to throw their weight around

A gap between the best and the rest is emerging early in the 2021 NRL competition. Ian Hauser expects ‘the big boys’ to throw their weight around this weekend in Round 3.

Almanac Rugby League: Vale Fred Jones

Fred Jones, who passed away late last week, captained the Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles to their first premiership in 1972. Ian Hauser presents this tribute to one of the code’s great characters of yesteryear.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 2: Can your team’s season be over in March?

Results from Round 1 of the NRL season suggest that the season might be gone for several teams by the end of March. Is that possible? Ian Hauser thinks so.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 1: And away we go!

The 2021 NRL season kicks off tonight with a blockbuster at Melbourne’s AAMI Stadium. Our rugby league editor Ian Hauser provides his thoughts on how Round 1 will pan out.