Almanac Rugby League – NRL Finals Week 1 + NRLW Round 1

After the most even breakdown of finalists in years, the NRL Finals get underway tonight. It’s a brave person who thinks they can pick the winners! Here’s our attempt to do just that at The Almanac.

Almanac Rugby League – NRLW: At last!

At last! The NRLW takes to the field this weekend for its inaugural, if ever so short, season. Here’s a preview.

Almanac Rugby League – Bits and pieces from here and there

Our rugby league man casts his eyes around the countryside to make random observations about ‘the greatest game of all’.

Almanac Rugby League – Let’s get down to business

After one of the tightest seasons for yonks, it took until the last minute of the NRL season to decide the composition of the top eight teams. With Finals starting on Friday night, let’s take stock of the situation and have a look at the match-ups for Week 1.

Almanac Rugby League – it’s hard to keep up lately

A few more high profile players call it quits; coaching swings and roundabouts; who’s hot and who’s cold; can you figure out Jarryd Hayne?

Almanac Rugby League – Five new Immortals inducted

The NRL inducted a surprising 5 new Immortals last night. Our rugby league editor thinks they got it right.

Almanac Rugby League – The Immortals: Who’s next?

Two new Immortals of Rugby League will be crowned at a gala function in Sydney tonight. Ian Hauser casts his eye over the contenders.

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!