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Almanac Rugby League – 2020 NRL and NRLW Grand Finals preview: From a fan’s perspective

Guest writers Alan Whiticker (Penrith) and ‘Smokie’ Dawson (Storm) preview their teams’ chances in this weekend’s NRL Grand Final. Ian Hauser previews the NRLW match between the Brisbane Broncos and the Sydney Roosters.

Almanac Rugby League: NRL Finals Week 3 wrap – A week of anticipation ahead

Liam Hauser reviews the weekend’s NRL and NRLW clashes and looks ahead with anticipation to this weekend’s Grand Finals.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL 2020 Qualifying Finals and NRLW Round 3 preview: More of the same, please!

The NRL’s 2020 Qualifying Finals present two fascinating clashes while the NRLW’s Round 3 offers a Grand Final preview. Ian Hauser runs his eye over the form.

Almanac Rugby League: The 22nd Annual Tom Brock Lecture

The 22nd Annual Tom Brock Lecture will be an online event in 2020. The guest lecturer will be award-winning author Tom Gorman. See details for registration here.

Almanac Rugby League: On how to improve the greatest game of all

John Campbell has followed rugby league for a long time. Some of the modern aspects of the game, dressed up as ‘progress’, give him the Edgar Britts. He explains his concerns.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Finals Week 2 + NRLW Round 2 Wrap: Roosters bow out and the NRLW gets brutal

There will be no three-peat for the Sydney Roosters in the NRL but the Rabbitohs continue to show flair out wide. Meanwhile, the NRLW became very physical. Liam Hauser brings us up to date.

Almanac Rugby League: Masochism runs deep in the veins of all footy fans

John Campbell, a South Sydney man to the core, recalls the day he witnessed their worst ever loss to the NZ Warriors. He has the ‘Big League’ magazine to go with it.

Almanac Rugby League: Oakey – premiers of 1975

Recently John Harms was sent a Facebook post recognising the 45th anniversary of the Oakey Bears premiership of 1975. These are some of his memories of those great sides of the mid-`70s (This is an edited extract from his book ‘Loose Men Everywhere’)

Almanac Rugby League – NRL 2020 Finals Week 2 + NRLW Round 2: No excuses

Rugby league editor Ian Hauser runs his eye over Week 2 of the NRL Finals and the NRLW Round 2 clashes. With all teams at or near full strength, he expects tough, full-on encounters to follow.

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 – NRL Week 1 Finals and NRLW Round 1 wrap: Quick starters run down by the favourites

Fast starters couldn’t hold their leads in Week 1 of the 2020 NRL Finals series while the NRLW returned for Round 1. Liam Hauser covered all six games.

Almanac Rugby League: Early season dreams become post-season nightmares

Matt O’Hanlon and his mates would have been in Sydney last weekend for the NRL Grand Final if 2020 was ‘normal’. Instead, he was left to consider what a disaster of a year it has been for the Brisbane Broncos and the North Queensland Cowboys ahead of a trip ‘out west’ for the long weekend.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL 2020 Finals Week 1 + NRLW Round 1 preview: A great weekend in prospect

NRL finals time at last! A top flight opener, two elimination finals and the return of the NRLW – what a weekend for fans of ‘the greatest game of all’! Ian Hauser offers his thoughts on all the clashes.

Almanac Rugby League: Redfern All Blacks – keeping the ball in motion

Patrick Skene provides an in-depth essay on the Redfern All Blacks, the long-established home for Indigenous rugby league footballers in Sydney.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL 2020 Round 20 wrap: Action aplenty as three veterans bow out

The final round of the NRL season saw several big scores, a stunning defeat for the Roosters and the last hit-out for three veterans of the competition. Liam Hauser presents his wrap.

Almanac Rugby League: What happened to the Brisbane Broncos in 2020?

Brisbane Broncos fan and Almanac regular Liam Hauser, a long-time Brisbane Broncos fan, offers his thoughts after his team ‘won’ their first ever wooden spoon.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL 2020 Round 20 preview: Dragons, Dragons, wherefore art thou?

The final round of the 2020 NRL competition plays out this weekend. Ian Hauser is always on the lookout for a winner as he surveys the games in prospect.

Almanac Rugby League: ‘Rugby league – the greatest game of all’

Murray Bird may be better known in Almanac circles for his Australian football pedigree but he has long-term roots in rugby league as well. A few years ago, he took in a Queensland Cup match to test out the code’s claim to be ‘the greatest game of all’.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL 2020 Round 19 Wrap: Not a lot to get excited about

Round 19 of the NRL went pretty much to script but the battle for the wooden spoon took a twist and Benji Marshall continued to impress our correspondent Liam Hauser.

Almanac Rugby League: Farewell Gavin Cooper

Gavin Cooper, the resilient North Queensland Cowboys left edge forward, will retire after next week’s final round in the NRL. Ian Hauser pays tribute to the type of player every side would love to have.