Almanac Rugby League – 2020 State of Origin, Game 1: (Unlikely) History repeats

John Harms reports on State of Origin I, which reminded him of 2001.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Finals Week 2 and NRLW Round 2: Questionable decisions mar a mighty match

We’re down to the last four teams in the NRL while the NRLW featured its first stand alone fixture in New Zealand. Here’s the wash-up from the weekend as seen by Ian Hauser.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Finals Week 1 and NRLW Round 1 Review

He may not have picked too many winners, but rugby league aficionado Ian Hauser sure appreciated what he saw in the first weekend of NRL finals and Round 1 of the NRLW. Here’s his report.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 21: Mouthwatering Matchups

What an NRL Round in prospect with several clubs playing mini-Grand Finals to stay alive in the competition. Then, on Sunday, two clashes of the heavyweights which may well be genuine Grand Final previews. Ian Hauser explains. (And don’t forget, live NRL footy on free to air TV four times a week from now to the finals!)

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin III: Back-to-back Blues

Now that is what you call a game at State of Origin level! The NSW Blues and the Queensland Maroons put on a game worthy of ‘decider’ status with the result in doubt until the very last play of the match. We’ve got it covered.

Almanac Rugby League – The Big Weekend’s Wash-up

Rugby League aficionado Ian Hauser runs his eye over a big weekend in rugby league. There was a lot to like, but is it possible to have too much top level footy packed into three days?

Almanac Rugby League – State of Origin x 2 plus International footy

With a HUGE weekend of rugby league in store, Ian Hauser casts his eye over all five matches to try to pick a few winners. Not surprisingly, geography plays a significant part in some of his choices.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 6: winnowing time?

Round 6 of the NRL looks likely to separate the wheat from the chaff, an autumnal winnowing to reveal the substance of the real contenders and blow away the pretence of the hollow wannabes.

Almanac Rugby League – Round 5 and it’s getting desperate for some

The harsh reality of an ‘also ran’ tag for the 2019 season hangs over the heads of several NRL clubs as they head into this weekend’s Round 5 – and it’s only April!

Almanac Rugby League – ‘Interesting season unfolding’

‘Interesting season unfolding’ says Harms with respect to the AFL season. The same can be said about the NRL after four rounds. Here’s why.

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’.