Almanac Rugby League: Covid and Season 2020

John Campbell discovered footy podcasts as he whiled away the season. He offers a few thoughts about their qualities.

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 – 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 – 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 – 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.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 19 Preview: Tidying up loose ends

The NRL finalists are decided but a few loose ends need to be tidied up in this weekend’s Round 19. Ian Hauser takes a look at the prospects for each team.

Almanac Rugby League: NRL Round 18 Wrap: Benji’s still got it!

A few flashes of rare skill convinced Liam Hauser that the Tigers’ Benji Marshall has still got ‘it’! But it wasn’t enough to get Wests Tigers home in the NRL’s Round 18. Read the full round-up to see what else happened.

Almanac Rugby League – Round 18 Preview: Footy, finals and maths

Finals positions may well be sorted out but there’s still plenty of interest in this weekend’s NRL Round 18. Ian Hauser picks his winners.

Almanac Rugby League: NRL 2020 Round 17 wrap: Cronulla to pay for indiscretions

There was action aplenty in the NRL’s Round 17. Liam Hauser covers the aftermath with Cronulla the biggest losers both on and off the field.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 17 Preview: Heavy hitters’ heaven

Several clashes between the NRL’s heavy hitters in this weekend’s NRL Round 17 will go a long way to shaping the top half of the ladder with finals only a month away. Ian Hauser channels Sir Humphrey Appleby for his selections.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 16 wrap: Injuries might shape the destiny of South Sydney

Upsets, injuries and the strength of the Panthers and Storm dominated the NRL’s Round 16. Liam Hauser gives his perspective.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 16 preview: Correct weight!

According to our rugby league editor Ian Hauser, the NRL’s Round 16 looks like it will confirm this year’s finalists. But there will be no mercy for the Broncos!

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 15 Wrap: Most interest is to be found off the field

In the NRL’s Round 15, the margins on the field were mostly clear cut. It’s what’s happening off the field that is attracting the most attention. Liam Hauser sums it up.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 15 Preview: It’s all about incentive

Some call it incentive to win; others might call it the fear of failure. Round 15 of the NRL has it all, regardless of which interpretation you favour.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 14 wrap: Upsets, nail-biters and even a possible biter!

With action aplenty both on and off the field, Liam Hauser brings us up to date following the NRL’s Round 14.