Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 20: Sorting out time

This is the Round we’ve been waiting for! The clashes at the top of the ladder could well sort out both the minor premiers and the top four. Or will the Roosters spoil it for the Eels? Ian Hauser is excited by the prospect of top quality rugby league across this weekend.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 19: Mind the gap!

Mind the gap! The NRL’s Round 19 features a host of matches between the high flyers and the also rans. Ian Hauser tries to find something to get excited about.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 18: Welcome to Queensland!

The NRL has moved to Queensland for a month or so. What uncertainties might that unleash? Ian Hauser tries to find his way through the revamped schedule to find the winners in Round 18.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 17: Is the Top Four already decided?

  It’s more than a little worrying when it looks like the top four is done and dusted by the beginning of July with nine rounds to go. The gap between 4th and 5th is now two games plus a sizeable points differential. The only real interest at that end of the ladder is whether [Read more]

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 16: Top of the pile battles

A couple of top of the table clashes highlight this weekend Round 16 of the NRL. We offer Ian Hauser’s prognosis.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 15: High farce

This weekend’s NRL matches feature the clash between competition leaders the Penrith Panthers and regular contenders the Sydney Roosters. Our NRL man Ian Hauser suggests that you find a screen wherever you are to take in this one.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 14: A mid-table muddle

Immediate post-Origin postulating is a perilous pastime but the Almanac’s Ian Hauser examines the entrails of the NRL’s Round 14 to extract a winner or two.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 13: Mildly chaotic time for ‘the greatest game of all’

Are things in the NRL, both on and off the field, a tad chaotic at the moment? Ian Hauser offers his thoughts and makes a few preliminary comments about next week’s first State of Origin game for 2021.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 12: Genuinely scary

Ian Hauser thinks that the Penrith Panthers are in scary form but still have a few questions to answer. What happened in the NRL last weekend, and what can we expect this time around?

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 11: Carnage!

The ‘new regime’ in rugby league received mixed reviews during Magic Round last weekend. Ian Hauser looks ahead to the NRL’s Round 11 to see what it all means to the overall competition.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 9: Chooks winged!

Have we seen the last of Brett Morris after he sustained a serious knee injury? Are the Chooks winged? Ian Hauser sorts his way through the rugby league scene.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 8: Turbulent times and ta-ta to Trent

Rugby league correspondent Ian Hauser is happy to observe further signs of new life in what initially looked like an all too predictable season. The retiring Trent Merrin also gets a well-deserved salute.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 6: Curiouser and curiouser!

The NRL’s Round 5 saw a couple of upsets while Round 6 promises several clashes which may reinvigorate or destroy more than a couple teams. Ian Hauser offers his thoughts and predictions.

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 – 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.