Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 23: Friday night footy

The action that counts in the NRL’s Round 23 is on Friday night. Ian Hauser previews those matches and nominates his winners for the rest of the fixture.

Almanac Rugby League – The Charity Shield and NRL Trials

After last weekend’s Charity Shield match and several NRL trials, our rugby league editor Ian Hauser thinks he can see what we’re in for in the NRL’s Season 2021.

Almanac Rugby League: Controversies that never end

Harold Peacock recalls two controversial grand finals involving Ipswich, one rugby league, the other musical.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 11: Match previews

Liam Hauser updates all the NRL news and previews the Round 11 matches.

Almanac Rugby League: New ladder leader in the NRL

The Penrith Panthers moved to the top of the NRL ladder after the Parramatta Eels and Sydney Roosters suffered shock defeats. Liam Hauser takes a look at Round 10 of the competition in a year where the good are quite good and the less said about the bad, the better.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL 2020 Round 3: We’re back – but hopefully we’re not the same

The NRL’s 2020 season recommences on Thursday night with Round 3. Ian Hauser tells us what he’d like to see and not hear as play resumes.

Almanac Rugby League – ‘Brookie’ and the 70s

Adam Muyt is catholic in his footy code tastes but Brookvale Oval on Sydney’s northern beaches really tugs at his heart strings. He takes us back over the years to explain why.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL 2020: Round 2

Round 1 of the NRL produced a few upsets – always a good thing! Now we need to consider if we’ll be upset if this weekend’s Round 2 proves to be the last we see of the code for some time. Ian Hauser previews the matches in prospect.

Almanac Rugby League – Join The Footy Almanac NRL tipping comp 2020

The Footy Almanac is running its first ever NRL tipping comp for the 2020 season. Get signed up before tonight’s Round 1 kick-off!

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Season 2020 Kicks Off Tonight

Who cares about the promotional advertisement for the 2020 NRL season or power plays within the NRL’s administration? Let’s just get on with the footy! Resident rugby league aficionado Ian Hauser runs his eye over Round 1.

Almanac Rugby League – 1989 Grand Final: Dreams and Nightmares

The year 1989 didn’t just feature an epic AFL Grand Final. The NRL also staged a classic for the ages, between Balmain and Canberra. Tim Johnson thinks this game deserves more attention than it has subsequently received. And with Canberra back in this year’s Grand Final, there just may be a pertinent lesson or two.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round24: How long can this keep going on?

Two rounds to go. Ten teams still trying to fit into eight. Ian Hauser tries to make sense of it all.

Almanac Rugby League – What is wrong with rugby league?

The 2018 NRL finals series has featured a deliberate effort by tacklers, usually in masses of up to four, to force the ball carrier to lose possession by fair means or foul. It’s been labelled ‘contested possession’. Elsewhere it has been argued that this practice is a blight on the game because it is both ugly and, in its adjudication, subjective. Let’s revisit Jim Young’s late August harangue about the contest for possession in rugby league to see if this emerging trend in play might just be a pathway to a fresh look at how the code is played.

Almanac Rugby League – Race for the Paul Barriere: Week 6, Australian double as England go close in classic men’s final

Hamish Neal looks at the men’s and women’s RLWC Finals. Both were tight affairs which ended in success for the Jillaroos and the Kangaroos.

Almanac Rugby League – NRL Round 23: Wests Tigers v Manly – Bucket list one shorter!

Mick Jeffrey crossed another item off his sporting bucket list with the visit to Leichhardt Oval to watch the Wests Tigers play Manly.

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: Women’s Interstate Challenge + NRL Round 20, 2017

Hamish Neal covers the latest in rugby league including Round 20 of the NRL and the Women’s Interstate Challenge.

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 18, 2017

NRL Round 18 was the last of the bye rounds and Melbourne Storm still sit in top spot.

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 18, 2017

Melbourne Storm had an error-filled loss to the Eels and the Sydney Roosters won a tight one against South Sydney. Hamish Neal has all of the NRL Round 18 action covered.

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: Origin II, 2017

Queensland produced a spectacular comeback against New South Wales to level the Origin series at one game apiece. Hamish Neal has his take on the captivating game.

Almanac Rugby League – Five Metre Gap: NRL Round 14, 2017

Hamish Neal with the weekend’s NRL news; with a reminder that “what you do with the ball” is more crucial than “how much you have it.”