NRL General Discussion Thread - 2019

BroncsFan

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This Team of the Year is a joke..

Josh Jackson best second rower, Luke Brooks best halfback, Joey Leilua best centre..
The only good thing to come out of that besides the mass butt hurt from Sydney is it might change the dally m system.

NSW darlings such as Latrell missing out on TOTY has got Sydney hysterical and already calling for change.

Seriously how can the player of the year come down RTS whose team finished 8th or Ponga whose team finished 10th?? (I can't even remember).

I don't know how it should be run, but the current Dally M rewards teams (largely shit teams) that have a sole dominant player... it doesn't help that the judges also give losing team's players so many points.
 

mitch222

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The judging for this is inconsistent. How are ex players who literally cream over their team allowed to vote on their games like Bedurus. The knights got flogged a few times he voted on the games and Ponga still picked up a point. The judge should be someone who isn't affiliated with the club what so ever
 

Alec

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Dally Ms have always been a joke, I don't take them seriously. This year was especially bad, and the Haka was the ultimate cringe to top it all off.
 

Alec

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“I’ve had a fair bit of thought about it to be honest, since that last Origin,” Hunt said from camp in Brisbane on Wednesday.
“Every time I’ve had the opportunity to play there I felt like I’ve played pretty well.”
The subject has also been broached by a pretty influential person in his life.
“Actually, my wife has said to me a few times ‘why don’t you just play hooker, you seem to play well at hooker’,” he revealed.

“(Playing hooker) just simplifies things for me,” he said. “I just think that’s why I play some good footy there. I just have to worry about my little bubble in the middle there.”
“Look, wherever the coach wants to play me I’m happy to play there, whether it’s half or hooker.
“I’ve learnt to live with that I can play hooker pretty well, so if they want me to play there I’ll play it. But at the end of the day, I’d still like to play halfback.”
Hopefully his wife and others keep converting him.
 

Foordy

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Looks like we can put a red line through Manly for the 2019 season already, if what is being reported is true ...

the reports are that Manly are going to pretty much force Barrett to stay on as coach until the end of his notice period, which is July next year ...

If they do that they will have a coach for the first half of the season that really couldn't give a **** about the club and is likely to walk out on them the second his notice period expires in July ... then they would need a new coach to try get to the finals (assuming they are still in contention)

meanwhile, all their prospective coaches are looking at the way the board is behaving and may have second thoughts about going for the job ... especially until we fill our 2020 coaching vacancy
 

Kimlo

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If anything Barrett will be doing his absolute best. I assume he still wants a career in coaching, and so he's effectively auditioning for a future role.
 

Foordy

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If what i've seen reported is even remotely true (I know it's a long shot), the the Tigers will be the big winners in this coaching merry-go-round and the Panthers the big losers ... they reported the other day that the Panthers would help the Tigers land Bennett (by either buying out his contract with Brisbane or helping the Tigers get to his required salary), which would then lead to them releasing Cleary ...

so lets look at this ... The Tigers get a 7 time premiership winner with a 65% winning record and the Panthers get a 0 time premiership winner with a 47% winning record ... Damn, that Gould is a shrewd businessman :clap:
 

Dexter

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If what i've seen reported is even remotely true (I know it's a long shot), the the Tigers will be the big winners in this coaching merry-go-round and the Panthers the big losers ... they reported the other day that the Panthers would help the Tigers land Bennett (by either buying out his contract with Brisbane or helping the Tigers get to his required salary), which would then lead to them releasing Cleary ...

so lets look at this ... The Tigers get a 7 time premiership winner with a 65% winning record and the Panthers get a 0 time premiership winner with a 47% winning record ... Damn, that Gould is a shrewd businessman :clap:
Yep, I don't get it either. Ciraldo has basically been told 2 years ahead he is gone and what happens if he happens to land a premiership?? or even go back to back?? ( unlikely I know but 1 premiership is a distinct possibllty ).

Gus is all over the place.
 

Alec

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Yep, I don't get it either. Ciraldo has basically been told 2 years ahead he is gone and what happens if he happens to land a premiership?? or even go back to back?? ( unlikely I know but 1 premiership is a distinct possibllty ).

Gus is all over the place.
If he wins a premiership, it'll help him get a future job.
 

Foordy

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Apparently Tony Archer changed the name of the refs award from the Bill Harrigan Award to the Russell Smith Award.

although it has only just been reported, this happened in his first year on the job ...

my question is what did Russell Smith ever do in the NRL to deserve an award to be named after him?
 

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