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Big League Weekly Edition

2018 - Season Review

Your weekly guide to the NRL season, including the entire Final Series, the souvenir Grand Final program and our bumper Season Review. Every week Big League will feature stories on the big names, preview the big games and continue our popular Little League section for the young rugby league fans. With official team-lists, extensive statistics and up-to-date news, Big League provides everything you need to follow the NRL.

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cronk commands praise after wounded heroics

MAKING A WHOLE: Roosters halves Luke Keary and Cooper Cronk (PHOTO: Robb Cox/NRLPhotos.com) FROM the moment the Roosters took the field last Sunday night, all eyes were on halfback Cooper Cronk. The 34-year-old playmaker was in doubt to play right up until the day before with what was initially believed to be a rotator cuff injury.It was revealed after the game that he actually had a fractured scapula, suffered in the Roosters’ preliminary final win over the Rabbitohs a week earlier. To put into perspective the severity of Cronk’s injury, Wests Tigers five-eighth Josh Reynolds suffered a minor fracture to his scapula earlier this year and was sidelined for five weeks.Cronks’ heroics were revered by his team-mates, opposition players, the media and fans alike. But no one summed…

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kicking off

THERE are few better words than ‘triumph’ to describe what the Roosters have been able to achieve this year – and the grand final was a fitting end to a remarkable campaign. It wasn’t that they beat the Storm that was surprising, it was how resoundingly they did it – and with 12-and-a-half players as well thanks to Cooper Cronk’s broken scapula. Few teams have been able to so easily curtail the Storm’s attack, but had it not been for Josh Addo-Carr’s tearaway try, the defending premiers would have failed to find the line. The first half was perfectly executed by the Roosters, they suffocated the Storm from all sides and found the line with ease. The tributes paid to wounded warriors Cronk and Blake Ferguson, as well as…

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calls to grow nrlw in 2019

CHASING THE ACTION: Brittany Breayley has requested more NRLW games next year DALLY M Female Player of the Year Brittany Breayley has called on the NRL to extend the length of the NRLW next season.With just three matches in the inaugural regular season, Breayley would like to see at least double the number of games for the second campaign.Despite hoping for extra time on the park, the Brisbane hooker praised the NRL’s decision to start the competition in 2018 and said she doesn’t want to see more teams introduced yet in order to keep the standard high.“I would like to see a really competitive comp,”Breayleytold Big League. “Atthis stage we still want to see a lot of quality within the game. I’d like to see the minimum number…

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new-look aussie sides ready for test battles

ROOSTERS fullback James Tedesco has capped off a stunning season by being selected in the Kangaroos squad for the upcoming Test matches against New Zealand and Tonga.He’s set to make his Test debut for Australia alongside fellow uncapped players Damien Cook, Latrell Mitchell and Tyrone Peachey.Tedesco has been in fine form this year, helping the Blues win State of Origin series and the Roosters the grand final.“I’ve won an Origin series and a premiership now, but I haven’t debuted for Australia yet so that’s the next exciting thing to achieve,” Tedesco told Big League.“To be able to do it over the next few weeks would be surreal and would top off a great season. It’s been a great year for me.”Following the representative retirement of Cameron Smith, Cook will…

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storm won’t point fingers at munster

INTO EXILE: Cameron Munster is sent to the sin-bin CAMERON Munster had a game to forget during the grand final, but Storm team-mate Josh Addo-Carr says no one can blame the five-eighth for the final result.Munster became the first player in grand final history to be sin-binned twice in the same game and was lucky not to have been sent from the field for kicking Joseph Manu in the head. He avoided suspension but was slapped with a $1,400 fine.The Queensland representative also had a quiet night in attack and bombed a try late in the match – but Addo-Carr says the onus falls on the entire team.“He didn’t cost us the game,” Addo-Carrtold Big League. “We weren’t at our best and no one has the right to…

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roosters well-equipped for title defence

THE dust has barely settled on their premiership success, but questions are already being asked as to whether the Roosters can become the first team since the Broncos in 1992 and 1993 to go back-to-back in a unified competition.The cost of success generally means teams lose several high-profile players and are forced into a mini pre-season rebuild, but in this case, Trent Robinson has retained the bulk of the grand final-winning squad.Blake Ferguson (Eels) will be the biggest loss, while they’ll also lose depth with Ryan Matterson, Paul Momirovski and Sean O’Sullivan moving on.However, the Tri-colours have managed to strengthen their squad, with Angus Crichton coming from the Rabbitohs, while veteran wingers Brett Morris and Ryan Hall – who will miss the start of the season with a knee…