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‘We are burning cash’: Club rugby joins calls for clarity on community sport

The Shute Shield’s scheduled return in July may have to be pushed back to August, which has not gone down well with clubs who feel left in the dark. Netball and football have already gone public with their concerns about a lack of detail regarding return-to-play protocols. Parsons feels the …

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McGregor’s deal was bad, but bringing Flanagan back early would be worse

Firstly, management of the St George Illawarra business circa 2019 was a calamity. Secondly, this year the Dragons face a Buridan’s ass of a dilemma (Google it). Thirdly, McGregor has missed his calling. He should be negotiating world peace for the UN. Coach Paul McGregor faces an uncertain future at …

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‘Bigger, stronger, fitter’: Eels coach praise for Gutherson

“It’s no good carrying an extra two or three kilos if they can’t get around the park. But everything Gutho does is about energy, and as long as he doesn’t lose that. We wouldn’t want him much heavier. Where he is now is his ideal weight.” Arthur said the only …

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‘Urgent’ action needed on rescue funding and senior resumption for NSW sport

“But there really are significant concerns about the ability to provide that sport for people throughout NSW. “For a lot of sports – including football and netball, the two biggest sports in NSW – the over 18s effectively subsidise the junior players through their registration fees. “They can’t afford to …

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‘Football needs a home’: FFA to lobby government for new base

The organisation will lobby the state government to help fund a training and administration centre that will serve as the long-term home for the Socceroos, Matildas and junior national teams down to under-15 age groups, as well as coaching and refereeing training centres. “We are a football organisation at our …

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Divided States of America: Tragic events vindicate Kaepernick’s stance

In hindsight, do we think it might have been wiser to acknowledge that Kaepernick had a point. An offer too good to be true John McEnroe? I can’t get that bastard off the blower! Well, not actually. But given that we crossed to him live last week on Channel Nine’s …

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NRL and clubs $25m apart in funding fracas

The NRL and its clubs are more than $25 million apart in negotiations to strike a financial rescue package aimed at ensuring all 16 survive the coronavirus crisis. The governing body proposed a package of $5.4m per club to get them through from June to October this year, as part …

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Wallabies trio linked to USA move as Rennie pay looms as flash point

A depressed domestic player market seems a certain outcome, but even getting to that point could be a rocky process. The current 60 per cent agreement is valid until the end of September but must be re-negotiated as soon as RA secures a deal with Foxtel on what the broadcaster …

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‘I was paying my respects’: Terry Lamb on his NRL biosecurity breach

Canterbury risk being fined after club legend Terry Lamb was captured on camera breaching social-distancing rules by shaking hands with several players, including star playmaker Kieran Foran. Lamb was forced to undergo an urgent COVID-19 test on Thursday night and players ordered not to train again until his results were …

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NRL 2020 LIVE: Sydney Roosters belt Brisbane Broncos 59-0 in rout

That’s all from us on a record-breaking night. The T R Y on my keyboard desperately needs a rest. Remember when I tipped the Roosters by 8 tonight at the start of the blog? Bizarrely, I would have been closer if I said 80. Enjoy your weekend … and keep …

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