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James Thompson

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NRL All Stars Shine in Rugby League’s 2021 Return

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Two cultures with historic ties to rugby league met on the traditional land of the Bindal and Wulgurukaba people with two high-intensity matches to welcome the game into 2021. These were the men’s and women’s NRL All-Stars matches, the concept in its third iteration as a clash between the NRL’s finest players of Indigenous Australian and New Zealand Maori heritage. They’ve become popular spectacles most notable for the passionate war cries of the respective competitors. First up was the women’s …

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“Worst Maroons Team in 40 Years” Wins State of Origin

Qld Maroons Celebrate Origin 2020

The Queensland Maroons have defied the odds to defeat the New South Wales Blues 2-1 in the State of Origin series. After being dubbed the “worst” side in Origin history, the Maroons lifted the Shield in front of nearly 50,000 of their loyal fans in what is the most attended sporting event since the beginning of March. This series, which celebrated 40 years of the State of Origin concept in Australian rugby league, was held across three consecutive Wednesdays after …

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Queensland win their first Women’s State of Origin

The Women'S Queensland Maroons Won Their First State Of Origin Shield. (Screenshot: Nrl)

The Queensland Maroons have won their first Women’s State of Origin title against the New South Wales Blues with the young guns in their spine leading the charge. Fullback Tamika Upton kickstarted the Maroons’ 24-18 victory while Tarryn Aiken’s best-on-ground performance included a try and an assist. It was a night of firsts for women’s rugby league, with the game played at the Sunshine Coast Stadium in Queensland after the inaugural two State of Origin matches were held at North …

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NRL Grand Finals – Broncos Claim Three-Peat, Storm Hold On

The Two Nrl Premiership Winning Teams Lift The Trophies

The 2020 NRL Grand Finals have made history. The Brisbane Broncos claimed a third straight NRLW Premiership before the Melbourne Storm survived a comeback to claim the men’s trophy after a hard year on the road. Here’s a quick recap of the big plays of the games. NRLW Grand Final While the sun was still out, the women’s game kicked off the big day with a showdown between the Brisbane Broncos and the Sydney Roosters. The Broncos struck early with …

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AFL Premiers 2020 – Richmond Tigers (Three out of Four Ain’t Bad)

Dustin Martin Of The Richmond Tigers Celebrates At The 2020 Afl Grand Final

Richmond Tigers have made it back-to-back premierships and three from the past four years at the 2020 AFL Grand Final in Brisbane. Read on to see how the game progressed, quarter by quarter. First Quarter The AFL Grand Final kicked off in gruelling, injury-ridden fashion as the two clubs struggled to trouble the scorers in the early minutes. In a five-second span, Richmond’s Nick Vlastuin and Cats veteran Gary Ablett both went down, eventually being taken off before play could …

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