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Monday, 29 April 2013

Origin 2013: Predicted New South Wales Blues Team for Game 1 #Origin1 #NSWvQLD

NSW BLUES TEAM - GAME 1
Predicting what Laurie Daley goes with against Queensland

2013 NRL Premiership

By W D Nicolson - April 29, 2013


The confirmed NSW and QLD Game 1 Teams are here

Confirmed NSW SQUAD FOR GAME 1
1. Jarryd HAYNE
2. Brett MORRIS
3. Michael JENNINGS
4. Josh MORRIS
5. Blake FERGUSON
6. James MALONEY
7. Mitchell PEARCE
8. Paul GALLEN (c)
9. Robbie FARAH
10. James TAMOU
11. Ryan HOFFMAN
12. Luke LEWIS
13. Greg BIRD
BENCH:
14. Andrew FIFITA

15. John SUTTON or Josh REYNOLDS (both in camp)
16. Trent MERRIN
17. Anthony WATMOUGH
18. TBA
COACH: Laurie DALEY
PLEASE NOTE: Obviously this feature was published in late April - so it has evolved since. The actual NSW squad is below however - above the rest of the piece.
Our QLD Squad is here
Who makes Daley's Blues for Game 1? Find out below...

NRL 2013: Why do people keep forgetting Melbourne are pretty good? #Setof6 | Round 7 #NRLTweetPOTY Votes

7TH COMPLETE SET: Storm win streak means nothing? ANZAC Day needs expanding, Quotes, The Truth Hurts and more...
Round 7 News and Views and @NRLTweet Player of the Year Votes

2013 NRL Premiership

By W D Nicolson - April 29, 2013

This is a regular feature on www.wdnicolson.com - every week we will post a Set of 6 Tackles that form a Complete Set by the end of the Round. It also features Votes from Round 7 of The @NRLTweet Player of the Year Awards. Let us know what you think of each topic via @NRLTweet

ROUND 7 SET OF 6: Plenty more on why Melbourne don't get no respect below... |

Monday, 22 April 2013

Classic Footy Films: Watch Mal Meninga rip Easts to shreds...

MAL MENINGA'S RECORD DAY
Finally, here is proof of his 5 try and 9 goal bonanza in 1990.

Classic Footy Films

By W D Nicolson - April 22, 2013

The Mal Meninga Legend... 
Points Bonanza at Bruce

April 15 Easter Sunday, Round 5 of the 1990 Winfield Cup.
 CANBERRA 66 def EASTERN SUBURBS 4 

Here are all 38 points by Big Mal, including a couple of special tries scored by others on the day.

Meninga was an irresistible force that afternoon but the commentators still wanted to give fullback Gary Belcher Man of the Match despite Big Mal's 5 tries and 38 points!

But the big bonus in this video is John 'Chicka' Ferguson streaking down the field to set up a very young Laurie Daley... notice how Daley - some 15 years Ferguson's junior - struggles to keep up with the best pure winger I've ever seen play.

If you'd like to see www.wdnicolson.com put other big performances through the editing process - let us know what game and where that game can be found and we'll do the hard yards, because celebrating the true genius of yesteryear is hugely important in educating footy fans who think that today's stars are the be all and end all. That's certainly NOT the case kids!

So how do you rate Big Mal's 38 point bonanza? How about Fatty Vautin's defence? Share your memories.
Let us know by commenting below or replying on Twitter.
www.wdnicolson.com will have our NSW and QLD teams next week.

Friday, 19 April 2013

NRL 2013: Why Australia need to be the 'Evil Empire' in Rugby League #AusvNZ

ANZAC TEST PREVIEW
Why Australia need to win and Why NZ need to be competitive...

2013 NRL Premiership

By W D Nicolson - April 19, 2013


Why will the World Cup benefit from an Australian victory over New Zealand in the ANZAC Test tonight? 
Read on...
Are the Kangaroos still the 'Evil Empire' of International Rugby League?

Monday, 15 April 2013

NRL 2013: Test Football gets selective respect #Setof6 | Round 6 #NRLTweetPOTY Votes

6TH COMPLETE SET: Test Footy can't get no respect, Farah's the better man, City-Country IS important plus plenty more...
Round 6 News and Views and @NRLTweet Player of the Year Votes

2013 NRL Premiership

By W D Nicolson - April 15, 2013

Has the Rep Weekend opened a new loophole for clubs to disrespect Test Football?
This is a new feature on www.wdnicolson.com - every week we will post a Set of 6 Tackles that form a Complete Set by the end of the Round. It also features Votes from Round 6 of The @NRLTweet Player of the Year Awards. Let us know what you think @NRLTweet

ROUND 6 SET OF 6: Plenty more below including all of Round 6's Votes |

Monday, 8 April 2013

NRL 2013: The 5 Duds of 2013? #Setof6 | Gould's care factor? What winning costs? Round 5 Quotes #NRLTweetPOTY Votes

5TH COMPLETE SET: Snoozey stars, ASADA's unkind timing, Care factor zero, Obstruction of justice and Quotes from Round 5.
Round 5 News and Views and @NRLTweet Player of the Year Votes

2013 NRL Premiership

By W D Nicolson - April 8, 2013

Who are the 5 Stars snoozing their way through 2013 so far?
This is a new feature on www.wdnicolson.com - every week we will post a Set of 6 Tackles that form a Complete Set by the end of the Round. It also features Votes from Round 5 of The @NRLTweet Player of the Year Awards. Let us know what you think @NRLTweet

ROUND 5 SET OF 6: Plenty more below... |

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

NRL 2013: Ranking the Best of March - Cooper Cronk has his hands full | #NRLTweetPOTY Award Votes

BEST OF MARCH: Cooper Cronk and Melbourne set the standard
Reviewing the Opening Month + Round 4 @NRLTweet Player of the Year Votes

2013 NRL Premiership

By W D Nicolson - April 2, 2013

Cooper Cronk got the Chocolates in March - can anyone head him off for the Player of the Year?
This is a new feature on www.wdnicolson.com - every month we will post a recap of how Each of the 16 teams are travelling. It also features Votes from Round 4 of The @NRLTweet Player of the Year Awards. Let us know what you think via @NRLTweet

BEST OF MARCH: Cronk sets the standard and 'You are what your record says you Are' |