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The all-time great rugby league books

The all-time great rugby league books

The 1980s and 1990s witnessed a serious boom in rugby league book publishing, with everyone from Wayne Pearce to Ray Price putting their life stories and footy journeys down on paper. 11 Oct 2018
Koori Knockout evokes Ella boys’ start in rugby league

Koori Knockout evokes Ella boys’ start in rugby league

Mark Ella went on to become one of the all-time legends of Australian rugby union, but it was the 13-man code he and his brothers grew up playing. 27 Sep 2018
Sydney Football Stadium takes shape in 1987

Sydney Football Stadium takes shape in 1987

This is the brand new $62 million Sydney Football Stadium as it neared completion at Moore Park back in the late 1980s. 20 Sep 2018
Farewell Sydney Football Stadium

Farewell Sydney Football Stadium

Since 1988 this iconic 40,000-seat Moore Park venue, known to so many as simply “The Footy Stadium”, has been the setting for some of the most dramatic moments in rugby league history. 18 Sep 2018
Royce fights back from injury to win 1991 grand final

Royce fights back from injury to win 1991 grand final

For many Penrith fans, the image of inspirational figure Royce Simmons embracing the Winfield Cup after fulltime remains the most powerful memory of the club’s finest moment. But it almost didn’t happen for the great man. 13 Sep 2018
Greatest rugby league upsets of all time

Greatest rugby league upsets of all time

Is there anything better in the 13-player code than an underdog team getting the better of their much-fancied rivals? Probably not. 22 Aug 2018
Greg Florimo: the skateboard kid

Greg Florimo: the skateboard kid

Greg Florimo played 285 games for his beloved North Sydney Bears from 1986-1998, but it’s an adventure he had ahead of his first run-on game which still catches fans’ imagination. 16 Aug 2018
Ugliest rugby league brawl of all-time

Ugliest rugby league brawl of all-time

Feathers flew and jet engines burnt out as Newtown and Manly exchanged pleasantries just minutes into their 1981 semi-final. 10 Aug 2018
How rugby league scored Tina Turner for its promo

How rugby league scored Tina Turner for its promo

America’s queen of rock Tina Turner became the face and sound of rugby league across the late 1980s and early 1990s, but it didn’t happen the way you might think. 9 Aug 2018
Fatty mistakes Ben Ikin for autograph hunter

Fatty mistakes Ben Ikin for autograph hunter

Teenager Ben Ikin’s introduction to the Queensland Maroons camp back in 1995 is one of the all-time great rugby league stories. 8 Aug 2018
1991 was end of long, hard road for fans: Brandy

1991 was end of long, hard road for fans: Brandy

Here, rugby league commentator Greg Alexander celebrates Fox League's “Retro Round” by looking back on his beloved Penrith Panthers’ debut premiership win in 1991 ... 25 Jul 2018
The Raging Bull’s year in exile

The Raging Bull’s year in exile

Gorden Tallis was a rising 20-year-old star when he was forced to sit out the 1996 rugby league season due to a contract dispute with the St George Dragons during the Super League war. 23 Jul 2018
Belcher’s bruising welcome to Sydney first grade

Belcher’s bruising welcome to Sydney first grade

Queensland boy Gary Belcher will never forget his introduction to Sydney rugby league. Growing up, he knew nothing about how they did things footy-wise in the harbour city. He did, however, receive a very quick education upon arrival into the NSWRL. 17 Jul 2018
Docherty kicks Steelers to Tooheys Challenge glory

Docherty kicks Steelers to Tooheys Challenge glory

The Illawarra Steelers’ victory over a star-studded Brisbane Broncos outfit in the final of the 1992 Tooheys Challenge Cup at Dubbo’s Apex Park remains one of the great matches for rugby league trainspotters. 12 Jul 2018
We were lucky to work while playing: Garry Jack

We were lucky to work while playing: Garry Jack

The landscape for today’s retiring fulltime professional NRL players looks brighter than it was for legendary Balmain Tigers fullback Garry Jack’s generation, who had to slog through a full-time job while maintaining their footy careers. 11 Jul 2018
League Legends Roundtable

League Legends Roundtable

In February 2017, Inside Sport caught up with Paul Langmack, Laurie Daley and Peter and Graeme Wynn at the Dry Dock Hotel in Balmain. Here, we release the full version of our amazing interview from that day. 6 Jul 2018