There's clearly a growing enthusiasm for the sport but our experts crunched the numbers to see if this is just more middle-aged men in lycra (Mamils).
Referee Jared Maxwell gestures during this year’s Round 5 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the Brisbane Broncos.
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The data shows NRL referees get it right most of the time. So why do they still cop criticism?
The Southern Stars celebrate winning the Royal London One Day International Series in 2015.
There's been plenty of commentary about Novak Djokovic's recent remarks on women's bodies and the pay gap in sport. He's right that men and women are different – but female athletes are working a lot harder.
Even before the Grand National’s official starting date of 1839, British horse racing saw plenty of drama.
Neck and neck on the line.
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Has horse racing become too risky for the runners?
The AFL season opened this week. But on the day that Collingwood was slated to play Sydney, the media was focusing on much more than the footy. The Herald Sun alleged that 11 Collingwood players had positive…
Cruyff, a cultural figure as well as a footballing one.
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Why the loss of the pioneering great, Johan Cruyff, is being felt beyond the world of football.
Men's tennis number one offered an apology for comments made but truth is, it's a view long-held by many.
Hawthorn Hawks played better than expected in 2015 and beat the West Coast Eagles in the AFL Grand Final at the MCG.
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The path to grand final victory in AFL can be paved with many wins and losses. But it's measuring how a team plays against an expected result that can help them improve.
Predicting the outcome of each of the 198 AFL home-and-away matches is no small task.
If you're looking to win your colleagues' and friends’ respect in a footy tipping competition you can do a whole lot worse than simply tuning out of the countless hours of TV and radio analysis.
Virtual reality is improving in leaps and bounds.
From education to sport to sex, virtual reality has dozens of applications, and we're only just scratching the surface of its potential today.
Try convincing Australian sports fans that Hawthorn’s dominance in the AFL is purely down to a cosmological coin flip.
Sport is by its very nature unpredictable, and that's why we love it.
Halo Sport headset - unfair advantage?
It's not clear if transcranial direct current stimulation can give sportspeople an unfair competitive advantage, but it's time to give it serious consideration.
Ronda Rousey ( R ) and Bethe Correa battle it out in 2015.
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Brutal beginnings to aggressive marketing – how UFC gave momentum to take MMA mainstream.
Rugby: a character-building but potentially health-damaging sport.
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A sports ethics expert considers the concern over tackling in school rugby.
Level playing field? Jamie Vardy causes panic in the Manchester City defence.
Moneyball tactics and a deluge of new money have served up a season of shocks and drama.
Can the Cowboys do it again and win a back to back NRL grand final?
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The North Queensland Cowboys will be hoping to win back-to-back grand finals in this year's NRL. But what about that old saying on winning and losing?
But who’s the favourite?
FIFA stands on the cusp of a new era. Here are the chances of the men who want to take on the challenge.
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Health risks loom as weekend athletes aiming to beat their mates become a new frontline for anti-doping.
Concussions are common in sport, especially NFL, but few realise just how damaging a concussion is to the brain.
The link between concussion and irreversible brain injury is particularly troubling, especially given the dominance of Australia’s contact sporting culture.