In a country that has largely avoided political and cultural hyper-partisanship, the Barassi Line is perhaps our strongest sociographic dividing characteristic, and certainly novel globally.
A 1971 High Court ruling on rugby league contracts set an important Australian precedent on human rights. Fifty years on, we need to decide if players deserve the right to a presumption of innocence.
Research shows that hosting sport and other events rarely deliver the economic and tourism benefits commonly attributed to them.
The two-referee system was introduced to improve the flow of the game. So where’s the evidence to say dropping one ref would be any better for the game?
A look at the past results shows there is some advantage to a team playing at home and winning the first game in State of Origin.
It’s not easy being a ref. Everyone’s your critic, and you have to run more than 8km each match to keep up with the play.
Where else but on the sports field can an under-educated and even a troubled Aboriginal youth achieve celebrity status and social mobility?
There is no major sporting competition in the world that has enjoyed such a run without crowning back-to-back champions as the NRL.
The rules favour the few.
The rugby league world cup final on December 2 is between traditional heavyweights Australia and England. But the real story is the rise of diaspora national sides like Tonga, Fiji and Lebanon.
The NRL is trying to reduce its exposure to the integrity risks posed by spot-fixing.
Alex McKinnon’s case marks the first time a player has directly sued rugby league’s national governing body over an on-field injury in Australia.
The 2016 State of Origin rugby league competition is over for another year and the focus has shifted to off-field events with claims for compensation for brain injury.
The data shows NRL referees get it right most of the time. So why do they still cop criticism?
Regardless of the World Cup final result, rugby union is dwarfed by the three other major football codes in Australia’s competitive football landscape.
The Cowboys will have to deal with more than just the Dally M “curse” if they’re to beat the Broncos in this weekend’s all Queensland NRL Grand Final.
Three down, just one preseason game to go before Australian Jarryd Hayne will know if he’s made it play for the San Francisco 49ers in the competitive US NFL season.
The AFL draws the biggest crowds in the country and its growth has been driven by female fans being drawn to the game and sticking with it as they get older.
There is a tension between views of players’ rights under employment contracts and their responsibilities – both ethically and contractually
When the final siren sounds at Sydney’s Olympic Stadium on Sunday night either the South Sydney Rabbitohs or Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs will be crowned as 2014 National Rugby League (NRL) Premiers…