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Discuss anything related to the 2012 season of Australia's National Rugby League here :)



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NRL All Stars coach Wayne Bennett has unveiled his 2012 All Stars team, voted by more than 30,000 fans.
Bennett has used his two picks for the side to include Dragons captain Ben Hornby, and newly appointed Panthers skipper Luke Lewis.
The Rugby League All Stars game takes place on February 4 at Skilled Park on the Gold Coast, with the Indigenous All Stars team still to be finalised.
NSW and Sharks captain Paul Gallen was again the most popular player, gaining over 8000 votes to be the public favourite for the second successive year, finishing 333 votes ahead of debutant Cooper Cronk.

The full NRL All Stars team is:
1. Josh Dugan (Canberra Raiders)
2. Jason Nightingale (St George Illawarra Dragons)
3. Jack Reed (Brisbane Broncos)
4. Michael Jennings (Penrith Panthers)
5. Manu Vatuvei (New Zealand Warriors)
6. Benji Marshall (captain) (Wests Tigers)* (Automatic Selection)
7. Cooper Cronk (Melbourne Storm)
8. Kade Snowden (Newcastle Knights)
9. Cameron Smith (Melbourne Storm)* (Automatic Selection)
10. Luke Bailey (Gold Coast Titans)
11. Nathan Hindmarsh (Parramatta Eels)
12. David Taylor (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
13. Paul Gallen (Cronulla Sharks)
Interchange
14. Adam Blair (Wests Tigers)
15. Frank Pritchard (Canterbury Bulldogs)
16. Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Sydney Roosters)
17. Tony Williams (Manly Sea Eagles)
18. Brent Tate (North Queensland Cowboys)
Coach’s Selections
19. Luke Lewis (Penrith Panthers)
20. Ben Hornby (St George Illawarra Dragons)

The two teams will be playing for the Arthur Beetson Cup, named after the Aboriginal league legend who died on the Gold Coast late last year.

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John Raper and Melbourne Storm's Billy Slater have been honoured with their stamps as part of Australia Post's Australian Legends series, this year paying tribute to the greatest players from each of the country's four football codes (Aussie Rules, rugby league, rugby union and soccer).

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The players represented are:
Aussie Rules - Gary Ablett Jr. (Gold Coast Suns captain) and Ron Barassi
Rugby League - John Raper and Billy Slater (Melbourne Storm)
Rugby Union - David Campese and David Pocock
Soccer - Mark Schwarzer (Fulham and Socceroos goalkeeper) and Joe Marston

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Coops show the QLD selectors who the better half back is.

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Melbourne's Cameron Smith has withdrawn from next week NRL All Stars match due to a shoulder problem and has been replaced by North Queensland hooker Aaron Payne. The Australia Day call up completes a big week for Payne whose wife Laura gave birth to their second child Naida on Wednesday.
St George Illawarra and New Zealand utility Nathan Fien has also been called into the NRL All Stars squad as a replacement for Dragons teammate Ben Hornby.
Hornby, who was named as one of Wayne Bennett's two squad selections, has been ruled out of the clash with the Indigenous All Stars for next week's clash on the Gold Coast due to a thigh strain.

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Greg Inglis will undergo scans on Sunday to determine the extent of the ankle injury the South Sydney superstar sustained in Saturday's NRL All Stars clash on the Gold Coast.
Inglis left Skilled Park on crutches, his left ankle wrapped in a moonboot, after his Indigenous All Stars side went down 36-28 to the NRL All Stars in a thrilling encounter.
The Queensland centre fell to the floor in agony after scoring his side's fifth try 12 minutes from time, but Indigenous coach Laurie Daley said Inglis was confident the problem was not too serious.
"He thinks it's not too bad," Daley said.
"It is the same ankle that he hurt last year but he will have scans to work out how bad it is, but he is OK about it."
Wayne Bennett's side outscored Laurie Daley's men by six tries to five, in a match played at breakneck speed throughout.
Scoring the first three tries of the second half including a sensational effort from last year's man of the match Josh Dugan, the NRL All Stars raced out to 30-22 lead with 15 minutes remaining.
The trial "Power Play" option, where each team can select two players from the opposition to exit the field for a five minute period, was used beautifully by the Indigenous team.
With their final use, Inglis scored to reduce the deficit to two points after a crafty set play.
However it wasn't all joy for the big Rabbitoh as he limped from the field with a suspected serious ankle injury.
Whatever joy wasn't shattered by the injury to Inglis, was certainly expelled when Manu 'The Beast' Vatuvei went from villain to hero with a try that broke the Indigenous team's back.
The NRL All Stars' 36-28 victory is their second straight win.
Earlier in the first half, the Indigenous All Stars raced out to an early lead with tries to winger Nathan Merritt and Broncos flyer Jharal Yow Yeh.
A scintillating 30th minute effort from Cowboys team-mates Johnathan Thurston and Matt Bowen threw the game wide open at 18-6, after Bowen pounced on a Thurston chip.
The NRL side hit back soon after through Frank Pritchard and Luke Lewis.
With the Indigenous lead slimming, Merritt scored try number two to restore some comfort to the 22-12 half-time lead.

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the ARL commission has officially taken control of the game today, 3 weeks before the 2012 season is due to begin and 1 week prior to the WCC/Charity Shield.http://www.nrl.com/red-letter-day-as-commission-takes-control/tabid/10874/newsid/65806/default.aspx

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The long-awaited new Australian Rugby League Commission has been officially launched by chairman John Grant and hailed as a great new era for rugby league by NRL chief executive David Gallop.
The commission, which has been almost four years in the making, will take over the game with immediate effect with the former ARL dissolved at a meeting at 8:30am (AEDT) on Friday ahead of a media conference which also commemorated the opening the code's new headquarters at Moore Park.
"We finally have the result we wanted," Grant said.
"Rugby league has today achieved something many sporting competitions around the world are working very, very hard on and that's independent governance.
"More importantly it's been done at a time when the game is in great shape. Let me acknowledge the leap of faith the game has taken."
Long-standing NRL boss Gallop will assume a similar role with the new commission which is made up of seven other members from the business world.
Gallop said the rugby league was ready to dive into an exciting new era, with new opportunities for players and grass roots communities.
"It's a special day because it's a day when rugby league springboards into the future and that springboard can only happen because of the success and the strength of the game going into the 2012 season," he said.
"The game is built on strong foundation stones, we have the closest sporting competition of it's kind in the world and our players and clubs are regarded for making a positive difference in the community.
"The game has always been about innovation over it's more than 100 years of history."
The new set-up also brings to a close News Limited's 17-year involvement in the running of the NRL.
The new board members are Gary Pemberton, the man widely credited with securing record broadcasting rights for the Sydney Olympics, Harris Farm founder and chairwoman Catherine Harris; brand strategist Ian Elliot and business heavyweights Peter Gregg and Jeremy Sutcliffe.
Highly-respected Indigenous educationalist Dr Chris Sarra - Queensland's Australian of the Year in 2009 and a key figure in the Indigenous All Stars concept - is also on board along with former New South Wales skipper Wayne Pearce.
The end of the current ARL will not affect the NSWRL and QRL, which will continue to oversee representative sides in their respective states.
The Country Rugby League will merge with the NSWRL and be based at the new HQ in Sydney.
Also on Friday, the NRL's new $20 million headquarters was officially opened, with Federal Infrastructure Minister Anthony Albanese saying Rugby League Central would become the home of the sport in Australia.
The Federal Government chipped in $11 million of the $20 million needed to build the four-storey building at Moore Park, with the NRL funding $7.5 million and the NSW Government $1.1 million.

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Former player Matthew Johns has joined Fox Sports to be part of its NRL coverage. He will host NRL on Fox on Wednesday nights and be the anchor of Monday Night Football.
2GB rugby league commentator and weekday morning host Ray Hadley has signed a 12-month deal with Channel Nine and will call the second Friday night game (which will be mainly matches broadcast live into Brisbane and delayed into Sydney). Andrew Voss has been demoted to no.3. Apparently Hadley is not friendly with Nine's Peter Sterling or Paul Vautin.

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The ARL Commission has made its first major decision today, scrapping the McIntyre System for the finals in favour of the current AFL model.
The commission, which came into power this month after a protracted delay, acted on a recommendation to adopt a new finals series model, in which the top four and bottom four teams will be split into separate pools.
The former ARL used the model in 1995-96 before opting for the McIntyre System.
The system means the top four teams are assured of remaining in the competition even if they lose on the opening weekend of the finals. The top two teams are each guaranteed two home games.

The NRL finals schedule for 2012
Week one (Sept 7-9)
1st qualifying final: 1st (H) v 4th (A)
1st elimination final: 5th (H) v 8th (A)
2nd elimination final: 6th (H) v 7th (A)
2nd qualifying final: 2nd (H) v 3rd (A)

Week two (Sept 14-15)
1st semi-final: Loser of 1 v 4 (H) plays winner of 5 v 8 (A)
2nd semi-final: Loser of 2 v 3 (A) plays winner of 6 v 7 (H)

Week three (Sept 21-22)
1st preliminary final: winner of 1 v 4 (H) plays winner of 2nd semi-final (A)
2nd preliminary final: Winner of 2 v 3 (H) plays winner of 1st semi-final (A)

Week four (Sept 30)
grand final

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Benji Marshall, Akuila Uate, Brett Stewart and Ben Barba are among the stars to feature in the NRL's new 2012 television commercial which will launch the season tonight.
Continuing the Our House theme from last year, the advertisement is interlaced with new footage of Jon Bovi performing his hit song.
The commercial, which will be officially launched tonight at a function at the new Rugby League Central building in Moore Park, is similar to the 2011 version but contains highlights from last season and Bon Jovi performing live.

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the new ad's pretty good, I was almost in it thanks to where I sit during Storm games.

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Welcome to the 2012 Posted Image Season + Tipping Competition

I'd like to welcome back all last years tippers & It would great to see some new forumers do it this year

Competition Information:

Competition Name: Delta Goodrem Forum Tipping

Online Password: DeltaGoodrem

Competition Link: http://www.footytips...au/comps/DeltaG

TIPPING REGISTRATIONS FOR 2012 ARE NOW OPEN TIL THURSDAY 1ST MARCH

If your new for 2012 Tipping You will need to create an account If you haven't already got one Follow the Competition Link to sign up for an account

N.B Previous Members Don't need to click on the above link all you need to do is log in and you will be re registered for this Year

P.S. If you need help please talk to me on Windows Live Messenger at deanobennett@hotmail.com or email me

Please leave your name (just your first name will do) and forum name here so I know who is doing it

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Every time you tip 8 out of 8 in the NRL Season, you'll win a WHOPPER!!!

Good Luck For The 2012 NRL Season ;)

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Yay the NRL tipping competition is back :D I hope my tips are better than those last year :)

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same, already done mine for next week.

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I can change that people that don't tip get 0 in a round and i can also add 1 bonus points for people who get 8/8 do u all think that is a good change or leave it as it is to all the away teams with the maximum of 5?

Would like your thoughts!!!
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1 bonus point for people who get 8/8 will be great :D

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yeah it would be, not only do we get a whopper but we get a bonus point.

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Made the Bonus Point only available to the Regular Home & Away Rounds :)
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Australian Rugby League Commission chairman John Grant has left the door open for a possible funding boost for the Storm to help grow the game in Melbourne.
Grant says the Storm are a long-term club and deserve to be given every possible assistance.
"It's tough territory down here. This is AFL territory," Grant told reporters.
"It's a bit like AFL going to Greater Western Sydney.
"So they need a lot of support through the administration in order to be a team that's going to prosper over the long term.
"This is about sustainable footy clubs. When you put a stake in the ground around a footy club like this, this has got to be the 100-year footy club.
"So you've got to put in."

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The NRL has promised to work with the Cowboys to eliminate future monsoonal clashes with home games.
For the second straight week North Queensland are certain to be hit hard by the big wet drenching the region this Saturday, reinforcing the reason for their pre-season request for minimal clashes at Dairy Farmers Stadium in March.
Despite asking for just one home game in the month, they received three out of a possible four.
It has affected crowd numbers, with under 8,500 hardy supporters turning out for the Cowboys' rain-soaked win over Parramatta - about half of the usual attendance - while a similar figure is being predicted for this weekend.
That, in turn, affects the club's bottom line.
But NRL director of football operations Nathan McGuirk said the governing body hoped to resolve the problem for 2013.
"I mentioned to Peter (Cowboys chief executive Jourdain) that we should sit down together and take a good look at changing weather patterns that may be getting later every year," he said yesterday.
"So it's relevant to sit down with the Cowboys prior to doing the draw and discussing what ways we can avoid similar situations."
Jourdain said he believed it was a step in the right direction.
"They're very open to working out a strategy for us for next year, which is good," he said.

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