NRL (General Discussion)

Oh dear.

More alleged stupidity.

Cooper Cronk is seriously considering retirement from rugby league at the end of this season, 12 months before his contract expires at Melbourne Storm.

The 33-year-old playmaker wants to move to Sydney after recently becoming engaged to his partner, Fox Sports’ Tara Rushton.

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The NRL’s top expert on dealing with women says using a footy fixer to pressure a girlfriend into an abortion is “appalling”, as the Penrith Panthers yesterday insisted they were blindsided by the claims of a $50,000 payment made on ­behalf of their star player Bryce Cartwright.

Star’s abortion scandal

For some idiotic reason, we’re giving these Victorians another SOO game next year.

So stupid.

SOO in Melbourne

News Corporation reports that talks are well underway for the North Sydney Bears to buy the Gold Coast Titans and become the Gold Coast Bears.

Wests Tigers coach Jason Taylor is expected to be sacked sometime today.

Wests Tigers have terminated the contract of Head Coach Jason Taylor, effective immediately.

Assistant coach Andrew Webster will take charge of the team in the interim.

Webster returned to Wests Tigers this year after spending two seasons as an assistant coach at the Warriors.

Couldn’t agree more with what Snorkella has said on Triple M last night:

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Australia’s greatest sporting rivalry will be accompanied by three great Australian musical acts in 2017.

Birds of Tokyo will feature before Game One at Suncorp Stadium on May 31, Grinspoon will headline the only Sydney match, at ANZ Stadium on June 21, while Bernard Fanning will take centre stage for Origin Three at Suncorp Stadium on July 12.

NRL Chief Commercial Officer Andrew Abdo said he was excited to see three outstanding Australian acts perform during the Holden State of Origin series.

“Holden State of Origin is the best sporting entertainment available in this country so it will be great to see some exceptional Australian talent also performing at all three games this year,” Mr Abdo said.

"Clearly the main game is the premier act but what we will have alongside the footy will make this fantastic entertainment across the night for fans of rugby league as well as those who just love a great show.

“There has never been a better chance to experience Origin live while checking out some of the biggest names in Australian music. Every ticket includes free public transport and the precinct will be live from 6pm ensuring there is plenty of activity for fans of all ages to enjoy.”

Tickets are still available for all three Holden State of Origin matches.

The musical acts will add to the overall entertainment spectacular, which will include a lights out display and pyrotechnics.

The pre-match entertainment will also feature the launch of an innovative new Blatchys Blues SMARTWiG for Game Two.

The Blatchys SMARTWiG - with an LED antenna to light up when the lights go down and an in-built headphone connecting wearers to SMARTWiG radio - will be available exclusively to Blatchys ticket holders on at ANZ Stadium on June 21.

All tickets to Holden State of Origin Game II at ANZ Stadium on Wednesday 21 June include return travel on Sydney Trains, Sydney Olympic Park Major Event Buses, regular Sydney Buses and Sydney Ferries.

There will be frequent direct trains to Olympic Park. Fans are strongly encouraged to leave the car at home and take advantage of the numerous direct transport services in operation.

ANZ Stadium Chief Executive Officer, Daryl Kerry, said: “The winning game plan for fans is to leave yourself plenty of time to get out to the Sydney Olympic precinct early, enjoy the festivities, and be in your seat in time for the fantastic entertainment.”

For Games One and Three, fans travel free to and from Suncorp Stadium on Brisbane Transport Bus and Queensland Rail services by simply presenting your game day ticket. This free travel offer applies from midday until the last scheduled services on game day.

Fans are encouraged to arrive early, avoid the queues at the gates and catch the curtain-raiser games, not to mention the spectacular pre-game entertainment program.