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In 2008 Manly were supposedly ‘flying under the radar’ – that was until they won the Grand Final 40-0. This year has been similar, but their second-half performance against Brisbane on Friday night should have the Rugby League community on high alert.

Sure, many will argue that they were playing a team without three of their stars and that they still have a lot to prove. But the Sea Eagles have been going about their business all year. They have won eight from 11 matches and six of their past seven. Against Brisbane they were slick, committed and came up with some absolutely stunning tries. Just when you thought Jamie Lyon had scored the most spectacular try of the night, along came Brett Stewart with a freakish one handed pick-up and pass in the same motion to put Daly Cherry-Evans over for his second. And most people accept that ‘snake’ is still a long way from being fully fit. What will happen when he hits full strength?

While St George Illawarra is deservedly the competition favourites, Manly are looking more and more like the real deal in 2011.

The Women in League Round was launched at Leichhardt Oval this week, Paying tribute to the 50,000 women at the heart of the game. Each year the round recognises the role women play at all levels of Rugby League. This year’s initiative was boosted by a surge in female playing numbers, which at the end of 2010 were up 12% to 5,490 for women and girls playing in regular competitions, and a staggering 52% to 750,000 for girls taking part in school programs.

Click here to see all the action at the launch

One in two men will be diagnosed with cancer before they are 85. Round 13 is the NRL's Call-To-Arms round, with every NRL club helping promoting the message of cancer awareness. The Cronulla Sharks got behind the Call-to-Arms campaign with a number of players shaving their heads. You can watch the video here

State of Origin II at ANZ Stadium is right around the corner, and is giving you the chance to win tickets for you and 19 mates!

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• There has been a 10,000-strong increase in the number of female volunteers, referees and administrators involved in the game over the last two years, with a marked rise also in the number of women occupying NRL Club management and board positions.


Bulldogs’ Century of Payne – Local junior Corey Payne has returned to where it all started, back to Belmore where he won two Jersey Flegg Premierships - now he is set to celebrate his 100th NRL game.

Official View – The referees co-coaches look back at the crucial calls from State of Origin I.

NRL Mailbox – This week we answered your questions on the hot topic of players as role models.

Guest columnist for the week – Kevin Walters thinks Queensland only need to make one change when their team is announced on Tuesday.

Where are they now? – We catch up with Raiders and Roosters Premiership winner Brett Mullins.

Stats Insider – we look at your team and when they fire in defense. COLUMNISTS

You can now access all our opinion writers in the one location! Each week their latest column will be featured and you can find them all here.

Sterling Gold – Peter Sterling names his NSW lineup for State of Origin II, calling for three changes.

In Touch – Leila McKinnon calls on NSW fans to try and match the ‘madness’ of Queensland fans and level the series.

Inside Word – Trent Barrett defends Wednesday night Origin, saying players pride themselves on backing up for club games.

Coach’s Box – Graham Murray says a switch to Monday night Origin games is the way to go.

Next Gen – Matt Russell says Sharks’ young gun Jake Walsh had the best debut he has ever seen in the Toyota Cup.

On the Road – Steve Mascord looks at the possibility of a mid season cup during State of Origin.

From the Mind of Middo – David Middleton looks at the history of the club vs representative fixtures which has been going on longer than you may think.


Updated Team Lists

Eels v Dragons / Last time they played

Sharks v Broncos / Last time they played

Titans v Panthers / Last time they played

Roosters v Warriors / Last time they played

Bulldogs v Sea Eagles / Last time they played

Raiders v Cowboys / Last time they played

Rabbitohs v Storm / Last time they played

Tigers v Knights / Last time they played


Women in League launch

Call to Arms - close shave with the Sharks

Bulldogs slip and slide in the wet

NRL News - with Joel Caine

Round 13 Late Mail - with Peter Sterling

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