The balancing act that will define the Dragons in the 2022 NRL season

In the big book of rugby league clichés, it’s up there with “training the house down” and “giving full credit to the boys”. But the old adage “they’ve got a good mix of youth and experience” will be put to the ultimate test in 2022 by St George Illawarra. The Dragons boast five players with 200 … Read more

Solomon Islands leader says he won’t bow down to ‘the forces of evil’ as no-confidence motion fails

Mr Sogavare said that if he resigned it would be a message to the nation’s young people “that whenever we are not happy with those in authority, we take the laws into our own hands”. “This is a very dangerous message to our people and future generations.” Opponents accused Mr Sogavare and his government of … Read more

Young Australian surfer qualifies for World Surf League Championship Tour

Gold Coast surfer Liam O’Brien has joined the sport’s elite and qualified for next year’s World Surf League Championship Tour. Key points: O’Brien made the semifinal of the Rottenest Island event in WA last year He will compete at Hawaii’s Pipeline event in late January  Mick Fanning was the last Australian male to win a surfing … Read more

Wayne Bennett pays tribute to a ‘pretty special bloke’

Dolphins coach Wayne Bennett was thinking about “a pretty special bloke” as he flew to Rockhampton for the announcement of an alliance with the Central Queensland Capras. Key points: Cyril Connell was the Brisbane Broncos chief talent scout for almost 20 years   Wayne Bennett credits Connell for finding most of the Brisbane Bronco’s star players  Connell had an … Read more

Perth loses fifth Ashes Test due to WA quarantine rules, no decision on replacement venue

The fifth and final Ashes Test will not be played in Perth after Cricket Australia decided to move the match due to Western Australia’s COVID-19 restrictions. Australia and England were hoping the Western Australian government would give exemptions for players and staff to avoid lengthy quarantines, but they faced a 14-day stint on arriving in Perth. … Read more

Fury over ‘cold’ reaction to soldier’s death

Ryan Goodwin was abandoned by the same organisation that shaped him into a weapon, with his grieving family scathing of the SA soldier’s support mechanisms. It was a highly efficient and proactive machine that recruited Ryan Goodwin and taught him how to fight. But when the young man’s duty was done, that very same system … Read more

Officials Assess Damage After at Least 14 Killed in Mount Semeru Volcanic Eruption in Indonesia’s East Java

By 4:21PM December 6, 2021 At least 14 people were killed after the Mount Semeru volcano erupted in Indonesia’s East Java, the Indonesia National Disaster Management Authority (BNPD) said on December 5. The volcano violently erupted on December 4, throwing giant plumes of ash into the air and plunging local villages into darkness. More than … Read more

‘Amazing’: Carlton skipper returns for new era

Carlton co-captain Sam Docherty continues to inspire his teammates as he recovers from testicular cancer and forward Harry McKay is relishing the Blues’ new era under coach Michael Voss. Reigning Coleman medallist Harry McKay is desperate for Carlton to break through next season to accompany his personal ascension in the game. McKay delivered on his … Read more