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RUGBY LEAGUE - REMEMBERING THE NOUGHTIES TOP TEN DRAMATIC MOMENTS OF THE DECADE
Welcome back to another Top Ten list, the fourth edition will show various dramatic moments of the decade. There was a heap of these, so lets get into the list!
Note: Remember you may not agree with the list, it isn't perfect. No "top ten" list ever is, but, feel free to share a match you thought should've been in there.
10th - AFL INVADES Following the announcement that AFL would be bringing in two new teams into Rugby League areas, the AFL made a coup by signing their first ever Rugby League international, Karmichael Hunt. However, throughout 2009 the NRL has proven popular and powerful in the Western Sydney and Gold Coast areas.
9th - WARRIORS BREAK THE SALARY CAP Early in 2006 the New Zealand Warriors were docked four competition points for going over the salary cap. This eventually cost them a spot in the finals that season. This followed the high profile signings of internationals Steve Price and Ruben Wiki.
8th - MANLY RETURNS The disasterous Northern Eagles joint venture finished after the 2002 season, reverting back to the Manly Sea Eagles name. All of the home games would revert back to Brookvale as well. The rivalry is still strong even though North Sydney don't have a team, claiming Manly pushed them out. The Bears aren't down and out though, hoping to re-join the league as the Central Coast Bears in 2013.
7th - WAYNE BENNETT LEAVES BRISBANE Never has a signing caused this much attention. After over 20 years at his beloved Brisbane Broncos, Wayne Bennett announced he would be joining the St George Illawarra Dragons for the 2009 season. Eventually, and ironically, Bennett's Dragons were knocked out by his former club, the Broncos.
6th - SOUTH SYDNEY'S RUSSELL CROWES South Sydney supporters Russell Crowe and Peter Holmes