Off the Wall

When Brendan Nelson looks over his shoulder in Parliament today he might be comforted by the fact there is another job even more hazardous than Leader of the Opposition - that of first grade coach in the National Rugby League.

The season is still a month away, yet two of the highest profile, and most successful, coaches in the NRL have been told this season will be their last - regardless of how successful their team is this year.

Last week, the longest serving and most successful coach in the NRL, the Broncos Wayne Bennett, announced he would be leaving at the end of the 2008 season. There is not the slightest doubt he jumped before he was pushed.

Today, another successful, and long serving, coach, the Cowboys Graham Murray, did not even get the