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Kangaroos Robbie Farah and Greg Bird. (AAP)
Memories of Australia's backs-to-the-wall 2009 Four Nations campaign have steeled Australia after their horror loss to New Zealand.

Paul Gallen. (Getty)
NSW and Cronulla captain Paul Gallen has issued a public apology for an offensive social media post attacking the NRL.

Sam Burgess. (Getty)
Sam Burgess' fairytale exit from rugby league has continued, named the world's top player.

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