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Vodafone Warriors prop Suaia Matagi is featured in a three-page story of redemption in this week's edition of Big League.

Matagi spoke in detail to writer Nicholas Janzen about how he turned the darkest days of his life into an inspirational story.

In this week's issue:

It's Close the Gap round this week and Big League speaks with those players personally affected and those making a difference in the community.

There is also the extraordinary tale of one player's rise from a jail cell to the NRL.


Johnathan Thurston, Sam Thaiday and Dylan Farrell speak about their daughters and what Close The Gap means to them;

Raiders forward Joel Thompson had his first police interview when he was 13 but is now helping to steer at-risk youth onto a better path;

Six years ago Suaia Matagi was looking at three years in jail and an uncertain future. His tale of redemption and rise to the NRL is the most inspiring story of 2013;

Fox Sports commentator and Panthers legend Greg Alexander looks at the teams currently outside the top eight and what they need to address in the off-season; and

We name the top eight Indigenous All Stars who have contributed so much to the game.


Vodafone Warriors coach Matt Elliott speaks out in favour of embattled Wests Tigers mentor and good friend Mick Potter, we debate whether Rabbitohs forward Sam Burgess has a discipline problem, Mitchell Pearce this week joins an impressive list of 24-year-olds to have chalked up 150 games and Ben Hannant explains why there is only One Direction and Justin Bieber on his iPod.

All this and official team lists, comprehensive previews, Little League section for the young fans including an Andrew Fifita poster and the Raiders and Warriors battle it out in our Cheerleader of the Year competition.
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