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Get your footy fix with NRL Classics: We've struck more gold in the vault

Need your rugby league fix? We've got you sorted with the launch of's NRL Classics.

There may not be any NRL games being played at the moment, but our dedicated team of one overworked video archive guru has been wearing out the soles of his Air Jordans traipsing through the dusty rugby league archives to find some of the best games ever played.

Here's the Classics from the NRL Vault

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  • The Eels' first ever game at Parramatta Stadium in 1986
  • ARL and Super League premiers the Knights and Broncos playing in the 'Super Bowl' at a wintery Marathon Stadium in 1998
  • Stacey Jones turning on the magic to defeat the Panthers in 2001
  • Dylan Farrell scoring a hat-trick on debut as the Rabbitohs win a 64-point thriller in the 90th minute
  • The Eels winning the 2009 grand final rematch
  • Cronulla booking their first grand final berth since 1997
  • The Titans winning their first ever game in the nation's capital

NRL Classic: State of Origin III, 2002

Classics previously uploaded from yesteryear

  • St George Illawarra's 8-1 win over Eels in 2006;
  • The Dragons' 3-2 win over Knights in 1992 minor semi-final;
  • Francis Meli's five-try performance in Warriors' qualifying-final blowout of Bulldogs in 2003;
  • Wests Tigers backing up from the 2010 qualifying final epic against the Roosters to win a thriller in Canberra;
  • Greg Inglis scoring that try in the 28-26 2014 Anzac Day win over Broncos;
  • The mighty Magpies winning the fifth-place playoff against the Bulldogs in 1991;
  • More North Sydney Bears gold, this time from 1997. 
  • The 1994 round-one clash between Souths and Newcastle featuring Andrew Johns running amok on debut;
  • Brisbane's round-four clash with Manly in 1990;
  • The Wests Tigers' debut in 2000 against the Broncos;
  • A beauty from 1991 involving the North Sydney Bears and the Magpies; 
  • The Storm v Warriors finals epic from 2008;
  • A Bulldogs v Sharks humdinger from round 10 in 2007;
  • One of the many chapters in the Manly v Melbourne rivalry which kicked off 2014;
  • The Roosters taking on the Titans in round 25 of 2013;
  • The Warriors v Dragons clash from round 11 in 2017;
  • The Wests Tigers v Roosters qualifying final of 2010 which went deep into extra time;
  • Canberra up against Penrith in round 22 of 2008;
  • The Sharks and Roosters locking horns in round 17 of 2017;
  • Bulldogs v Knights thriller in Newcastle in 2002;
  • South Sydney and the Roosters going down to the wire in 2012;
  • Gold Coast's qualifying final clash with the Warriors in 2010;
  • The Roosters' preliminary final tussle with Canterbury in 2002; 
  • The Penrith v Wests Tigers humdinger of 2004;
  • Manly taking on the Roosters in 1997;
  • Souths and St George Illawarra battling it out in 2013;
  • A Raiders-Dragons thriller from round 20 in 2013;
  • The 2002 Broncos v Eels qualifying final;
  • The 2001 Newcastle v Cronulla preliminary final;
  • The Knights' round-four clash with Penrith in 2010;
  • The Storm's round-16 rumble with the Warriors in 1998;
  • For Sharks and Sea Eagles fans, we have two chapters from their rivalry from 2005 and 2013;
  • A Magpies v Bears round-20 tussle in 1996;
  • The 2013 Trans-Tasman Test between the Kangaroos and Kiwis;
  • Balmain Tigers at Shark Park to face Cronulla having won four of their first five matches to start the 1998 NRL season; 
  • The Gold Coast Titans looking to post their first away victory when they headed south to face the Penrith Panthers in Round 4 of 2007;
  • North Sydney Bears hosting two-time premiers Brisbane in a sudden-death minor semi-final in 1994;
  • The Illawarra Steelers' last win in their round-23 clash against the Cronulla Sharks in 1998;
  • A record-setting day in Wollongong when the St George Illawarra Dragons hosted the New Zealand Warriors in Round 14, 2000;
  • The New Zealand Warriors posting one of their biggest wins in 2014 when they hosted the Parramatta Eels;
  • The 2011 classic between the Manly Sea Eagles and Melbourne Storm - better known as the Battle of Brookvale;
  • Premiers Manly facing the Brisbane Broncos in Round 10, 2012 having won four of their last five matches at Suncorp Stadium; 
  • A new era for the South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2007 against the Sydney Roosters, having lost 15 of their last 16 matches against their old rivals;
  • North Queensland coming agonisingly close to pulling off one of the great finals comebacks in their 2014 semi-final against the Sydney Roosters;
  • The Wests Tigers and Cronulla Sharks opening their 2012 campaigns on a sunny Sunday afternoon at Leichhardt Oval, with extra time required to decide the result;
  • The Cowboys marking their maiden finals appearance with a memorable victory over the Bulldogs at Stadium Australia in 2004.

NRL Classic: Roosters v Sea Eagles - Grand Final, 2013

And the good news for fans is our archive expert is self-isolating in the NRL's basement (it's a few levels below the Refs' Bunker) hungry to find more Classic Matches.

If you want to see Newtown legend Kenny Wilson star in the Jets' 1-0 win over St George in 1973 or Cronulla play South Sydney in the famous Sharknado game of 2015, tag us at @nrl across all Social Media platforms with the hashtag #NRLClassics and we'll get our specially trained terrier Conrad to venture down to the basement with your request.

If we find the tape, we'll get it up on the site and let you know when it's available so you can get the drinks on ice and snacks in the bowl to enjoy the game.

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