It’s been a huge weekend for football fans with two grand finals and the Wallabies continuing their World Cup campaign.

In the NRL, Manly fans celebrated well into the night after the Sea Eagles claimed their eighth premiership.

Patrick Wright reports.


Thousands of fans packed into Manly Leagues Club, hoping for premiership glory and towards the dying minutes, they knew it was theirs.

The celebrations had already started when the trophy arrived.

But the real party was on Manly Esplanade, where fans partied into the early hours.

It was a dream end for Manly, beating the Warriors 28-10 in the trans-Tasman contest.

For Manly fans, there’s no sign the party’s going to stop anytime soon.

In AFL, Geelong premiership Captain Cameron Ling will decide his future in the next few days.

If he stays he’s not likely to stay as captain, with the role likely to go to Corey Enright or Joel Selwyn.

Ex-Bulldogs coach Rodney Eane is expected to take on a role as director of coaching at Collingwood, after Mick Malthouse said his time at the club is up.

In New Zealand, the Wallabies are hoping to put their disaster against the Irish behind them.

The Australians will face heavyweights South Africa in the quarter-finals of the World Cup, after Ireland continued their good run, crushing Italy 36-6.

The Wallabies campaign got another boost after All Blacks star Dan Carter was ruled out of the rest of the cup after injuring his groin at practice.

Patrick Wright, Qut News.