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NFL rules Nick Ky­grios sledge Wawrinka Ja­son Day US PGA win

In our foot­ball-frac­tured land, the one sport that truly unites is cricket. 2015 wit­nessed a mixed year at best. We won the World Cup con­vinc­ingly, em­bar­rass­ingly suc­cumbed to England in the Ashes, saw more re­tirees than a rest home and then farewelled one cap­tain (Michael Clarke) while wel­com­ing an­other (wun­derkind Steve Smith). But the sport­ing story of the year was, and is, Jar­ryd Hayne – The Hayne Plane (once Train) and former NRL cham­pion switch­ing to Amer­i­can foot­ball (NFL) and mak­ing the ros­ter at the San Fran­cisco 49ers. On the ten­nis court, Nick Kyr­gios again outed him­self as a knob – mate, just play some ten­nis, the tal­ent’s there to be world class – while golfer Ja­son Day surged to a (brief) world No.1 rank­ing af­ter he claimed a de­but ma­jor with vic­tory in Au­gust’s PGA Cham­pi­onship. Else­where, the bril­liantly-named lo­cal long jumper Fabrice Lapierre won a sil­ver at the ath­let­ics world cham­pi­onships and of­ten­over­looked Aussie fe­male ath­letes had a year to re­mem­ber. The Matil­das soc­cer team made the quar­ter fi­nals of the World Cup, the South­ern Stars cricket team re­gained the Ashes and the Di­a­monds Net­ball team won the World Cup (Julie Cor­letto play­ing the last half of the fi­nal with a bro­ken foot). Oh, and An­thony Mun­dine said he was bet­ter than ev­ery­one at every­thing. Again.

THE GQ INSIGHT: The first Aus­tralian to play Amer­i­can foot­ball at a mean­ing­ful level was former Aus­tralian rules player Pat O’dea in 1898 – cor­rect, 1898. He was in­ducted into the Col­lege Foot­ball Hall Of Fame in 1962. Take that pub trivia.

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