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Aussie Rules: What is on next week

Another exciting week of action is on the cards as the AFL and NRL close in on finals, while the Wallabies return action and Australia’s athletes chase more medals at the Commonwealth games.

There are just three weeks of the AFL regular season remaining and it is tight at the top with Geelong leading the way by four points from Melbourne and Collingwood so the minor premiership is up for grabs.

The race to make the top eight is also tight so there are some big games coming up in the week ahead.

The same can be said in the NRL as the Cowboys and Sharks attempt to chase down ladder-leaders Penrith, while the race to make the eight hots up.

In Rugby Union, the Wallabies are back in action for the first time since their series defeat against England, when they face Argentina.

The Commonwealth games also continue in Birmingham, England, with the Australians looking to add to their medal tally.

Lots to look forward to so lets take a closer look at what is coming up next week.

AFL: Demons v Pies the highlight

Round 21 of the AFL gets underway with a cracker on Friday night when second-placed Melbourne take on Collingwood, who sit in third. The Demons are priced at 13/25 to win with Collingwood 31/20.

Both sides are on 56 points and with Geelong looking good to take the minor premiership, the battle to take second spot is hotting up.

Sydney Swans and Brisbane Lions are also in the mix. The Swans should pick up four points when they take on struggling North Melbourne, while the Lions face a tricky home tie against Carlton.

Carlton are struggling for form but their finals place is pretty secure. Even so they need to get back on track in Brisbane.

Another side that need to get back on track are Fremantle and the Dockers have a tough game against a Western Bulldogs side that sit in ninth spot and have work to do if they are to make the eight.

However the side just above them, St Kilda, will have their work cut out in round 21 as they travel to take on high-flying Geelong who are looking for their 10th win on the spin and are priced at  to win the grand final.

Elsewhere Hawthorn are set to entertain the Gold Coast Suns, GWS will play Essendon, Port Adelaide face Richmond and West Coast Eagles play Adelaide in Perth.

NRL: Broncos need a response

Round 21 gets underway on Thursday night when the Sydney Roosters take on the Brisbane Broncos.

The Roosters are priced at 17/25 to win the game and need to as they look to secure a place in the top eight. The Broncos are licking their wounds following a shock defeat against the Wests Tigers and are priced at 6/5 to bounce back.

Meanwhile the Panthers also need a reaction after losing just their second game of the season against Parramatta. But it will not be easy against a Raiders side that are fighting hard to make the top eight.

Another side battling to make the eight are Manly and they are priced at 41/50 to beat sixth-place Parramatta on home soil.

Melbourne Storm are finally back to winning ways and should go back-to-back when they play the Gold Coast Titans on the Friday night.

The Cowboys will be out to keep the pressure on Penrith when they travel to take on the Bulldogs, so too will the Cronulla Sharks who entertain the Dragons.

Elsewhere South Sydney are set to take on the New Zealand Warriors, while Wests Tigers play the Newcastle Knights.

Rugby Union: Wallabies back in action

The Wallabies will take plenty of positives from the narrow series defeat against England, but it is now important they learn lessons from it and move on.

They have a huge year ahead of them as preparations for the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France are ramped up.

Next on the agenda is back-to-back games against Argentina. The first is on Saturday, the second the week after on 14th August. Both games will be played in Argentina and will be a big test for Dave Rennie’s side.

The Wallabies are priced at 19/50 to win the opener, with the Pumas 19/50.

Commonwealth Games: Aussies chasing more medals

At the time of writing Australia lead the medal tally by quite some distance from New Zealand in second, with host nation England in third.

There is plenty to look forward to in the week ahead, particularly with the track and field events getting underway on Tuesday and running through for the rest of the week.

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