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Keegan Hirst: ‘I’m proud to be a rugby league player and I’m proud to be gay’

The Wakefield prop is keen to play a role in Super League’s Wellness Round as it highlights issues in men’s mental healthFour years removed from the day that changed his life forever, Keegan Hirst is still committed to making a difference. “No matter w…

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Women’s rugby league takes off as Castleford attract record crowds

Future stars like Georgia Roche are catching the eye and the league leaders are in Sunday’s Challenge Cup semi-finalsFrom the Lionesses in France to Cori Gauff at Wimbledon, there have been no shortage of success stories of late but Castleford in West …

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Super League’s falling giants Leeds Rhinos have that sinking feeling | Aaron Bower

Hull KR’s win over Hull left the club who once dominated Super League contemplating the unthinkableIn 1974 Manchester United – six years on from winning the European Cup – were said to be too good to go down, a statement of hubris that turned out to be…

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Disability league gives former marine Moon a chance to shine with Warriors | Aaron Bower

Following a life-changing attack on tour in Afghanistan, and a stint as a PGA golf pro, a 36-year-old army veteran is relishing the healing power of PDRLPhysical Disability Rugby League is unsurprisingly filled with inspirational stories, but few are q…

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Regan Grace: ‘I told my mum I was coming home. I felt like I was in the army’

The thrilling Welsh wing has taken Super League by storm after a shocking first taste of the game at St HelensPort Talbot to St Helens via a stint as a scaffolder in between is far from an average route to professional rugby league but Regan Grace is n…

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State of Mind remains crucial for rugby league players and the public | Aaron Bower

Ian Knott almost killed himself after retirement but now gives talks on behalf of the mental health charityIn September 2010 the rugby league world changed for ever with the death of Terry Newton, aged 31. It emerged that the former Great Britain hooke…

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Warrington switch from union may start a trend, says Luther Burrell

• Danny Care and Danny Cipriani said to have expressed interest• ‘If I can make it look fun, then other people will want to do it’Luther Burrell believes his switch to rugby league could pave the way for further union players to follow in his footsteps…

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Super League chief ‘not losing sleep’ over Anfield Magic Weekend sales

• Robert Elstone says enthusiasm buoyant among 12 teams• Annual extravaganza switches from Newcastle to LiverpoolWhat next for Super League’s Magic Weekend? The event relocates to a sixth different home in its 13-year history this weekend, but as Anfie…

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Devastating Catalans prove too much for Wigan at enthusiastic Camp Nou

• Catalans Dragons 33–16 Wigan Warriors • Record crowd in Barcelona revels in five-try drubbingFor a sport that has spent the majority of its existence confined largely to the M62, the significance of what Catalans Dragons have achieved in the past yea…

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Devastating Catalans prove too much for Wigan at enthusiastic Camp Nou

• Catalans Dragons 33–16 Wigan Warriors • Record crowd in Barcelona revels in five-try drubbingFor a sport that has spent the majority of its existence confined largely to the M62, the significance of what Catalans Dragons have achieved in the past yea…

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‘We’re rising from the ashes’: Bradford back in the spotlight against Leeds

Bradford v Leeds used to be one of the great Super League rivalries – on Saturday the reconstituted Bulls meet their old foes for the first time in five yearsYou know you are in for a special sporting occasion when one of the chief protagonists likens …

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Castleford’s Cory Aston finally breaks out of his famous father’s shadow

The 24-year-old half-back waited a long time to play in Super League but a try-scoring debut shows his future is full of promisePatience is not an attribute that often springs to mind when thinking of rugby league players but it is a trait Cory Aston p…

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Lachlan Coote eyes derby win to extend impressive St Helens form

• Full-back tipped for Man of Steel award• St Helens top of Super League before Wigan clashLachlan Coote has been in England a matter of only months but it is clear he has transitioned into life as a Super League player fairly seamlessly given his form…

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Shaun Edwards confirms turning down Wigan Warriors head coach role

• Englishman cites lack of preparation time for decision• Coach is expected to remain with Wales rugby set-upWigan Warriors have confirmed that Shaun Edwards will not be the club’s head coach next year, as he instead closes in on staying with the Wales…

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O’Loughlin determined to transform Wigan’s faltering title defence

Captain confident he will be fit to lead Warriors in Easter period that could transform faltering defence of Super League titleSean O’Loughlin is no stranger to creating history but for the Wigan captain there is extra significance in ensuring his body…

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New York and Ottawa receive clubs’ votes to join competition in 2020

• RFL will make final decision in coming weeks• New clubs would join League 1 next seasonBritish rugby league clubs have voted in favour of New York and Ottawa joining the domestic league structure next season: another significant step for the game’s e…

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Ottawa and New York face race to be admitted into rugby league for 2020

• RFL admits schedule ‘very tight’ after bids go in on Thursday• ‘A decision will be needed quickly, but we can’t rush it’The Rugby Football League has admitted the schedule would be “very tight” to accommodate the request of both Ottawa and New York t…

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From the Big Bash to the Super League: Courtney Hill’s incredible journey

‘I’m just a girl from the bush captaining Leeds Rhinos,’ says the former Brisbane Heat star as she vows to inspire a new generation of rugby league playersThe word “trailblazer” is often thrown around when discussing the growth of women’s sport over th…

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Sam Tomkins: ‘Wigan has been my home for years so it’s going to be odd’

Catalans Dragons are at the DW Stadium on Sunday, when a familiar face will be returning as a visiting player for the first timeWith a slow start to the defence of their Super League title and continued uncertainty over whether Shaun Edwards will take …

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Sam Tomkins: ‘Wigan has been my home for years so it’s going to be odd’

Catalans Dragons are at the DW Stadium on Sunday, when a familiar face will be returning as a visiting player for the first timeWith a slow start to the defence of their Super League title and continued uncertainty over whether Shaun Edwards will take …