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Greg Inglis: the ‘man among boys’ who dominated rugby league for a decade | Matt Cleary

It’s cruel when champions don’t go out as they should, but GI’s exit shouldn’t tarnish the memory of the manYoung Greg Inglis was beautiful. The way he moved, carried himself, how he burned away from opponents at speed, he was like silky Cronulla Shark…

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Sinfield wants England’s new mentality to demand NZ series whitewash

• To be where we want to be, it’s got to be 3-0’ he says • England hopeful over 2020 home series against AustraliaKevin Sinfield has called on England to underline their changing mentality and complete a whitewash series victory over New Zealand on Sun…

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Tonga Test gives a glimpse of huge potential for the global game

The sea of red at Mt Smart Stadium for the Tonga and Australia game proves more matches between the two are needed Tonga’s population is 109,000 while there are an estimated 80,000 people of Tongan heritage in Australia and New Zealand. According to a …

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Rugby league: New Zealand end Australia’s winning streak

Kangaroos suffer first Test loss under coach Mal MeningaKiwis’ first win over Australia since 2015 Anzac TestA Joey Manu-inspired New Zealand have brought Australia crashing back to earth with a 26-24 upset in their rugby league Test at Mt Smart stadiu…

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Rugby league: New Zealand end Australia’s winning streak

Kangaroos suffer first Test loss under coach Mal MeningaKiwis’ first win over Australia since 2015 Anzac TestA Joey Manu-inspired New Zealand have brought Australia crashing back to earth with a 26-24 upset in their rugby league Test at Mt Smart stadiu…

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International rugby league overhaul leaves Lions Australia tour in limbo

• Revamp ideas have undermined plans for 2019 tour• Discussions set to take place in Singapore next monthA return of the British Lions tour in 2019 remains on the cards despite Australia unveiling plans for the Kangaroos to visit England instead. Confu…

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In pursuit of perfection: Cameron Smith a champion in every sense | Nick Tedeschi

The former Queensland and Australia captain’s representative career was all about a sustained level of excellenceCameron Smith’s time representing Queensland and Australia is over. The captain of the Maroons and Kangaroos shocked the rugby league world…

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Australia’s sporting year in review – success stories and slip-ups of 2017 | Paul Connolly

It has been a rollercoaster year across the codes but women’s sport has gone from strength to strength‘This moment is for you’: how women’s sport rocked 2017Australian sports quiz of the year 2017In the 43rd minute of the Matildas’ 30 July match agains…

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Rugby league: 13 lessons the sport should learn for the next World Cup

The organisers of the 2021 World Cup should maximise TV audiences, appoint neutral referees, give players more rest and rethink scheduling and qualificationBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkWatching the final a…

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Rugby league: 13 lessons the sport should learn for the next World Cup

The organisers of the 2021 World Cup should maximise TV audiences, appoint neutral referees, give players more rest and rethink scheduling and qualificationBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkWatching the final a…

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End of ‘big three’ no guarantee Australian league dominance will end

The era of Cronk, Smith and Slater may be over, but Australia’s past and current talent spells trouble for England and NSWAnd then there were two. Perhaps the biggest news coming out of the epic 2017 tournament – which saw Australia edge out an incredi…

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RFL must use England’s World Cup achievements to build towards 2021 | Aaron Bower

The national side needs to play more often if it is to become a force comparable to Australia when the tournament takes place on home soil in four yearsHistorically in English rugby league, there are no shortage of instances of chest?beating and confid…

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‘It was State of Origin standard’: Australia edge England in Rugby League World Cup final – video

England coach Wayne Bennett says he is proud of his side after their narrow loss to Australia in the final of the Rugby League World Cup on Saturday. The Kangaroos prevailed by a scoreline of 6-0 in a thrilling and tense meeting in Brisbane. ‘It’s a pi…

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When the pain of defeat subsides England have much to be proud about | Aaron Bower

Pushing Australia so hard in the World Cup final shows the progress made under Wayne Bennett and should inspire great confidence for the futureIt’s the hope that kills you. If there is one overriding image which will remain with England fans for at lea…

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Australia beat England in closest Rugby League World Cup final in decades

Australia 6-0 EnglandBoyd Cordner’s first-half try proves decisiveEngland’s rugby league World Cup dream has ended in heartbreak on a warm Brisbane night as Australia edged to a tense 6-0 victory in the closest final the sport has seen in decades.Engla…

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Rugby League World Cup 2017 final: Australia v England – live!

Updates from the title decider at Suncorp Stadium in BrisbaneGet in touch with Paul on email or via Twitter @PFConnolly 9.27am GMT And the pressure tells, Cordner crashing over down the left channel after a fine short ball from Morgan. Widdop did his b…

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Rugby League World Cup final: the key players for Australia and England

Australia can boast the incomparable Cameron Smith, but England wing Jermaine McGillvary is in the form to cause the Kangaroos real problemsCameron Smith Winner of the 2017 Golden Boot award, the NRL’s Dally M award this year and with the second most T…

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Sam Burgess to captain England in World Cup final as O’Loughlin ruled out

• Josh Hodgson also misses final against Australia with major knee injury• ‘We lose two senior boys who are great players but we gain James Roby’Sam Burgess insists nothing will change as he prepares to lead England in Saturday’s Rugby League World Cup…

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England aim to end 45 years of hurt in Rugby League World Cup final

England may have lost 12 straight matches against Australia but they have enough quality to upset the Kangaroos in Brisbane on SaturdayBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkThe Kangaroos have won all their prelimin…

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England’s nearly men from 1995 Rugby League World Cup hoping for more | Aaron Bower

Twenty-two years on from Australia’s Wembley win, those beaten narrowly that day such as Karl Harrison, Phil Clarke and Mick Cassidy have their fingers crossed for Saturday’s finalWhen England take to the field in Brisbane on Saturday for their first R…