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Category: Australia rugby league

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All Blacks hybrid rugby match is a banker but it also carries great risk | Matt McILraith

There is scepticism about whether the financial benefits of playing Australia’s rugby league team outweigh the potential trivialisation of the famous jerseyWhat would the late Sir Colin Meads have thought? The man voted as the All Black of the 20th cen…

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All Blacks confirm plans for cross-code rugby blockbuster against Kangaroos

Union to meet league in hybrid game later this yearDetails of number of players and rules yet to be clarifiedNew Zealand Rugby has confirmed talks are under way to stage a cross-code match between the All Blacks and the Kangaroos.NZR chief executive Ma…

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Revived Ashes series in England cancelled ‘with great reluctance’

Australia due for three-Test tour in October and NovemberSeries last played in 2003 may be rescheduled for 2022 England’s three-match Ashes series against Australia in October and November has been cancelled “with great reluctance and disappointment”.T…

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Warrington Wolves tempt Australian great Greg Inglis out of retirement

Inglis quit the game last April while with NRL’s South SydneyWolves say versatile back will not be a marquee playerThe Warrington Wolves chief executive, Karl Fitzpatrick, has insisted the signing of the Australian great Greg Inglis does not fly in the…

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Key workers to be given 20,021 free tickets to Rugby League World Cup

Frontline staff will be thanked for their dedication during the coronavirus pandemic at the tournament in England next yearBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredThe decision to move the Olympics and the European Championship to 2021 could have Jon Du…

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Rugby league has become competitive – but only in the southern hemisphere

While the rise of Samoa, Fiji and Papua New Guinea is brilliant, the wealthiest investors are in Europe and North AmericaBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required“You all need to have a good look at what’s happened with the international game over the l…

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Tonga shock Australia to win rugby league international

Australia 12-16 Tonga InvitationalTevita Pangai Junior scores winning tryA Tonga invitational XIII have produced one of the greatest performances in rugby league history by taking down world champions Australia 16-12 in Auckland. In front of a pulsatin…

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Inexperienced Australia dismantle New Zealand in rugby league Test

Kangaroos beat Kiwis 26-4 in WollongongHosts field five debutants but ease to victoryAustralia’s next generation of rugby league stars landed their first blow against New Zealand, bouncing the Kiwis 26-4 in Wollongong. Fielding their least experienced …

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Inexperienced Australia dismantle New Zealand in rugby league Test

Kangaroos beat Kiwis 26-4 in WollongongHosts field five debutants but ease to victoryAustralia’s next generation of rugby league stars landed their first blow against New Zealand, bouncing the Kiwis 26-4 in Wollongong. Fielding their least experienced …

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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…