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NRL roundup: near-perfect Warriors run rings around Dragons

Warriors 18-0 DragonsSharks v Tigers and Storm v Raiders still to playFour weeks after arriving in Australia indefinitely, the Warriors celebrated their first victory of the NRL season with a record-making 18-0 win over St George Illawarra.Showing no h…

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Mutual back scratching between Australia and India leads to pot of gold | Scott Heinrich

They might be the fiercest of rivals on the field, but off it the two nations can be the snuggest of bedfellows when it suits themIn the end it was much ado about nothing. The fate of this year’s men’s T20 World Cup, among other agenda items, has been …

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Dominic Cummings cutout appears at rugby league match in Australia

Boris Johnson’s adviser ridiculed on social mediaCutout in stand at Sydney Roosters gameDominic Cummings may be weathering the storm that engulfed him for apparently flouting the government’s coronavirus lockdown guidance but that has not stopped Boris…

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NRL 2020 season restart: Sydney Roosters v South Sydney Rabbitohs in Round 3 – live!

Build up to kick-off and updates from Bankwest StadiumOld rivals meet in second game back since Covid-19 breakAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 10.21am BST For all the afterglow of the return of live sport, it nearly ended in disaster for Brodie…

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Fan in the stand: NRL fans can pay for cardboard cutouts of their faces to be put on stadium seats

Fan In The Stand initiative means public can pay $22 each to have their portraits placed in seats The NRL’s efforts to bring fans closer to live action have reached new levels with the announcement of a scheme that would allow fans to purchase a $22 ca…

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Covid subs could allow cricket safe return but replacement rules should remain strict | Vic Marks

If a player contracts coronavirus he could be isolated and substituted as an extension of the concussion regulationsEngland’s Test series against West Indies and Pakistan look ever more likely to happen, albeit behind closed doors. We await confirmatio…

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Covid subs could allow cricket safe return but replacement rules should remain strict | Vic Marks

If a player contracts coronavirus he could be isolated and substituted as an extension of the concussion regulationsEngland’s Test series against West Indies and Pakistan look ever more likely to happen, albeit behind closed doors. We await confirmatio…

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Broncos’ Brodie Croft nearly falls victim to biosecurity rules on NRL resumption

Brisbane halfback twice fails temperature check22-year-old puts high readings down to excitementThe Brisbane Broncos were given a timely reminder of what the rugby league landscape looks like in the Covid-19 era when Brodie Croft failed a temperature c…

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Broncos’ Brodie Croft nearly falls victim to biosecurity rules on NRL resumption

Brisbane halfback twice fails temperature check22-year-old puts high readings down to excitementThe Brisbane Broncos were given a timely reminder of what the rugby league landscape looks like in the Covid-19 era when Brodie Croft failed a temperature c…

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A-League stands firm against Fox Sports with restart on hold | Jonathan Howcroft

FFA, A-League clubs and the PFA are heading for a showdown with the broadcaster over the future of the professional gameA plan to conclude the A-League season has been announced by Football Federation Australia, A-League clubs and the players’ union. I…

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NRL 2020 returns: Brisbane Broncos v Parramatta Eels in Round 3 – live!

Updates on the first match back since the Covid-19 breakAny thoughts? Email or tweet @mike_hytner 5.45am BST Sport! Real, actual, professional live sport! It’s been what seems like an age since Australians last had the chance to watch a sporting event,…

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Gabba to host Test in Australia-India series as Perth misses out

Waca will host one-off Test against Afghanistan insteadAustralia have not lost a Test at Gabba in over 30 yearsAustralia will host India at their Gabba stronghold in the four-Test series with Perth missing out on a match in the lucrative tour.Western A…

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‘Ten feet tall and bulletproof’: how Olsen Filipaina impressed the great Wally Lewis | Patrick Skene

In an extract from his new book, Patrick Skene chronicles how the Kiwi rugby league pioneer left an indelible impression in the 1980sOn a crisp afternoon on Sunday, 30 June 1985, the Kiwis players erupted onto Carlaw Park for the second Test against th…

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NRL takes centre stage as grand old game returns with a Covid-19 era twist | Larissa O’Connor

The most anticipated rugby league restart since the end of the Super League era arrives with a new look and a hint of trepidationThe most dissected and debated recommencement to Australian sport is finally upon us. It has been no easy course, but when …

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A short history of rugby league on TV: from Richard Madeley to multiscreen

Rugby league returns this week with a glut of live games. There was a time when viewers only had an hour with MadeleyBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredOnly a few days to go until your rugby league famine is over. All eight of this weekend’s NRL g…

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Clock ticks for Rugby Australia to avoid mass player exodus overseas | Bret Harris

Without an income-generating competition, the three Queensland players may not be the last to walk awayRugby Australia is racing to set up a domestic Super Rugby competition that will not only see a resumption of play, but help to generate much-needed …

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Mitchell Starc raises fears of ‘boring’ cricket during spit-polishing ban

ICC to ban use of saliva to shine ball during Covid-19 pandemicStarc urges ICC to ensure contest between bat and ballAustralia paceman Mitchell Starc has raised concerns that the International Cricket Council recommendation of a temporary ban on using …

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Young NRL star Bronson Xerri suspended after failing doping test

Positive result returned from test last yearCronulla prospect can have B-sample analysedIn a blow to hopes the NRL season would resume this week without scandal, one of the league’s brightest prospects, Bronson Xerri, has been provisionally suspended a…

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NRL’s idea to return crowds to stadiums within weeks ‘absurd and dangerous’, says doctors’ association

Australian Medical Association president says desire to allow limited number of fans back by 1 July ‘belongs in the sin bin’ The NRL’s ambitious push to get crowds back into stadiums on match days in a matter of weeks has been dismissed as “absurd and …

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Bulldozer tactics see NRL win Australia’s race to return first | Nick Tedeschi

The hard-nosed belligerence of Peter V’landys has paid off so far, although it is a dangerous game to be playedThey say a week is a long time in politics. In rugby league, two months may as well have been an eternity, such has been the seismic change t…