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Why rugby league needs pilgrimages like the NRL’s Magic Round | Matt Cleary

Its about more than the obvious financial benefits, it’s about bringing together rugby league people For the television viewer the NRL’s Magic Round – in which all eight games of rugby league are played at one venue – is like watching eight games of ru…

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Why rugby league needs pilgrimages like the NRL’s Magic Round | Matt Cleary

Its about more than the obvious financial benefits, it’s about bringing together rugby league people For the television viewer the NRL’s Magic Round – in which all eight games of rugby league are played at one venue – is like watching eight games of ru…

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Shane Flangan deregistered by NRL after breach of suspension

Cronulla coach has until end of January to respondClub fined $800,000, half suspendedCronulla coach Shane Flanagan has been de-registered by the NRL for dealing with the club while suspended in 2014 and the Sharks fined $800,000 – half of which was sus…

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Shane Flangan deregistered by NRL after breach of suspension

Cronulla coach has until end of January to respondClub fined $800,000, half suspendedCronulla coach Shane Flanagan has been de-registered by the NRL for dealing with the club while suspended in 2014 and the Sharks fined $800,000 – half of which was sus…

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Valentine Holmes weighs up switch from NRL to NFL – report

Cronulla winger to chance his arm in USHopes to follow in Jarryd Hayne’s footstepsCronulla will meet Valentine Holmes in the coming days with the star fullback reportedly wanting to quit the NRL to try to make the NFL. Holmes has told Cronulla he hopes…

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Billy Slater guides Storm to NRL final but could face suspension

Melbourne 22-6 CronullaAs it happened: minute-by-minute liveblogBilly Slater has powered Melbourne into a fairytale third straight NRL grand final with a 22-6 flogging of Cronulla, but the retiring superstar has an anxious wait to see if he’ll be suspe…

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Billy Slater guides Storm to NRL final but could face suspension

Melbourne 22-6 CronullaAs it happened: minute-by-minute liveblogBilly Slater has powered Melbourne into a fairytale third straight NRL grand final with a 22-6 flogging of Cronulla, but the retiring superstar has an anxious wait to see if he’ll be suspe…

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Peter Beattie: new rugby league chief fails to remember Cronulla Sharks’ name

ARL Commission chairman trips up in interviewSelf-proclaimed lifelong NRL fan blames nervesRugby league fans have panned new ARL Commission chairman Peter Beattie after the former Queensland premier and self-described lifelong rugby league fan could no…

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Cronulla scrap past Melbourne Storm in soggy NRL grand final rematch

Cronulla Sharks beat Melbourne Storm 11-2 at AAMI ParkWarriors beat Parramatta Eels 22-10 at Mount Smart StadiumCronulla climbed to third on the NRL ladder after a tense 11-2 victory over the Melbourne Storm at a wet AAMI Park. The defending premiers r…

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World Club Series: Captain America takes the fight to Wigan for the Cronulla Sharks

Joseph Paulo – who was born in New Zealand and has played for Australia Schoolboys, Samoa and USA – opens up about the NRL premiers; Hull KR fans stay loyal; and the trend of putting sponsors’ logos on shorts must be stopped

By Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required, part of the Guardian Sport Network

Cronulla Sharks have been painted as the Leicester City of rugby league, winning their first ever national title last October with a shock victory over perennial contenders Melbourne Storm. They are rewarded – although cynics suggests moving from a 41C heatwave on the beaches of southern Sydney to 5C in England is more like punishment – with a shot at the title of world’s top club. However, few watching the World Club Challenge at Wigan on Sunday will suggest they are not already indisputably the best club team on the planet.

While the parity measures in the NRL mean Cronulla could well finish near the foot of the table this year, the Sharks are no Leicester City. The club had to get off their knees three years ago, rocked by an illegal supplements scandal and in a financial black hole. But they arrived in England last Saturday with a coach full of internationals and some of the most experienced players in the NRL.

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Ben Barba says he was treated unfairly by NRL in wake of his drugs ban

  • Code-hopper ‘confused’ by league’s policy on banned players
  • Former Shark knows he is not guaranteed game time at new club Toulon

Former Cronulla star Ben Barba has accused the NRL of double standards over his treatment following a second illicit drug test, but says he is ready to move on from rugby league.

Barba, 27, admits anxiousness over his move to French rugby club Toulon, but says too many unknowns about his future pushed him away from the NRL. The rugby union convert says unlike him, NRL players who have been in a similar position have been allowed to train with their clubs.

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Ben Barba says he was treated unfairly by NRL in wake of his drugs ban

  • Code-hopper ‘confused’ by league’s policy on banned players
  • Former Shark knows he is not guaranteed game time at new club Toulon

Former Cronulla star Ben Barba has accused the NRL of double standards over his treatment following a second illicit drug test, but says he is ready to move on from rugby league.

Barba, 27, admits anxiousness over his move to French rugby club Toulon, but says too many unknowns about his future pushed him away from the NRL. The rugby union convert says unlike him, NRL players who have been in a similar position have been allowed to train with their clubs.

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Ben Barba says he was treated unfairly by NRL in wake of his drugs ban

  • Code-hopper ‘confused’ by league’s policy on banned players
  • Former Shark knows he is not guaranteed game time at new club Toulon

Former Cronulla star Ben Barba has accused the NRL of double standards over his treatment following a second illicit drug test, but says he is ready to move on from rugby league.

Barba, 27, admits anxiousness over his move to French rugby club Toulon, but says too many unknowns about his future pushed him away from the NRL. The rugby union convert says unlike him, NRL players who have been in a similar position have been allowed to train with their clubs.

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Ben Barba joins world rugby’s top earners after taking up Toulon offer

  • Barba to earn $1m a season after signing two-and-a-half year deal
  • Fullback could debut for French side in next week’s Global Tens tournament

Ben Barba is set to become one of the highest paid rugby union players in the world after accepting a big-money deal from French powerhouse Toulon.

Barba is understood to have taken up a two-and-a-half year deal worth a reported $1m a season following his shock exit from Cronulla.

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Toulon-bound Ben Barba fears he may never play in NRL again

  • French club claim signing of Barba for rest of Top 14 season
  • NRL yet to ratify player’s one-year deal with Cronulla Sharks

Ben Barba says he may never play rugby league again amid frustrations over the NRL’s delay in registering his contract with Cronulla.

The fullback is understood to have signed to play rugby union with French club Toulon as he serves a 12-week NRL ban for a second positive illicit drugs.

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The 2016 Rusties: Guardian Australia’s alternative sporting awards

Who won the the Todd Carney cup for bad publicity? How about the Mile Jedinak golden microphone for unfortunate gaffes? And then there’s Warnie … Your host Russell Jackson hands out the prizes

It was a bumper year of on-field and off-field misbehaviour in the NRL, with incidents including but not limited to a player being knocked out with a fire poker at a charity party (admit it, nobody had that on their NRL player behaviour bingo card), a positive cocaine test, fraud squad raids, match-fixing allegations, coin toss deceit (where will it end?), the Corey Norman/MDMA/muscle relaxant/Star Casino quadrella (we’re actually leaving out a few items there, too), and Junior Paulo disguising himself as a third-grade player, which we thought was great fun.

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Andrew Fifita given NRL breach notice over public support for convicted killer

  • Cronulla Sharks star has five days to respond to integrity unit
  • Fifita had shown apparent support for Kieran Loveridge last season

Cronulla’s Andrew Fifita has been hit with a breach notice by the NRL over his support for convicted killer Kieran Loveridge.

After meeting with the integrity unit, Fifita has been given five days to respond. The NRL said it had concluded its investigations into the Sharks’ grand final hero who scrawled “FKL” on his wrist strapping.

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Todd Carney issues ‘come get me’ plea to NRL clubs

  • Troubled former Sharks player looks for one last stint in the NRL
  • 30-year-old one-cap Kangaroo will accept any contractual conditions

Todd Carney is willing to accept any conditions in order to have one last crack in the NRL.

Carney, who fights another former NRL star Chris Sandow in a charity boxing match at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion on Friday, is in dispute with Cronulla.

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Cronulla confirm Ben Barba is wanted back at club following stint in rehab

  • Star fullback has spent a month in Thai clinic after positive cocaine test
  • Barba will reportedly spend summer working as builder’s labourer

Ben Barba’s return to Cronulla looks increasingly likely after the NRL premiers confirmed they want the star fullback on their playing roster. But Sharks boss Lyall Gorman says the club needs evidence the 27-year-old’s off-field woes are behind him.

Related: Ben Barba again at NRL crossroads but Sharks show lessons have been learnt | Nick Tedeschi

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Holmes and Taumalolo look to follow Hayne’s path with NFL trials

  • Valentine Holmes and Jason Taumalolo to undergo trials in the NFL
  • Both NRL players remain contracted for their clubs in 2017

If Jason Taumalolo has his way he will be living in sunny California and suiting up in the menacing silver and black of the Oakland Raiders while Valentine Holmes is a fan of the New York Giants and wouldn’t mind the hustle bustle of life in Manhattan.

The two NRL stars will soon discover if their NFL dreams have a shot at becoming a reality.

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