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Category: New South Wales

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‘Arrogance and ignorance’: 13 NRL players who attended party in NSW lockdown fined a total $305,000

St George Illawarra’s Paul Vaughan, who hosted the Shellharbour barbecue, handed eight-game ban and $50,000 fineThirteen NRL players who broke NSW’s lockdown rules to party at a St George Illawarra player’s house have been fined a combined $305,000.For…

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Jack de Belin remains stood down by NRL after hung jury in sexual assault trial

Dragons forward still faces charges over 2018 incidentDecision over possible third trial to be made by 28 MayJack de Belin remains unable to play in the NRL after the league confirmed the St George Illawarra player is still subject to its no-fault stan…

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Jack de Belin remains stood down by NRL after hung jury in sexual assault trial

Dragons forward still faces charges over 2018 incidentDecision over possible third trial to be made by 28 MayJack de Belin remains unable to play in the NRL after the league confirmed the St George Illawarra player is still subject to its no-fault stan…

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NRL star Latrell Mitchell praised for reporting online racist abuse as two NSW men charged

NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo lauded Mitchell’s leadership and said the competition would not tolerate racist trolling of playersCatharine Lumby expresses concern over league leadershipThe NRL says it will continue to refer racist online trolling of …

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Jarryd Hayne to be jailed for raping woman in 2018 but maintains ‘I spoke the truth’

Judge says it’s ‘inevitable’ former NRL star will be imprisoned after jury finds him guilty – while Hayne says he ‘respects’ the legal processTwo-time NRL player-of-the-year Jarryd Hayne has accepted he is going to jail for raping a woman in Newcastle …

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Jarryd Hayne to be jailed for raping woman in 2018 but maintains ‘I spoke the truth’

Judge says it’s ‘inevitable’ former NRL star will be imprisoned after jury finds him guilty – while Hayne says he ‘respects’ the legal processTwo-time NRL player-of-the-year Jarryd Hayne has accepted he is going to jail for raping a woman in Newcastle …

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Sam Burgess wins appeal against conviction for intimidating father-in-law

Judge finds former Rabbitohs captain’s version of heated Southern Highlands row was ‘reasonably possible’The conviction of former South Sydney NRL captain Sam Burgess for intimidating his father-in-law has been quashed after a judge said there was reas…

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Why a beachside Australian village turned down the World Surf League

When the opportunity to host a world championship tour event came knocking, Lennox Heads said noHosting a world championship tour event is an opportunity most cities, let alone towns, would jump at – even bid large amounts of money for.But the village …

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Australian Open gets green light for 30,000 a day as WA loosens border restrictions

WA premier Mark McGowan says travellers from Queensland and Victoria will no longer have to quarantine upon arrivalFollow today’s coronavirus liveblogAustralia’s coronavirus vaccine rollout hit as EU gives itself power to block exportsAustralia’s Covid…

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Sam Burgess tells court about heated Southern Highlands row with former father-in-law

A court has heard Mitch Hooke felt intimidated by the towering ex-NRL star at his Glenquarry property in October 2019Former NRL club captain Sam Burgess dubbed his ex-wife’s father “a bad person” as the former mining lobbyist yelled “No one loves you” …

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Tennis Australia confirms it will pay for players’ quarantine as cases linked to Australian Open rise

Tournament organisers clarify comments made by Craig Tiley that the Victorian government would share quarantine costsNSW hotspots; Queensland hotspotsState-by-state restrictions and lockdown rules explainedFollow the Australia coronavirus liveblogTenni…

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Brisbane at risk of losing fourth Test amid reports that India unhappy with Covid rules

Concerns purportedly centre around mental fatigue of players should they be confined to hotel roomsCricket Australia says it has not been approached by India’s governing body to express misgivings about players travelling to Brisbane for the fourth Tes…

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NSW government stands by Sydney cricket Test as calls to ban spectators intensify

Gladys Berejiklian says NSW should ‘strive for a sense of normality’, despite misgivings from health expertsFollow the Australia Covid liveblogSydney New Year’s Eve restrictions explainedCovid hotspots in NSWVictoria mandates mask-wearing after Covid o…

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NSW government stands by Sydney cricket Test as calls to ban spectators intensify

Gladys Berejiklian says NSW should ‘strive for a sense of normality’, despite misgivings from health expertsFollow the Australia Covid liveblogSydney New Year’s Eve restrictions explainedCovid hotspots in NSWVictoria mandates mask-wearing after Covid o…

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‘All systems go’ for Sydney Test as Cricket Australia presses on despite Covid uncertainty

Match at SCG had been in doubt following NSW outbreakMCG preferred backup choice should situation changeCricket Australia remains determined to see out the remainder of the Test summer as per its initial schedule, and is working with the Queensland gov…

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NRL star Jarryd Hayne set to face retrial on rape charges after jury failed to reach verdict

Jury of eight men and four women was discharged on 7 December after first trial ended in a hung jury Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne, who is accused of attacking a woman in her bedroom, will face a retrial in Sydney on rape charges.Prosecutor Brian Costel…

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Jarryd Hayne tells rape trial alleged victim ‘never said no’

Former NRL star tells court he would have known if she was not consenting to sex and he would have respected her decision Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne, who is accused of raping a woman in her bedroom, says he understands “no” means “no”.Questioned by …

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Jarryd Hayne rape trial: alleged victim says doctor told her vagina injury ‘looks like a bite’

Women tells court a doctor examined her injury three days after former NRL star allegedly attacked her in her bedroom The woman who has accused Jarryd Hayne of raping her has testified at his trial that a doctor told her that her vagina injury looked l…

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Jarryd Hayne trial: former NRL star alleged to have raped woman in 2018, jury told

Former NSW rugby league player has pleaded not guilty to aggravated sexual assault in Newcastle on grand final nightFormer NSW rugby league star Jarryd Hayne was at a bucks’ party weekend in Newcastle when he raped a woman at her home, a jury panel has…

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Jack de Belin’s alleged rape victim sent second ‘help’ message after attack, jury told

Court hears woman sent friend a Snapchat message on night NRL star and Callan Sinclair are alleged to have raped her in a North Wollongong unit A young woman who says NRL star Jack de Belin raped her in 2018 sent a second message on social media asking…