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NRL’s coaching merry-go-round at risk of spinning out of control | Nick Tedeschi

At the heart of the dramas at Penrith, Brisbane and Manly is the ageless struggle for power There is more intrigue, rumour, innuendo and “misinformation” surrounding the 16 head coaching jobs in the NRL than there is for palace watchers, Kremlinologist…

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Billy Slater retires as most consistently brilliant NRL player of his generation

The Melbourne Storm star deserves his place among rugby league’s all-time legendsBilly Slater will leave the NRL at season’s end having achieved all there is to be achieved in the sport known as the “greatest game of all”. The four-time premiership win…

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Referees reach tipping point after revelations about death threats | Matt Cleary

The abuse NRL official Matt Cecchin endured sheds light on a dangerous state of affairsThere are few jobs in the world in which grown men will scream obscenities in your face. Few work places feature missiles being hurled at you as you leave it. Few jo…

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Leading referee Matt Cecchin to quit NRL over ‘vile abuse’

Leading official set for 300th game this weekendHe and his family have received death threatsVeteran whistleblower Matt Cecchin will leave the NRL at season’s end over “vile” abuse and mounting pressure on referees. Ahead of taking charge of his 300th …

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Pursuit of NRL adjudicating perfection damages rugby league | Matt Cleary

Endless TV angles may mean less ‘errors’, but they worsen the game by slowing it downUnlike Australian rules football which is an aerial, 360-degree affair with more in common with Quidditch, rugby league is a linear game. It has a rectangular field, “…

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Billy Slater bids farewell to State of Origin as Queensland win

Queensland Maroons 18-12 New South Wales BluesDaly Cherry-Evans scores on return to Origin arenaGoodbye Billy. And welcome back Daly. Queensland have provided one final highlight for Billy Slater, downing NSW 18-12 in State of Origin III in Brisbane to…

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State of Origin 2018 Game 3: Queensland Maroons v NSW Blues – live!

Updates from the series finale at Suncorp StadiumFeel free to get in touch on email or tweet @mike_hytner 10.52am BST And here comes Smith onto the Suncorp pitch. He stands on the stage, flanked by his wife, Barb, and kids and thanks… everyone. From …

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NSW on brink of State of Origin greatness, says Brad Fittler

Blues looking to complete clean sweep in Game 3Only seven teams have claimed a 3-0 series winNSW coach Brad Fittler will consider his inexperienced Blues among the greatest teams in State of Origin history if they complete a clean sweep on Wednesday. O…

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Kalyn Ponga in doubt for State of Origin after injury in Knights’ defeat

Newcastle 16-36 CanterburyPenrith 10-18 ManlyNewcastle sensation Kalyn Ponga has suffered a worrying hamstring injury and is racing the clock to be fit for State of Origin II following the Knights’ 36-16 NRL loss to Canterbury on Saturday. Related: Aar…

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Aaron Woods to leave Bulldogs for Sharks in NRL

Canterbury release representative front-rowerWoods a chance to make Cronulla debut on FridayAaron Woods has reportedly been released by Canterbury to make a mid-season switch to Cronulla on a three-and-a-half-year deal.Woods has long been linked to a m…

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NSW display class, style and flamboyance in State of Origin win | Nick Tedeschi

The Blues’ faith in attacking rugby league paid dividends while a lack of poise proved costly for QueenslandQueensland threw everything and the kitchen sink at New South Wales but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Blues winning just their second series i…

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State of Origin 2018: New South Wales clinch just second series in 13 years

Blues beat Maroons 18-14 in Game 2 at ANZ StadiumNSW hold onto victory with a man down in nervy finale A year on from heartache, New South Wales seem to have learnt a thing or two about how to win a State of Origin series. The difference now, having se…

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State of Origin 2018 Game 2: NSW Blues v Queensland Maroons – live!

Updates from the game at ANZ StadiumGet in touch with Paul on email or Twitter 10.23am BST I’ve come back home to Australia to an unreal weekend of footy and the men’s #origin hasn’t even begun yet! @WRugbyLeague #PacificTest @NRL @fijirugbyleague @PNG…

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‘Welcome to 2018’: NRL praised for response to State of Origin kiss

Vanessa Foliaki and Karina Brown played in Friday’s OriginNRL shut down criticism of the photo on social mediaThe NRL has been widely praised for its response to comments posted below a photo it shared of opponents – and partners – Vanessa Foliaki and …

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‘I’d have loved this’: Kevin Sinfield on England v New Zealand in Denver

Kevin Sinfield captained England in his playing days. Now he is trying to turn the team into World Cup winners By Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredKevin Sinfield had a remarkable playing career. He captained Leeds to seven Super League titles, play…

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NRL star Jarryd Hayne’s US rape trial set for 2020

Parramatta Eels player accused of 2015 assaultHayne maintains innocence but will face five-day trialThe US woman who claimed she was a virgin when Jarryd Hayne raped her after a drunken night at a Californian bar would like “some sort of acknowledgemen…

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Baby Blues show freedom and fearlessness in State of Origin opener | Nick Tedeschi

Brad Fittler’s bold style of coaching is the perfect fit for a new generation of NSW playersBrad Fittler is a man who walks to the beat of his own drum. He is a unique character, one not bound by the constraints of convention or hampered by the heavy b…

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Inexperienced New South Wales make mark in State of Origin series opener

NSW Blues 22-12 Queensland MaroonsBlues run in four tries at MCGEleven of the past 12 State of Origin series have been won by Queensland, but with the Maroons entering this year’s opener without their big-four, pre-match talk had centred on the possibi…

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State of Origin 2018 Game I: New South Wales Blues v Queensland Maroons – live!

Updates from the opening match of the series at the MCGFeel free to get in touch on email or tweet @PFConnolly 3.19am BST Apart from 2014, which turned out to be the eye of the storm, Queensland has, since 2006, torn through State of Origin like a cycl…

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Queensland revel in unfamiliar underdog status in State of Origin Game I | Matt Cleary

Preparations have not gone smoothly but this fixture has Maroons ambush scrawled all over it Some years ago, the former England rugby union player Stuart Barnes was asked to dissect a State of Origin fixture at ANZ Stadium. While declaring that the com…