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Concussions in sport: I stopped playing after sustaining head knocks | Matt Cleary

The doctor said the blows brought on a form of epilepsy. What advice do I now give my sport-mad kids?I was 63 not out and batting beautifully, flaying Weston Creek fifths all over Rivett Oval. Cut shots, pull shots, mighty heaves down town. I was 16 ye…

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Broncos set ‘benchmark for effort’ despite defeat in NRL opener

Melbourne Storm 22-12 Brisbane BroncosAnthony Seibold happy with debut outing in chargeWhile they fell short on the NRL scoreboard Brisbane coach Anthony Seibold said his team’s performance in their opening round loss to Melbourne was a “benchmark for …

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From Barba and Bolton to Moga and May: a timeline of the NRL’s off-season of shame

The arrest and charging of Penrith’s Tyrone May is just the latest in a long list of incidents that have damaged the NRL’s reputation4 September – Pictures are published of Canterbury players dancing nude during their Mad Monday celebrations. The club …

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ARLC rules for ‘no-fault’ standing down of players charged with serious offences

Jack de Belin will not play until his court case is settledClubs will be able to apply for salary cap reliefJack de Belin will miss the start of the NRL season after the Australian Rugby League Commission unanimously agreed to implement a “no-fault” st…

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NRL star Jack de Belin to miss Charity Shield ‘in the interest of player welfare’

Dragons decide to pull player from game in MudgeeDecision on standing him down to be made this weekJack de Belin will miss this year’s Charity Shield after his club, St George Illawarra, decided to not to include him in the squad “in the interest of pl…

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NRL star Jack de Belin to miss Charity Shield ‘in the interest of player welfare’

Dragons decide to pull player from game in MudgeeDecision on standing him down to be made this weekJack de Belin will miss this year’s Charity Shield after his club, St George Illawarra, decided to not to include him in the squad “in the interest of pl…

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NRL star Dylan Walker allegedly ‘yanked’ fiancee’s pontytail in row over PlayStation

Court hears Manly player was ‘really pissed off’ when Alexandra Ivkovic interrupted his gameNRL star Dylan Walker had a fight with his fiancee about a PlayStation before yanking her ponytail, causing her to fall onto a concrete driveway while holding a…

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NRL star Dylan Walker allegedly ‘yanked’ fiancee’s pontytail in row over PlayStation

Court hears Manly player was ‘really pissed off’ when Alexandra Ivkovic interrupted his gameNRL star Dylan Walker had a fight with his fiancee about a PlayStation before yanking her ponytail, causing her to fall onto a concrete driveway while holding a…

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For moral and reputational reasons, the NRL must act on player behaviour | Nick Tedeschi

A policy change to stand down players charged with serious crimes against women has been far too long in the makingIt is hard to imagine any sport enduring an off season where so much damage has been done. In the build-up to the 2019 NRL campaign, that…

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For moral and reputational reasons, the NRL must act on player behaviour | Nick Tedeschi

A policy change to stand down players charged with serious crimes against women has been far too long in the makingIt is hard to imagine any sport enduring an off season where so much damage has been done. In the build-up to the 2019 NRL campaign, that…

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Why the future of the World Club Challenge must be secured

Sunday night was a big success. The Super League and NRL should be working together to ensure this contest lives on By Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredAnyone doubting the status of the World Club Challenge should have seen the evidence in Wigan on…

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Brett Morris hat-trick powers Roosters past Wigan in World Club Challenge

• World Club Challenge: Wigan 8-20 Sydney Roosters• Sydney side start superbly and ride second-half pressureSydney Roosters underlined their dominance as rugby league’s best club side, withstanding a spirited fightback from the Super League champions, …

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Super League v NRL: is the northern hemisphere bridging the gap? | Aaron Bower

As Wigan prepare to face Roosters in a World Club Challenge tournament set for a further revamp, Super League needs to demonstrate the English game’s healthIt is said that the more things change, the more they stay the same, and never has that mantra b…

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Location, format and timing of ‘undervalued’ World Club Challenge up for debate

• Location, format and timing of event up for debate • ‘It’s the best against the best – there has to be more potential’The Super League chief executive, Robert Elstone, has hinted that major changes to the location, format and scheduling of the World …

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London Broncos make a triumphant return to the Super League

London Broncos only won one game in their last season in the top flight. They have already matched that tally this yearBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredGood things come to those who wait. And London Broncos fans have waited nearly five years to …

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Ben Barba’s career appears over after NRL deregistration

Barba involved in physical altercation with partnerUnlikely to to see a way back, says Todd GreenbergBen Barba has been deregistered by the NRL after an integrity unit investigation found he had been involved in a physical altercation with his partner,…

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North Queensland Cowboys sack Super League Man of Steel Ben Barba

Player sacked after reports of incident in Townsville casinoBarba was sacked by Cronulla in 2016 for positive cocaine testThe reigning Super League Man of Steel, Ben Barba, has been sacked by North Queensland for a breach of his NRL playing contract wi…

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The Super League season is kicking off early – and in style

After years of starting with a whimper, the season is beginning with a bang this week thanks to some smart leadershipBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredIt is no coincidence that the new Super League season is kicking off with matches between defen…

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Greg Inglis to call time on NRL career after 2020 season

Inglis to also step away from representative game in 201932-year-old ‘to focus on job at hand’ at South SydneySouth Sydney Rabbitohs captain Greg Inglis has announced his intention to retire from rugby league at the end of the 2020 season, with an end …

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NRL club to employ social minders to create ‘safe’ environment for all

New measures come after Cowboys’ Scott Bolton admitted touching a womanNRL club North Queensland will employ minders for players after forward Scott Bolton admitted to drunkenly touching a woman’s upper thigh in a Sydney court this week.Cowboys coach P…