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Roosters run riot to deny NRL grand final repeat for the Storm

Roosters 21-6 StormNear flawless first half from Sydney sinks StormCooper Cronk made a miraculous return from a shoulder injury but couldn’t steer his new side Sydney Roosters to victory over his old club Melbourne Storm in the NRL grand final, instead…

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NRL grand final 2018: Sydney Roosters v Melbourne Storm – live!

Updates from Roosters v Storm 2018 grand final from HomebushAny thoughts? Get in touch via email or tweet @PFConnolly 10.50am BST 14 min: The Storm threaten to the left before kicking deep right and it’s only some deft passing by Tedesco and Tupou that…

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NRL grand final reunites modern greats in deserved decider

Few could rival the legendary St George sides of the 50s and 60s but the 2018 NRL grand final boasts four men who mightThey said about the great St George teams of the 1950s and 1960s that their astonishing feats that peaked with 11 consecutive premier…

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Roger Tuivasa-Sheck voted best NRL player to win Dally M Medal

Full-back becomes first New Zealand Warrior winnerKalyn Ponga finishes second, Valentine Holmes comes thirdRoger Tuivasa-Sheck has become the first New Zealand Warrior to win the Dally M medal – the NRL’s highest individual honour – as the fullback her…

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Six clubs battle for Super League places as Qualifiers reach crazy climax

Leeds, Salford, Toronto, Hull KR, Toulouse and London Broncos are all aiming to secure their Super League statusBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredThis week will take some beating for entertainment: four games to decide six clubs’ future. Any of t…

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Jordan Mailata had never watched an NFL game … until he joined the NFL

The 6ft 8in Australian was playing rugby league for the South Sydney Rabbitohs Under-20s until the call came from AmericaJordan Mailata, a rookie football player in the truest sense of the word, suddenly reached into his locker and plucked out a thigh …

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NRL grand final: injured Cooper Cronk faces emotional week

Hoping to recover from a serious shoulder injury to play, Roosters star Cronk also faces meeting former club MelbourneHis shoulder might be busted but his sidestep won’t be as useful this week either.Already relying on a miracle to recover from a rotat…

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NRL: Roosters beat Rabbitohs to reach the grand final against Melbourne

Roosters 12-4 SouthsAs it happenedCooper Cronk is racing the clock to be fit for the NRL grand final after injuring his shoulder in the Sydney Roosters’ 12-4 NRL preliminary final win over South Sydney.Cronk injured his left shoulder as he took a field…

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Enjoy the tortuous Qualifiers one last time before Super League is revamped

Expect the big clubs to hit the top flight soon; Ukraine and Malta dream on; and a teaser for Castleford and Wakefield fansBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredSo this is it: the last time we can guilty enjoy the eight-stage torture that is the Qual…

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Enjoy the tortuous Qualifiers one last time before Super League is revamped

Expect the big clubs to hit the top flight soon; Ukraine and Malta dream on; and a teaser for Castleford and Wakefield fansBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredSo this is it: the last time we can guilty enjoy the eight-stage torture that is the Qual…

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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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Sam Burgess cleared of wrongdoing in NRL lewd photo scandal

Rabbitohs star cleared of misconduct by South Sydney reviewNRL integrity unit investigator interviews female witnessSouth Sydney star Sam Burgess has been cleared of any wrongdoing over the lewd photo scandal after the NRL club completed its investigat…

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The reality is more nuanced than NRL players being blokey boofheads | Catharine Lumby

Every time they do the wrong thing, it is seen as confirmation that they’ll never change. The behaviour of a few tarnishes a whole codeAs someone who has worked with the NRL as a gender adviser for over a decade the question I am almost guaranteed to g…

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South Sydney rocked by lewd video claims on eve of NRL semi-final

Two players allegedly exposed themselvesRabbitohs treating accusations seriouslySouth Sydney coach Anthony Seibold admits being blindsided by the club’s investigation into a lewd video scandal that has rocked their NRL finals series.One day before thei…

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Cameron Smith again the circuit-breaker for brutal, beautiful Storm | Matt Cleary

Cameron Munster grabbed the headlines against the Rabbitohs but Smith’s simple execution from dummy half was the keyIt was a simple play, something Cameron Smith has ripped off tens of thousands of times. Yet in execution, aesthetic and, crucially, con…

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NRL hit Bulldogs with $250,000 fine for Mad Monday celebrations

Bulldogs have five days to respond to breach noticeClub accept behaviour was ‘unacceptable’Canterbury have been hit with a massive $250,000 fine for their Mad Monday celebrations.The NRL on Wednesday issued the club with a breach notice and the Bulldog…

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Sam Burgess to end career with Souths after re-signing until 2023

England international pens four-year extensionWill call time on playing career at age 34Sam Burgess will remain at South Sydney until the end of his NRL career after putting pen to paper on a four-year extension. Despite being on contract until the end…

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‘A bad look’: Bulldogs launch probe into Mad Monday celebrations

Pictures show some players stripping and vomitingNRL club accepts behaviour was ‘unacceptable’Canterbury have launched an investigation into the NRL club’s Mad Monday drinks, describing pictures that emerged showing Bulldogs players stripping naked and…

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Johnathan Thurston: his NRL and rugby league career in pictures

After 323 NRL games, 4x Dally M winner, and 3x world rugby league player of the year, Johnathan Thurston, has retired Continue reading…