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Wayne Bennett to consider another club if Broncos replace him

Brisbane confirm approach to Craig BellamyBennett rules out job sharing next year Wayne Bennett says he will consider coaching another NRL club if he is replaced by Craig Bellamy at Brisbane. Brisbane CEO Paul White has confirmed a discussion with Melb…

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Claims Dylan Napa intentionally broke Korbin Sims’ jaw are ‘totally false’

Roosters player denies he ‘showboated’ after clashIncident in Brisbane put Sims out for up to six weeks Sydney Roosters firebrand Dylan Napa has defended his controversial tackle on Korbin Sims and explained why he reacted the way he did. Related: Biff…

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Todd Carney’s hopes of NRL return hit again as Souths rule out move

Rabbitohs’ feeder club focused on existing young talentCarney wants move to Sydney to care for his sick motherSouth Sydney have shot down Todd Carney’s latest hope of a return to the NRL, saying the club has “no pathway” for him to play first grade. Th…

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In pursuit of perfection: Cameron Smith a champion in every sense | Nick Tedeschi

The former Queensland and Australia captain’s representative career was all about a sustained level of excellenceCameron Smith’s time representing Queensland and Australia is over. The captain of the Maroons and Kangaroos shocked the rugby league world…

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Cameron Smith retires from representative rugby league

Queensland and Australia captain quits with immediate effect2018 State of Origin series starts on 6 JuneCameron Smith has announced an end to his representative career for Queensland and Australia, effective immediately. Related: Cameron Smith banned f…

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NRL: Canberra’s Viking clap a highlight in a dour round for Raiders

A win is a win for a depleted Cronulla while Manly fans will take any win right nowThey may have ripped it off from the football team of Iceland (and when the southerly comes from Kosciuszko, GIO Stadium can feel like a graveyard in a country founded b…

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Dragons prove their worth against testing material of the NRL

St George won the May grand final with superior defence: and that is the stuff of premiershipsThough their star halfback is a Rooster, their famous champions will turn 35 on the same day in June, and in the days of video-on-demand, it’s no real secret …

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When a try is not a try and other unanswered NRL questions | Matt Cleary

Referees’ boss ruled Macdonald’s try an error. But is rotation key to losing possession?“That’s not a try,” said Phil Gould. “That’s not a try,” said Andrew Johns. “That is definitely not a try,” said Brad ‘Freddy’ Fittler. On the rival broadcaster and…

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Vintage Johnathan Thurston proves doubters wrong | Matt Cleary

The veteran Cowboy’s displays suggest the greater group think that he has ‘gone one year too long’ is off the markAfter Jack Nicklaus finished tied for 33rd in the US Masters of 1980, pundits speculated that the great man’s time in the sun was over. He…

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Manly Sea Eagles fined by NRL for salary cap breaches

$330,000 to be taken from salary cap this year and nextClub will not lose competition pointsManly will play with a reduced salary cap for the remainder of 2018 and the 2019 season, while club legend Bob Fulton’s future in the game is also clouded after…

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Canberra Raiders paying price for mental fragility and lack of leadership | Matt Cleary

The Raiders lack an on-pitch leader who will step up when their team is leading with minutes to playIt’s a favourite quote of Wayne Bennett’s: “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you always got”. It means that if you conti…

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Matthew Lodge facing NRL axe if he does not pay his victims

Brisbane Broncos player owes $1.6m after civil lawsuitContract to be ripped up unless payment plan put in placeThe NRL has ordered Matt Lodge to pay back the victims of his New York rampage and threatened to sever his contract unless he comes up with a…

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Welsh rugby league has a remarkable past – and a promising future

The BBC’s documentary about Welsh rugby players swapping union for league was fantastic. But the country’s relationship with the 13-man game is far from overBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredIt is not often a documentary about rugby league gets m…

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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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Matthew Lodge jeered on NRL return as Broncos fall to Dragons

Returning player has mixed night at Jubilee OvalBrisbane lose 34-12 to St George Illawarra Matthew Lodge’s drama-filled return to the NRL was the best thing that could happen to him, according to Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett. Lodge endured an up-and-do…

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St George Illawarra Dragons v Brisbane Broncos: NRL season opener – live!

Updates from the first game of 2018 at Jubilee OvalFeel free to get in touch by sending an email 10.10am GMT 43 min: An ordinary dummy half kick from Milford gifts the Dragons possession and they’re into Broncos’ territory with five up their sleeves. A…

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Jarryd Hayne denies US rape allegation, saying woman ‘consented to all actions’

NRL player says ‘willing’ woman followed him out of a bar and used his phone to order an Uber in 2015 NRL player Jarryd Hayne has formally denied raping a woman in the United States in 2015, saying she “consented to all actions that took place”.In a ci…

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NRL season preview: good business primes Roosters for Storm chasing | Paul Connolly

Cooper Cronk boosts the Roosters’ premiership credentials what does his absence mean for the premiers?At some point in life you’d hope to attain the kind of clear-eyed perspective that has you agreeing with Tennyson, that it is indeed better to have lo…

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Matthew Lodge says he was ‘reckless’ with prescription drugs at time of attack

Returning NRL player gives first insight into 2015 arrestSays he has no recollection of ‘brutal night’ in New YorkMatt Lodge says tests after his arrest in New York showed he had mixed a “lethal dose” of sleeping pills with alcohol but the 22-year-old …

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Wigan and Hull’s trip to Australia shows Super League suits the road

The success of the first Super League game outside of Europe should inspire clubs to explore other cities around the worldBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredEven before the friendlies in Sydney this weekend, Wigan and Hull’s trip to New South Wale…