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Two-point field goal returns to NRL after 51-year absence

Adam Reynolds slots long-range kick in Souths’ win over Brisbane‘Opportunity to grab some easy points,’ says ReynoldsFifty-one years ago a South Sydney star forced the game to do away with the two-point field goal, so it was fitting that Adam Reynolds …

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Jake Friend retires from rugby league immediately due to concussions

Friend took medical advice after NRL round-one concussionRoosters co-captain suffered more than 20 throughout careerAfter weeks of deliberation, Sydney Roosters co-captain Jake Friend has announced his immediate retirement from the NRL due to concussio…

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‘He’s a specimen’: Joseph Suaalii ready for NRL but likely to be made to wait for debut

Much-hyped 17-year-old ‘doesn’t look out of place at all’Sydney Roosters set to err on side of caution this weekendSo close and yet so far. And yet still closer than before. This appears to be Joseph Suaalii’s lot this weekend.The “will he, won’t he?” …

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Hidden toll on NRL players in spotlight after spate of head knocks | Emma Kemp

Flaws in current concussion tests mean that risk levels for long-lasting brain damage cannot be comprehensively measured It has been a week since James Graham said he “privileged the present over the future” during his NRL playing days, despite the ris…

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Jarryd Hayne has been many things over the past 15 years. Now he is a convicted criminal | Emma Kemp

Found guilty of two counts of sexual intercourse without consent, what came before for the former NRL star is now more cautionary tale than achievementCue the cliches about the “Hayne Plane” crash landing. About lofty heights and rarified air and falls…

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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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Female athletes can give engaging interviews without being offensive. Why can’t NRL players? | Megan Maurice

Toby Rudolf has been lauded for ‘being himself’ but how badly do we need male athletes to be themselves if they cannot help offending women? This time last year social media was abuzz with the idea of NRL Island as a solution to the difficulties of pla…

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NRL to issue Toby Rudolf warning after inappropriate comment about women

NRL chief Andrew Abdo ‘very disappointed’ by TV interviewCronulla Sharks to offer additional eduction to forward The NRL will issue a formal warning to Cronulla forward Toby Rudolf for his comments made on live television on Sunday night.A post-match i…

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Joseph Suaalii given green light to play in NRL at age 17

ARLC grants exemption to Sydney Roosters recruit Teenager to combine HSC studies with first seasonJoseph Suaalii will be able to make his Sydney Roosters debut before his 18th birthday after being granted an exemption by the NRL. The ARL Commission on …

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Joseph Suaalii given green light to play in NRL at age 17

ARLC grants exemption to Sydney Roosters recruit Teenager to combine HSC studies with first seasonJoseph Suaalii will be able to make his Sydney Roosters debut before his 18th birthday after being granted an exemption by the NRL. The ARL Commission on …

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Joseph Suaalii and the NRL’s answer to what constitutes a man and a boy | Emma Kemp

NRL players cannot make a first-grade debut until they turn 18 – is granting an exemption for the 17-year-old star dangerous?Joseph Suaalii must be growing accustomed to seeing his face on the back pages of newspapers.Had he not mid last year, when rep…

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NRL great Cameron Smith retires from rugby league on eve of new season

Melbourne Storm great calls time on 19-year career‘His legacy will be remembered in Melbourne forever,’ says clubMelbourne Storm great Cameron Smith has called time on his 19-year professional rugby league career after finally announcing his retirement…

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Jarryd Hayne rape retrial: court hears woman said ‘no way’ to former NRL player

The former rugby league star’s retrial on two charges of aggravated sexual assault inflicting actual bodily harm began on MondayWhen a Newcastle woman realised Jarryd Hayne had left a taxi outside her home she said there was no way she was having sex w…

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Sam Burgess arrested after allegedly failing roadside drug test

Former NRL star taken to police station for further testingTo face court for using an unregistered car with no licenceFormer NRL star Sam Burgess is due to spend more time fronting a magistrate after allegedly committing driving offences. The 32-year-o…

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Sam Burgess arrested after allegedly failing roadside drug test

Former NRL star taken to police station for further testingTo face court for using an unregistered car with no licenceFormer NRL star Sam Burgess is due to spend more time fronting a magistrate after allegedly committing driving offences. The 32-year-o…

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Sam Burgess arrested after allegedly failing roadside drug test

Former NRL star taken to police station for further testingTo face court for using an unregistered car with no licenceFormer NRL star Sam Burgess is due to spend more time fronting a magistrate after allegedly committing driving offences. The 32-year-o…

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Dragons end Israel Folau talks after backlash over proposed NRL return

Club decides player signing not worth potential brand damageDragons flooded with feedback from fans and membersSt George Illawarra have abandoned their intentions to sign Israel Folau following intense backlash from NRL fans.The pursuit of the former d…

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St George Illawarra Dragons look to bring Israel Folau back to NRL

League to consider Dragons’ bid to sign former Wallabies playerFolau had previously been told there was no way back for himIsrael Folau is set for a shock return to the NRL after St George Illawarra contacted the league about signing the controversial …

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Masada Iosefa: tributes flow after former NRL player dies in quad bike accident

Ex-Penrith and Wests Tigers hooker killed in DarwinIosefa played 57 NRL games and four Tests for Samoa Former NRL hooker Masada Iosefa has died in a tragic quadbiking accident in the Northern Territory, one night short of his 33rd birthday.Tributes fro…