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Cooper Cronk announces he will retire at end of NRL season

Sydney Roosters halfback calls time on 16-year careerBrings down curtain having played in eight grand finalsSydney Roosters halfback Cooper Cronk has announced his intention to retire from the NRL at the end of the season.The 35-year-old is in the seco…

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Quentin Pongia, former New Zealand rugby league captain, dies aged 48

Pongia played 35 Tests and 137 NRL games ‘An icon of the game,’ says New Zealand Rugby LeagueTributes are flowing in for former Canberra and New Zealand forward Quentin Pongia, who has died from cancer aged 48.Pongia played 137 NRL games and 35 Tests f…

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Jack de Belin ruling offers NRL vindication if not cause for celebration | Matt Cleary

The NRL argued something had to be done given the game has had such a low base for so long Rugby league’s “summer from hell” in which sex tapes jockeyed for attention with nudity, stupidity, drunkenness and allegations of violence and aggravated sexual…

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Jack de Belin loses federal court bid to be reinstated by NRL

St George Illawarra star will remain ruled out indefinitely while he answers aggravated sexual assault chargeSt George Illawarra star Jack de Belin has lost his bid in the federal court to be reinstated by the NRL.Justice Melissa Perry ruled on Friday …

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Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne faces additional charge in rape case

Former NRL player appears briefly in Newcastle courtHayne has not played rugby league since last yearFormer rugby league star Jarryd Hayne has appeared in court facing a second count of aggravated sexual assault against a woman in the NSW Hunter Valley…

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Why rugby league needs pilgrimages like the NRL’s Magic Round | Matt Cleary

Its about more than the obvious financial benefits, it’s about bringing together rugby league people For the television viewer the NRL’s Magic Round – in which all eight games of rugby league are played at one venue – is like watching eight games of ru…

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Why rugby league needs pilgrimages like the NRL’s Magic Round | Matt Cleary

Its about more than the obvious financial benefits, it’s about bringing together rugby league people For the television viewer the NRL’s Magic Round – in which all eight games of rugby league are played at one venue – is like watching eight games of ru…

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NRL star Dylan Walker found not guilty of assaulting his partner

Manly centre set to return for Sea Eagles next week‘I touched her shoulder, she fell to the ground’The NRL star Dylan Walker has been found not guilty of domestic violence charges after the magistrate presiding over the case said she was not satisfied …

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‘No concerns at all’ over player behaviour during NRL’s Magic Round

League will not implement restrictions or curfewsBrisbane set to welcome 300 players for weekend carnivalThe NRL has refused to put a ban on players hitting Brisbane’s party districts during Magic Round despite the powder keg potential for player misbe…

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Wayne Bennett refuses to get carried away after getting last laugh against Broncos

South Sydney Rabbitohs 38-6 Brisbane BroncosBennett-Seibold grudge match fails to live up to hype South Sydney coach Wayne Bennett has dismissed the notion that the NRL premiership is a three-horse race and that the Rabbitohs, Sydney Roosters and Melbo…

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Magistrate in Tyrone May NRL sex video case stands down for ‘sake of fairness’

Penrith Panthers player’s case adjourned until 17 JuneGeoffrey Hiatt’s father is club’s ex-deputy chairmanPenrith Panthers NRL utility Tyrone May will remain on bail after facing a Sydney court on charges of recording and distributing sexual acts witho…

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Greg Inglis: the ‘man among boys’ who dominated rugby league for a decade | Matt Cleary

It’s cruel when champions don’t go out as they should, but GI’s exit shouldn’t tarnish the memory of the manYoung Greg Inglis was beautiful. The way he moved, carried himself, how he burned away from opponents at speed, he was like silky Cronulla Shark…

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Greg Inglis announces retirement from NRL, effective immediately

Kangaroos, Queensland and South Sydney legend retiresInglis expected to remain in ambassadorial roleSouth Sydney skipper Greg Inglis has called an immediate end to his glittering 15-year NRL career, almost two years before his planned retirement date.“…

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NRL and AFL clubs called out for ‘toxic’ alcohol advertising deals

Only Melbourne Storm and Western Bulldogs don’t accept money from drinks industry, report findsA new study has highlighted the extent to which alcohol advertising is ingrained within Australia’s two major football codes, with concerns raised about the …

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What’s the (golden) point of the NRL’s extra-time lottery? It’s not fair | Matt Cleary

A coin toss for two premiership points does nothing to reflect why one team was better than another in normal timeAt some point in each of the last NRL seasons there has been varying degrees of debate around the merits of drawn games being decided in e…

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Valentine Holmes’ NFL dream alive after being picked up by New York Jets

Former NRL player added to Jets’ practice squadWill not be eligible to play games during 2019 seasonValentine Holmes has been invited to join the NFL’s New York Jets. The former NRL star, who walked away from a $5m contract with Cronulla, will share a …

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Roosters’ master manipulators deliver ominous NRL warning | Matt Cleary

Against Brisbane Cooper Cronk and Luke Keary showed just why their team are so highly ratedRicky Stuart was right. When it comes to brickbats and bouquets dished out after games of rugby league, it is the halves who most “own” the result. They are the …

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Tribal nature of rugby league presents barrier to NRL relocation | Matt Cleary

Expansion seems a more palatable solution to TV’s desire to add 80 minutes a week in fresh marketsIt is a truism of professional sport that television gets what television wants. TV is the ultimate arbiter of who plays what, where and when. It is by fa…

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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 …