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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…

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Adelaide to host South Australia’s first State of Origin match in 2020

Game to be staged outside NSW and Queensland again‘Another massive coup’ for the Adelaide OvalAdelaide will host a State of Origin match when rugby league’s fiercest series hits the road again in 2020.The deal on Wednesday between the NRL and the South…

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Concussion is irreversible brain damage: we need to have this conversation | Ian Roberts

After a long rugby league career I wasn’t getting out without a scratch. But the news shocked meWhen the test results came back I was half-expecting negative news. I’d played nearly 250 games of rugby league and been concussed over a dozen times. I was…

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Australia’s sporting year in review – success stories and slip-ups of 2017 | Paul Connolly

It has been a rollercoaster year across the codes but women’s sport has gone from strength to strength‘This moment is for you’: how women’s sport rocked 2017Australian sports quiz of the year 2017In the 43rd minute of the Matildas’ 30 July match agains…

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Angus Crichton has finger amputated to ensure fitness for new NRL season

Souths backrower takes desperate measure to avoid injury layoff‘I’m going to have it cut in half because I’m just over it,’ he saysSouth Sydney star Angus Crichton has had his finger amputated to ensure he is ready for the 2018 NRL season. The player’s…

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Jarryd Hayne accused of rape during time with San Francisco 49ers

Sports star facing civil action after district attorney’s office rejected criminal case against him in 2016 due to insufficient evidenceJarryd Hayne has been accused of raping a woman during his time playing for the San Francisco 49ers, according to ci…

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Four north American cities interested in joining RFL, says CEO Nigel Wood

• Toronto’s success ‘leads to expressions of interest from three US concerns’• ‘No talks yet’ with Wayne Bennett about continuing as England coachFour more cities across north America have expressed an interest in joining the Rugby Football League in t…

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NRL club Manly face hefty penalties for alleged salary cap breaches

NRL handed Sea Eagles breach notice for alleged breaches spanning five yearsTwo officials accused of orchestrating scheme given show-cause noticesManly could be facing a hefty fine and two officials could be deregistered after the NRL accused the club …

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Jarryd Hayne reportedly asks to leave Gold Coast Titans

Request would open door to a return to Parramatta EelsFull-back has been heavily linked with his former clubJarryd Hayne has reportedly told Gold Coast officials he is leaving the NRL club, opening the door for his return to Parramatta.Newscorp reporte…

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Brad Fittler confirmed as NSW State of Origin coach

Former NSW assistant beats Michael Maguire to the positionFittler takes on a team that has won just one of the last five OriginsBrad Fittler has been appointed NSW coach, with the former captain taking the reins after a three-month search for Laurie Da…

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‘A huge win for players and the game’: NRL pay agreement finally reached

Players will be highest paid in 109-year history of game‘The game has never been in a better position,’ says Todd Greenberg The NRL and its players have finally reached an agreement on pay, putting to an end more than 16 months of negotiations.CEO Todd…

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Gold Coast ‘blindsided’ by reports of Jarryd Hayne exit request

Player wants to return to Sydney, agent reportedly tells TitansClub expecting Hayne back for pre-season trainingJarryd Hayne reportedly wants to leave the Gold Coast Titans just a few months after triggering his option for another $1m season with the N…

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Rugby League World Cup: Fiji’s Jarryd Hayne back at home in black and white | Gavin Willacy

The code and country hopping star talks growing the game internationally, and crossovers between NFL and rugby leagueWhen the few members of the press who attended the low-profile Fiji v United States game in Townsville last Saturday night heard singin…

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Rugby League World Cup: Fiji’s Jarryd Hayne back at home in black and white | Gavin Willacy

The code and country hopping star talks growing the game internationally, and crossovers between NFL and rugby leagueWhen the few members of the press who attended the low-profile Fiji v United States game in Townsville last Saturday night heard singin…

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Premiership is Roosters to lose after flourish of Cooper Cronk’s pen

With the addition of the NRL great, the Bondi club has the final piece of the puzzle – the leader and organiser they have longed forThe Sydney Roosters rarely miss their man. And despite having the NSW halfback and not being mentioned as even an outsid…

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NRL players provided gamblers with information, say police

Concerns remain despite match-fixing investigation being closed‘No doubt’ insider information was being exchangedNSW police say they found evidence of NRL players providing insider information to gamblers as part of the now closed investigation into ma…

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Roosters favourites to land Cooper Cronk with another season on cards

Halfback will consider ‘suitable opportunities’ to continue NRL careerCronk’s manager to look into feasibility of signing for a Sydney clubCooper Cronk has opened the door for the Sydney Roosters to make a significant play for him after he told his man…

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Meet the USA Rugby League World Cup captain … and organic food entrepreneur

Mark Offerdahl grew up in Australia, played club rugby in France and Wales, became an entrepreneur in London, and is about to captain USA at a World CupBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkMark Offerdahl will skip…

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No sin-bin for punches, no problem – Rugby League World Cup boss

Penalties will be left to the discretion of a single refereeAn in-goal video referral system will replace the NRL bunkerOfficials won’t need to implement mandatory sin-bins for punches during the Rugby League World Cup to clamp down on the illegal act,…

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Australia go for blend of youth and experience for Rugby League World Cup

  • Seven players selected from NRL premiers Melbourne Storm
  • Felise Kaufusi one of six rookies in Mal Meninga’s squad

Melbourne bolter Felise Kaufusi has been confirmed as one of seven Storm players named in Australia’s 24-man squad for the upcoming Rugby League World Cup. Kaufusi is one of six rookies included by coach Mal Meninga, with Melbourne team-mates Cameron Munster and Jordan McLean also selected.

Related: Melbourne claim NRL premiership with champions across field | Matt Cleary

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