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Australia’s and New Zealand’s World Cup myopia threatens crisis for rugby league | Aaron Bower

Decision to pull out reflects administrators’ shortsighted prioritisation of the NRL but hope could lie in a revolt by playersFor anyone with even a brief knowledge of rugby league’s recent history, the only surprise about the announcement that Austral…

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Hull KR launch legal action against RFL over refusal of elite academy licence

Club say decision will harm wellbeing of players and staffHull KR one of three sides not to receive license for 2022 to 2027Hull Kingston Rovers have launched legal proceedings against the Rugby Football League over the governing body’s decision not to…

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Hull KR launch legal action against RFL over refusal of elite academy licence

Club say decision will harm wellbeing of players and staffHull KR one of three sides not to receive license for 2022 to 2027Hull Kingston Rovers have launched legal proceedings against the Rugby Football League over the governing body’s decision not to…

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Hull KR launch legal action against RFL over refusal of elite academy licence

Club say decision will harm wellbeing of players and staffHull KR one of three sides not to receive license for 2022 to 2027Hull Kingston Rovers have launched legal proceedings against the Rugby Football League over the governing body’s decision not to…

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Hull KR launch legal action against RFL over refusal of elite academy licence

Club say decision will harm wellbeing of players and staffHull KR one of three sides not to receive license for 2022 to 2027Hull Kingston Rovers have launched legal proceedings against the Rugby Football League over the governing body’s decision not to…

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RFL accused of ‘empty gestures’ after Tony Clubb ban for racist abuse

Wigan player was given minimum sanction for offence‘The RFL have let us down … it makes a mockery of it’The Rugby Football League have been accused of making “empty gestures” and lacking common sense in their attempts to tackle racism by the only black…

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Wigan suspend Tony Clubb pending outcome of racism investigation

Clubb accused of racially abusing Hull’s Andre Savelio ‘We take the accusations very seriously,’ insist WiganWigan have suspended the prop forward Tony Clubb pending the outcome of an investigation into alleged racism.The Hull second-rower Andre Saveli…

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Toronto Wolfpack launch hardship fund while RFL threatens legal action

Toronto target £30,000 for unemployed players and staffToronto coach Brian McDermott: ‘I’ve run out of money’Toronto Wolfpack have launched a hardship fund to support the players and staff who have been unemployed and without pay for seven months as a …

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Yvette Cooper calls for government help to ensure rugby league clubs survive

Clubs fearful of winter without season ticket moneyLabour MP says £16m loan was welcome but more needed Yvette Cooper, the Labour MP for Normanton, Pontefract and Castleford, has called on the government to put together an “urgent plan” to ensure rugby…

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UK government ready to rescue up to eight sports facing financial black hole

Bailout needed because of delay to return of fansMatchday revenue crucial to survival of clubsSport has been warned the pause in the return of crowds, which was announced by the government on Tuesday, could last throughout winter – and even until the s…

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RFL chief says sport needs ‘good, hard look at itself’ on 125th anniversary

RFL’s Ralph Rimmer wary of need for ‘reshaping’ rugby league‘Ideally this would be the biggest summer sport in the UK’The chief executive of the Rugby Football League, Ralph Rimmer, says rugby league needs to take a “good, hard look at itself” to ensur…

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Sport thrown into disarray after Boris Johnson suspends pilot events

Plans for limited crowds at cricket, racing and snooker cancelledFA pauses plan to allow fans at Wembley for Community ShieldProfessional sport was plunged back into a now-familiar sense of uncertainty on Friday after the government’s decision to suspe…

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New RFL president Clare Balding wants women’s game to become professional

Balding takes over as Tony Adams’s successor ‘Capitalising on next year’s World Cup is a golden opportunity’Clare Balding is hoping to use her two-year term as the president of the Rugby Football League to maximise the potential of women’s rugby league…

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RFL asked to investigate social media posts about Black Lives Matter

At least one person has referred allegedly racist remarks to RFLJermaine Coleman said posts were ‘inciting racism and violence’The Rugby Football League will decide within the next few days whether a series of allegedly racist posts on social media lin…

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Days 500, games zero: England devise new battle plan for RL World Cup | Aaron Bower

With no Ashes to hone England for next year’s World Cup, training camps will become more important than ever for Shaun Wane’s squadThe prospect of an England side spending the 500 days leading up to a home World Cup without a single game is certainly u…

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Days 500, games zero: England devise new battle plan for RL World Cup | Aaron Bower

With no Ashes to hone England for next year’s World Cup, training camps will become more important than ever for Shaun Wane’s squadThe prospect of an England side spending the 500 days leading up to a home World Cup without a single game is certainly u…

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Super League considers increase in number of interchanges on return

More changes would reduce burden on playersGames could be played at neutral venuesThe prospect of increasing the number of interchanges and hosting games at a limited number of venues will be discussed this week as Super League aims to take its first s…

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Government loan points to a very different future for rugby league | Aaron Bower

The £16m secured by the RFL appears modest but reflects the precarious nature of club finances when fans have to stay awayAt first glance, the numbers do not seem that terrifying. While other mainstream sports predict the financial cost of Covid-19 wil…

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Don’t see £16m loan as a gravy train, RFL chief warns clubs

‘We have to make this lasts as long as we can,’ says Ralph RimmerSport’s professional clubs will receive the majority of moneyThe Rugby Football League’s chief executive, Ralph Rimmer, has warned clubs that the sport’s £16m emergency loan issued by the…

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Don’t see £16m loan as a gravy train, RFL chief warns clubs

‘We have to make this lasts as long as we can,’ says Ralph RimmerSport’s professional clubs will receive the majority of moneyThe Rugby Football League’s chief executive, Ralph Rimmer, has warned clubs that the sport’s £16m emergency loan issued by the…