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Ryan Hampshire’s late penalty salvages draw for Wakefield at Leeds

• Leeds 20-20 Wakefield• Champions blow lead to extend winless runWakefield produced a remarkable late comeback to claim a draw against the reigning Super League champions, Leeds, and further consign the Rhinos to a likely stint in the Qualifiers this …

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International rugby league overhaul leaves Lions Australia tour in limbo

• Revamp ideas have undermined plans for 2019 tour• Discussions set to take place in Singapore next monthA return of the British Lions tour in 2019 remains on the cards despite Australia unveiling plans for the Kangaroos to visit England instead. Confu…

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Billy Slater bids farewell to State of Origin as Queensland win

Queensland Maroons 18-12 New South Wales BluesDaly Cherry-Evans scores on return to Origin arenaGoodbye Billy. And welcome back Daly. Queensland have provided one final highlight for Billy Slater, downing NSW 18-12 in State of Origin III in Brisbane to…

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State of Origin 2018 Game 3: Queensland Maroons v NSW Blues – live!

Updates from the series finale at Suncorp StadiumFeel free to get in touch on email or tweet @mike_hytner 10.52am BST And here comes Smith onto the Suncorp pitch. He stands on the stage, flanked by his wife, Barb, and kids and thanks… everyone. From …

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NSW on brink of State of Origin greatness, says Brad Fittler

Blues looking to complete clean sweep in Game 3Only seven teams have claimed a 3-0 series winNSW coach Brad Fittler will consider his inexperienced Blues among the greatest teams in State of Origin history if they complete a clean sweep on Wednesday. O…

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Kevin Sinfield fails to prevent Leeds Rhinos crashing to eighth successive defeat

• Castleford 42-10 Leeds• Jake Trueman inspired for CastlefordIf Kevin Sinfield was not already aware of the size of the challenge in transforming the fortunes of the stuttering Super League champions, he was handed a ruthless indication here.The final…

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Leeds Rhinos legend Kevin Sinfield returns to club as director of rugby

• Former captain retired in 2015 after winning treble• James Lowes will be first-team coach at HeadingleyKevin Sinfield has described the opportunity to return to Leeds as too good to resist after being unveiled as their director of rugby in a radical …

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Huddersfield continue revival under Simon Woolford with win over Hull

• Huddersfield 29-18 Hull FC• Giants record fourth victory in five league matchesIf the reigning Super League champions, Leeds, are scouring the globe for their new coach, it appears they need not look too far from home for what appears to be the magic…

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What rugby league should learn from the World Cup in Russia

Players do not need to be born in the country they represent but they do need to build those international bonds over timeBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredThe World Cup has shown rugby league fans there are a few things we need to stop worrying …

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Leeds sack Brian McDermott after record seven straight defeats

• Super League club part company with long-serving coach• ‘Leeds Rhinos will be forever indebted to his contribution’Leeds have sacked their head coach Brian McDermott after a club record seven successive Super League losses.McDermott succeeded Brian M…

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Kalyn Ponga in doubt for State of Origin after injury in Knights’ defeat

Newcastle 16-36 CanterburyPenrith 10-18 ManlyNewcastle sensation Kalyn Ponga has suffered a worrying hamstring injury and is racing the clock to be fit for State of Origin II following the Knights’ 36-16 NRL loss to Canterbury on Saturday. Related: Aar…

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St Helens’ Regan Grace helps put match just beyond Wakefield Trinity

• St Helens 34-30 Wakefield Trinity• Saints re-establish Super League six-point lead over WiganIf the Super League title is indeed destined for St Helens this season, these are perhaps the moments the Saints and their supporters will look back on in a …

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Leeds suffer seventh successive defeat after hat-trick by Wigan’s Marshall

• Wigan 46-8 Leeds• Uninspired Leeds in danger of another relegation battleLeeds Rhinos remain in danger of another battle against relegation in the Qualifiers this summer following a comprehensive defeat at Wigan: and the reigning champions also set t…

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Aaron Woods to leave Bulldogs for Sharks in NRL

Canterbury release representative front-rowerWoods a chance to make Cronulla debut on FridayAaron Woods has reportedly been released by Canterbury to make a mid-season switch to Cronulla on a three-and-a-half-year deal.Woods has long been linked to a m…

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NSW display class, style and flamboyance in State of Origin win | Nick Tedeschi

The Blues’ faith in attacking rugby league paid dividends while a lack of poise proved costly for QueenslandQueensland threw everything and the kitchen sink at New South Wales but it wasn’t enough to prevent the Blues winning just their second series i…

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England show best of rugby league in dazzling Denver defeat of New Zealand

• Colorado contest a shot in the arm for the game• American audience treated as England showcase their talentFor once the result was not necessarily the priority for England in Denver on Saturday night. While the performance and the 36-18 victory over …

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State of Origin 2018: New South Wales clinch just second series in 13 years

Blues beat Maroons 18-14 in Game 2 at ANZ StadiumNSW hold onto victory with a man down in nervy finale A year on from heartache, New South Wales seem to have learnt a thing or two about how to win a State of Origin series. The difference now, having se…

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State of Origin 2018 Game 2: NSW Blues v Queensland Maroons – live!

Updates from the game at ANZ StadiumGet in touch with Paul on email or Twitter 10.23am BST I’ve come back home to Australia to an unreal weekend of footy and the men’s #origin hasn’t even begun yet! @WRugbyLeague #PacificTest @NRL @fijirugbyleague @PNG…

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England rally to beat New Zealand and hail Denver fixture as a success

England 36-18 New ZealandCrowd of 19,320 at Mile High StadiumEngland fought back from 12-0 down to beat New Zealand 36-18 in their groundbreaking Test match in Denver, Colorado.An encouraging crowd of 19,320 at Mile High Stadium witnessed an impressive…

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‘Welcome to 2018’: NRL praised for response to State of Origin kiss

Vanessa Foliaki and Karina Brown played in Friday’s OriginNRL shut down criticism of the photo on social mediaThe NRL has been widely praised for its response to comments posted below a photo it shared of opponents – and partners – Vanessa Foliaki and …