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Luther Burrell: ‘I’m miles ahead compared to where I was last year’

Warrington’s former union international has adapted to the switch now and is ready for the new Super League seasonWith players such as Sonny Bill Williams and George Burgess readying themselves for their eagerly anticipated debuts next weekend, there h…

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Sonny Bill Williams admits need to prove himself again with Wolfpack

• ‘I wouldn’t still be around if I didn’t have that inner drive’• Coach Brian McDermott says Williams needs time to adjustSonny Bill Williams said he still has a point to prove to the rugby world as he prepares to make his long-awaited return to league…

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Hull KR prop Mose Masoe will not play again after suffering spinal injury

Masoe suffered injury during pre-season game at Wakefield30-year-old recovering after undergoing emergency surgeryHull KR prop Mose Masoe suffered a “career-ending” spinal injury in Sunday’s pre-season game against Wakefield, head coach Tony Smith has …

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Rugby League World Cup: Prince Harry hosts as England men draw Samoa

• Holders Australia draw Fiji, Scotland and Italy• Prince oversees 2021 draw proceedings at Buckingham PalaceEngland will play Samoa in the opening match of the 2021 World Cup at St James’ Park, Newcastle.The Pacific Islanders were the first nation to …

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Prince Harry to make Rugby League World Cup draw as planned

Duke of Sussex to conduct proceedings at Buckingham Palace in role as sport’s patronPrince Harry’s first public engagement since announcing that he and Meghan are to step back from their royal duties is to go ahead as planned on Thursday, when he condu…

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Tears never far away as rugby league shows support to Rob Burrow

Leeds legends come out of retirement for cameo appearances on an emotional afternoon that was all about their former teammate, who has been diagnosed with motor neurone diseaseIt was a day Rob Burrow never thought he would have to experience, but it be…

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Red Star Belgrade plan to join New York and Ottawa in RFL’s League 1

• Serbian club took part in the 2019 Challenge Cup• ‘We hope to be model for future expansion of rugby league’Red Star Belgrade have confirmed they intend to apply to the Rugby Football League for a place in League 1, possibly as soon as 2021. The Serb…

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Rob Burrow reveals doctor’s positive motor neurone disease outlook

• ‘Rather than three years it’ll hopefully be nearer 10’• Benefit game on Sunday to raise funds for ex-Rhinos half-backRob Burrow has revealed he has been told he has “very early stage” motor neurone disease but is hopeful he can live for another decad…

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Sport in 2020 calendar: your month-by-month guide to the year ahead

The Olympics and Paralympics head to Tokyo, Euro 2020 sends football fans around Europe, plus the return of the Ryder CupThe sporting year’s traditional raucous curtain-raiser, the PDC world darts final, takes place on New Year’s Day. The BDO champions…

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20 for 2020: the unmissable sporting events over the next 12 months

The Tokyo Olympics is the main event but with England in the Euros and Tiger Roll attempting an unprecedented third straight Grand National fans are spoilt for choice in 2020An ever-fascinating tournament takes on an extra edge given it represents a po…

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Bulldogs offer players, staff counselling after tragic death of Ziggy Vincent

Vincent had trialled with Canterbury’s Jersey Flegg side‘It’s a very sad day, very sad,’ said Anthony MundineNRL club Canterbury have offered counselling to players and staff after the death of promising teenager Ziggy Vincent on Sunday.Vincent, who ha…

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Rugby league: 20 questions to be answered in 2020

How will Toronto cope in the Super League? Who will win the Championship? Will Clare Balding have an impact?By Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredClubs are split over ditching the “loop” fixtures: some say they need the income, some who rent stadiums…

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Cruel news about Rob Burrow’s MND should provoke rugby into action | Jonathan Liew

The two codes need to show greater leadership and ask why so many of its number are suffering from brain injuriesYou may not have heard of the former professional baseball player Pete Frates but you may just be familiar with his work. Five years ago a …

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Leeds Rhinos great Rob Burrow diagnosed with motor neurone disease

Burrow won eight Grand Finals with Leeds and 15 England caps‘I am very positive … and intend to battle the condition’The former Leeds Rhinos great Rob Burrow has revealed that he has been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.Burrow retired after winn…

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Indigenous submission expected by NRL on national anthem boycott

Titans captain Ryan James backs call for All Stars gameAdvance Australia Fair ‘just doesn’t represent us’The final decision rests with the ARL Commission but Ryan James says it is obvious Indigenous players do not want Australia’s national anthem playe…

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Natalie Harrowell, England rugby league international, dies aged 29

Featherstone Rovers forward won Woman of Steel 2019Tributes come from clubs and RFL chief executiveThe Featherstone Rovers Ladies and England international rugby league forward Natalie Harrowell has died, aged 29.Harrowell won three caps for her countr…

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Wigan’s Ian Lenagan calls RFL’s dealings with Bradford Bulls a ‘festering sore’

• Warriors’ owner calls for greater transparency• Concern centres on RFL’s purchase of Odsal Stadium leaseThe Wigan Warriors owner, Ian Lenagan, has conceded that there is a need for transparency in the Rugby Football League’s historical dealings with …

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Rugby league has become competitive – but only in the southern hemisphere

While the rise of Samoa, Fiji and Papua New Guinea is brilliant, the wealthiest investors are in Europe and North AmericaBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required“You all need to have a good look at what’s happened with the international game over the l…

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Wayne Bennett could earn new England contract despite disastrous Lions tour

• Coach out of contract following disappointing Lions tour• ‘We shouldn’t forget what Wayne has done up until this point’The RFL chief executive, Ralph Rimmer, has said Wayne Bennett could be given a new contract to lead England into the 2021 World Cup…

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Future of Great Britain Lions in grave doubt after disastrous tour | Aaron Bower

After the failure of a largely English squad, doubts have been raised about whether the Lions’ coach Wayne Bennett should be replaced in his England role for the home World Cup in 2021No matter who you speak to, the general consensus will be that the r…