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Super League players set for further pay cuts to ease financial pressure

Players had already agreed 30-50% reduction from April to JuneGarreth Carvell: ‘We’d like to set it to a maximum cut of 15%’Super League players are set to take further pay cuts for an indefinite period as the chief executive of one of the competition’…

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All Blacks hybrid rugby match is a banker but it also carries great risk | Matt McILraith

There is scepticism about whether the financial benefits of playing Australia’s rugby league team outweigh the potential trivialisation of the famous jerseyWhat would the late Sir Colin Meads have thought? The man voted as the All Black of the 20th cen…

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Shortened Super League season to resume on 2 August with triple-header

Season cut from 29 to 22 rounds of matchesOnly top four will compete for November Grand FinalThe Super League season will resume on Sunday 2 August with a triple-header event that will include the champions, St Helens, after clubs approved proposals fo…

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‘We know their addresses’: Victorian fans banned from attending NRL and AFL games in NSW

Supporters asked to bring ID to stadiums to prove residencyMove comes amid concern over rise in Covid-19 cases NRL fans will have to show their drivers licences at stadium gates in NSW as part of biosecurity measures in order to keep travelling Victori…

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All Blacks confirm plans for cross-code rugby blockbuster against Kangaroos

Union to meet league in hybrid game later this yearDetails of number of players and rules yet to be clarifiedNew Zealand Rugby has confirmed talks are under way to stage a cross-code match between the All Blacks and the Kangaroos.NZR chief executive Ma…

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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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Jermaine Coleman: ‘Black people don’t want a leg up. Just equality’

Coleman, the only black British head coach in professional rugby league, spells out where the sport needs to changeBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredDoes rugby league have a problem with racism? Jermaine Coleman would know better than most. Colem…

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Tom Trbojevic hurt as Manly hold on for gutsy NRL win over Canberra

Canberra Raiders 6-14 Manly Sea EaglesTrbojevic and Dylan Walker both pick up knocksTom Trbojevic’s troublesome hamstring let him down again, with the Dally M Medal leader limping from the field in Manly’s gutsy 14-6 NRL win over Canberra. Trbojevic an…

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Tom Trbojevic hurt as Manly hold on for gutsy NRL win over Canberra

Canberra Raiders 6-14 Manly Sea EaglesTrbojevic and Dylan Walker both pick up knocksTom Trbojevic’s troublesome hamstring let him down again, with the Dally M Medal leader limping from the field in Manly’s gutsy 14-6 NRL win over Canberra. Trbojevic an…

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Super League clubs face £280,000 hit after Sky Sports agrees revised TV deal

New terms reflect lack of televised games during pandemicReduction in £37m deal delayed until 2021 to help clubsSuper League clubs each face a significant six-figure reduction in funding next year after the competition agreed a revised deal with Sky Sp…

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Quiz: sport in the 1980s

Following on from his quiz about football in the 1980s, Steven Pye has 15 questions about other sporting occasions of the decade At which football ground in London did Barry McGuigan beat Eusebio Pedroza to win the world featherweight title in 1985?Wem…

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Parramatta Eels remain unbeaten in their best start to an NRL season since 1986

Parramatta Eels 16-10 Penrith PanthersNew Zealand Warriors 37-26 North Queensland CowboysParramatta fans can officially start dreaming of a breakthrough premiership after equalling their best start to a season since their most recent title triumph. The…

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Rugby league scrums may be scrapped over risk of spreading coronavirus

Number of rule changes proposed by laws committeeRFL hoping to restart the season in mid-AugustRugby league clubs have been asked to consider the removal of scrums when the 2020 season resumes after the coronavirus pandemic.The Rugby Football League la…

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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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From the Premiership to park pitches: the rugby referee who switched codes

After being made redundant as a rugby union referee, James Jones worked his way back to the top … in rugby leagueBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredWhen James Jones was made redundant by the Welsh Rugby Union at the age of 34, he expected to spe…

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Ralph Rimmer: ‘Can all rugby league clubs survive? That’s a good question’

The man who leads the sport was once mocked but has come out fighting and says clubs need to adapt to survive the pandemic“Resilience,” Ralph Rimmer says as he considers the best word to describe how rugby league has sustained itself during a thre…

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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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NRL roundup: forward pass denies Manly final-minute win over Parramatta

Parramatta Eels 19-16 Manly Sea EaglesNorth Queensland Cowboys v Cronulla Sharks to comeManly have been denied a thrilling final-minute win over Parramatta after controversially being pulled up for a forward pass late in their 19-16 loss at Bankwest St…

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NRL given permission to have small crowds at games in NSW from next week

NSW government to allow opening of corporate boxes Each room able to have one person per four square metresThe NRL will have crowds return in small numbers from next week with the NSW government allowing corporate boxes to reopen.The state government t…