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Jake Mamo’s late try salvages draw for Warrington at Hull FC

Hull FC 14-14 WarringtonGolden point extra time fails to produce winnerHull FC and Warrington played out the first draw of the Super League season, with the hosts preserving their unbeaten start under Brett Hodgson after neither side were able to strik…

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Rugby league’s female players eager to make most of Super League return

Sunday sees the first elite women’s rugby league matches since 2019 after last year’s competition was wiped out by Covid-192021 is a significant year for everyone involved with rugby league, but for the sport’s leading female athletes, the next few mon…

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Zak Hardaker’s magic moment for Wigan leaves Leeds in a spin

Leeds Rhinos 6-19 Wigan WarriorsFull-back’s brilliant try drives Warriors to victoryZak Hardaker was influential as Wigan continued their perfect start to the Super League season with victory against an injury-depleted Leeds Rhinos.Hardaker looks to be…

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Tetevano sent off as St Helens knock out Challenge Cup holders Leeds

Challenge Cup third round: St Helens 26-18 LeedsGrace and Makinson score two tries each for SaintsFormer New Zealand international Zane Tetevano was sent off as Leeds relinquished their hold on the Betfred Challenge Cup despite a late rally by their 12…

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Two-point field goal returns to NRL after 51-year absence

Adam Reynolds slots long-range kick in Souths’ win over Brisbane‘Opportunity to grab some easy points,’ says ReynoldsFifty-one years ago a South Sydney star forced the game to do away with the two-point field goal, so it was fitting that Adam Reynolds …

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Jake Friend retires from rugby league immediately due to concussions

Friend took medical advice after NRL round-one concussionRoosters co-captain suffered more than 20 throughout careerAfter weeks of deliberation, Sydney Roosters co-captain Jake Friend has announced his immediate retirement from the NRL due to concussio…

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Huddersfield’s Michael Lawrence hopes to inspire next generation of black players | Aaron Bower

‘I do see myself as someone young black players can hopefully look up to,’ says the 30-year-old, who aims to build links between rugby league and the Caribbean community in West Yorkshire There is a sense of pride that fills the air every time Michael …

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Gareth Widdop shines as eight-try Warrington hammer hapless Leigh

Warrington 44-12 LeighLeigh remain winless since returning to Super LeagueGareth Widdop produced his best performance in a Warrington shirt as he and his Wolves teammates eased the pressure on the coach, Steve Price, with a dominant victory against new…

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Zak Hardaker and Jake Bibby inspire ruthless Wigan to see off Wakefield

Wigan 34-6 WakefieldSt Helens cruise to 25-0 win over Hull KR in night’s other gameThe Super League season is barely a fortnight old and there are already some familiar trends developing. How that was evident here, as last season’s top two ground their…

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‘He’s a specimen’: Joseph Suaalii ready for NRL but likely to be made to wait for debut

Much-hyped 17-year-old ‘doesn’t look out of place at all’Sydney Roosters set to err on side of caution this weekendSo close and yet so far. And yet still closer than before. This appears to be Joseph Suaalii’s lot this weekend.The “will he, won’t he?” …

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A tale of big cities: the battle for promotion to Super League begins

The rugby league Championship kicks off this weekend, with Toulouse expected to win a division packed with big-city clubsBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredSo, a quarter of a century after they launched Super League, Rupert Murdoch and Maurice Lin…

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Leeds hold off Johnstone-inspired Wakefield in Super League opener

Wakefield 22-28 LeedsJack Broadbent’s try on the hour proves the differenceThere is often plenty to learn in the early weeks of the Super League season. Friday’s opening night taught us what we perhaps already knew: that St Helens and Wigan are the two…

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Lomax leads way as St Helens make light work of Salford in season opener

St Helens 29-6 SalfordChampions score five tries as they begin defence of their titleNew season, same old St Helens. In the end, the opening gambit of the reigning champions’ quest for a third successive Super League title passed without a hitch. Domin…

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Spring into Super League: late start will create season spectacular | Aaron Bower

Super League has a chance to go hell for leather from the off with firmer pitches and fitter players after a longer pre-seasonThere is a long-running joke in rugby league that the only thing you can really predict with any certainty is sheer unpredicta…

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Could Leeds Rhinos’ mouthguards help reduce the risk of concussion?

Collisions will be measured through smart gumshields and the in-game data will help inform decisions about potential injuryLeeds Rhinos have long been regarded as one of rugby league’s most forward-thinking clubs and when they take to the field for the…

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Super League 2021: team-by-team guide to the new season | Aaron Bower

The biggest signing Super League has seen for years can help Warrington challenge Wigan and St Helens for supremacyIt is the end of an era at Castleford, with Daryl Powell confirming this will be his ninth and final season in charge, though his best ch…

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Rugby league faces losing future stars in Covid aftershock | Aaron Bower

The pandemic has hit the game’s academies hard and the impact of lost development could be damaging in the years aheadRugby league’s leading professional players return to action this weekend when the new Super League season begins. But there is perhap…

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Hidden toll on NRL players in spotlight after spate of head knocks | Emma Kemp

Flaws in current concussion tests mean that risk levels for long-lasting brain damage cannot be comprehensively measured It has been a week since James Graham said he “privileged the present over the future” during his NRL playing days, despite the ris…

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Jarryd Hayne has been many things over the past 15 years. Now he is a convicted criminal | Emma Kemp

Found guilty of two counts of sexual intercourse without consent, what came before for the former NRL star is now more cautionary tale than achievementCue the cliches about the “Hayne Plane” crash landing. About lofty heights and rarified air and falls…

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Jarryd Hayne to be jailed for raping woman in 2018 but maintains ‘I spoke the truth’

Judge says it’s ‘inevitable’ former NRL star will be imprisoned after jury finds him guilty – while Hayne says he ‘respects’ the legal processTwo-time NRL player-of-the-year Jarryd Hayne has accepted he is going to jail for raping a woman in Newcastle …