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Rugby league: 13 lessons the sport should learn for the next World Cup

The organisers of the 2021 World Cup should maximise TV audiences, appoint neutral referees, give players more rest and rethink scheduling and qualificationBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkWatching the final a…

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Rugby league: 13 lessons the sport should learn for the next World Cup

The organisers of the 2021 World Cup should maximise TV audiences, appoint neutral referees, give players more rest and rethink scheduling and qualificationBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkWatching the final a…

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England’s Rugby League World Cup attracts venue interest from overseas

• 2021 tournament held in England after beating bid from US• Matches could be played in Perpignan, Avignon and LimerickThe organisers of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup have received 40 expressions of interest from potential host venues, including seve…

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NRL club Manly face hefty penalties for alleged salary cap breaches

NRL handed Sea Eagles breach notice for alleged breaches spanning five yearsTwo officials accused of orchestrating scheme given show-cause noticesManly could be facing a hefty fine and two officials could be deregistered after the NRL accused the club …

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End of ‘big three’ no guarantee Australian league dominance will end

The era of Cronk, Smith and Slater may be over, but Australia’s past and current talent spells trouble for England and NSWAnd then there were two. Perhaps the biggest news coming out of the epic 2017 tournament – which saw Australia edge out an incredi…

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RFL must use England’s World Cup achievements to build towards 2021 | Aaron Bower

The national side needs to play more often if it is to become a force comparable to Australia when the tournament takes place on home soil in four yearsHistorically in English rugby league, there are no shortage of instances of chest?beating and confid…

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‘It was State of Origin standard’: Australia edge England in Rugby League World Cup final – video

England coach Wayne Bennett says he is proud of his side after their narrow loss to Australia in the final of the Rugby League World Cup on Saturday. The Kangaroos prevailed by a scoreline of 6-0 in a thrilling and tense meeting in Brisbane. ‘It’s a pi…

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When the pain of defeat subsides England have much to be proud about | Aaron Bower

Pushing Australia so hard in the World Cup final shows the progress made under Wayne Bennett and should inspire great confidence for the futureIt’s the hope that kills you. If there is one overriding image which will remain with England fans for at lea…

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Australia beat England in closest Rugby League World Cup final in decades

Australia 6-0 EnglandBoyd Cordner’s first-half try proves decisiveEngland’s rugby league World Cup dream has ended in heartbreak on a warm Brisbane night as Australia edged to a tense 6-0 victory in the closest final the sport has seen in decades.Engla…

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Rugby League World Cup 2017 final: Australia v England – live!

Updates from the title decider at Suncorp Stadium in BrisbaneGet in touch with Paul on email or via Twitter @PFConnolly 9.27am GMT And the pressure tells, Cordner crashing over down the left channel after a fine short ball from Morgan. Widdop did his b…

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Australia sink New Zealand to retain Women’s Rugby League World Cup

Australia 23-16 New ZealandCo-captains Steph Hancock and Renae Kunst farewelledTears of joy have flowed with the Jillaroos farewelling co-captains Steph Hancock and Renae Kunst in style, defending their Rugby League World Cup title with a 23-16 win ove…

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England’s Sam Burgess set to revel in Rugby League World Cup final spotlight

Australia will be well aware that the 28-year-old enjoys nothing more than a challenge and has supreme track record in the biggest gamesThere is nothing, you suspect, that Sam Burgess enjoys more than a challenge. After all, this is a man who stun…

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Rugby League World Cup final: the key players for Australia and England

Australia can boast the incomparable Cameron Smith, but England wing Jermaine McGillvary is in the form to cause the Kangaroos real problemsCameron Smith Winner of the 2017 Golden Boot award, the NRL’s Dally M award this year and with the second most T…

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Sam Burgess to captain England in World Cup final as O’Loughlin ruled out

• Josh Hodgson also misses final against Australia with major knee injury• ‘We lose two senior boys who are great players but we gain James Roby’Sam Burgess insists nothing will change as he prepares to lead England in Saturday’s Rugby League World Cup…

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England aim to end 45 years of hurt in Rugby League World Cup final

England may have lost 12 straight matches against Australia but they have enough quality to upset the Kangaroos in Brisbane on SaturdayBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkThe Kangaroos have won all their prelimin…

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England’s nearly men from 1995 Rugby League World Cup hoping for more | Aaron Bower

Twenty-two years on from Australia’s Wembley win, those beaten narrowly that day such as Karl Harrison, Phil Clarke and Mick Cassidy have their fingers crossed for Saturday’s finalWhen England take to the field in Brisbane on Saturday for their first R…

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Valentine Holmes overcomes adversity to capitalise on natural ability

The fleet-footed winger has made Rugby League World Cup history with five and six-try hauls, but things haven’t always been so easy“It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s Super Val Holmes tearing down the left flank for the Kangaroos!” For those uninitiated i…

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Jarryd Hayne reportedly asks to leave Gold Coast Titans

Request would open door to a return to Parramatta EelsFull-back has been heavily linked with his former clubJarryd Hayne has reportedly told Gold Coast officials he is leaving the NRL club, opening the door for his return to Parramatta.Newscorp reporte…

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How the Women’s Rugby League World Cup final can inspire a generation and spur national game

Ahead of the Jillaroos-Kiwi Ferns contest the demand for a national competition in Australia has never been greater Some 10 years ago, the National Rugby League (NRL) launched its inaugural Women in League round, largely paying homage to the unsung fem…

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England pick Sean O’Loughlin, willing him to be fit for World Cup final

• ‘He’s doing everything possible,’ Chris Hill says of England captain• O’Loughlin picked up a quad injury in 20-18 semi-final defeat of TongaSean O’Loughlin is on the mend for Saturday’s World Cup final against Australia but the England forward Chris …