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Wayne Bennett has failed as Great Britain Lions coach

Three straight defeats in New Zealand is bad enough, but Bennett has not even grasped what make the Lions specialBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredThere is no shame in losing to the Kiwis in New Zealand. It has happened to the last 11 British int…

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Wayne Bennett has failed as Great Britain Lions coach

Three straight defeats in New Zealand is bad enough, but Bennett has not even grasped what make the Lions specialBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredThere is no shame in losing to the Kiwis in New Zealand. It has happened to the last 11 British int…

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David Fifita returns having learnt ‘big lesson’ from stint in Bali jail

NRL player was facing two-year sentence for assault‘Peace settlement’ reached with alleged victimDavid Fifita says he’s “learnt a big lesson” after arriving back in Brisbane after three days in a Bali jail. The Brisbane NRL star touched down early on T…

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David Fifita returns having learnt ‘big lesson’ from stint in Bali jail

NRL player was facing two-year sentence for assault‘Peace settlement’ reached with alleged victimDavid Fifita says he’s “learnt a big lesson” after arriving back in Brisbane after three days in a Bali jail. The Brisbane NRL star touched down early on T…

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Great Britain’s tour reaches new lows with heavy loss to New Zealand

Kiwis win 23-8 to keep Lions winless on South Pacific tourHooker Josh Hodgson scores GB’s only try of the matchWe are expanding our coverage of New Zealand. Please help us by supporting our independent journalismThere can no longer be any reasonable ar…

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Brisbane Broncos star David Fifita arrested in Bali after nightclub brawl

Police report says security guard was hit in face by foreignerBroncos have sent a representative to Bali to assist FifitaBrisbane NRL star David Fifita has been arrested in Bali after an alleged brawl at the same nightclub where Nelson Asofa-Solomona l…

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‘Rugby’s LeBron James’: Toronto confirm Sonny Bill Williams signing

$10m, two-year deal is the biggest in Super League history‘Comparable to when David Beckham joined LA Galaxy’Super League side Toronto Wolfpack have confirmed the signing of cross-code star Sonny Bill Williams on a two-year contract worth an estimated …

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GB’s Alex Walmsley: ‘There’s a point you know you’re done, but I wasn’t’

St Helens prop has recovered from serious injury and must now help Great Britain bounce back against New ZealandBack-to-back defeats to start their tour of the southern hemisphere means there is a certain sense of adversity surrounding Great Britain at…

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GB’s Alex Walmsley: ‘There’s a point you know you’re done, but I wasn’t’

St Helens prop has recovered from serious injury and must now help Great Britain bounce back against New ZealandBack-to-back defeats to start their tour of the southern hemisphere means there is a certain sense of adversity surrounding Great Britain at…

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Sam Burgess AVO based on ‘false allegations’, court told

The former South Sydney NRL captain is accused of intimidating his father-in-law Mitchell Hooke in OctoberAn alleged dispute between the former South Sydney NRL captain Sam Burgess and his father-in-law is based on false allegations, Burgess’s lawyer h…

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Rugby league’s Pacific revolution goes global after Tongan triumph | Patrick Skene

The growth in stature of Tonga, Fiji and Samoa has meant rugby league has become the new connective tissue for the regionAs Australia worked through the seven stages of grief (with heavy doses of anger and denial) following Saturday’s defeat at Eden Pa…

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Sonny Bill Williams breaks all records with £2.6m-a-year deal at Toronto

• Deal lasts two seasons for 58-Test former All Black• Toronto expected to confirm signing in London next weekSonny Bill Williams will be unveiled as the highest-paid player in the history of either code of rugby next week after agreeing a two-year dea…

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Toronto kick off with Headingley ‘home game’ against Castleford

• Super League’s new club also looking to play in York and London• Magic Weekend returns to Newcastle’s St James’ Park in 2020Toronto Wolfpack’s first game as a Super League club will be part of a unique double-header at Headingley on the opening week…

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Rugby X is neither league nor union, but it might just catch on

The new five-a-side rugby format captured a new audience when it debuted at the O2 Arena in LondonBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredIt wasn’t rugby union and it wasn’t rugby league. It was indoors, it was five-a-side, it was strange and it was di…

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Tonga shock Australia to win rugby league international

Australia 12-16 Tonga InvitationalTevita Pangai Junior scores winning tryA Tonga invitational XIII have produced one of the greatest performances in rugby league history by taking down world champions Australia 16-12 in Auckland. In front of a pulsatin…

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Kiwis hold on for dramatic victory against Great Britain

New Zealand 12-8 Great BritainLions suffer their second defeat in a row in southern hemisphere tourGreat Britain’s tour to the southern hemisphere has gone from bad to worse, going down 12-8 to New Zealand in a scrappy encounter at Eden Park for their …

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Jake Connor seeks redemption on Great Britain debut against New Zealand

Centre gets call up after domestic season to forgetLions looking to put Tonga defeat behind themAfter defeat by Tonga last weekend, it is safe to assume that every member of the Great Britain side that faces New Zealand on Saturday has some wrongs to r…

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Ultimate warrior Sam Burgess retires as one of England’s best rugby league exports | Nick Tedeschi

The Rabbitohs forward was fearless in everything he did on the field, an enforcer from what seems like a bygone eraIt was a true testament to Sam Burgess’ authenticity that he remained as popular and respected in the game amongst both players and fans …

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Sam Burgess forced to retire from rugby league due to injury

Souths captain has ongoing shoulder problemThree years remaining on Rabbitohs contractSam Burgess, the South Sydney and England forward, has been forced to call time on his rugby league career as a result of a chronic shoulder injury that blighted his …

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The Great Britain Lions go into New Zealand Test bruised and beaten

The Lions and New Zealand both lost at the weekend. Who will respond better when they meet in Auckland on Saturday?By Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredIt is not often British rugby league can be grateful to the England rugby union team, but Saturda…