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Leeds Rhinos remain under cloud of relegation after defeat by Hull

• Leeds Rhinos 24-26 Hull FC • Ratu Naulago’s late try proves decisive for HullLeeds Rhinos remain in grave danger of relegation after a narrow defeat to Hull FC, who strengthened their play-off credentials with their first win at Headingley in more th…

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Jackson Hastings primed to repay debt to Salford with a grand farewell

Australian who is joining Wigan next season hopes he can help deliver a play-off spot – and maybe more – before he departsEver since Jackson Hastings stepped off a plane and signed for Salford a year ago it always felt a case of when, not if, he would …

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Keegan Hirst: ‘I’m proud to be a rugby league player and I’m proud to be gay’

The Wakefield prop is keen to play a role in Super League’s Wellness Round as it highlights issues in men’s mental healthFour years removed from the day that changed his life forever, Keegan Hirst is still committed to making a difference. “No matter w…

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St Helens sweep Wigan aside and close in on League Leaders’ Shield

• St Helens 32-10 Wigan• Saints extend lead at top as Warrington loseSt Helens produced another impressive display to comfortably beat Wigan and take another step closer to a second successive League Leaders’ Shield. Justin Holbrook’s side have won 20 …

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Blues swoop with 32 seconds left to settle thrilling State of Origin finale

New South Wales beat Queensland 26-20 in SydneyJames Tedesco’s last-gasp try secures 2019 seriesIn 80 minutes of high emotion, high action and huge momentum shifts, a final-minute try by James Tedesco saw New South Wales beat Queensland 26-20 and take …

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State of Origin 2019 Game 3: NSW v Queensland – live!

Updates as NSW meet QLD at ANZ Stadium in SydneyAny thoughts? Email or tweet @sjjperry 11.21am BST Maloney makes no mistake. A settler for the Blues. 11.19am BST 4 min: Another penalty to the Blues, again lying on the ruck. It’s 20m out, just adjacent …

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Queensland cling to spirit of ‘95 in face of NSW’s influential spine | Matt Cleary

The Maroons can again pull on the familiar if moth-balled maroon cardigan of underdog status for the State of Origin decider in SydneyIn 1995 during the vexed cluster of the Super League war, Paul Vautin led a team of tyros and try-hards into a State o…

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Queensland dealt injury blow with Matt Gillett ruled out of State of Origin decider

Maroons back-rower fails to overcome groin injuryDavid Fifita is set to be promoted to starting line-up Queensland back-rower Matt Gillett has been ruled out of Wednesday’s State of Origin series decider in a significant blow to the embattled Maroons. …

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Women’s rugby league takes off as Castleford attract record crowds

Future stars like Georgia Roche are catching the eye and the league leaders are in Sunday’s Challenge Cup semi-finalsFrom the Lionesses in France to Cori Gauff at Wimbledon, there have been no shortage of success stories of late but Castleford in West …

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Leeds see off Castleford to pick up vital points in relegation battle

• Castleford 10-18 Leeds• Robert Lui’s try wraps up win after home side fight backSlowly but surely the tide seems finally to be turning for the better at Leeds Rhinos. Make no mistake about it, the eight-time Super League champions are by no means saf…

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Souths defend George Burgess’s reputation after nine-game NRL ban for eye gouge

Rabbitohs player ruled out for rest of season‘It’s a tragedy for George,’ says club’s general manager The fate of George Burgess’ career at South Sydney now sits in the hands of his teammates after being handed a nine-game NRL ban for an eye gouge. The…

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Corey Norman named in new look Queensland team for State of Origin III

Corey Norman and Christian Welch to make their State of Origin debutsNew look forward pack with return of Joe OfahengaueInjury-hit Queensland have named Corey Norman and Christian Welch to make their State of Origin debut in July 10’s series decider in…

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Leeds increase their survival hopes with vital victory over Catalans

• Leeds 31-12 Catalans• Rhinos one of four clubs level on points at the bottomIt is certainly not job done for Leeds Rhinos – far from it, in fact – but hope seems to have been restored to the terraces at Headingley again. As the players tasked with dr…

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Super League’s falling giants Leeds Rhinos have that sinking feeling | Aaron Bower

Hull KR’s win over Hull left the club who once dominated Super League contemplating the unthinkableIn 1974 Manchester United – six years on from winning the European Cup – were said to be too good to go down, a statement of hubris that turned out to be…

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St Helens extend lead at top with comeback to win at Warrington

• Warrington 10-21 St Helens• Three second-half tries beat second-placed WolvesSt Helens extended their lead at the Super League summit to eight points after emerging through the game of the season to date with victory at second-placed Warrington. The …

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George Burgess referred straight to NRL judiciary over alleged eye gouge

Souths player charged with dangerous contact to the eyeIncident involved Tigers veteran Robbie FarahGeorge Burgess has been referred straight to the NRL judiciary for an alleged eye gouge in South Sydney’s defeat to Wests Tigers.The match review commit…

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Super League should take NRL’s lead and promote international matches

International rugby league will only grow when it is given respect, resources and room. Super League should help outBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredThere were five senior men’s internationals played at the weekend, but British readers may have …

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Concussion in sport: brain disease found in two former NRL players

Study conducted on brains donated by ex-professionalsDisease can often lead to depression and other issuesA disease linked to repeated concussions in American sport has been found in the brains of two former Australian rugby league players. The discove…

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Disability league gives former marine Moon a chance to shine with Warriors | Aaron Bower

Following a life-changing attack on tour in Afghanistan, and a stint as a PGA golf pro, a 36-year-old army veteran is relishing the healing power of PDRLPhysical Disability Rugby League is unsurprisingly filled with inspirational stories, but few are q…

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Brad Fittler’s State of Origin gamble pays big dividends | Nick Tedeschi

The coach is being hailed as a genius with the Blues now heavily favoured to pull off an unlikely series comebackThe 2019 State of Origin series will head to Sydney for a decider in 17 days time after Brad Fittler’s monstrous Origin gamble paid off. Th…