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Top players likely to switch allegiance to compete in Rugby League World Cup

Australia and New Zealand stars can play for tier two nationsNeither country is sending a squad to the 2021 tournamentThe prospect of some of Australia’s and New Zealand’s best players switching allegiance to play for other nations if this year’s World…

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International rugby league on life support due to self-interest of Australian clubs

Australia and New Zealand pulling out of the World Cup under the smokescreen of Covid concerns betrays the self-interest of southern hemisphere powerbrokersIt has been the overused catch-cry of the Rugby League Twitterati of late that the game is dead …

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Australia’s and New Zealand’s World Cup myopia threatens crisis for rugby league | Aaron Bower

Decision to pull out reflects administrators’ shortsighted prioritisation of the NRL but hope could lie in a revolt by playersFor anyone with even a brief knowledge of rugby league’s recent history, the only surprise about the announcement that Austral…

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Australia and New Zealand pull out of Rugby League World Cup in England over Covid concerns

Player welfare and safety concerns cited by both nationsARLC and NZRL urge postponement of 2021 tournamentHolders Australia and New Zealand have withdrawn from the Rugby League World Cup due to be held at the end of the year in England, citing player w…

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Fears rise over Super League season as more games forced off by Covid

Castleford’s match against Catalans also off due to CovidIncreasing risk some clubs may not reach 18-game thresholdBoth of last weekend’s Challenge Cup finalists have been forced to postpone their Super League fixtures this weekend as Covid-19 outbreak…

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Jack Welsby shows in Challenge Cup final what England need at World Cup

The battle of the halves ended even at Wembley but the young utility sub swung the Challenge Cup final for St HelensBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredThere were few surprises at Wembley on Saturday. Hugely experienced St Helens, the reigning Supe…

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St Helens’ Kyle Amor hails Challenge Cup win as ‘final piece of the jigsaw’

Prop salutes ‘special time to be a St Helens player’Saints beat Castleford 26-12 at Wembley in Saturday’s finalThe feeling of euphoria among the St Helens players as they finally lifted the Challenge Cup at Wembley on Saturday suggested the climax of a…

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St Helens fend off Castleford to take the Challenge Cup

• St Helens 20-12 Castleford• Saints win trophy for first time since 2008Legacy. In rugby league, it is years in the making: just ask those that have stepped out here to try to join the roll call of the players who have lifted the Challenge Cup. But th…

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Castleford and St Helens face off to seize Challenge Cup and cement legacy | Aaron Bower

Two fine sides have been without the trophy for years but have Wembley chance to put that right on SaturdayTo suggest Saturday’s Challenge Cup final between Castleford and St Helens is the last chance for either of these sides to truly cement their mod…

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‘A special little town’: Castleford ready for Wembley Challenge Cup exodus

Castleford has a special bond with its rugby league team and only St Helens block the way to a first major trophy since 1986When dawn breaks on Saturday morning in Castleford, cafe shutters will be rolling up as early as 5am and the roads will begin to…

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Queensland rediscover spirit as low-energy NSW pay price for hubris | Nick Tedeschi

The Maroons saved some face with their State of Origin game three win on the Gold Coast after the Blues’ selection policy backfiredNathan Cleary did not shine in the first two Origins but his importance to the NSW team was obvious early in game three w…

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Australia’s NRL clubs want Rugby League World Cup postponed until 2022

Tournament in England set to begin in October this yearNRL clubs alarmed by Covid-19 situation in UKAustralia’s leading clubs believe this year’s Rugby League World Cup should be postponed for 12 months due to the Covid-19 situation in the United Kingd…

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Australia’s NRL clubs want Rugby League World Cup postponed until 2022

Tournament in England set to begin in October this yearNRL clubs alarmed by Covid-19 situation in UKAustralia’s leading clubs believe this year’s Rugby League World Cup should be postponed for 12 months due to the Covid-19 situation in the United Kingd…

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Australia’s NRL clubs want Rugby League World Cup postponed until 2022

Tournament in England set to begin in October this yearNRL clubs alarmed by Covid-19 situation in UKAustralia’s leading clubs believe this year’s Rugby League World Cup should be postponed for 12 months due to the Covid-19 situation in the United Kingd…

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Challenge Cup final: rugby league has its annual chance to attract new fans

People who don’t grow up in rugby league heartlands discover the sport on TV. It’s vital that the final is broadcast free-to-airThe Challenge Cup final on Saturday is rugby league’s annual mainstream showcase, the longest advert for the sport every yea…

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Challenge Cup final: rugby league has its annual chance to attract new fans

People who don’t grow up in rugby league heartlands discover the sport on TV. It’s vital that the final is broadcast free-to-airThe Challenge Cup final on Saturday is rugby league’s annual mainstream showcase, the longest advert for the sport every yea…

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Challenge Cup final: rugby league has its annual chance to attract new fans

People who don’t grow up in rugby league heartlands discover the sport on TV. It’s vital that the final is broadcast free-to-airThe Challenge Cup final on Saturday is rugby league’s annual mainstream showcase, the longest advert for the sport every yea…

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Queensland avoid State of Origin clean sweep with game-three win over NSW

Maroons restore pride with boilover 20-18 victoryBlues star Tom Trbojevic named player of the seriesQueensland have restored some pride and dashed New South Wales’ hopes of a rare State of Origin clean sweep with a fiery 20-18 win on the Gold Coast.Mak…

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Queensland avoid State of Origin clean sweep with game-three win over NSW

Maroons restore pride with boilover 20-18 victoryBlues star Tom Trbojevic named player of the seriesQueensland have restored some pride and dashed New South Wales’ hopes of a rare State of Origin clean sweep with a fiery 20-18 win on the Gold Coast.Mak…

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State of Origin 2021 game 3: NSW Blues vs Qld Maroons – live!

Updates from the final game of the 2021 series on the Gold CoastKick-off time tonight at Cbus Super Stadium is 8:10pm AESTAny thoughts? Email or tweet @JPHowcroft 10.13am BST Hello everybody and welcome to live coverage of State of Origin Game III betw…