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Widnes keep slender Super League survival hopes alive with win over Halifax

• Widnes Vikings 26-12 Halifax• Krisnan Inu and Patrick Ah Van settle nerves with triesWidnes kept their faint hopes of Super League survival alive courtesy of their first league victory for almost six months. The Vikings had not won in the league sinc…

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The reality is more nuanced than NRL players being blokey boofheads | Catharine Lumby

Every time they do the wrong thing, it is seen as confirmation that they’ll never change. The behaviour of a few tarnishes a whole codeAs someone who has worked with the NRL as a gender adviser for over a decade the question I am almost guaranteed to g…

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Super 8s to be scrapped after clubs vote through restructuring changes for 2019

• Super League get their way over one-up, one-down structure• Lower league clubs say change will lead to financial uncertaintyThe Super 8s are to be replaced with a conventional one-up, one-down structure between the Super League and the Championship a…

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South Sydney rocked by lewd video claims on eve of NRL semi-final

Two players allegedly exposed themselvesRabbitohs treating accusations seriouslySouth Sydney coach Anthony Seibold admits being blindsided by the club’s investigation into a lewd video scandal that has rocked their NRL finals series.One day before thei…

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RFL accused of trying to ‘cajole’ smaller clubs over Super League reform vote

• EGM to vote on scrapping Super 8s and changes to funding• Championship clubs fear proposals could threaten financesThe Rugby Football League has been accused of “working underhandedly” with Super League to try to manipulate the outcome of arguably th…

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Relegation took Eloi Pelissier’s house and job. Now he dreams of promotion

Pelissier hit rock bottom when Leigh went down last year but London Broncos could be his ticket back to the Super LeagueBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredThe best story in rugby league right now is not at the top of the Super League, but in the f…

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Relegation took Eloi Pelissier’s house and job. Now he dreams of promotion

Pelissier hit rock bottom when Leigh went down last year but London Broncos could be his ticket back to the Super LeagueBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredThe best story in rugby league right now is not at the top of the Super League, but in the f…

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Cameron Smith again the circuit-breaker for brutal, beautiful Storm | Matt Cleary

Cameron Munster grabbed the headlines against the Rabbitohs but Smith’s simple execution from dummy half was the keyIt was a simple play, something Cameron Smith has ripped off tens of thousands of times. Yet in execution, aesthetic and, crucially, con…

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Champions Leeds close in on safety after extending Widnes’ losing run

• Widnes 6-16 Leeds• Hosts heading for drop after 17th consecutive defeatIt was not pretty, nor high on quality, but with this being billed in some quarters as the most important game in Leeds Rhinos’ recent history, you suspect the reigning Super Leag…

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Champions Leeds close in on safety after extending Widnes’ losing run

• Widnes 6-16 Leeds• Hosts heading for drop after 17th consecutive defeatIt was not pretty, nor high on quality, but with this being billed in some quarters as the most important game in Leeds Rhinos’ recent history, you suspect the reigning Super Leag…

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Salford Red Devils a step away from retaining their Super League status

• Salford 28-16 Toronto• Luke Burgess dismissed but Red Devils surviveSalford moved a step closer to securing their Super League status after a near-perfect first-half display laid the platform for them to defeat Toronto Wolfpack in an ill-tempered, al…

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Wigan cannot repeat St Helens heroics but stay on course for top two finish

• Wigan Warriors 25-10 Wakefield Trinity• Home side secure fifth Super League win in successionWigan moved a step closer to a home semi-final in the Super League play-offs following victory over Wakefield though there was a distinct feeling of after th…

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NRL hit Bulldogs with $250,000 fine for Mad Monday celebrations

Bulldogs have five days to respond to breach noticeClub accept behaviour was ‘unacceptable’Canterbury have been hit with a massive $250,000 fine for their Mad Monday celebrations.The NRL on Wednesday issued the club with a breach notice and the Bulldog…

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Sam Burgess to end career with Souths after re-signing until 2023

England international pens four-year extensionWill call time on playing career at age 34Sam Burgess will remain at South Sydney until the end of his NRL career after putting pen to paper on a four-year extension. Despite being on contract until the end…

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‘A bad look’: Bulldogs launch probe into Mad Monday celebrations

Pictures show some players stripping and vomitingNRL club accepts behaviour was ‘unacceptable’Canterbury have launched an investigation into the NRL club’s Mad Monday drinks, describing pictures that emerged showing Bulldogs players stripping naked and…

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Johnathan Thurston: his NRL and rugby league career in pictures

After 323 NRL games, 4x Dally M winner, and 3x world rugby league player of the year, Johnathan Thurston, has retired Continue reading…

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Johnathan Thurston: his NRL and rugby league career in pictures

After 323 NRL games, 4x Dally M winner, and 3x world rugby league player of the year, Johnathan Thurston, has retired Continue reading…

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Craig Hall hat-trick helps Hull KR hand Leeds a first defeat in Qualifiers

• Leeds 36-38 Hull KR• Winger also kicked five goals to record 22 pointsHull KR took a significant step towards securing Super League survival with this narrow victory – while also reminding everyone that the reigning champions’ own survival mission ma…

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Craig Hall hat-trick helps Hull KR hand Leeds a first defeat in Qualifiers

• Leeds 36-38 Hull KR• Winger also kicked five goals to record 22 pointsHull KR took a significant step towards securing Super League survival with this narrow victory – while also reminding everyone that the reigning champions’ own survival mission ma…

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Sean O’Loughlin returns to inspire Wigan to victory over St Helens

• St Helens 10-30 Wigan• Dan Sarginson scores first two tries to set Wigan on their waySt Helens’ hopes of securing the League Leaders’ Shield have been placed on ice for at least another a week – yet while they will still almost certainly finish top o…