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Castleford dismiss Zak Hardaker after failed drugs test

• Full-back tested positive for cocaine in 2017• Hardaker awaits judgment from UK Anti-DopingZak Hardaker has been dismissed by Castleford following a failed drugs test last year. The 26-year-old had been suspended since October after testing positive …

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RFL persuades Wayne Bennett to continue in role as England coach

• Bennett’s next game will be Test against New Zealand in Denver• Castleford coach Daryl Powell decides against joining BennettThe Rugby Football League will confirm Wayne Bennett’s reappointment as England coach in the next 48 hours – but the Castlefo…

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Leeds taught harsh lesson by Melbourne in 38-4 World Club Challenge defeat

• Reigning Super League champions well beaten at AAMI Park• Cameron Smith and Billy Slater imperious for NRL championsAhead of Leeds’ World Club Challenge title match with Melbourne, the club’s chief executive, Gary Hetherington, underlined the scale o…

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Shaun Lunt marks 300th game with try as Hull KR beat Catalans Dragons

• Hull KR 23-4 Catalans Dragons• Catalans without win in Super League since JulyHull Kingston Rovers recorded their first victory since promotion back to Super League with this comfortable victory against a lacklustre Catalans Dragons side.The Robins h…

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Wigan and Hull’s trip to Australia shows Super League suits the road

The success of the first Super League game outside of Europe should inspire clubs to explore other cities around the worldBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredEven before the friendlies in Sydney this weekend, Wigan and Hull’s trip to New South Wale…

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Adelaide to host South Australia’s first State of Origin match in 2020

Game to be staged outside NSW and Queensland again‘Another massive coup’ for the Adelaide OvalAdelaide will host a State of Origin match when rugby league’s fiercest series hits the road again in 2020.The deal on Wednesday between the NRL and the South…

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Castleford delighted to resist spirited late rally from Widnes

• Castleford 13-12 Widnes• Tigers bounce back from St Helens mauling for first win of 2018In the run-up to this game the Castleford coach, Daryl Powell, insisted he would have taken even the narrowest of victories as long as it meant the Tigers’ season…

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Wigan too hot for Hull as Super League goes to Wollongong

• Wigan Warriors 24-10 Hull FC• Ryan Sutton and Ben Flower tries help seal victoryWigan extended their unbeaten start to the season with victory over an injury-hit Hull side as Super League hosted its first-ever game outside Europe.A crowd of over 12,0…

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Concussion is irreversible brain damage: we need to have this conversation | Ian Roberts

After a long rugby league career I wasn’t getting out without a scratch. But the news shocked meWhen the test results came back I was half-expecting negative news. I’d played nearly 250 games of rugby league and been concussed over a dozen times. I was…

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Why is there a Super League game in Wollongong? How about why not? | Matt Cleary

The bold move to stage an English regular season game in Australia may be a smart one tooThe Super League is coming to Wollongong, the beachside city-suburb in the Illawarra shire an hour south of Sydney and a world away from the M62 corridor in northe…

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Jimmy Keinhorst inspires Leeds fightback in victory over Hull KR

• Leeds 20-11 Hull KR• Rhinos head to Melbourne on back of second straight winLeeds Rhinos warmed up for next week’s World Club Challenge with Melbourne by extending their unbeaten start to the season, with a Jimmy Keinhorst hat-trick leading them to v…

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Super League: what we learned from the first round of fixtures

St Helens showed why they are favourites to win Super League in their thumping 46-6 win over CastlefordBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredSo the bookies are right again. St Helens showed exactly why they are favourites to win Super League; Castlef…

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Fiji players intent on striking over Rugby League World Cup payments

Run to semi-finals beset with passport, visa and payment issuesKevin Naiqama calls for board to be oustedFiji captain Kevin Naiqama has called for the Fiji National Rugby League board to be voted out and re-iterated the players will boycott until they …

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Widnes run in seven tries to leave Catalans Dragons fearing future

Widnes 40-12 Catalans DragonsWhisper it but, although this was perhaps the least glamorous game on Super League’s opening weekend, it was arguably the most important.Both these sides came desperately close to relegation last year – Catalans survived on…

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St Helens’ Mark Percival stuns Castleford with hat-trick of tries

• St Helens 46-6 Castleford• Salford 12-40 Wigan; Hull KR 6-28 WakefieldSt Helens brought last season’s grand finalists Castleford down to earth with a bump on the opening Betfred Super League weekend.Saints thumped Cas 46-6 at the Totally Wicked Stadi…

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Long-range Ryan Hall try gives Leeds opening-day win over Warrington

Warrington Wolves 12-16 Leeds RhinosIn the end, this was a satisfying enough night’s work for the reigning Super League champions. Two years ago Leeds, fresh from winning the 2015 Grand Final, struggled to adapt to life without three of their greatest …

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Super League 2018 team-by-team guide: glory for resurgent St Helens?

Can Castleford challenge again? How will Leeds fare without McGuire and Burrow? And can Widnes survive? Our guide to what to expectLast season 1st (lost Grand Final) Coach Daryl Powell Captain Michael Shenton Continue reading…

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Super League 2018 kicks off with some clubs unsure what they’re playing for

The season begins on Thursday but a decision is still to be made on how many clubs will be in Super League 2019While only 61 days will have passed since England’s World Cup final defeat by Australia when Warrington and Leeds get the 2018 Super League s…

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Rhinos’ rising star Oledzki keen to shine Super League light in native Poland | Aaron Bower

The teenager from Gdansk has enjoyed a rapid rise through the ranks at Leeds and is desperate to continue on the same trajectory as the Rhinos prepare for their Grand Final defenceGdansk is one of the last places you would think of when it comes to rug…

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Danny McGuire: ‘My lad is conflicted. He still wears his Leeds hat to school’

The Leeds legend is reinvigorated at Hull KR and looking forward to the new Super League season even if his son is finding it harder to switch allegiancesFor the first time in almost two decades there is an unusual sense of pressure on Danny McGuire’s …