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Zak Hardaker: ‘Days off would end with me losing my head or going to the pub’

The former Man of Steel has not played for 16 months after a drugs ban but is ready to make the right kind of headlines at WiganIt is a crisp January morning at Wigan’s training ground and Zak Hardaker is in his “happy place”. The 27-year-old has come …

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NRL club to employ social minders to create ‘safe’ environment for all

New measures come after Cowboys’ Scott Bolton admitted touching a womanNRL club North Queensland will employ minders for players after forward Scott Bolton admitted to drunkenly touching a woman’s upper thigh in a Sydney court this week.Cowboys coach P…

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Super League’s Robert Elstone: ‘Wigan playing at the Nou Camp is a huge statement’ | Aaron Bower

Super League’s chief executive has big plans for 2019 and beyond and does not mind if he has to ruffle a few feathers along the way“Super League needed to freshen up, and that’s probably putting it modestly.” Barely five minutes have passed since the D…

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Cash dispute could see Catalans Dragons not defend Challenge Cup crown

• Catalans refusing to pay £500,000 cash bond to RFL• Would be first time Challenge Cup does not involve holdersThe Challenge Cup could take place without the reigning champions for the first time in rugby league history after the holders, Catalans Dra…

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Super League players have spoken and they want to be heard | Gavin Willacy

In an anonymous poll, players asked for better marketing, more promotion, stronger leadership and a bigger say in decisionsBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredAlmost all of our top rugby league players want a change in leadership at the RFL, fewer …

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Shane Flangan deregistered by NRL after breach of suspension

Cronulla coach has until end of January to respondClub fined $800,000, half suspendedCronulla coach Shane Flanagan has been de-registered by the NRL for dealing with the club while suspended in 2014 and the Sharks fined $800,000 – half of which was sus…

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Shane Flangan deregistered by NRL after breach of suspension

Cronulla coach has until end of January to respondClub fined $800,000, half suspendedCronulla coach Shane Flanagan has been de-registered by the NRL for dealing with the club while suspended in 2014 and the Sharks fined $800,000 – half of which was sus…

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NRL player Jack de Belin charged over alleged sexual assault

The 27-year-old Blues and Dragons forward was arrested and charged after presenting himself at Illawarra police stationThe NRL player Jack de Belin has been charged with allegedly sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman over the weekend.The 27-year-old…

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Tony Adams to become new president of Rugby Football League

• Former Arsenal player made contacts through Sporting Chance• Charity has helped more than 400 rugby league playersTony Adams, the former Arsenal and England footballer, will become the new president of the Rugby Football League next summer. Adams, wh…

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Rugby league should never forget the power of free-to-air TV

If the sport wants a mainstream audience, it has to prioritise its relationship with the BBC and coverage of the England teamBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredDoes rugby league take the BBC for granted? And are the RFL flogging a dead horse with …

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Dylan Walker stood down by Manly following arrest for assault charges

24-year-old NRL star involved in alleged domestic violence incidentManly NRL star Dylan Walker has been stood down from training after being charged with assault following an alleged domestic violence incident involving his partner on Sydney’s Northern…

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Wayne Bennett ‘happy to be sacked’ by Brisbane Broncos

‘I’ve got a clear conscience,’ says new Souths coachSacking paved way for him to take over at RedfernWayne Bennett says he was “happy to be sacked” by Brisbane after beginning his reign as South Sydney’s NRL coach on Tuesday when he took charge of his …

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The Man, the mouth – the colourful career of Anthony Mundine

Australian sport loses one of its colourful characters, but the last chapter for Anthony Mundine may not yet be writtenAnd just like that, it’s done. One left hook to the face and the eminently colourful 25-year journey of Anthony Mundine, from NRL gra…

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Rugby league’s Mr London and why he’s spent £20m on the Broncos and won’t stop now | Aaron Bower

David Hughes says the London club can do more than survive in Super LeagueThe year is 1996. Britpop is dominating the airwaves, football is coming home and rugby league is undergoing the most significant transformation since its formation a century ago…

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Jarryd Hayne: the on-field rise and off-field fall of an enigma

Once one of Australia’s biggest sporting stories, Jarryd Hayne has seen his star wane as serious allegations loom once againIn the heady days around his debut for San Francisco 49ers, September 15, 2015, Jarryd Hayne drew as much press in Australia as …

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Valentine Holmes weighs up switch from NRL to NFL – report

Cronulla winger to chance his arm in USHopes to follow in Jarryd Hayne’s footstepsCronulla will meet Valentine Holmes in the coming days with the star fullback reportedly wanting to quit the NRL to try to make the NFL. Holmes has told Cronulla he hopes…

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What can we expect from the league Lions tour to New Zealand next year?

The Great Britain and Irish Lions are back after a 12-year hiatus to face Tonga, New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa and Papua New GuineaBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredSo farewell England, welcome back Great Britain – or maybe the Great Britain and Irela…

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Jarryd Hayne reportedly under investigation over allegations of sexual assault

Woman told police she suffered injuries during a sexual encounter with the out-of-contract NRL star on grand final nightJarryd Hayne’s immediate NRL future appears even more uncertain with the out-of-contract star reportedly being investigated over all…

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Super League awards: the complete review of the 2018 season | Aaron Bower

Catalans Dragons created history, John Bateman was a force at Wigan and the Shaun Wane story had a very happy endingBen Barba may have won the Man of Steel award, but it is hard to imagine Wigan going all the way to Old Trafford and lifting the Super L…

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England end Test series on sour note with thrashing by New Zealand

• England 0-34 New Zealand• Kodi Nikorima orchestrates six-try victory in final TestThis has been a year of encouraging, perhaps unprecedented, progress for England but this was a firm reminder the job is far from complete in terms of desire to become …