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Why are Toronto Wolfpack buying into a rugby league club in London?

Toronto Wolfpack’s first league match was a 76-0 win over London Skolars in 2017. Now they are investing in the clubBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredIn 2025, Super League could feature not just Toronto and Toulouse but also New York, Boston, Phi…

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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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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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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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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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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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The more England beat New Zealand, the less they fear NRL players

England have overcome their inferiority complex about the NRL. Their next task is to demolish Australia’s unbeatable auraBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredHaving won their last two games against New Zealand, England should have no inferiority com…

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What next for Wigan and Warrington after the Super League Grand Final?

Warrington’s title drought goes on for another year, but will Wigan be vulnerable next season after their triumph?By Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredGritty, nerve-wracking and desperate it might have been but, remove the extraordinary emotional so…

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Shaun Wane gets perfect parting gift as Wigan beat Warrington in Grand Final

• Wigan 12-4 Warrington• Dominic Manfredi brace gives Wigan fifth Super League titleFor Wigan, the Super League title for the fifth time. For their coach, Shaun Wane, and his group of departing stars, the fairytale finale in cherry and white they had d…

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Super League Grand Final 2018: Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves – live!

Updates from the 6pm BST kick-off at Old TraffordShaun Wane: ‘I don’t cry much but I’ve just got upset then, haven’t I?’Email James your thoughts or via Twitter @piercy360 6.27pm BST 21min: Warrington 15m out and popping the ball around centrefield. So…

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Shaun Wane: ‘I don’t cry much but I’ve just got upset then, haven’t I?’

Wigan’s coach, facing the Grand Final against Warrington, is aiming to leave his beloved club with a fifth major trophyIt is often a thankless task trying to get a read on the stony-faced Shaun Wane and his emotions, but as the record buttons were pres…

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Steve Price’s Warrington primed to finally end a 63-year title drought

The underdogs are looking to spoil Shaun Wane’s farewell party with Wigan at Old TraffordThe emotion driving Wigan’s pursuit of a fifth Super League title in Saturday’s Grand Final has dominated most of the headlines before the season-ending finale at …

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Sam Tomkins keen to go out with a Grand Final bang for beloved Wigan | Aaron Bower

As the full-back prepares to face Warrington in his last game, he reminisces about how hard he found it as a youngster to satisfy Shaun Wane, who is also bowing out of WiganFrom the moment Sam Tomkins burst on to the rugby league landscape in 2008, the…

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St Helens’ departing Ben Barba is Super League’s 2018 Man of Steel

• Barba, 29, becomes sixth Australian to win award• Wigan’s Shaun Wane named coach of the yearBen Barba has been named Super League’s 2018 Man of Steel. The 29-year-old full-back, who will leave St Helens at the end of this season to join the NRL side …

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London beat Toronto in Million Pound Game for place in Super League

• Toronto Wolfpack 2-4 London Broncos• Two goals from Jarrod Samutt secure promotionSuper League will have a presence in the capital next year for the first time in four years, after London defeated Toronto in arguably the most important, cosmopolitan …

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Towering Toronto Wolfpack set to grow rugby league in Europe’s cities

The man behind Toronto’s rapid rise to the Million Pound Game says the transatlantic team are at the cutting edge of sport and ready to play in Copenhagen, Dublin and NiceHeard the one about the Australian who founded a Canadian rugby league team to pl…

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Sam Tomkins stars to help Wigan into Grand Final against Warrington

• Wigan 14-0 Castleford• Shaun Wane may have perfect farewellWigan will face Warrington in next weekend’s Super League Grand Final after the Warriors defeated Castleford to keep alive the possibility of the perfect farewell for their departing coach, S…

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Warrington in Grand Final dreamland after Tom Lineham downs St Helens

• St Helens 13-18 Warrington• Tom Lineham’s second-half brace settles topsy-turvy semi-finalWarrington moved to within one victory of their first championship in over 60 years after ending the title hopes of St Helens following an absorbing, seesaw pla…

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Toronto eye Super League as Gareth O’Brien floors Leeds with drop-goal

• Leeds Rhinos 16-17 Toronto Wolfpack• Canadians in touching distance of place in eliteToronto and Widnes do not have much in common at first glance, not least when their respective histories in rugby league are factored in. But on Sunday afternoon Can…

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Six clubs battle for Super League places as Qualifiers reach crazy climax

Leeds, Salford, Toronto, Hull KR, Toulouse and London Broncos are all aiming to secure their Super League statusBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredThis week will take some beating for entertainment: four games to decide six clubs’ future. Any of t…