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Super League clubs could have grounds to challenge relegation, says top lawyer

‘Integrity of relegation compromised’ by shortened seasonClubs want it scrapped this year but RFL yet to make decisionAny side relegated from Super League this year could have strong grounds to mount a legal challenge against the decision, a leading sp…

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Wigan Warriors aim to buy troubled football neighbours Wigan Athletic

Rugby league club’s bid led by chairman Ian LenaganChampionship team appeal against 12-point penaltyThe rugby league club Wigan Warriors have announced their intention to buy their troubled neighbours Wigan Athletic. The Super League side, who share th…

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Mose Masoe: ‘When I opened my eyes, I couldn’t feel my legs’

The Hull KR prop suffered a serious spinal injury in January but straight after the operation he vowed to recover. On 13 May he took his first, unaided steps“Patience,” Mose Masoe eventually says as he looks at his little garden outside Hull and finds …

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Super League players set for further pay cuts to ease financial pressure

Players had already agreed 30-50% reduction from April to JuneGarreth Carvell: ‘We’d like to set it to a maximum cut of 15%’Super League players are set to take further pay cuts for an indefinite period as the chief executive of one of the competition’…

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Shortened Super League season to resume on 2 August with triple-header

Season cut from 29 to 22 rounds of matchesOnly top four will compete for November Grand FinalThe Super League season will resume on Sunday 2 August with a triple-header event that will include the champions, St Helens, after clubs approved proposals fo…

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Super League clubs face £280,000 hit after Sky Sports agrees revised TV deal

New terms reflect lack of televised games during pandemicReduction in £37m deal delayed until 2021 to help clubsSuper League clubs each face a significant six-figure reduction in funding next year after the competition agreed a revised deal with Sky Sp…

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Ralph Rimmer: ‘Can all rugby league clubs survive? That’s a good question’

The man who leads the sport was once mocked but has come out fighting and says clubs need to adapt to survive the pandemic“Resilience,” Ralph Rimmer says as he considers the best word to describe how rugby league has sustained itself during a thre…

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Super League considers increase in number of interchanges on return

More changes would reduce burden on playersGames could be played at neutral venuesThe prospect of increasing the number of interchanges and hosting games at a limited number of venues will be discussed this week as Super League aims to take its first s…

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Revived Ashes series in England cancelled ‘with great reluctance’

Australia due for three-Test tour in October and NovemberSeries last played in 2003 may be rescheduled for 2022 England’s three-match Ashes series against Australia in October and November has been cancelled “with great reluctance and disappointment”.T…

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‘It’s depressing’: Toronto and Catalans prepare to decamp to England | Aaron Bower

Coronavirus has left Super League’s two overseas teams with the prospect of playing home games in England and could hinder further expansion in North AmericaFor 125 years, rugby league’s greatest strength has perhaps been its instinct for innovation. F…

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A short history of rugby league on TV: from Richard Madeley to multiscreen

Rugby league returns this week with a glut of live games. There was a time when viewers only had an hour with MadeleyBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredOnly a few days to go until your rugby league famine is over. All eight of this weekend’s NRL g…

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Warrington Wolves tempt Australian great Greg Inglis out of retirement

Inglis quit the game last April while with NRL’s South SydneyWolves say versatile back will not be a marquee playerThe Warrington Wolves chief executive, Karl Fitzpatrick, has insisted the signing of the Australian great Greg Inglis does not fly in the…

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Rugby league players’ chief warns clubs not to blacklist players

Garreth Carvell concerned clubs could punish players over payPlayers may need to agree reductions for the entire yearThe head of the rugby league’s players’ union has warned they will consider legal action against any club who tries to blacklist player…

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Catalans may move to England to beat French ban if Super League restarts

‘All options on table,’ says coach Steve McNamaraFrance suspends sporting events until SeptemberSteve McNamara has said Catalans Dragons could relocate to England to fulfil their obligations in Super League after all sport in France was banned until Se…

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Rugby league clubs are the beating heart of their community and must survive | Jonathan Liew

If rugby league clubs suffer their towns can often suffer with them and the coronavirus crisis is hitting the sport hardThis is going to sound like the setup to a surreal joke, but nevertheless: last week, a young man from St Helens called Harry Robert…

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Hull KR owner warns rugby league could ‘cease to exist’ as a full-time sport

Neil Hudgell calls for government help to cope with lockdownCoronavirus hiatus is chance to streamline the game, he addsThe Hull Kingston Rovers owner, Neil Hudgell, has warned that rugby league may cease to exist as a full-time sport by next year if i…

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‘Referees need supporting too’. Lockdown tests rugby league officials | Aaron Bower

Officials face a challenge to keep fit and focused in readiness for eventual return but are keeping themselves busy – and usefulWhen the Rugby Football League furloughed its refereeing department shortly after the suspension of the domestic league seas…

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‘Referees need supporting too’. Lockdown tests rugby league officials | Aaron Bower

Officials face a challenge to keep fit and focused in readiness for eventual return but are keeping themselves busy – and usefulWhen the Rugby Football League furloughed its refereeing department shortly after the suspension of the domestic league seas…

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Why clubs below Super League may be better placed to deal with lockdown

Championship clubs rely heavily on matchday income but their smaller wage bills make them more nimble in a crisisBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredPlenty has been written about the plight of Super League players and clubs, but what is at stake in…

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Super League to ask players to take season-long pay cut in fight for survival

Clubs have formed own salary reductions rather than leaguePay cuts season-long due to future economic effect of pandemicSuper League clubs will notify their players of proposals to cut salaries across the competition over the coming days, with a warnin…