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Category: Toronto Wolfpack

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Sonny Bill Williams steps into unknown but Toronto mission is no ‘holiday’

• Former All Black keen to grow rugby league in North America • ‘I want to help prove to people these guys are here to stay’Sonny Bill Williams thrives on a challenge but as he took in his surroundings on Thursday even he was quick to admit this was a …

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Wayne Bennett has failed as Great Britain Lions coach

Three straight defeats in New Zealand is bad enough, but Bennett has not even grasped what make the Lions specialBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredThere is no shame in losing to the Kiwis in New Zealand. It has happened to the last 11 British int…

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Wayne Bennett has failed as Great Britain Lions coach

Three straight defeats in New Zealand is bad enough, but Bennett has not even grasped what make the Lions specialBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredThere is no shame in losing to the Kiwis in New Zealand. It has happened to the last 11 British int…

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Sonny Bill Williams breaks all records with £2.6m-a-year deal at Toronto

• Deal lasts two seasons for 58-Test former All Black• Toronto expected to confirm signing in London next weekSonny Bill Williams will be unveiled as the highest-paid player in the history of either code of rugby next week after agreeing a two-year dea…

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Toronto kick off with Headingley ‘home game’ against Castleford

• Super League’s new club also looking to play in York and London• Magic Weekend returns to Newcastle’s St James’ Park in 2020Toronto Wolfpack’s first game as a Super League club will be part of a unique double-header at Headingley on the opening week…

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Toronto reportedly line up huge deal to lure Sonny Bill Williams back to rugby league

All Black weighing up two-year, $9m deal, says reportNRL premiers Roosters appear priced out of race Ambitious Super League newcomers Toronto Wolfpack have reportedly made a $9m play to lure Sonny Bill Williams back to the 13-a-side game. According to …

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Toronto Wolfpack claim Sonny Bill Williams interested in joining club

• ‘The answer wasn’t a ‘no’ once we made contact’• We are expanding our coverage of New Zealand. Please help us by supporting our independent journalismSonny Bill Williams has expressed an interest in joining Super League newcomers Toronto Wolfpack, ac…

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Ambitious Toronto Wolfpack look to stir things up after promotion

Canadian side won’t be able to play at home until April but aim to spread the game in Europe and north AmericaAs Toronto Wolfpack celebrated promotion to Super League on Saturday, it felt like the culmination of a journey. However, anyone who knows any…

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Will Featherstone pip Toronto Wolfpack to the Super League?

Featherstone have already beaten three teams in the play-offs. Surely they won’t complete the set in the final on Saturday? By Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredFor nearly two years, Toronto Wolfpack have been edging towards a place in the Super Lea…

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Toulouse Olympique are starting to dream of Super League promotion

Toulouse have been aiming for the Super League for 20 years. Win their next four games and they reach the promised landBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredWhether or not Toulouse Olympique stun Toronto Wolfpack and earn promotion to Super League in…

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Bradford’s George Flanagan banned for eight games for testicle attack

• Attack made on Toronto’s French full-back Hakim Miloudi• Flanagan pleaded guilty and was also handed £250 fineThe Bradford hooker George Flanagan has been given an eight-match ban for attacking the testicles of an opponent.Flanagan, 32, was seen on v…

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Super League clubs go big on transfer deadline day to stave off relegation

With so many clubs scrapping to survive at the bottom of the table, deadline day was something of spectacle this yearBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredSo, that was Transfer Deadline Day. OK, Sky didn’t send Jon Wells, Brian Carney or Bill Arthur …

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RFL investigates Toronto owner for ‘racial abuse’ of Swinton’s Jose Kenga

• RFL are examining claims made by player on Twitter• Prop says owner asked ‘do they allow black people in Swinton?’The Rugby Football League is investigating an allegation of racism made against Toronto owner David Argyle.The governing body is examini…

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RFL investigates Toronto owner for ‘racial abuse’ of Swinton’s Jose Kenga

• RFL are examining claims made by player on Twitter• Prop says owner asked ‘do they allow black people in Swinton?’The Rugby Football League is investigating an allegation of racism made against Toronto owner David Argyle.The governing body is examini…

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New York and Ottawa receive clubs’ votes to join competition in 2020

• RFL will make final decision in coming weeks• New clubs would join League 1 next seasonBritish rugby league clubs have voted in favour of New York and Ottawa joining the domestic league structure next season: another significant step for the game’s e…

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Ottawa and New York face race to be admitted into rugby league for 2020

• RFL admits schedule ‘very tight’ after bids go in on Thursday• ‘A decision will be needed quickly, but we can’t rush it’The Rugby Football League has admitted the schedule would be “very tight” to accommodate the request of both Ottawa and New York t…

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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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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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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…