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Tony Williams loses contract with US club over comments backing former NRL teammate Jarryd Hayne

Williams targeted Hayne’s victim on Instagram, questioning the woman’s truthfulness and the justice systemFormer NRL player Tony Williams has been sacked by a US rugby league team for comments he made in support of his former teammate Jarryd Hayne afte…

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Jarryd Hayne sentenced to five years and nine months in prison for rape of a woman in 2018

Former NRL player to spend at least three years and eight months in jail following conviction in MarchTwo-time NRL player of the year Jarryd Hayne will spend at least three years and eight months in prison for the rape of a woman in 2018. Hayne on Thur…

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Jarryd Hayne sentenced to five years and nine months in prison for rape of a woman in 2018

Former NRL player to spend at least three years and eight months in jail following conviction in MarchTwo-time NRL player of the year Jarryd Hayne will spend at least three years and eight months in prison for the rape of a woman in 2018. Hayne on Thur…

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Timana Tahu: ‘There’s no such thing as a safer tackle. All we can do is try to lower the risk’ | Emma Kemp

The dual-code rugby star suffered a serious concussion 20 years ago and is now at the forefront of research into tackling techniques It was in a City-Country rugby league game in 2001 that Timana Tahu had a light-bulb moment. Or perhaps, more accuratel…

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How to stop State of Origin sucking oxygen from the NRL | Matt Cleary

The world’s premier rugby league competition has almost become an audition for a three-game mid-year seriesWithout the great Tom Trbojevic, Manly were zero-and-four, rudderless and hopeless. Since his return, the influence of this one-man force of natu…

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NRL floats idea of conference system in potentially huge shake up for rugby league

Sydney and non-Sydney conferences part of discussionIdea is part of plan to expand competition to 18 teams The NRL is considering the biggest shake up in the competition’s 113-year history, floating the possibility of conference systems to several club…

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NRL floats idea of conference system in potentially huge shake up for rugby league

Sydney and non-Sydney conferences part of discussionIdea is part of plan to expand competition to 18 teams The NRL is considering the biggest shake up in the competition’s 113-year history, floating the possibility of conference systems to several club…

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NRL star Latrell Mitchell praised for reporting online racist abuse as two NSW men charged

NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo lauded Mitchell’s leadership and said the competition would not tolerate racist trolling of playersCatharine Lumby expresses concern over league leadershipThe NRL says it will continue to refer racist online trolling of …

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Two-point field goal returns to NRL after 51-year absence

Adam Reynolds slots long-range kick in Souths’ win over Brisbane‘Opportunity to grab some easy points,’ says ReynoldsFifty-one years ago a South Sydney star forced the game to do away with the two-point field goal, so it was fitting that Adam Reynolds …

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Jake Friend retires from rugby league immediately due to concussions

Friend took medical advice after NRL round-one concussionRoosters co-captain suffered more than 20 throughout careerAfter weeks of deliberation, Sydney Roosters co-captain Jake Friend has announced his immediate retirement from the NRL due to concussio…

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‘He’s a specimen’: Joseph Suaalii ready for NRL but likely to be made to wait for debut

Much-hyped 17-year-old ‘doesn’t look out of place at all’Sydney Roosters set to err on side of caution this weekendSo close and yet so far. And yet still closer than before. This appears to be Joseph Suaalii’s lot this weekend.The “will he, won’t he?” …

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Hidden toll on NRL players in spotlight after spate of head knocks | Emma Kemp

Flaws in current concussion tests mean that risk levels for long-lasting brain damage cannot be comprehensively measured It has been a week since James Graham said he “privileged the present over the future” during his NRL playing days, despite the ris…

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Jarryd Hayne has been many things over the past 15 years. Now he is a convicted criminal | Emma Kemp

Found guilty of two counts of sexual intercourse without consent, what came before for the former NRL star is now more cautionary tale than achievementCue the cliches about the “Hayne Plane” crash landing. About lofty heights and rarified air and falls…

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Jarryd Hayne to be jailed for raping woman in 2018 but maintains ‘I spoke the truth’

Judge says it’s ‘inevitable’ former NRL star will be imprisoned after jury finds him guilty – while Hayne says he ‘respects’ the legal processTwo-time NRL player-of-the-year Jarryd Hayne has accepted he is going to jail for raping a woman in Newcastle …

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Jarryd Hayne to be jailed for raping woman in 2018 but maintains ‘I spoke the truth’

Judge says it’s ‘inevitable’ former NRL star will be imprisoned after jury finds him guilty – while Hayne says he ‘respects’ the legal processTwo-time NRL player-of-the-year Jarryd Hayne has accepted he is going to jail for raping a woman in Newcastle …

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Female athletes can give engaging interviews without being offensive. Why can’t NRL players? | Megan Maurice

Toby Rudolf has been lauded for ‘being himself’ but how badly do we need male athletes to be themselves if they cannot help offending women? This time last year social media was abuzz with the idea of NRL Island as a solution to the difficulties of pla…

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NRL to issue Toby Rudolf warning after inappropriate comment about women

NRL chief Andrew Abdo ‘very disappointed’ by TV interviewCronulla Sharks to offer additional eduction to forward The NRL will issue a formal warning to Cronulla forward Toby Rudolf for his comments made on live television on Sunday night.A post-match i…

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Joseph Suaalii given green light to play in NRL at age 17

ARLC grants exemption to Sydney Roosters recruit Teenager to combine HSC studies with first seasonJoseph Suaalii will be able to make his Sydney Roosters debut before his 18th birthday after being granted an exemption by the NRL. The ARL Commission on …

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Joseph Suaalii given green light to play in NRL at age 17

ARLC grants exemption to Sydney Roosters recruit Teenager to combine HSC studies with first seasonJoseph Suaalii will be able to make his Sydney Roosters debut before his 18th birthday after being granted an exemption by the NRL. The ARL Commission on …

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Joseph Suaalii and the NRL’s answer to what constitutes a man and a boy | Emma Kemp

NRL players cannot make a first-grade debut until they turn 18 – is granting an exemption for the 17-year-old star dangerous?Joseph Suaalii must be growing accustomed to seeing his face on the back pages of newspapers.Had he not mid last year, when rep…