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How long does it take to become an excellent rugby league player?

No Helmets Required experienced an extraordinary sporting and cultural event last week. Not only did we see that rarity of Australia losing a rugby league final as Papua New Guinea toppled them to win their first global title, but a rugby union team transformed into an exceptional rugby league team …

Round-up: Bradford face relegation after defeat by St Helens

<b>Bradford</b>’s coach, James Lowes, has accepted that relegation is looking increasingly likely for his team but has vowed to go down fighting.<p>The Bulls slumped to yet another defeat as they conceded eight tries and went down 46-22 to the Super League leaders, <b>St Helens</b>, at Langtree Park.<p>With seven games …

Rugby-Lambie hoping to flex bicep again after injury woes | Reuters

CAPE TOWN, July 23 (Reuters) - Sharks flyhalf Pat Lambie is hoping to continue his comeback with more game time in Saturday’s Super Rugby semi-final against the Canterbury Crusaders after months of injury woes.<p>The Springbok sensation made his first appearance in four months, after tearing his …

UPDATE 1-Rugby-Speight in Australia squad for Rugby Championship | Reuters

* Fijian Speight named in Wallabies squad<p>* Squad otherwise little changed from France series (Adds detail, quotes)<p>By Nick Mulvenney<p>SYDNEY, July 23 (Reuters) - Australia coach Ewen McKenzie included Henry Speight in his squad for the Rugby Championship on Wednesday even though the ACT Brumbies …

Rugby-Sharks seek repeat success in Christchurch graveyard | Reuters

July 22 (Reuters) - Christchurch has long been a graveyard for South Africa’s Super Rugby teams, but after winning their first match in the city earlier this season, the Sharks are hopeful of repeat success at the usually impenetrable fortress of New Zealand rugby.<p>The Sharks meet the Canterbury …