Rugby League

Watching these rugby league players roll in perfect unison is oddly satisfying

There’s nothing I love more than a good synchronized sports moment, and the National Rugby League in Australia gave us just that.<p>This came over the weekend in a game between the Gold Coast Titans and North Queensland Cowboys and I can’t stop watching it. Rugby ballet at its finest. So graceful. So …

Sports

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Rugby League

Players’ union chief says blame society, not rugby league, for increased drug use

• Hull KR’s Thomas Minns fourth player in a year to test positive • Recreational drug use seems more commonplace now, says Carvell<p>The head of the Rugby League Players’ Association has claimed that his sport does not have a problem with drugs and said that the recent spate of failed tests are more …

Man of Steel

Vintage Johnathan Thurston proves doubters wrong

After Jack Nicklaus finished tied for 33rd in the US Masters of 1980, pundits speculated that the great man’s time in the sun was over. He’d just turned 40. He was a famous multi-millionaire without sufficient “hunger”. A new breed of big-hitting buccaneers led by Greg Norman and that year’s …

Gold Coast Titans

Les Pearce: Former Wales Rugby League coach dies, aged 94

<b>Former Wales Rugby League coach Les Pearce has died at the age of 94.</b><p>Pearce was in charge of Wales during their record-breaking 1975 season in which they memorably beat England 12-7 in Brisbane at that year's World Cup.<p>They went on to beat New Zealand 25-24 at Swansea.<p>Pearce, born in October, 1923 …

Football League Cup

Catalans Dragons do enough to get past spirited York City Knights

In a season careering out of control for Catalans Dragons, victory at all costs was required in this game – but they were given an almighty test against one of the game’s up-and-coming part‑time sides.<p>When the full-time hooter sounded and the Dragons had booked their place in the Challenge Cup …

Rugby Union

Gold Coast to host Women's National Championship

The tournament will see six teams; Queensland City, Queensland Country, NSW City and NSW Country plus an Australian Defence Force team competing for …

Sport (Australia)

Rugby League LIVE: Hull KR starlet signs new contract, FC searching for squad consistency

Hello and welcome to this week’s edition of our Rugby League LIVE blog.<p>We’ll bring you the latest news, gossip and rumours from the sport as well as …

Rugby Union

Inspired Josh Charnley steals show for Warrington in Bradford stroll

While it was clear from an early stage here that Warrington were never likely to succumb to a Challenge Cup shock – and there have been enough of those down the years – perhaps the biggest compliment to be paid Steve Price’s side during this one-sided win is that they showed a merciless edge that …

Rugby Union

Ramien scores twice, Cronulla wins in National Rugby League

SYDNEY (AP) — Cronulla center Jesse Ramien scored two tries to help the Sharks beat Penrith 26-22 on Sunday and prevent the Panthers from moving into a share of first place in the National Rugby League.<p>St. George Illawarra and the New Zealand Warriors have six wins in their first seven matches, a …

NRL

Eddie Jones watches on as Wigan score five tries in victory over Castleford

Perhaps the biggest positive here for Wigan was the manner in which they extended their fine start to the season against one of their likely rivals for the title come autumn.<p>The last eight days have produced victories against Leeds and now Castleford but the differing manner in the way those wins …

Sports (India)

Marc Sneyd steals thrilling win for Hull FC after Leeds fight back

Marc Sneyd has made a habit of producing game-winning moments for Hull in recent years and this was the second time in little over a fortnight the 27-year-old has kicked the decisive point to secure victory.<p>Leeds touched down three times in 11 minutes to lead by four points in the second half, but …

Rugby Union

Rugby league finally has a national women’s competition to celebrate

Leeds Rhinos pulled off an upset against Bradford Bulls in the first weekend of the new seven-team Women’s Super League<p>By Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required<p>So often the innovators, rugby league has been lagging behind other sports in establishing a serious women’s competition. That cavity is now …

Sports (India)

Legendary broadcaster Darrell Eastlake dies aged 75

Legendary Channel Nine sports broadcaster Darrell Eastlake has died after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease. The veteran sports reporter died at …

Comedians

New Rugby League homework centres kick off

A new rugby league-driven programme gets underway this week with the goal of better supporting local youth and promoting off-field …

Sport (New Zealand)

Israel Folau welcome back in NRL despite homophobic views, says CEO Todd Greenberg

NRL boss Todd Greenberg has revealed he won’t stand in the way of Israel Folau’s rumoured return to rugby league despite the outrage surrounding the …

Homophobia

Leon Pryce warns ‘over-coaching’ is affecting England’s ability to match Australia

• Young players must be encouraged to take risks, says Pryce • Half-back in particular a position where Kangaroos have the edge<p>The former Great Britain half-back Leon Pryce has said young English half-backs are being “over-coached” and prevented from playing the way which could be the answer to …

Sport (UK)

Task group set up for Warrington Rugby League World Cup 2021 bid

<b>LEADING figures in Warrington’s business, culture and sporting community have teamed up to start work on a bid for the town to be a host for the</b> …

Cheshire

OUCH! Video proves being the dad of a future rugby league star can be rather painful

THIS video will resonate with any mum or dad who has covered miles ferrying their child to matches or spent hours on the sidelines during muddy …

Cheshire

Rugby League: Over The Black Dot S2018 Ep6

Djuro Sen, George Rose and Owen Craigie return to Over the Black Dot with all the weekly news and analysis of the greatest game of all, Rugby League.

Sport (Australia)

Old foes get Women's Super League off to a flier

Two of rugby league's biggest brands in Bradford Bulls and Leeds Rhinos ensure a big kick-off to the Women's Super League.<p>BBC Super League Show was there for the opening match of the season at Bradford's famous Odsal home.

Bradford

Paul Kent says rugby league will be 'bankrupt, busted and we won't have a game' if media don't hold NRL to account

<i>NRL 360</i> co-host Paul Kent has launched an extraordinary attack on the NRL, claiming the game will go broke if its administrators aren’t held to …

Bankruptcy

Commonwealth Games chairman Peter Beattie makes another on-air gaffe

Things have just got a little worse for new Australian Rugby League Commission (ARLC) chairman Peter Beattie.<p>Last month, Beattie was heavily …

Sport (New Zealand)

Liam Finn’s penalties propel Wakefield to win over league leaders St Helens

• Wakefield 24-20 St Helens • Trinity end run of narrow defeats with victory over top side<p>Wakefield became only the second side to defeat St Helens this season and ended a five-match losing run to reaffirm their credentials as potential play-off contenders in 2018.<p>Trinity’s three defeats over …

St Helens

6. Albert Baskerville & the birth of international rugby league

Rugby League

Eels lack it in the eyes as Parramatta's NRL season ends in April

Parramatta’s dismal start to the season speaks to a simple lack of hunger, especially in contrast to a Stuart-revved Raiders<p>It was Tony Montana (Al Pacino) in Scarface who said it best. Reflecting on the romantic enthusiasm of Elvira Hancock (Michelle Pfeiffer) for himself, Montana says to …

Eels

Birchgrove Park: 110 years on from round one

Your author paid a visit to the historic ground on the Sunday morning before rugby league’s milestone anniversary, just to see what was happening. …

Sport (Australia)

Warrington remain in winning form as Kevin Brown ends Hull KR revival

• Warrington 40-26 Hull KR • Steve Price’s improving side record sixth win in succession<p>There is still some way to go for Warrington before any talk of a Grand Final appearance becomes serious but there are undoubted signs of promise as the halfway point of the regular season approaches.<p>This is now …

Cheshire

Wigan’s Sam Tomkins leads fightback to beat Leeds in close-run thing

• Leeds 8-9 Wigan • Tomkins manages five points as Wigan win from 8-0 down<p>Perhaps it was inevitable Sam Tomkins would have the last laugh. In the moments leading up to kick-off, he was ridiculed by the Leeds supporters after slipping while attempting a warm-up conversion attempt. In true Tomkins …

Sport (UK)

Melbourne poach more State of Origin's and Tests, All Stars fixture returns

Melbourne has pinched a host of State of Origin fixtures and Test matches from the rugby league heartlands of Sydney and Brisbane.<p>As part of a …

New South Wales