Rugby League

Stuck, Warriors forced to stay in Australia after NRL season ends

Warriors players and their families will be forced to stay in Australia for at least a week after their last game of the season. The New Zealand government’s announcement on Friday that there would be...

NRL: Sonny Bill Williams vows to help Bulldogs-bound SBW fan Tevita Pangai Jr

New Zealand rugby codes superstar Sonny Bill Williams has vowed to help NRL enforcer Tevita Pangai Jr become a success at his old Bulldogs club. Pangai Jr is leaving the Broncos to join the Bulldogs on a three-year contract next season after seeing out the rest of this season on loan to the Penrith Panthers....

Players wanted to play Rugby League World Cup, claims Australia captain Daly Cherry-Evans

Players’ union general president Daly Cherry-Evans claims there would have been a stand-off with the ARL Commission had players been consulted on Australia’s Rugby League World Cup withdrawal. The fallout from the exits of the Kangaroos and Kiwis due to safety and welfare concerns during the pandemic will continue on Monday night, with a meeting...

Injury-hit Warriors limp to loss

The injury curse struck again for the Warriors while South Sydney showed no mercy, romping to a 60-22 NRL win at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Saturday. The injury curse struck again for the Warriors while South Sydney showed no mercy, romping to a 60-22 NRL win at Sunshine Coast Stadium on Saturday. The Rabbitohs (15-3...

24th July

Dual-threat enforcers offer ray of light in another tough season for Warriors

As the injury-hit Warriors attempt to snap a six-match losing streak on Saturday against South Sydney, if there’s one thing that can boost belief it’s the form of their new-look front-row. In just two games since Matt Lodge made the move from Brisbane, he and fellow enforcer Addin Fonua-Blake have already showed the makings of...

NZ rugby league boss hits back at criticism of withdrawal from World Cup

New Zealand rugby league chief executive Greg Peters says comments describing New Zealand and Australia’s decision to pull out of this year’s World Cup as “selfish and cowardly” are “ill-informed and misguided”. England’s Rugby Football League (RFL) chairman Simon Johnson made the remarks as he slammed the trans-Tasman neighbours for withdrawing from the tournament, set...

23rd July

NRL investigating Penrith star Apisai Koroisau over sneaking a woman into State of Origin camp

The NRL integrity unit is investigating allegations that NSW hooker Apisai Koroisau breached biosecurity protocols by smuggling a woman into the Blues’ bubble during the State of Origin series. The NSWRL was made aware of the claims on Thursday and immediately alerted the NRL, which will seek to interview Koroisau as part of the probe....

22nd July

ARL, NZRL withdraw from World Cup over welfare, safety concerns

The ARL Commission and NZRL have officially withdrawn from the World Cup in October, citing player welfare and safety concerns. They have requested the IRL to postpone the tournament until 2022 to “minimise risk of players contracting COVID-19 and ensure the best outcome for player wellbeing”. The ARL and NZRL made the decision after considering...

21st July

Dragons contract for Doge

Flying Fijians prop Mesake Doge has secured a good future from the exposure of playing top level rugby after the two recent Tests against the All Blacks. Fiji gained international attraction and admiration  after exposing the weaknesses of the world’s No.2 team and the former Rugby World Cup’s Webb Ellis Trophy holder in their two-Test series in New Zealand. Doge has signed to play for Dragons Rugby in Wales...

Benji Marshall to quarantine for two weeks

South Sydney will have to go another two weeks without Benji Marshall with the NRL veteran to spend two weeks in quarantine on arrival into Queensland. Marshall will fly to the Gold Coast with families of other NRL players and staff on Wednesday, after the Queensland government finally gave approval for them to enter the...

20th July

Fiji Bati squad for 2021 RLWC to be named next month

The Fiji Bati squad for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England will be named next month. The side will assemble in Australia and spend two weeks together before flying out to England on October 15. Last week the organisers marked the 100-day countdown to the tournament which will kick off at St James...

19th July

Depleted Warriors succumb to Penrith

A horror injury toll proved too much for the depleted Warriors as Penrith ran out 30-16 winners in their NRL clash at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Sunday. The Warriors crashed to their sixth straight loss in a major dent to their top eight hopes, but no one could doubt their courage after never backing...

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