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Bird sets sight on being Origin stand-off

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Australia second-rower Greg Bird has put his hand up to play at stand-off for New South Wales in the upcoming State of Origin series. The 29-year-old Gold Coast star, who was named in Australia’s side to face New Zealand in the Anzac Test on Friday, played in the halves when he first broke into first grade Rugby League and feels ... Read More »

Opinion: How I hope the Challenge Cup draw pans out

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One of our Twitter followers got in touch this morning and told us what he hopes tonight’s quarter-final draw for the Challenge Cup will be. There were some interesting choices, so I thought I would share my own hopes. I want you to do the same, too – either join the debate on Twitter or comment using the form below ... Read More »

Leeds Rhinos favourite to win Challenge Cup

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Leeds Rhinos are favourites with bookmakers to go on and win their first Challenge Cup trophy since 1999. After impressively despatching St Helens 32-12 on Saturday, the Rhinos are 7/4 to go all the way. Cup holders Wigan are second favourites at 2/1, Warrington Wolves are third at 4/1 and Castleford Tigers are fourth at 8/1. Widnes Vikings (20/1) and ... Read More »

Sharks and Storm battle to sign Marshall

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Cronulla Sharks and Melbourne Storm are the last two clubs remaining in the battle to sign Benji Marshall, the former Wests Tigers star who announced that he would return to the NRL after pulling the plug on his nascent rugby union career with the Auckland Blues. Marshall has already rejected approaches from North Queensland, Parramatta and St George Illawarra, as ... Read More »

Brian McDermott’s hooking conundrum

Rob Burrow has joined Jamie Jones-Buchanan and Paul Aiton on Leeds' long-term injured list. ©RLPhotos

Leeds Rhinos convincingly swept aside St Helens to progress into the quarter finals of the Challenge Cup yesterday, but their success came at a cost. Indeed, stand-in hooker Rob Burrow, 31, left the field in the 64th minute with a broken collarbone – an injury that is likely to see him spend nearly three months on the sidelines. “He’s broken ... Read More »

Hull perfectly poised for future, says Yeaman

Kirk Yeaman in action for Hull. ©RLPhotos

Hull FC star Kirk Yeaman is optimistic that the current crop of youngsters making their way through the ranks at the KC Stadium will see the club based in West Hull developing a reputation alongside Wigan, St Helens and Leeds as a producer of outstanding young talent. And Yeaman, 30, who made his Super League debut for Hull as a ... Read More »

Bulls sign promising Black and Whites duo

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Bradford Bulls have announced the signings of Hull FC duo Jay Pitts and Joe Arundel on loan deals. Pitts, 24, formerly of Wakefield and Leeds, is a utility forward, while Arundel, 22, is a talented centre. Both players began training with their new team-mates this morning. Bulls boss Francis Cummins said: “Jay and Joe are young, hungry and hugely talented ... Read More »

Alex McKinnon: “I’ve got a lot more movement back.”

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Alex McKinnon, the Newcastle Knights forward who tragically had a promising career snatched from him after landing on his head in a tackle, has given his first interview since the accident. In it, the 22-year-old, who is now wheelchair bound, said the past month has been tough but thanked his family, fiancee and his fans and peers for their support ... Read More »

Cowboys enquire about Benji Marshall

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North Queensland Cowboys coach Paul Green has revealed he enquired about bringing high-profile free agent Benji Marshall to the Townsville club, but believes the New Zealand international will join one of the NRL’s Sydney teams. Marshall, 29, negotiated an early release from his Auckland Blues rugby union contract earlier this week and is highly fancied to join Cronulla Sharks in ... Read More »

Match report: St George-Illawarra 14-34 Sydney Roosters

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In a nutshell Sydney Roosters put in a superb attacking display, scoring a variety of classy tries to outgun Gareth Widdop’s St George Dragons on Anzac Day. How it unfolded 10’ – Sydney’s Aiden Guerra opens the scoring after stepping inside and taking two defenders over the line with him. James Maloney adds the extras: 0-6. 17’ – Daniel Tupou ... Read More »