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Meninga pushes for Britain tour

Meninga pushes for Britain tour

Australia’s new Test and World Cup coach Mal Meninga has again stressed the need for Kangaroo tours of Britain to be revived. And if Tests aren’t involved he still wants to take the Australians in a sweep through Britain and

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NRL secure $1.8 BILLION broadcast deal

NRL secure $1.8 BILLION broadcast deal

The NRL, television giants Fox Sports, the Nine Network and Australia’s largest telecommunications company Telstra have signed an historic $1.8 billion agreement that will see every game broadcast live. And Fox Sports will introduce a 24-hour channel devoted entirely to

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International: Ashes series back on the agenda

International: Ashes series back on the agenda

The success of the Four Nations Tournament, with record-breaking attendances and huge television ratings, has embarrassed the NRL hierarchy – which now wants more, not less, international Rugby League. According to Sydney media reports there is now talk of organising

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Opinion: International Rugby League is back and booming

Opinion: International Rugby League is back and booming

Australians can be cruel at times. Just ask any tourist. Inevitably, if you visit the home of any Australian (other than my humble abode) you will be offered a taste of a unique Australian food product – Vegemite. It’s a

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Sione Mata’utia: A young breadwinner and record breaker

Sione Mata’utia: A young breadwinner and record breaker

I never saw Reg Gasnier’s first Test appearance for Australia back in 1959. At the time I was a schoolkid living in the country and had to be content to listen to a radio broadcast of the match that crackled

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NRL Grand Final becomes Battle of Britain

NRL Grand Final becomes Battle of Britain

The Battle of Britain! That is how the Australian media is already describing next Sunday’s NRL Grand Final. In the blue corner former St Helens prop James Graham. In the red (and green) corner the Burgess brothers, led by soon-to-defect

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James Graham could end career Down Under

James Graham could end career Down Under

England World Cup prop James Graham is enjoying his rugby Down Under so much that he may eventually call Australia home – forever. He made the prediction on the eve of his Man of the Match performance that helped inspire

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Gareth Widdop best NRL signing, says fan poll

Gareth Widdop best NRL signing, says fan poll

Australian fans have named England Test stand-off Gareth Widdop as the best NRL recruit of the 2014 season. Some 30 per cent of the 10,000 fans polled by the Sydney Daily Telegraph newspaper reckoned he was the best buy of

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Opinion: The rule change that improved our game

Opinion: The rule change that improved our game

This is an excerpt from a story published in this week’s issue of League Express newspaper, which is out in all good newsagents right now. If you can’t get your hands on a hard copy, click here to download a

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James Graham wins battle of Britain

James Graham wins battle of Britain

All last week the media had been trumpeting Rugby League’s ‘Battle of Britain’ – the clash between World Cup room-mates Sam Burgess and James Graham. And it proved to be just that on Good Friday! As Canterbury snatched a late

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