Friday, December 19, 2014
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Manly cancel training hike due to hypothermia

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At this time of year, Australia is renowned for its warm weather and booming sunshine. However, Manly’s pre-season training was anything but tropical, after a training hike over Mt Kosciuszko had to be cancelled after some of the players began to show signs of hypothermia on the mountain. One club trainer also had to be carried back down the mountain ... Read More »

Is Rugby League getting too structured?

Rugby League Express editor MARTYN SADLER asks whether Rugby League is in danger of losing some of its spontaneity. For the first time in the NRL’s history its officials have collated data demonstrating changes in the way the game has been played since 2004, while projecting what the game may look like in 2024 if current trends continue unchecked. Their ... Read More »

Manly sack jailed Jamil Hopoate

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NRL club Manly Sea Eagles have sacked their second player in just over a week, after they cut Jamil Hopoate from their playing squad – just hours after he was jailed for assault. Hopoate – who is the son of former NRL star John – was sentenced to at least a year in prison for an assault on Valentines Day ... Read More »

Melbourne Storm to wear sleeveless shirt

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The Auckland Nines has established somewhat of a reputation for outlandish and different shirts – just take a look back through last year’s collection to find proof of that. But for the 2015 edition, Melbourne Storm are going one step further – by unveiling their SLEEVELESS shirt for the event, inspired by AFL jerseys commonly seen in Australia. “The Auckland ... Read More »

NRL player Hopoate jailed for at least a year

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Promising Manly NRL player Jamil Hopoate has been jailed for at least 12 months in a court in Australia today. The 20-year-old pleaded guilty to assault charges after attacking two men outside the Ivanhoe Hotel at Manly on Sydney’s northern beaches in February this year. Hopoate was caught on CCTV camera arguing with a security guard after being thrown out ... Read More »

Hayne appoints American agent to help secure NFL deal

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Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne is upping the ante in trying to secure an NFL contract, by appointing a renowned American agent to help tie down a deal. US agent Jack Bechta will take on Hayne’s services – with Bechta having represented a rugby player turned NFL star in the past – Hayden Smith switched from rugby to American Football ... Read More »

Greg Bird fined for public urination

Bird in action against England at the recent Four Nations

Greg Bird has been fined for urinating on a police car less than 24 hours after getting married. The Australia and New South Wales star, 30, was charged by Byron Bay police on Sunday evening around 7.45pm. “My wife and I caught up with friends and family at The Beach Hotel on the Sunday night for dinner after which we ... Read More »

Melbourne inspired by Manchester City visit

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Football and Rugby League are well versed for rubbing shoulders with each other – especially in England, where some of the biggest events on the Rugby League calendar are hosted at football stadiums. Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium is one such venue that won’t be on the calendar next year, after Magic Weekend was moved to Newcastle United’s St James’ Park. ... Read More »

Pre-season friendlies to be axed in NRL?

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In England, pre-season friendlies are part of the fixtures and fittings when it comes to our traditional Rugby League calendar. There’s the annual festive fixtures, which act as a saviour for those who have been devoid of their Rugby League in recent months. And whilst most coaches and players cannot underestimate the importance of pre-season games, in Australia, they could ... Read More »

Paul Gallen wins another boxing bout

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Cronulla Sharks captain Paul Gallen has scored another win in professional boxing, after defeating former NRL player Anthony Watts in the first bound of their bout on Wednesday night. Watts – who is a former teammate of Gallen’s at Cronulla – has played in the NRL for a number of clubs, but has established a reputation as a ‘bad boy’ ... Read More »

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