Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Shannan McPherson signs for Parramatta Eels

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Former Salford and South Sydney prop Shannan McPherson is returning to play in the NRL after signing a train-and-trial deal with Parramatta Eels. The 28-year-old was released by the Red Devils in June after two injury-ravaged. His departure freed up enough salary cap to allow Dr Marwan Koukash to sign New Zealand full-back Kevin Locke. Parramatta boss Brad Arthur said: ... Read More »

World Club Challenge details announced this week

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League Express and TotalRL.com understands that details of a revamped World Club Challenge will be announced later this week – either Thursday or Friday, with the competition to be confirmed as expanding to six teams. It is believed that the winners of the NRL, South Sydney Rabbitohs and Brisbane Broncos will be the three Australian teams taking part – with ... Read More »

Kangaroos and Maroons winger Brent Tate retires aged 32

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Australia and Queensland stalwart Brent Tate has called time on his 13-year career in the NRL after picking up a fourth serious knee injury in this year’s State of Origin series. The 32-year-old winger, who has made 229 appearances in the NRL for three clubs, has 26 Australia caps and 23 Origin appearances. He suffered a near career-ending neck injury ... Read More »

Sam Burgess: I spoke to Sonny Bill before signing union deal

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Sam Burgess has revealed he confided in code-hopper Sonny Bill Williams prior to making the decision to switch to rugby union at the end of this season. “We have only talked briefly over in England,” Burgess told the Sydney Morning Herald. “I have always had an ambition to do it but I admire Sonny. I think he is a wonderful ... Read More »

Gareth Widdop best NRL signing, says fan poll

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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 the year after switching from Melbourne Storm to St George Illawarra at the end of last season. This article originally ... Read More »

Sam Burgess: Avoiding confrontation has made me a better player

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Sam Burgess has put his sensational form for South Sydney this year down to not getting involved in personal battles with rival players. The Rabbitohs’ superstar is in the running to become the first forward to win the Dally M Medal since Cronulla’s Gavin Miller 1989, and credits this to keeping a lid on his frustrations. The Yorkshireman, who will ... Read More »

NRL referee apologises for blunder in Brisbane v St George

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NRL referee Ben Cummins reportedly apologised on the field to Brisbane’s Matt Gillett – after bizarrely issuing him with a yellow card during the Broncos’ NRL victory against St George-Illawarra Dragons on Friday. The Broncos, who were leading by 20 points at the time after a stunning first-half performance, were left stunned when Gillett was sinbinned for a professional foul ... Read More »

Gallen ruled ineligible for State of Origin medal

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After his well-documented suspension for his involvement in the Cronulla Sharks’ controversial supplements program of 2011, the New South Wales Rugby League board (NSWRL) have ruled Blues captain Paul Gallen ineligible for the prestigious Brad Fittler Medal. Gallen – who is suspended until late November – was ruled out of the running for the Dally M representative player of the ... Read More »

NRL side fined over concussion guideline breaches

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NRL side North Queensland Cowboys have been fined $20,000 after becoming the latest Australian side to breach concussion guidelines – sending a warning to NRL clubs ahead of the play-off series. Wests Tigers and Canterbury have incurred fines already the season for breaching the rules, and the Cowboys have followed suit after an investigation into an incident involving Tariq Sims ... Read More »

Opinion: Rugby League exposes its own Achilles heel again

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Essentially, it is the 64 million dollar question which has plagued Rugby League for the last 25 years. Why on Earth can’t this fantastic game – which we would all probably agree is the most exciting sport out there – get a foothold amongst the mainstream in Great Britain? After all, for entertainment and drama, there isn’t really another sport ... Read More »

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