Friday, July 25, 2014
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Opinion: Concussion is the threat that stalks Rugby League

Concussion

The issue of concussion is becoming very important, both in Super League and in the NRL. The impact on a player’s long-term health of repeated concussions is of growing concern, as evidence comes to light that seems to suggest that former players can suffer early dementia that could be traced back to knocks on the head that they suffered during ... Read More »

Pat Richards in line to make State of Origin debut

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At the age of 32, former Wigan Warriors favourite Pat Richards is line for a sensational State of Origin debut this year, according to reports in Australia. Having spent the last eight years at Wigan – winning every honour available to him in the English club game – Richards has been a revelation since heading back to Australia, with the ... Read More »

Mick Potter set for contract extension at Wests Tigers

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After almost losing his job last season, Wests Tigers coach Mick Potter is set to earn a new contract with the club following their superb start to the season. The Tigers finished 15th last season, just one place off the bottom in the NRL. However, after rebuilding in the off-season, Potter has guided the Tigers to four wins from their ... Read More »

Craig Bellamy refutes resignation claims

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Melbourne Storm head coach Craig Bellamy has claimed he never offered his resignation at the club, after reports claimed he had considered quitting the club in the wake of the ban handed out to Jordan McLean. McLean was issued with a seven-game ban for his role in the tackle that left Newcastle Knights forward Alex McKinnon seriously injured, with reports ... Read More »

Alex McKinnon moved out of intensive care

Alex McKinnon

There is good news coming out of Australia today, as Newcastle Knights forward Alex McKinnon has been moved out of intensive care into a spinal rehabilitation unit, as he continues to make his recovery from the horrific injury he suffered during an NRL game last month. McKinnon fractured two vertebrae when tackled by three opposition players during Newcastle’s game against ... Read More »

Greenberg: No chance of St George getting two points back

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The NRL’s head of football Todd Greenberg said there is no chance of St George-Illawarra Dragons being awarded the two points they were robbed of on Monday night, when Melbourne Storm were allowed to score a match-winning try despite playing the ball after the full-time hooter sounded. “It’s not going to happen, it was never considered and it won’t be ... Read More »

Hull KR land NRL winger Wayne Ulugia

Wayne Ulugia. ©Action

Hull KR have confirmed the signing of former North Queensland Cowboys winger Wayne Ulugia. The 21-year-old New Zealander is a junior international and scored six tries in his four first-team appearances for the Cowboys. Indeed, he was recognised as one of the NRL’s hottest talents until a string of disciplinary issues, including being investigated by police over the theft of ... Read More »

Burgess attacker ‘apologises unreservedly’

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The female Penrith fan who reportedly hit Sam Burgess in the head with a stick following South Sydney’s convincing win over the Panthers has apologised to the 25-year-old. A statement released by the club said: “The fan has unreservedly apologised for causing any harm to the NRL and the Panthers. They have also offered an apology to Sam and the ... Read More »

NRL to clamp down on lifting tackles

The tackle that looks to have ended Alex McKinnon's career. ©Action

The NRL has directed its Match Review Committee to take a hard line against players lifting opponents into a “dangerous position” where they could injure their head or neck, following a review of performance data and tackle analytics over the first six rounds of the season. From this weekend, any player involved in a dangerous lifting tackle on an opponent ... Read More »

Referee error costs Dragons first Melbourne win in 15 years

The Dragons were distraught following their last-gasp loss. ©Action

An NRL investigation has revealed that Melbourne Storm’s 80th minute match-winning try against St George-Illawarra Dragons yesterday should not have counted, as the full-time hooter sounded before the last play of the ball. In real-time, it was impossible to tell whether the siren or the play of the ball came first, but the referee gave the benefit of the doubt ... Read More »