Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Sonny Bill Williams not part of Kiwi plans

Sonny Bill Williams. ©RLphotos

New Zealand head coach Stephen Kearney has confirmed that Sydney Roosters star Sonny Bill Williams will not be selected for the annual Anzac Test against Australia on May 2. The 29-year-old, who has represented his country in both codes, has already announced his intention to return to rugby union at the end of this season for the 2015 World Cup, ... Read More »

NRL to honour McKinnon with medal

Alex McKinnon

The NRL are considering awarding a medal named in honour of Alex McKinnon to the man of the match in New South Wales’ annual City-Country fixture. Recognised as a trial for the State of Origin matches in Australia, City-Country sees a side representing Sydney’s metropolitan area go up against the remainder of the New South Wales state. McKinnon, a promising ... Read More »

Benji Marshall could join Cronulla this week

Benji Marshall

Reports suggest NRL outfit Cronulla Sharks are close to landing the signature of New Zealand legend Benji Marshall, who had a contract with rugby union outfit Auckland Blues terminated earlier this week. The 29-year-old, who failed to make an impression after switching codes from Wests Tigers last summer, has been linked with several NRL clubs – and even Salford Red ... Read More »

Wests Tigers support Benji Marshall NRL return

Marshall in his time at Wests Tigers. ©RLPhotos

With speculation rife over a potential Rugby League return for Benji Marshall, his former club Wests Tigers have thrown their support behind the move – even if he won’t be re-joining them. In a statement issued today, the Tigers confirmed they are not in a position to offer the New Zealand star a deal of any kind, having already moved ... Read More »

Benji Marshall backtracks on Tigers promise

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The agent of Kiwi legend Benji Marshall has confirmed his client will not be keeping a promise he made to Wests Tigers last year. When he swapped codes in July, the 29-year-old promised his club of 10 years that, if he were to return to Rugby League, he would not join another club in the NRL. He said: “I will ... Read More »

James Graham wins battle of Britain

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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 15-14 victory over South Sydney it was difficult to judge which of the two former Super League behemoths came out ... Read More »

Match report: Penrith Panthers 14-12 Gold Coast Titans

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In a nutshell Former London Broncos star Jamie Soward slotted a 51st-minute penalty to edge Penrith Panthers past Gold Coast Titans in a thrilling Easter encounter. How it unfolded 8’ – Penrith open the scoring through Dean Whare, who dummies twice and sprints through the resulting gap. Jamie Soward slots the extras from the touchline: 6-0 31’ – Soward knocks ... Read More »

Benji Marshall confirms Rugby League return

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Benji Marshall has formally requested an early release from his Auckland Blues rugby union contract, and is aiming for a return to the NRL. The New Zealand legend, 29, has struggled to adapt to the new code since switching from Wests Tigers last year and both his agent, the club, and New Zealand Rugby have confirmed his intentions to return ... Read More »

Match report: Parramatta Eels 18-21 Wests Tigers

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In a nutshell A Pat Richards penalty from half-way, plus a field-goal from Luke Brooks, helped Wests edge the Eels 18-21 in a thrilling Easter encounter in front of a record-breaking crowd of 50,668. How it unfolded 9’ – Australian international Jarryd Hayne opens the scoring for the Eels with a well-taken try, which wasn’t converted: 4-0. 23’ – The ... Read More »

Match Report: Canberra Raiders 24 Melbourne Storm 22

In a Nutshell The Raiders were behind for almost the entire match before they finally managed to snatch a winning score two minutes from the end at CIO Stadium on Sunday How it unfolded The Storm shot out to a 6-16 lead through tries from Ryan Hinchliffe, Sisa Waqa and Mahe Fonua, with Cameron Smith converting two of them. The ... Read More »