Saturday, January 31, 2015
Rugby League News


Video: The best fights in State of Origin history


At 11:16BST (I know, what an odd kick-off time), the first game of the 2014 State of Origin series gets underway, and it’s set to be another intense encounter. The annual clashes are known for their violence and the following video features some of the best and most memorable bust-ups of all time. Have a watch and whet your appetite ... Read More »

State of Origin 2014: Video preview

Greg Bird on NSW duty

League Express editor Martyn Sadler and senior reporter John Davidson discuss tomorrow’s eagerly-anticipated State of Origin opener between New South Wales and Queensland. Will the Maroons prevail or will a new-look Blues side stamp their authority? Want more Rugby League news and features? Subscribe to the online version of League Express newspaper and Rugby League World magazine. You can also ... Read More »

Sam Tomkins fined after public urination


New Zealand Warriors full-back Sam Tomkins has been fined by both police and his club after being caught urinating in public on Sunday, just hours after defeating the Gold Coast Titans. The former Wigan star, 25, was issued with an on-the-spot £55 ($A100) fine by police and was forced to pay an additional £1,015 ($NZ2,000) by his club “I’m disappointed ... Read More »

Alex McKinnon has “a lot more movement”


Alex McKinnon, the Newcastle Knights forward who had his career ended in a tragic on-field accident in late March, is closer to his dream of walking again after doctors found signs of muscle contractions in his legs. The 22-year-old fractured two of his vertebrae when he landed on his head in a tackle involving Bromwich brothers Jesse and Kenny, and ... Read More »

England reject picked in NSW State of Origin side


Canterbury Bulldogs scrum-half Trent Hodkinson, who was turned down for England’s World Cup side by Steve McNamara, has been named in New South Wales’ State of Origin side to face Queensland on May 28. The 25-year-old, who has an English father, is one of the NRL’s most in-form playmakers and has single-handedly guided the Bulldogs to several of their eight ... Read More »

Rugby League round-up: Today in the NRL

James Graham celebrates scoring for the Bulldogs.

Who played? Canberra Raiders hosted Penrith Panthers while James Graham’s Canterbury Bulldogs faced Sam Tomkins’ New Zealand Warriors. What were the scores? Both games were close – Penrith edged the Raiders 20-26, while the Bulldogs won by an even smaller margin, 16-12. Who were the scorers? Raiders 20 Tries: Reece Robinson (1, 25), Jarrod Croker (30), Anthony Milford (71) Goals: ... Read More »

Newcastle Knights embroiled in financial drama


Australian Rugby League has been plunged into a financial drama, after it emerged that NRL club Newcastle Knights had failed to pay some its players and staff this month. The Knights – which are owned by Nathan Tinkler and his Hunter Sports Group – have failed to pay at least 20 staff and players on their books on Friday, and ... Read More »

Benji Marshall cleared to make Rugby League return


Less than a year after quitting the game and heading for Rugby Union, New Zealand star Benji Marshall has been given the go-ahead to make his debut for St George Illawarra this weekend, as they gear up to face Parramatta. The 29-year-old has been training with the Dragons all week and, after the club finalized a package with Union outfit ... Read More »

Vatuvei voted NRL’s favourite son


New Zealand Warriors winger Manu Vatuvei has been voted the NRL’s “Favourite Son” in advance of this weekend’s “Women in League” round of NRL matches. Vatuvei was honoured for his “efforts and attitude that inspire women to be part of the Rugby League family at all levels”. The award was presented to Vatuvei at the launch of the 2104 Harvey ... Read More »

Rugby League round-up: Today in the NRL

Jamie Soward, a former London Broncos stand-off, scores for Penrith.

Who played today? Canterbury Bulldogs took on St George-Illawarra Dragons, while Newcastle Knights welcomed Penrith Panthers What were the scores? Canterbury thrashed Gareth Widdop’s Dragons 38-6 and the Panthers won in similar style, taking down the Knights 32-10 Who scored the points? Canterbury Bulldogs 38 Tries: Sam Perrett (5), Tony Williams (11), Tim Lafai (24, 33, 44), Greg Eastwood (62), ... Read More »