Sunday, August 31, 2014
Rugby League News


Former Hull KR man says Ulugia could be a hit with Robins


Former North Queensland Cowboys man Wayne Ulugia would be a roaring success in Super League if he signed for Hull Kingston Rovers, according to a former Robin. Clint Newton is now plying his trade back in the NRL with the Newcastle Knights, after a successful stint on Humberside between 2008-11. And, he fully believes that Ulugia – who was sacked ... Read More »

Beetson’s memory to live on


Arthur Beetson’s number 11 Queensland jersey will be “retired” from the 100th Holden State of Origin game, which will be played at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on May 28. The former prop, an Immortal who was instrumental in making Origin such a success, passed away in December 2011 and a bronze statue of Beetson now stands outside the host stadium of ... Read More »

Melbourne Storm rally around McLean

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

Cameron Smith says the Melbourne Storm club are doing their best to rally around youngster Jordan McLean, following the serious injury to Newcastle’s Alex McKinnon. McLean will face an NRL judiciary hearing next Wednesday regarding the three-man tackle that fractured McKinnon’s neck – but he will travel with the Storm this weekend. At first, he was stood down following the ... Read More »

Sam Burgess’ World Cup hopes fading

Sam Burgess. ©RLPhotos

Sam Burgess’ chances of playing international rugby in his first union season took a knock today, after it was revealed the RFU have refused to contribute financially to his South Sydney-to-Bath transfer. England’s governing body was expected to pay nearly £300,000 towards his fee as they wanted the 25-year-old to be the national side’s hard-running inside centre in next year’s ... Read More »

McKinnon placed in induced coma, McLean charged

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

Newcastle Knights back-rower Alex McKinnon has been placed in an induced coma following surgery to a broken neck sustained in yesterday’s loss to Melbourne Storm. The 22-year-old, who had been tipped to represent New South Wales in the State of Origin, landed awkwardly in a four-man tackle involving Bromwich brothers Jesse and Kenny, and prop Jordan McLean. Although replays suggest ... Read More »

Reduce 10-metre rule to stop dangerous tackling, says Mortimer

Steve Mortimer. ©Action

Former Canterbury Bulldogs half-back Steve Mortimer believes reducing Rugby League’s 10-metre rule will lower the number of dangerous tackles in our game. The nine-time Australian international was speaking after the announcement that Newcastle Knights youngster Alex McKinnon broke his neck against Melbourne Storm yesterday. Mortimer claims 10 metres is too far and that ‘players are trying to buy time to ... Read More »

Alex McKinnon breaks neck in Storm clash

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

Newcastle Knights forward Alex McKinnon fractured his neck in yesterday’s 28-20 loss against Melbourne Storm. The 22-year-old had fractures in both his C4 and C5 vertebrae and was stretchered off the field following a dangerous tackle from Jesse and Kenny Bromnwich and Jordan McLean, which was put on report. Thankfully, his spinal cord has remained intact. In a statement, the ... Read More »

Match report: Melbourne Storm 28-20 Newcastle Knights


In a nutshell Storm went joint top of the league with a solid win over the Knights, courtesy of a Cameron Smith try that killed off the spirited Knights. How it unfolded First half: Cameron Smith opens the scores with an early penalty; Knights hit back by taking advantage of a ricochet off the posts to take a 2-6 lead; ... Read More »

Hayne slams referee, faces hefty fine

Jarryd Hayne. ©RLPhotos

Parramatta full-back Jarryd Hayne is facing a $10,000 fine after describing the refereeing in today’s loss to Manly Sea Eagles as ‘disgraceful’ on a radio show. The Australian, 26, was being interviewed minutes after the Eels’ 22-18 defeat, which featured a late try and a penalty count heavily in Manly’s favour. Hayne said: “I just want to try and hold ... Read More »

NRL stars targetting Sam Burgess’ protective nature


Wests Tigers front-rower Aaron Woods claims a tactic designed to upset Sam Burgess is to thank for their surprise 25-16 win over South Sydney on Friday. The New South Wales representative, 23, said he purposefully gave the Englishman’s brother George rough treatment in order to upset Sam and force him to concede a penalty. Indeed, in the ninth minute, with ... Read More »