Saturday, January 31, 2015
Rugby League News


Benji Marshall signs for St George Illawarra Dragons


After weeks of conjecture and speculation, Benji Marshall’s future has finally been confirmed, and his return to Rugby League has been rubber-stamped. The Kiwi international has jumped back to the 13-man code by signing a deal with St George Illawarra Dragons, putting pen to paper on a two-and-a-half year deal. Plenty of NRL clubs were queuing up to sign the ... Read More »

Marshall to make decision on future this week

Benji Marshall

New Zealand legend Benji Marshall will make his return to Rugby League with the Cronulla Sharks, unless St George-Illawarra Dragons submit a formal offer by Friday. The former Wests Tigers half-back, 29, secured an early release to his contract with rugby union outfit Auckland Blues last month after less than a season in the other code. After being pursued by ... Read More »

NRL strengthens concussion laws


The NRL will strengthen concussion rules to make clubs more responsible for identifying and assessing players that may have suffered a concussive injury. NRL Head of Football Todd Greenberg has revealed that the new rules introduced for the 2014 season have seen a “significant improvement” in the way players are treated after suffering a possible concussion. But he said the ... Read More »

NRL announces salary cap changes

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The NRL is to modify its salary cap regulations for the 2015 season. Chief Operating Officer Jim Doyle says the changes follow a comprehensive review of the salary cap rules involving consultation with clubs, players, player managers, corporate partners, fans, media and other stakeholders. The changes will include: Making it easier for clubs to put long serving players into careers ... Read More »

NRL reveals date of 2015 World Club Challenge


The NRL has issued a report on a meeting today of NRL club CEOs at which it revealed a number of details about the current state of the game and next year’s competitions, including the fact that next year’s World Club Challenge will take place in the UK on the weekend of February 20-22, with the NRL season due to ... Read More »

Gareth Widdop: I’d love to play with Benji Marshall


St George Illawarra and England stand-off Gareth Widdop claims he would relish the opportunity to play alongside Kiwi legend Benji Marshall, who is highly fancied to join the Dragons after ending his contract with rugby union side Auckland Blues. The former Wests Tigers star, who has turned down contracts with several NRL clubs, is set to make a decision this ... Read More »

Auckland Nines and World Club Challenge dates set

9s RL is beginning to spread across the world.

The NRL have announced that the Auckland Nines will again open their pre-season in 2014, but will be played over an extra day in an attempt to prevent injuries. At a meeting of club chief executives earlier today, a plan was revealed to play the exciting club tournament over the weekend of Friday January 30. Reports also suggest that the ... Read More »

Benji Marshall expected to make imminent decision on future

Benji Marshall

Rugby League superstar Benji Marshall is expected to make a decision on the NRL club he will sign for imminently, with developments moving at a fast pace as the race to sign him hots up. After Cronulla Sharks looked in pole position to snare Marshall following his return to the 13-man code, St George Illawarra Dragons have sensationally re-entered the ... Read More »

Inglis chasing down Slater for full-back spot

Greg Inglis (left) and Billy Slater (right) are two of Australia's greatest ever players.

Reports are emerging Down Under that South Sydney star Greg Inglis will replace Melbourne’s Billy Slater at full-back for Australia if the latter doesn’t put in a good performance on Friday night, when the Kangaroos take on New Zealand. Inglis has enjoyed a blistering start to the season, characterised by a superb 90-metre try against Brisbane Broncos last week. Slater, ... Read More »

An open letter to Alex McKinnon


The Rugby League community was devastated in March when promising Newcastle Knights forward Alex McKinnon sustained a serious spinal injury in the game against Melbourne. Gavin Wilson, a Rugby League journalist and the York City Knights media manager, suffered the same injury 13 years ago. Here he pens an open letter to McKinnon, which originally appeared in the May issue ... Read More »