Monday, September 15, 2014
Rugby League News


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 »

Titans win in Canberra

In a Nutshell Gold Coast Titans spent much of the second half defending, but Albert Kelly scord two tries in the closing stages of the game to secure a 12-24 victory against the Raiders in the capital city. How it unfolded The Titans opened the scoring on 15 minutes when hooker Beau Falloon caught the Raiders napping from dummy-half, with ... Read More »

Manly snatch late victory from Parramatta

In a Nutshell Parramatta showed a great improvement from their 50-point mauling by Sydney Roosters a week earlier but were unable to hold Manly out at the death, as the Sea Eagles won 22-18 How it unfolded Manly were without superstars Brett Stewart and Kieran Foran, but that didn’t stop them taking an early four-point lead with a Steve Matai ... Read More »

Warriors beat Cowboys in thriller in Townsville

In a Nutshell New Zealand Warriors were the best team, but they had to hold on against a late North Queensland Cowboys charge to win 20-16 in Townville, How it unfolded The Warriors took the lead in the ninth minute with a try by wingman Glen Fisiiahi, following good play by halfbacks Shaun Johnson and Chad Townsend. Johnson couldn’t convert, ... Read More »