Tuesday, July 29, 2014
Rugby League News


Luke Douglas to make NRL history

Luke Douglas represented Scotland four times at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup and scored one try. ©RLPhotos

Scotland international Luke Douglas is set to break the NRL record for most consecutive appearances when he runs out for Gold Coast Titans against Cronulla Sharks on Monday. The 27-year-old has played the last 194 games in a row for Cronulla Sharks (146) and the Titans (48), which ties Sydney Roosters assistant coach Jason Taylor’s record. Taylor will present Douglas ... Read More »

NRL 2014: Round one fixtures

Sam Burgess and James Graham clashing in 2013. ©ColWhelan/ActionPhotographics

Click here to read our in-depth NRL 2014 preview Thursday March 6 South Sydney Rabbitohs v Sydney Roosters Friday March 7 Canterbury Bulldogs v Brisbane Broncos Saturday March 8 Penrith Panthers v Newcastle Knights Manly Sea Eagles v Melbourne Storm North Queensland Cowboys v Canberra Raiders Sunday March 9 St George Illawarra Dragons v Wests Tigers Parramatta Eels v New ... Read More »

NRL 2014: We preview the new season


The 2014 NRL season gets underway this week when Premiers Sydney Roosters take on rivals South Sydney Rabbitohs at the ANZ Stadium. Here’s how we think each side in the league will fare in 2014. To see the round one fixtures, click here. BRISBANE BRONCOS Home Ground: Suncorp Stadium, Milton (Brisbane) Coach: Anthony Griffin 2013 finish: 12th 2013 top pointscorer: ... Read More »

NRL to rate referee performance using technology


The NRL has announced it will use video analysis and statistics to determine whether referees are correctly enforcing the 10-metre rule. NRL head of football Todd Greenberg is behind the move and said it would enable new referees coach Tony Archer to respond to coach complaints about opposition defences straying offside. “For the first time we will be looking towards ... Read More »

Innovative NRL give away free train travel


The NRL has announced anyone travelling to the ANZ Stadium for a match in 2014 will have return train tickets provided for them free of charge. Based in Sydney and with a capacity of over 83,000, the ANZ Stadium is home to both South Sydney Rabbitohs and Canterbury Bulldogs. There will be 27 club games played at the ANZ in ... Read More »

Minichiello: NRL is best sporting competition on planet

Minichiello on Italy duty at last year's World Cup. ©RLPhotos

Sydney Roosters full-back Anthony Minichiello called the NRL the ‘most exciting sporting competition in the world’ last night as the 2014 season was officially launched. “Even though a ball hasn’t been kicked, we already have plenty to celebrate,” said the Australia and Italy international. “The footy gets more exciting every season. The skill and power of the players today is ... Read More »

Will James Graham replace Sam Burgess at South Sydney?

“James Graham had a fiery, fiery temper - he would get sent off and kick corner flags when he was young.”

Rumours are circulating that South Sydney Rabbitohs are looking to replace code-switching England star Sam Burgess with fellow Super League export James Graham, who is currently plying his trade at the Canterbury Bulldogs. The Sunday Telegraph in Sydney has revealed the Rabbitohs lodged an ‘expression of interest’ with the former St Helens front rower, 28, who is recognised among the ... Read More »

Tomkins makes fine debut for New Zealand Warriors

9s RL is beginning to spread across the world!

Tomkins set up a try with his very first touch for New Zealand Warriors in this weekend’s inaugural Auckland Nines tournament. The England full-back starred for his new team in the new and exciting competition and linked particularly well with Kiwi half-back Shaun Johnson. Indeed, New Zealand legend Stacey Jones thinks they’re going to give NRL defences a real headache ... Read More »

England Rugby Union deny Sam Burgess link

Sam Burgess. ©RLPhotos

England Rugby Union officials have denied approaching South Sydney Rabbitohs star Sam Burgess and convincing him to switch codes ahead of the 2015 World Cup. The 25-year-old, considered as one of the greatest players in the game, was reportedly courted by dual-code star Andy Farrell – now in a coaching role with the England team – and was linked with ... Read More »

Sam Burgess to follow Sonny Bill Williams to rugby union?


South Sydney Rabbitohs star Sam Burgess is reportedly considering a switch to rugby union in time for the 2015 world cup, which will be held on British soil for the first time since 1999 . It is rumoured that former Great Britain and Wigan star Andy Farrell, now in a coaching role with England’s national rugby union team, approached Burgess ... Read More »