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NRL to honour retiring players at Grand Final

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The NRL will pay tribute to 21 retiring players during the build-up to the 2014 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final between South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs at ANZ Stadium on Sunday. The group to be honoured includes Premiership winners, State of Origin and Test stars. They include Sydney Roosters fullback Anthony Minichiello, who last lifted the NRL Telstra Premiership ... Read More »

Video: NRL Grand Final preview

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John Davidson and League Express editor Martyn Sadler preview the 2014 NRL Grand Final between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Canterbury Bulldogs. Read More »

Sam will come back to Rugby League, hopes Julie Burgess

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Sam Burgess will hopefully return to Rugby League and the NRL one day – that’s the view of his mother Julie, who told reporters in Australia that she was “heartbroken” when he revealed he was switching codes at the end of the season. Burgess will return to England to take up a contract with Bath RU following this Sunday’s NRL ... Read More »

NRL Grand Final sells out

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The South Sydney Rabbitohs and Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs will play the 2014 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final Sydney in front of a sell-out crowd, the NRL announced today. NRL Head of Commercial Paul Kind said all available tickets to the match, at ANZ Stadium on Sunday, have been sold. This means more than 80,000 fans will be part of Rugby League ... Read More »

Opinion: 10 questions to be answered in NRL Grand Final

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On Sunday the South Sydney Rabbitohs will meet the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs in the 2014 NRL Grand Final at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium. Here’s 10 key questions we may have answers to at the end of this highly-anticipated match. 1) Will Lote Tuqiri go round again? The ageless winger has done it all in rugby league, winning a premiership with the Brisbane ... Read More »

James Graham hoping to end Grand Final hoodoo

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Canterbury and England prop James Graham is hoping to end his Grand Final losing streak when he faces Sam Burgess’ South Sydney in the NRL’s season-ending spectacle on Sunday. The 29-year-old has played in seven Grand Finals in the last eight years, but has won just once, in 2006. Since then he’s lost six in a row. “The sole [win] ... Read More »

Four Burgess brothers named in Grand Final squad

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All four Burgess brothers have been named in South Sydney Rabbitohs’ 20-man squad to face Canterbury Bulldogs in Sunday’s NRL Grand Final. George and Sam look set to start at prop and loose forward respectively, while Tom and Luke have a spot on the bench to fight for. The Souths would have been at full strength had hooker Issac Luke ... Read More »

Issac Luke to miss NRL Grand Final

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South Sydney and New Zealand hooker Issac Luke will miss Sunday’s NRL Grand Final after picking up a one-match suspension for an illegal throw on Sonny Bill Williams of Sydney Roosters. Many pundits thought Luke had a chance of dodging a ban altogether, but the NRL’s match review committee slapped the 27-year-old with a two-game suspension. Williams, who was playing ... Read More »

Dally M Medal: Thurston and Hayne named joint winners

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North Queensland Cowboys stand-off Johnathan Thurston and Parramatta Eels full-back Jarryd Hayne have been named joint-winners of the prestigious Dally M Player of the Year Medal. Never before has the NRL’s most prestigious award been shared. It’s the third time Thurston has won the accolade (something only Andrew Johns has accomplished) and the second time Hayne has pocketed the medal. ... Read More »

NRL Grand Final becomes Battle of Britain

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The Battle of Britain! That is how the Australian media is already describing next Sunday’s NRL Grand Final. In the blue corner former St Helens prop James Graham. In the red (and green) corner the Burgess brothers, led by soon-to-defect Sam. This follows the victories by Canterbury and South Sydney at the weekend for a place in the Homebush encounter ... Read More »