GOSSIP: Canberra to turn to Michael McIlorum to fill Hodgson void?

Could Canberra Raiders be about to launch another swoop on one of Super League’s best hookers? The Green Machine already have former Hull KR and current England star Josh Hodgson on their books – however, Hodgson suffered a serious knee injury while playing for England against Tonga on Saturday. That has not only ruled him out of this weekend’s World…

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Fittler appointed New South Wales coach for 2018

New South Wales have announced the appointment of Brad Fittler as the coach of the Blues’ State of Origin team for the next two seasons. Fittler has been coaching Lebanon at this year’s World Cup, where they reached the quarter-finals of the tournament before being eliminated by Tonga. However, he will now coach the Blues. “Given the importance of this…

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Leeds to take on Melbourne in Australia in 2018 World Club Challenge

Super League champions Leeds Rhinos will travel to Australia to take on NRL winners Melbourne Storm in the 2018 World Club Challenge – as reported in League Express on Monday. The clash to determine the world’s best rugby league team, will be held on Friday 16 February at AAMI Park at 8pm. It will be only the third time the…

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Sarginson aquitted of assault charge

Former Wigan and England star Dan Sarginson has been cleared of all criminal charges following an incident at Burleigh Heads Hotel, Queensland, in June. The 24-year-old pleaded not guilty to assault occasioning bodily harm following a one-day trial in Southport Magistrates court. The court was shown footage of Sarginson being pushed down a flight of stairs following an altercation including…

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Cronk joins the Roosters

Sydney Roosters have confirmed the signing of Cooper Cronk on a two-year deal. The Australia international has joined the Roosters after bringing an end to his time at Melbourne Storm. Cronk, the 33-year-old, is a two-time Dally M medal winner following an illustrious spell at Storm, where he made 323 first-grade games. “We are delighted to have secured the services…

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Peter Mata’utia joins Leigh Centurions

Leigh Centurions have confirmed the signing of Newcastle Knights centre Peter Mata’utia on a three-year contract until the end of November 2020. The eldest of four brothers to play in the NRL for the Knights, the 26-year-old centre was ever present in 2017 when he made 24 NRL appearances, scoring seven tries. Mata’utia has made the decision to continue his…

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