Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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NRL

Shayne Hayne calls time on 14-year career

Shayne-Hayne-James-Graham

NRL referee Shayne hayne has announced his retirement from officiating professional Rugby League matches following 14 years and over 320 matches in charge. The 47-year-old, who will become a mentor to the game’s emerging whistleblowers, went out on a high in the 2014 NRL Grand Final. In total, the Australian has refereed four Grand Finals, 14 State of Origin matches, ... Read More »

Hodgson “embarrassed” and “angry” following door smash

Josh-Hodgson

England and Canberra hooker Josh Hodgson says he is “embarrassed” and “angry” at his own “stupidity” after he was caught on video charging through a student dormitory door in New Zealand following England’s Four Nations exit on Saturday. The former Hull KR star gave the NRL and his new club a bad first impression when the footage emerged of him, ... Read More »

Ben Barba joins Cronulla on three-year deal

Ben Barba

Elusive Australian full-back Ben Barba has quit Brisbane Broncos and signed a three-year deal with Cronulla Sharks believed to be worth $800,000 (£440,000) per year. The 25-year-old former Dally M medal winner left the Queensland club as part of new coach Wayne Bennett’s restructuring. He was also pursued by Parramatta Eels and North Queensland Cowboys but the extra money Cronulla ... Read More »

Paul Gallen fine reduced by NRL

Paul Gallen

The NRL has suspended $15,000 of the $50,000 fine slapped on Cronulla Sharks captain Paul Gallen for his recent abusive social media outburst. The Australia and New South Wales star, who is currently serving a ban for being involved in a banned supplements programme with his club, insulted an NRL official following news Cronulla chairman Steve Noyce was to be ... Read More »

Greg Eden admits Brisbane training is “tough”

Greg-Eden

Former Hull KR and Castleford full-back Greg Eden admits he is struggling to get to grips with the intense Brisbane heat, as he begins pre-season training as an NRL player for the first time. Eden has signed for the Broncos for the 2015 season after opting to leave Super League to try his arm in the NRL, and began training ... Read More »

State of Origin revenue to break $100 million

Greg Bird on NSW duty

  The impact of State of Origin on Australian – and worldwide – sport is set to grow even more next year, after it was revealed that the revenue the 2015 series creates will break through the $100 million barrier for the first time in history. Australia media are reporting that with three sell-outs in three entirely different states, Origin ... Read More »

Masoe may return to NRL in 2016

St Helens claimed top spot after a pulsating regular season.

St Helens prop Mose Masoe admits he may return to the NRL in 2016 after his contract with the club comes to an end, but again insisted he is not going to walk away from his current deal with the Saints any earlier than planned. Masoe signed a two-year contract with the club following last year’s World Cup, with the ... Read More »

Former Bronco Drinkwater signs with NRL side

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Former London Broncos half-back Josh Drinkwater has secured a deal back in his native Australia, after signing for NRL side Wests Tigers on a two-year contract. Drinkwater only arrived in London for the beginning of the 2014 season after signing from St George, but left the capital following the Broncos’ relegation to the Championship. However, he has now managed to ... Read More »

Cronulla coach Flanagan cleared to return to club

Shane Flanagan

One of the longest-running sagas in recent Rugby League history has been brought to an end, after it was today confirmed that Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan has been cleared to return to the club in time for pre-season training on Monday. Flanagan was stood down by the NRL in December last year, in relation to the Sharks’ controversial 2011 ... Read More »

Sharks won’t help Gallen fight $50,000 fine

Paul Gallen

Cronulla forward Paul Gallen has suffered a blow in his bid to overturn a $50,000 fine for an abusive tweet after the Sharks announced they wouldn’t be supporting or financing his appeal. The Australia and New South Wales star lashed out on social media following the exit of Cronulla chief executive Steve Noyce. He wrote: “Steve Noice (sic) actually cared ... Read More »