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NRL: Burgess leaves Bunnies with five awards

Sam Burgess

Union-bound Sam Burgess picked up a clean sweep of awards at South Sydney’s end-of-season dinner last night. The 25-year-old, who ended his NRL career in style by winning the Grand Final with a fractured cheekbone, was named fans’ player of the year, players’ player and clubman of the year. He also picked up the George Piggins medal – given to ... Read More »

South Sydney star loses premiership ring

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South Sydney centre Dylan Walker has lost the ring he was given to commemorate the Rabbitohs’ historic NRL Grand Final win, just days after receiving it. The 20-year-old dropped the ring overboard during a cruise in Sydney Harbour yesterday. The club are looking into replacing the item at a cost of $8,000 (£4,300), according to Australian radio station 2GB. “They ... Read More »

Kevin Brown to Cronulla Sharks back on, say reports

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Widnes Vikings playmaker Kevin Brown is set to join NRL side Cronulla Sharks in the coming weeks, according to reports in Australia. The 30-year-old refuted claims he was set to join the south Sydney club last month, but rumours are again circulating that the St Helens-born stand-off is the Sharks’ number one target to replace Todd Carney, who was kicked ... Read More »

Could the RFL follow the NRL’s lead and “break the cap”?

Sam Burgess

Amidst all of the romance and story surrounding Sam Burgess’ incredible farewell to Rugby League last week, there was one particular story which may have evaded your attention. It came via NRL chief executive David Smith, who revealed to Australian media (story here) that he would seriously consider using his “exceptional powers” to use the code’s resources and bring Burgess ... Read More »

St George third Australian club in World Club Series

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The St George Illawarra Dragons have accepted their invitation to participate in the 2015 World Club Series. The European Super League have confirmed that the Dragons will join the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Brisbane Broncos in the series which will be played in the United Kingdom over three days from February 20-22 next year. The tournament will culminate with ... Read More »

NRL could break the cap to get Sam Burgess back

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NRL chief executive has confirmed he would use his “exceptional powers” to bring Sam Burgess back to Rugby League, and try and lure him away from the 15-man code after next year’s World Cup. Burgess arrives back in England next week to take up a deal with Bath but, after Souths boss Michael Maguire said he would fly to the ... Read More »

Jarryd Hayne unlikely to fill in at full-back for Kangaroos

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Dally M player of the year Jarryd Hayne thinks he has lost the battle to start at full-back for Australia in the Four Nations later this month. The Parramatta Eels star, who enjoyed a stand-out year for both club and state, has been competing with Grand Final winner Greg Inglis for the vacant number one shirt left behind by injured ... Read More »

What does James Graham have to do to win a Grand Final?

James Graham

One win from eight grand finals makes for shocking reading. Sure, some Rugby League players have long careers and never make it to the big dance, but James Graham surely must feel like he is a tad cursed. The English prop won his first Grand Final, with Saints over Hull FC in 2006, in just his fourth year of Super ... Read More »

Sam Burgess: “I played on adrenaline” following injury

Sam Burgess

Departing South Sydney Rabbitohs forward Sam Burgess confirmed after the NRL Grand Final that he “played on adrenaline” following a horrific facial injury in the first tackle of the contest. Burgess collided with England teammate James Graham in the opening tackle, suffering a possible fractured cheekbone. Burgess – when talking to Brad Fittler following the game – that he had ... Read More »

South Sydney Rabbitohs win NRL Grand Final

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43 years of hurt have finally been ended for South Sydney Rabbitohs, after they won their first NRL Grand Final since 1971 by defeating Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs 30-6 to ensure Sam Burgess leaves Rugby League as a winner. Burgess suffered a potential fractured cheekbone in the first tackle of the game, but continued to play a role for his side until ... Read More »

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