Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Rugby League News


Origin and Nines break records


This week’s State of Origin match at ANZ Stadium has registered the highest TV ratings for any Origin match in the history of Rugby League. And it is the highest rating television show so far this year – eclipsing Origin I, which was the previous top rating show of 2014. A total of 4.193 million viewers watched the NSW Blues ... Read More »

Origin: Cherry-Evans favourite to start for Maroons


Injured Queensland half-back Daly Cherry-Evans looks set to return for the Maroons in tomorrow’s State of Origin test after he was pictured running without pain in a training session earlier today. The Manly Sea Eagles star, 25, was a serious doubt with a knee problem and it looked as though Mal Meninga would have to field third-choice Ben Hunt, with ... Read More »

Thurston: Origin scheduling “borderline ridiculous”


Reigning Golden Boot winner Johnathan Thurston is calling for the NRL to factor State of Origin into their scheduling, which he labelled as “borderline ridiculous”. Origin stars pride themselves on ‘backing up’ – playing for their club team the week after an interstate test, but Thurston doesn’t think they should have to, especially when the intensity of the first match ... Read More »

Bennett wants three Origin games in four weeks


Former Australia coach Wayne Bennett wants next year’s State of Origin series to be played over four weeks and hopes it will prevent the inevitable injuries that come from players ‘backing up’ for their clubs just days after intense interstate action. Johnathan Thurston spoke today of the “borderline ridiculous” scheduling that is pushing players to their limits. Bennett claims he ... Read More »

Origin: Thurston unconfident in rookie half-back partner


Queensland stand-off Johnathan Thurston has described the prospect of rookie Ben Hunt filling in at scrum-half for the injured Cooper Cronk and Daly Cherry-Evans as “not ideal”. First-choice number seven Cronk (broken arm) is unlikely to play another part in this Origin series while understudy Cherry-Evans (knee) has a chance of making the second test but admitted he wasn’t confident ... Read More »

Blake Green agrees Melbourne Storm switch


Outgoing Wigan Warriors stand-off Blake Green has announced he is to join 2012 NRL Premiers Melbourne Storm at the end of the season. The 27-year-old revealed in an honest interview with League Express recently that a move back to Australia was always his plan, and he has penned a two-year deal with the Storm to play alongside the likes of ... Read More »

Blues bring in Dugan and Hopoate for Origin II


New South Wales have called-up Josh Dugan and Will Hopoate to replace the injured Morris twins for the second State of Origin match on June 18. Winger Brett fractured and dislocated his shoulder in the act of scoring a crucial try, while centre Josh ruptured his posterior cruciate ligament. Brett finished the match despite the pain and Josh carried on, ... Read More »

Maroons name large squad for Origin II


Queensland have named a 22-man squad for the second State of Origin test as several of their biggest names battle to regain fitness. Coach Mal Meninga is giving Greg Inglis (ankle), Billy Slater (shoulder) and Daly Cherry-Evans (knee) as much time as possible to prove their fitness but has drafted in Anthony Milford, Will Chambers, Willie Tonga, Ben Hunt and ... Read More »

Beau Ryan forced into NRL retirement


Cronulla Sharks winger Beau Ryan has announced his immediate retirement from Rugby League, citing a serious neck injury. The 29-year-old is one of the NRL’s most recognisable faces thanks to his involvement with ‘The Footy Show’, which airs on Australia’s Nine Network and Premier Sports in the UK. On the programme, Ryan has his own segment called ‘Beau Knows’ in ... Read More »

Opinion: Origin must change to let internationals thrive


This article originally appeared in issue 398 of Rugby League World magazine. Issue 399 is currently in production and will be on sale from June 6. Click here to find out more about the magazine and to browse back issues click this link… Undoubtedly the most frustrating Rugby League story over the last month was the news that Samoan fullback ... Read More »