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# Rugby League

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2022
# Rugby League
'They're Irish. They're willing to spill blood for their country'
Ireland kick off their Rugby League World Cup campaign against Jamaica tomorrow.
# Sea Eagles
Seven Australian rugby league players boycott Pride jersey
The Sydney-based Sea Eagles will don the rainbow-themed uniforms for a crucial match against the Sydney Roosters on Thursday.
# Up In Smoke
Australian NRL team sack player for half-time vaping video
Former Gold Coast Titans captain Kevin Proctor is believed to have shot the video inside a toilet cubicle at Western Sydney Stadium.
# Transfers
Racing announce major signing of Woki and a Welsh rugby league convert
Regan Grace attracted interest from a number of English and Welsh clubs.
# Looking Back
Arrested rugby star Ferguson details Japan prison nightmare
The player was arrested over an alleged assault and possession of illegal drugs in Tokyo last month.
# blake ferguson
Australian rugby star fired by Japanese club after drugs arrest
Blake Ferguson had been scheduled to make his rugby union debut in Japan this weekend.
All time
# Head Injuries
Group of ex-rugby league players sue over brain damage caused by concussions
Bobbie Goulding, Paul Highton and Jason Roach are among ten former professionals involved in the legal action against the Rugby Football League.
# Due north
Australia and New Zealand pull out of Rugby League World Cup in England due to Covid concerns
The tournament is due to get underway in October.
# Lending a hand
Eddie Jones links up with Super League outfit Hull FC for two-day coaching role
The England head coach is taking an active role in training ahead of Monday’s clash with Catalans Dragons.
# transition
Gavin Henson will be a target in rugby league, says former coach
The ex-Wales international is coming out of retirement to play for third-tier part-timers West Wales Raiders.
# the old country
Michael Cheika appointed Lebanon head coach for Rugby League World Cup
The Cedars will face Ireland in Group C at next year’s tournament, which will be hosted by England.
# State of Origin
52,000 in attendance as Queensland regain State of Origin title
Origin final played in front of the largest sporting crowd in the world during the global pandemic.
# quite a coup
Ex-All Blacks coach Hansen links up with struggling Australian rugby league side
The World Cup-winning Kiwi will work as a high-performance consultant at the Canterbury Bulldogs.
# Rugby League
Sonny Bill Williams set for shock Sydney return
The 34-year-old switched codes to sign a lucrative two-year deal with Toronto Wolfpack late last year.
# New Deal
'Respectful' Folau rewarded with contract extension by Catalan Dragons
The 31-year-old was sacked by Rugby Australia in May 2019 over a homophobic social media post.
# Changes
Rugby could work as a summer sport, according to RFU chief
Sweeney did not rule out next year’s Lions tour of South Africa being rescheduled.
# behind closed doors
Australian rugby league makes return with virtual crowd noise
The Eels made it three wins from three in 2020 as the season got going again.
# inevitable
'We're ready for the worst' - Fears over future of cash-strapped NRL as season is suspended
Australia’s National Rugby League has been postponed two rounds into the new campaign.
# issue
Super League investigating rainbow flag claim after controversial Folau makes debut
The player scored an early try on his first rugby league outing since 2010.
# israel folau
Super League clubs vote for power to block controversial signings following Folau move
Australian’s move to the Catalans Dragons has caused controversy in rugby league.
# found work
'This has never been discussed' - Doubts cast over Folau's rugby league return with Tonga
The Aussie was sacked by Rugby Australia in May for expressing homophobic views.
# issue
Rugby League player injured by pre-game firework
Joseph Leilua was unable to start the NRL Finals showdown at AAMI Park due to damage done by pre-game pyrotechnics.
# Study
Brain disease found in two Australian rugby league players
They said the unnamed subjects were both middle-aged former professionals.
# u-turn
Gatland's assistant Edwards pulls out of Wigan Warriors head coach role
‘This is not about money, this is about Wigan Warriors getting the best man for the job which, at the moment, I feel is not me.’
# New Challenge
Former NRL star Holmes the latest to cross codes and signs deal with NY Jets
Australian Valentine Holmes, 23, follows former rugby union player Christian Wade to the States.
# Rugby League
Wasps reveal Edwards talks amid confusion over Wales coach's future
Shaun Edwards had been expected to join Wigan Warriors as head coach for the 2020 Super League season.
# NRL
Australia rugby league player charged over sex tape scandal
Penrith’s Tyrone May was charged by police today.
# exit door
'Where we see violence against women we'll act in the strongest terms' - NRL star kicked out of the sport
Ben Barba was sacked by his club and has now been deregistered by the NRL.
# Rugby League
Ex-Arsenal and England captain Tony Adams to become new president of Rugby Football League
Adams has become closely linked to the game’s welfare programmes through the Sporting Chance charity he founded in 2000.
# code hopper
'Keith Earls would've been a massive inspiration coming from a similar area to me'
Ballynanty man Ed O’Keeffe has switched from rugby union to league.
# booing out
Storm captain: Retiring rugby league legend Slater 'deserved more respect' than boos in final game
Billy Slater was booed by fans in his final match at the NRL Grand Final, which left Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith disappointed.
# Rugby League
Catalans stun Wembley to become first non-English side to win Challenge Cup
The French side made history on Saturday.
# sbw
Sonny Bill Williams ends speculation over NRL return, and targets 2019 World Cup
‘I can’t believe these kinds of rumours still float around.’
# Rugby League
Wakefield prop gets 20-month ban over positive test for cocaine
UKAD have back-dated the ban, leaving Adam Walker suspended until March.
# John Hopoate
'Most suspended player' in Australian rugby league handed 10-year ban until 2028
John Hopoate, 44, has previously served a total of 45 weeks of suspensions in his NRL career.
# Minister Of Defence
Long-term Gatland assistant Edwards will return to rugby league after World Cup
Wigan Warriors have announced that Edwards will take up a head coach role from 2020.
# Banned
Rugby league star banned for 14 months over cocaine use
Zak Hardaker was sacked by Castleford in February.
# Ouch!
Aussie rugby player has middle finger amputated in bid to solve recurring injury problem
Angus Crichton has gone to desperate lengths to be ready for the start of the 2018 NRL season.
# aussie aussie aussie
Kangaroos edge out England to retain Rugby League World Cup
It was the lowest scoring final in the tournament’s history.
# suspended
Super League's Kiwi star Rangi Chase hit with two-year ban for cocaine use
The half-back failed a drugs test following Widnes Vikings’ Super League loss to Wakefield Trinity in July.