6 newcomers in Kangaroos squad to play NZ, Tonga
SYDNEY (AP) — Coach Mal Meninga has selected six uncapped players in his 19-man Australia squad for rugby league test matches against New Zealand and Tonga.
Roosters successfully defend National Rugby League title
SYDNEY (AP) — The Sydney Roosters became the first team to successfully defend its National Rugby League title in nearly 30 years after claiming a controversial 14-8 grand final win over the...
Patchell’s tackle praised by Wales, criticized by Wallabies
TOKYO (AP) — One tackle brought him into the contest.
Another tackle brought him contempt.
Rhys Patchell had a special day at the Rugby World Cup.
Canberra, Sydney Roosters qualify for NRL grand final
SYDNEY (AP) — James Tedesco scored a late try to seal the Sydney Roosters' 14-6 win Saturday over the Melbourne Storm, advancing the defending champion Roosters to the National Rugby League grand...
Banned rugby star Israel Folau plans to play for Tonga
SYDNEY (AP) — Banned rugby star Israel Folau is planning on making a return to international rugby league with Tonga.
Rugby Australia terminated Folau's five-year contract in May after...
The Latest: Japan beats Russia 30-10 in World Cup opener
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the opening day of the Rugby World Cup in Japan (all times local):
Winger Kotaro Matsushima became the first Japan player to score a hat trick of...
The Latest: Morath aiming for Tonga record against England
TOKYO (AP) — The Latest on the opening day of the Rugby World Cup in Japan (all times local):
Tonga head coach Toutai Kefu has included seven British-based players including...
A-League appoints female referee for next soccer season
SYDNEY (AP) — A third male football code in Australia will have a female referee next season.
Kate Jacewicz, an eight-time referee of the year in the women's soccer W-League, has been added...
Daniel Jones throws TD in only series, Giants beat Jets
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. (AP) — Daniel Jones wowed the New York Giants in his short debut. It's seemingly only a matter of time before people call for the kid to replace two-time Super Bowl MVP Eli...
Aussie rugby league star Holmes tackling NFL dream with Jets
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) — Valentine Holmes was as massive a star in Australia as he could have ever imagined.
The standout winger and fullback for the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks of the...
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Belinda Sharpe will become the first female referee in the 111-year history of professional rugby league in Australia when she officiates in an NRL match on...
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The National Rugby League's Canberra Raiders have signed Super League five-eighth George Williams to a three-year contract beginning in 2020.
George Burgess suspended 9 games for eye gouging
SYDNEY (AP) — England international and South Sydney prop George Burgess will miss the rest of the National Rugby League regular season after being suspended for nine games for eye...
SYDNEY (AP) — A study released Thursday shows that a disease linked to repeated concussions in North American sport has been found in the brains of two former Australian rugby league...
Huawei continues sport sponsorship deal in Australia
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Huawei renewed its sponsorship deal with an Australian rugby league team for another two years and said Thursday it hopes the country will lift its ban on the Chinese...
NEWCASTLE, Australia (AP) — Rugby league star Jarryd Hayne has faced court after police laid a second charge in relation to the alleged aggravated sexual assault of a woman in September last...
SYDNEY (AP) — England captain Sam Burgess has been handed the same role at his South Sydney team in the National Rugby League.
Souths coach Wayne Bennett, who also coaches the England...
Rugby league great Greg Inglis begins 2nd career as coach
A day after retiring from a storied career in rugby league on the field, Greg Inglis started one Tuesday on the sidelines as an assistant coach.
Cameron Smith sets National Rugby League points record
SYDNEY (AP) — Melbourne Storm captain Cameron Smith has become the all-time highest point-scorer in the National Rugby League.
Smith's penalty goal in the 49th minute against North...
Hollywood star Russell Crowe, coach Bennett team up in NRL
This combination might well turn out to be legendary. It doesn't get much better in this sport than an Oscar-winning Hollywood actor and a veteran, high-profile coach teaming up in Australia's...
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — More than 10,000 people attended a National Rugby League match between Manly and the New Zealand Warriors on Saturday in the first major sports event which...
SYDNEY (AP) — Canberra prevented an opponent from scoring a point for the first time in six years by beating the Gold Coast Titans 21-0 Sunday in the opening round of Australia's National Rugby...
Christchurch team cancels Super Rugby match after shootings
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The Super Rugby match between the Christchurch-based Crusaders and Dunedin-based Highlanders on Saturday has been canceled as a mark of respect to victims of the...
Some good news in Aussie rugby: women leading the way
Led by girls and young women, the ruck-and-maul and rougher-than-rough sport of rugby union is looking to regain its relevance in Australia.
The Wallabies lost nine of their 13 test matches...
Rugby league player facing sexual assault charges suspended
SYDNEY (AP) — The National Rugby League has instituted a new policy to deal with players charged with criminal offenses, and St. George Illawarra forward Jack de Belin was immediately suspended...
Israel Folau signs new 4-year deal with Rugby Australia
SYDNEY (AP) — Fullback Israel Folau has extended his Wallabies and New South Wales Waratahs contract with a deal that will keep him in rugby union in Australia until 2022.
Having switched to union from rugby league in 2013, Folau already has the fourth-most tries in Wallabies test history with a scoring rate of just over one try in every two test games he has played.
NRL bans Barba, police investigate domestic violence case
SYDNEY (AP) — Ben Barba has been deregistered by the National Rugby League in what is likely to be a life ban as Australian police investigate allegations of domestic violence involving the star fullback.
National Rugby League chief executive Todd Greenberg on Tuesday said he couldn't see a way back for the 29-year-old Barba after the sport's integrity unit had reviewed security camera footage of an incident at a Townsville casino on Jan. 26.
Australian rugby league team proud of Huawei sponsorship
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — An Australian rugby league team wants to continue Huawei's longest-ever sports sponsorship despite the Chinese communication giant's ban from Australia's 5G networks and legal wrangle with the United States.
Huawei has been the major sponsor of the Canberra Raiders, the national capital's only team in the National Rugby League, since 2012, and will consider this year extending its first sponsorship contract with a sports team anywhere in the world.
National Rugby League star Hayne to plead innocent to charge
SYDNEY (AP) — A lawyer for Jarryd Hayne has told a court the National Rugby League star intends to plead innocent to a charge of sexual assault.
The 30-year-old former rugby league international appeared Monday in Burwood Local Court and had his case adjourned to Feb. 13 in Newcastle Local Court, north of Sydney. Hayne's bail was extended.
His lawyer, Richard Pontello, was quoted by the Australian Associated Press as saying Hayne "maintains his innocence. A plea of not guilty will be entered."
National Rugby League star Hayne charged with sexual assault
SYDNEY (AP) — National Rugby League star Jarryd Hayne has been charged with sexual assault and will appear in a Sydney court next month.
The 30-year-old Hayne went to a Sydney police station with his manager on Monday and was later charged over the alleged sexual assault of a 26-year-old woman on Sept. 30, the night of the NRL final between Sydney Roosters and Melbourne Storm.
A-League to ask for stadium, TV broadcasts of VAR
ADELAIDE, Australia (AP) — The head of Australia's A-League is hoping international soccer authorities will allow video-assisted referee (VAR) decisions to be shown on television broadcasts and on stadium video boards so that the often contentious calls don't seem like a "silent movie."
Greg O'Rourke says the A-League is working with Germany's Bundesliga and Major League Soccer in the U.S. to push for communication of the VAR process in stadiums.
Des Hasler returns to Brookvale as Manly coach
SYDNEY (AP) — Des Hasler has signed a three-year contract to return as head coach to Manly, where won two National Rugby League premierships as coach and two top-flight premierships as a player.
Hasler had an acrimonious exit from Manly after guiding the club to the 2011 NRL title before moving to Canterbury. He was the Bulldogs' head coach for six seasons but despite guiding the team to two grand finals, was unable to deliver an NRL title.
Kiwis beat Kangaroos 26-24 in rugby league upset
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — New Zealand rallied then held out a late Kangaroos comeback to beat Australia 26-24 in a rugby league upset on Saturday.
Joseph Manu and Brandon Smith scored tries on debut, and Esan Masters, who scored on debut in New Zealand's previous test against England, also touched down during a second half in which the Kiwis outscored the Kangaroos 18-12 after trailing 12-8 at halftime.
New captain Inglis suspended after DUI charge
SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's new rugby league captain Greg Inglis was suspended on Tuesday for this month's two-test tour of New Zealand after being charged with mid-range drink driving just hours after his appointment.
Inglis had said in a press conference he hoped to keep his place in the Kangaroos team to take on the Kiwis and Tonga, but soon afterward he was suspended by National Rugby League CEO Todd Greenberg and Australia coach Mal Meninga.
Sydney Roosters win NRL grand final 21-6 over Melbourne
SYDNEY (AP) — Inspired by the injured Cooper Cronk, the Sydney Roosters led 18-0 at halftime and went on to beat the Melbourne Storm 21-6 in the National Rugby League grand final on Sunday.
Luke Keary and James Tedesco set up all three Roosters' tries. Up 18-6 with 11 minutes to go, Keary sealed the win with a 20-meter field goal, while Latrell Mitchell added a late penalty.
NRL grand final: Slater OK, Cronk doubtful for decider
The Sydney Roosters and Melbourne Storm started grand final week uncertain if two of their best players would be available for Sunday's National Rugby League championship match at Sydney's Olympic stadium.
The defending champion Storm received good news when fullback Billy Slater, who will retire after the grand final, was cleared by the league judiciary of a shoulder charge, allowing him to play in the decider.
Sydney Roosters, Melbourne Storm to meet in NRL grand final
SYDNEY (AP) — The Sydney Roosters beat South Sydney 12-4 to advance to their second National Rugby League grand final in five years.
The Roosters will play the Melbourne Storm, who kept alive their chance of repeating as league champions with a 22-6 win over Cronulla on Friday.
Veteran Billy Slater, who scored two first-half tries for the Storm, might not be available for the grand final after he was charged Saturday with an illegal shoulder hit on Cronulla's Sosaia Feki.
South Sydney advances to National Rugby League semifinals
SYDNEY (AP) — South Sydney halfback Adam Reynolds kicked three field goals in the last 10 minutes, including one in the final minute, to send the Rabbitohs to the National Rugby League semifinals with a 13-12 win over St. George Illawarra on Saturday.
Souths will play the Sydney Roosters next weekend with a chance to advance to the NRL's grand final on Sept. 30 at the Olympic stadium in Sydney.
Sharks thwart Penrith comeback attempt, advance to NRL semis
SYDNEY (AP) — The Cronulla Sharks led 18-2 at halftime then withstood a second-half comeback attempt by Penrith to edge the Panthers 21-20 and advance to the National Rugby League semifinals on Friday.
The Sharks will play the Melbourne Storm next Friday, with the winner advancing to the NRL championship match.
Cronulla needed a field goal from halfback Chad Townsend with five minutes remaining to break a 20-20 deadlock.
Defending champion Melbourne closing in on NRL final
SYDNEY (AP) — A Cameron Munster dropped goal four minutes from fulltime lifted defending champion Melbourne to a 29-28 win over Souths and within a match of the grand final of Australia's National Rugby League.
With the game in the balance, Munster launched an ugly dropped goal that wobbled over the crossbar but was enough to give Melbourne a win that sends them straight to the preliminary final in two weeks' time.
Too big for rugby, Eagles tackle Mailata is ready for NFL
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — He can laugh about it now, the concept of being "too big" that led him on this extraordinary journey to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Jordan Mailata has made the cut for the Super Bowl champions' 53-man roster less than a year after first putting on a helmet and is ready to start his rookie season.
Sam Burgess to stay in Australia’s NRL until 2023
SYDNEY (AP) — England star Sam Burgess will end his rugby league career in Australia in 2023 after signing a four-year contract extension with South Sydney in the National Rugby League.
Burgess had been contracted to the Rabbitohs until the end of 2019 but boosted the club's spirits ahead of this season's playoffs by agreeing to stay for four more years. He said the deal, announced Wednesday, would be the last of his career and he will retire at its conclusion.
Roosters win NRL minor premiership
SYDNEY (AP) — The Sydney Roosters have won the minor premiership in Australia's National Rugby League, clinching first place with a 44-10 win over Parramatta on Saturday
Parramatta was consigned to last.
The Roosters came into the match needing to win by 27 points to edge defending champion Melbourne on points differential. Melbourne's hopes of winning the minor premiership for the second straight season were dashed when it was beaten by Penrith 22-16.
Rugby Australia gives Cheika full support as Wallabies coach
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Rugby Australia has relieved some pressure on embattled Wallabies coach Michael Cheika, saying he has the full support of the board and will serve the full term of his contract.
At the same time, though, RA chief executive Raelene Castle says the governing body "can't just ignore" the poor performance of the Wallabies in Bledisloe Cup tests against New Zealand over the past two weekends.
Melbourne on top again in rapidly changing NRL
SYDNEY (AP) — Defending champion Melbourne rallied from 8-0 down at halftime to beat Gold Coast 10-8 and to reclaim outright first place in Australia's National Rugby league after the weekend's penultimate regular season round.
Champion fullback Billy Slater ran for a career-high 289 minutes in his last NRL game in Queensland as Melbourne overcame a sloppy first half to move two points clear atop the table, closing on another minor premiership.
Melbourne on top of NRL as Roosters falter
SYDNEY (AP) — Canberra has dented the Sydney Roosters' hopes of winning the minor premiership in Australia's National Rugby League by holding on for a 14-12 win in an influential match on Sunday.
A win would have lifted the Roosters a match clear atop the premiership ladder after 23 of 25 regular season rounds, putting them in a strong position to claim first place ahead of the playoffs.
Roosters go top in NRL as Cronulla upsets Melbourne
SYDNEY (AP) — The Sydney Roosters hauled themselves onto the top rung of a constantly shifting ladder in Australia's National Rugby League with a hard-fought 18-14 win over previous leaders Souths in the weekend's 22nd round. Reigning premiers Melbourne had the chance to regain first place in the last match of the round on Sunday but, after losing to Souths in round 21, faltered again and went down 17-14 to Cronulla who climbed back into sixth
Star Australian fullback Billy Slater to retire
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Queensland and Australia fullback Billy Slater has confirmed he will retire from rugby league at the end of the NRL season.
The 35-year-old Slater played 30 tests for Australia, 31 State of Origin matches for Queensland — including eight series wins — and won two NRL premierships with the Melbourne Storm during a 16-year professional career.
He was the NRL Player of the Year in 2011 and twice won the Clive Churchill Medal as player of the match in the NRL grand final.
SYDNEY (AP) — Anthony Griffin has been stood down as Penrith Panthers head coach just four weeks out from the National Rugby League finals series.
Panthers chief executive Brian Fletcher released a statement Monday saying "the club and Anthony have agreed to part ways, effective immediately."