NSW make 7 changes for State of Origin II
SYDNEY (AP) — New South Wales coach Brad Fittler made seven changes to his lineup for next week's second State of Origin rugby league match against Queensland, dropping star center Latrell...
CHRISTCHURCH, New Zealand (AP) — The back three of Braydon Ennor, Sevu Reece and David Havili shared eight tries as the Crusaders emphatically sealed first place in the Super Rugby league...
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Winger Dane Gagai scored two second-half tries and Queensland overcame an 8-0 halftime deficit to beat New South Wales 18-14 in the rugby league State of Origin series...
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) — A code of conduct hearing to determine the playing future of Wallabies star Israel Folau will continue into a third day at the headquarters of Rugby Australia.
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...
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...
Rugby league in New York? English clubs say yes
SALFORD, England (AP) — New York City could soon have a rugby league team playing in English competitions.
Clubs from the second and third tiers of the English game have given their backing...
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...
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Wallabies fullback Israel Folau has soared to new heights on the list of Super Rugby's best attacking players while simultaneously lifting the New South Wales...
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...
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.
Most of 2021 Rugby League World Cup to be in north England
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The 2021 Rugby League World Cup will be staged almost entirely in its north England stronghold.
Thanks to a grant of 25 million pounds ($33 million) from the government, English Rugby Football League organizers of the World Cup easily met a requirement to play 80 percent of it in the north.
Waratahs sign Karmichael Hunt on 1-year deal
SYDNEY (AP) — The New South Wales Waratahs have thrown former Wallabies fullback Karmichael Hunt a career lifeline by signing him on a one-year Super Rugby contract.
Hunt, who has played six tests for Australia, played no Super Rugby last season after being shunned by Queensland Reds coach Brad Thorn over his second arrest on drug-related matters. Wallabies coach Michael Cheika followed Thorn in declining to select the former rugby league and Australian Rules star.
John Thornett, Hall of Fame Wallabies forward, dies at 83
SYDNEY (AP) — John Thornett, one of the most versatile forwards ever to play for Australia and a member of the World Rugby Hall of Fame, has died. He was 83.
Rugby Australia issued a statement saying Thornett died Friday following a long illness.
He started 37 tests, including 16 as captain, among his 118 matches for the Wallabies in a 13-year international career after making his debut against the New Zealand All Blacks in 1955.
Former soccer play Adams gets leading role in rugby league
LEEDS, England (AP) — Former England soccer captain Tony Adams has been nominated as the next president of the Rugby Football League after becoming involved in the sport through his charity work.
Adams founded Sporting Chance, which provides assistance for athletes who have addictions and mental-health concerns, following his own experiences with alcoholism and drug abuse.
The charity has helped more than 400 rugby league players and Adams has delivered seminars at top clubs like Wigan and Hull.
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."
Jeff Horn beats Anthony Mundine with 1st round KO
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australia's Jeff Horn needed only 96 seconds to knock out veteran compatriot Anthony Mundine on Friday in their non-title catchweight bout at Suncorp Stadium.
Horn was late to the pre-fight weigh-in because of Friday night traffic in Brisbane but made up for lost time with a swift first-round finish.
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.
Makinson treble helps England win rugby league series vs NZ
LIVERPOOL, England (AP) — Winger Tom Makinson put on a show with a hat trick of tries for England to beat New Zealand 20-14 at Anfield on Sunday and wrap up their three-test rugby league series with a game to spare.
England twice came from behind, 6-2 and 14-6, to finally see off the plucky Kiwis, whose fullback and captain Dallin Watene-Zelezniak threatened to win the game on his own.
England overcome Kiwis 18-16 in rugby league
HULL, England (AP) — A 60-meter try by center Oliver Gildart on debut helped England overcome New Zealand 18-16 in the opening match of the three-test rugby league series on Saturday.
England was trailing 16-14 with 14 minutes to go when Gildart, a late call-up for the series, lit up a dour, at-times ferocious match to get the post-Rugby League World Cup era under Wayne Bennett off to a dream start.
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.
King joins Tongan fans in 34-16 defeat to Australia
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — Australia crushed the hopes of a nation — and its watching king — when it beat Tonga 34-16 Saturday in their first rugby league test encounter.
More than 26,000 Tonga fans — expatriate representatives of a Pacific Island nation with a population of only 104,000 — watched the match at Auckland's Mount Smart Stadium. Tongan King George Tupou VI was among the supporters.
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.
War-torn South Sudan launches youth rugby league for peace
JUBA, South Sudan (AP) — Clutching the ball with both hands, Gloria Nene charges past opponents and proudly scores a try. The 11-year-old girl traded in Boro Boro, South Sudan's equivalent of dodgeball, for rugby a few months ago and already has decided she wants to go pro.
"It's good to play. If you're outside doing nothing you might fight with friends and you won't get to know each other," she said.
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.
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.
French team wins rugby league’s Challenge Cup for 1st time
LONDON (AP) — The French anthem rang out around Wembley Stadium after Catalans Dragons became the first non-British winners of rugby league's Challenge Cup on Saturday.
The Perpignan-based team beat Warrington 20-14 in only its second appearance in the final of the knockout competition organized by England's Rugby Football League. Clubs from Wales, Scotland, Canada and France also enter.
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."
Souths shock Storm to go 1st in NRL
SYDNEY (AP) — Souths moved atop Australia's National Rugby League with a 30-20 win over defending champion Melbourne in the weekend's 21st round, then hurried to rein in rising expectations of their title chances.
The Storm, who beat Souths 64-6 in Melbourne last year, came into the match on an eight-match winning streak and as established favorites to retain their premiership title.
Melbourne, Souths move up in National Rugby League
SYDNEY (AP) — Souths and Melbourne set up a top of the table clash next week in Australia's National Rugby League with contrasting wins in the weekend's 20th round.
Melbourne beat Canberra 44-10 to take first place narrowly on points difference from Souths who beat Parramatta 26-20 to join the Storm on 30 championship points.
The Roosters then continued their strong late-season run, beating St. George 36-18 to leap into third place while pushing the Dragons back to fourth.
Dragons bounce back to take 1st place in NRL
SYDNEY (AP) — St. George Illawarra beat North Queensland 24-10 to regain top ranking in Australia's National Rugby League at the end of a disruptive month in which leading players are wearied and distracted by State of Origin duties.
The Dragons' hard-fought win in the 19th round of the regular season lifted them back into first place on points differential, ahead of Souths who suffered their first loss since round eight, going down 22-6 to Wests.