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...
Farrell says Ireland defense must adapt with no excuses
KOBE, Japan (AP) — Three of the four offside calls against Ireland were apparently wrong.
That hasn't stopped Ireland from making sure the chances of being whistled offside again in the...
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...
Tonga fans out in force for All Blacks test
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Defending champion New Zealand may get a taste of conditions it will encounter at the Rugby World Cup later this month when it plays Tonga in its final warm-up match...
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...
English rugby league player found dead in hotel room
BATLEY, England (AP) — An English rugby league club says one of its players has been found dead in his hotel room the day after a game in France.
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...
State of Origin: New South Wales 26, Queensland 20
SYDNEY (AP) — Fullback James Tedesco's second try of the match with 30 seconds remaining gave New South Wales a 26-20 win over Queensland in the third and deciding State of Origin rugby league...
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...
NSW unchanged for State of Origin decider
SYDNEY (AP) — New South Wales coach Brad Fittler has kept faith in a winning team, ignoring injuries and possible suspensions to name an unchanged 17 for the deciding third State of Origin rugby...
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...
PERTH, Australia (AP) — New South Wales dominated Queensland throughout the match for a 38-6 win to even the best-of-three State of Origin rugby league series on Sunday.
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...
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...
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...
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...
Folau’s aerial antics lift Waratahs to win over Crusaders
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.