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Melbourne Storm are a dynastic NRL club but Cronulla have no fear | Matt Cleary

The weekend’s game between these two heavyweights may well be a grand final previewThe 1992-93 Brisbane Broncos were the last first grade side to win back-to-back premierships. Allan Langer, Glenn Lazarus and Steve Renouf were among the best of their k…

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Toronto Wolfpack begin Qualifiers with hard-fought win against Halifax

Halifax 0-14 Toronto WolfpackInjuries to Russell and Kay a concern for TorontoToronto Wolfpack began their Qualifiers campaign with a hard-earned win against Halifax, though it came at a cost after they were pushed all the way by their part-time opposi…

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Toronto Wolfpack ready to sink their teeth into chance to create history

Rugby league’s transatlantic trailblazers begin their bid for a place in the Super League against Halifax on SundayAfter 18 relatively trouble-free months the biggest challenge in Toronto Wolfpack’s short history begins this weekend. Rugby league’s tra…

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Sportwatch: Wins for Eels, Manly, Penrith, Hawthorn, West Coast and Richmond – live!

Updates from around Australia on a busy day of sportAny thoughts? Feel free to email Pádraig 12.54pm BST There have been three goals in the first 18 minutes of the 2018-19 Premier League season. The live blog for Newcastle v Spurs is up now. Related: N…

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Wigan treat watching Shaun Edwards to thrilling Super 8s win over Castleford

• Wigan 24-22 Castleford• Wigan remain in pole position to claim home semi-finalWigan, with their coaching team for next year and beyond watching on, took a significant step towards a home semi-final in the Super League play-offs by beating third-place…

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Shaun Edwards admits rugby league return with Wigan represents risk

• Club legend will take over as Warriors head coach in 2020• Championship side London beat Widnes in QualifiersShaun Edwards admits he is taking a risk by returning to rugby league in 2020 but insists the opportunity to return to Wigan as their head co…

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Shaun Edwards to make league return as Wigan Warriors head coach in 2020

• Wales coach will replace Shaun Wane after 2019 World Cup• Adrian Lam to lead Warriors on interim basis next seasonShaun Edwards will return to rugby league in 2020 as the Wigan head coach after fulfilling his commitments with Wales rugby union side f…

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Panthers have ‘preferred’ candidate lined up to replace Anthony Griffin

Coach sacked just four weeks from NRL finalsA dozen applicants interested in roleHead coaches of rival NRL clubs are among a dozen applicants to put their hand up for the vacant Penrith job after the Panthers’ shock sacking of Anthony Griffin.Penrith b…

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Future of NRL refereeing at stake as Matt Cecchin set to depart

With his revelation of death threats, fans may finally change the way they relate to officialsAt the peak of David Beckham mania in the 2002 Fifa World Cup, when sales of “Becks’ haircuts” were at an all-time high, ten-year-old Tom Sylvester decided to…

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Catalans Dragons shock St Helens to set up Challenge Cup final with Warrington

• Catalans Dragons 35-16 St Helens• Warrington beat Leeds 48-12 in other semi-finalThe Wembley spotlight will belong to Catalans Dragons and Warrington in three weeks’ time but on this groundbreaking afternoon for the Challenge Cup semi-finals there is…

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Penrith in stunning NRL comeback as Manly steal golden-point win

Penrith Panthers 40-31 Canberra RaidersManly Sea Eagles 33-32 Cronulla SharksPenrith have produced their second remarkable NRL comeback in as many weeks to outscore Canberra 40-31 in a Panthers Stadium try-fest. The Panthers were 14 points down at half…

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Challenge Cup’s overdue day in the Bolton sun is a chance to shine

Sunday’s showcasing of the St Helens v Catalans and Warrington v Leeds semi-finals on the BBC is just what rugby league’s most prestigious competition needsFor many rugby league followers, Sunday’s Challenge Cup semi-finals provide the sport’s most pre…

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Sportwatch: Showdown 45, Super Rugby final, Netball and more!

Port Adelaide and Adelaide lock horns in Showdown 45Super Netball regulation season finishes with top of table clash 12.54pm BST We’ve got late, late drama here! There’s been another goal – and it’s a man who appeared to be lying prone on the floor. Ho…

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Rabbitohs play down Gould’s talk of premiership after leapfrogging Storm

South Sydney secure 30-20 win over Melbourne to take top spot on ladderEven before South Sydney stormed away with a statement win over defending premiers Melbourne, they were declared NRL title contenders.And it was by none other than premiership-winni…

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Referees reach tipping point after revelations about death threats | Matt Cleary

The abuse NRL official Matt Cecchin endured sheds light on a dangerous state of affairsThere are few jobs in the world in which grown men will scream obscenities in your face. Few work places feature missiles being hurled at you as you leave it. Few jo…

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St Helens’ James Roby: ‘I’ll be in the pub watching these lads still playing’

The 32-year-old is one of only two survivors from the 2008 Challenge Cup victory and is targeting an overdue Wembley return as captain of a youthful, resurgent side“I’ve probably got enough experience for the entire squad on my own,” says the St Helens…

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