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Welsh rugby league has a remarkable past – and a promising future

The BBC’s documentary about Welsh rugby players swapping union for league was fantastic. But the country’s relationship with the 13-man game is far from overBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredIt is not often a documentary about rugby league gets m…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/no-helmets-required/2018/mar/16/wales-rugby-league-union-codebreakers

‘Wouldn’t have a bloody clue’: ARL chief trips over Cronulla Sharks team name – video

Peter Beattie, the new ARL Commission chairman, admits during a TV interview he does not know the name of Cronulla’s NRL team. The self-described lifelong rugby league fan was asked on Monday by Phil Gould if the team’s name was the Hawks, Eagles …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/video/2018/mar/13/wouldnt-have-a-bloody-clue-arl-chief-trips-over-cronulla-sharks-team-name-video

Peter Beattie: new rugby league chief fails to remember Cronulla Sharks’ name

ARL Commission chairman trips up in interviewSelf-proclaimed lifelong NRL fan blames nervesRugby league fans have panned new ARL Commission chairman Peter Beattie after the former Queensland premier and self-described lifelong rugby league fan could no…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/mar/13/peter-beattie-new-rugby-league-chief-fails-to-remember-sharks-name

NRL: Blake Green brings calm rugby league to free up Warriors’ stars

Johnson ran the Rabbitohs ragged thanks to Green doing the ‘boring’ things wellBen Hunt will be great for the Dragons, Cooper Cronk the same for the Roosters, and Mitchell Pearce has given Newcastle Knights fans reason to believe. New five-eighth Josh …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/mar/12/nrl-blake-green-brings-calm-rugby-league-to-free-up-warriors-stars

NRL: Panthers overturn three-try Eels lead to steal victory

Panthers defeat Parramatta Eels 24-14 at Penrith StadiumNathan Cleary scores six goals from six attemptsPenrith have roared back from 14 points down to steal a courageous ten-point win over arch rivals Parramatta in their NRL season-opener. The Pa…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/mar/11/nrl-panthers-overturn-three-try-eels-lead-to-steal-victory

‘Without a doubt’ case for Perth NRL expansion, says Bellamy

38,824 attended Warriors v South Sydney at Optus StadiumStorm captain Smith rated surface as ‘great’Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy says Perth has made a compelling case to be the site of an NRL expansion team after the roaring success of the season-open…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/mar/11/without-a-doubt-case-for-perth-nrl-expansion-says-bellamy

NRL: Late try and conversion sees Wests Tigers beat Sydney Roosters

West Tigers 10-8 Sydney Roosters at ANZ Stadium in SydneyLate comeback by the Tigers gets the points 7.43am GMT The late breaking news before the game was new Tigers recruit Josh Reynolds was out due to a torn hamstring he suffered at training on Frida…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2018/mar/10/nrl-wests-tigers-v-sydney-roosters-live

Matthew Lodge jeered on NRL return as Broncos fall to Dragons

Returning player has mixed night at Jubilee OvalBrisbane lose 34-12 to St George Illawarra Matthew Lodge’s drama-filled return to the NRL was the best thing that could happen to him, according to Brisbane coach Wayne Bennett. Lodge endured an up-and-do…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/mar/09/matthew-lodge-jeered-on-nrl-return-as-broncos-fall-to-dragons

Jarryd Hayne denies US rape allegation, saying woman ‘consented to all actions’

NRL player says ‘willing’ woman followed him out of a bar and used his phone to order an Uber in 2015 NRL player Jarryd Hayne has formally denied raping a woman in the United States in 2015, saying she “consented to all actions that took place”.In a ci…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/mar/08/jarryd-hayne-denies-us-allegation-saying-woman-consented-to-all-actions

Matthew Lodge says he was ‘reckless’ with prescription drugs at time of attack

Returning NRL player gives first insight into 2015 arrestSays he has no recollection of ‘brutal night’ in New YorkMatt Lodge says tests after his arrest in New York showed he had mixed a “lethal dose” of sleeping pills with alcohol but the 22-year-old …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/mar/07/matthew-lodge-says-he-was-reckless-with-prescription-drugs-at-time-of-attack

A new dawn: how a new coach can impact an NRL club | Nick Tedeschi

Based on statistics over the past 18 seasons, immediate defensive improvements at least are likely Nothing in rugby league brings hope like a new coach. Fresh beginnings. The start of a different path. Optimism is at a premium, even if there is a degre…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/datablog/2018/mar/07/a-new-dawn-how-a-new-coach-can-impact-an-nrl-club

Todd Carney set for NRL return with Cowboys offering one-year deal

Integrity unit will have final say on player’s registrationCarney has not played in NRL since 2014 bubbler incidentNorth Queensland are set to hand Todd Carney an NRL lifeline by offering the controversial playmaker a one-season contract. The 31-year-o…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/mar/06/todd-carney-set-for-nrl-return-with-cowboys-offering-one-year-deal

NRL opens up can of worms with play-the-ball crackdown | Matt Cleary

Accusations of inconsistency lie ahead with referees no longer allowed to turn a blind eye Rugby league hates mess. It has no time for the mysterious, the erratic. It abhors its cousin rugby union’s rucks and mauls and scrums, so-called “dockyard brawl…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/mar/06/nrl-opens-up-can-of-worms-with-play-the-ball-crackdown

Steve Folkes, ex-Canterbury NRL and Jillaroos coach, dies at 59

Folkes reportedly suffered a heart attackPlayed in four Canterbury premiership-winning sides in 1980sCanterbury rugby league legend and premiership-winning NRL coach Steve Folkes has died aged 59, reportedly from a heart attack.Folkes, who also played …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/27/ex-canterbury-nrl-and-jillaroos-coach-steve-folkes-dies-at-59

Wigan and Hull’s trip to Australia shows Super League suits the road

The success of the first Super League game outside of Europe should inspire clubs to explore other cities around the worldBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredEven before the friendlies in Sydney this weekend, Wigan and Hull’s trip to New South Wale…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/no-helmets-required/2018/feb/14/wigan-hull-australia-super-league-on-the-road

Adelaide to host South Australia’s first State of Origin match in 2020

Game to be staged outside NSW and Queensland again‘Another massive coup’ for the Adelaide OvalAdelaide will host a State of Origin match when rugby league’s fiercest series hits the road again in 2020.The deal on Wednesday between the NRL and the South…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/feb/14/adelaide-to-host-south-australias-first-state-of-origin-match-in-2020