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Mar 09

New Roosters recruit Luke Keary the architect of Bulldogs’ downfall

  • Sydney Roosters 28-24 Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs
  • Keary stars for hosts with three try assists

Luke Keary put his hand up as an early contender for buy of the NRL season after firing the Sydney Roosters to a thrilling 28-24 win over Canterbury at Allianz Stadium.

Both sides incurred heavy tolls from Thursday night’s torrid encounter, with Blake Ferguson (chest) leaving the field midway through the second half, while Zane Tetevano and Will Hopoate departed soon after following a head clash.

Related: NRL: Jarrod Mullen’s career all but over as second positive sample confirmed

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/09/new-roosters-recruit-luke-keary-the-architect-of-bulldogs-downfall

Mar 05

Old rivals set for return to relevance despite horror start for Rabbitohs | Nick Tedeschi

Souths and the Sydney Roosters experienced contrasting fortunes in round one but both showed in the off-season they are ready to rise to prominence again

The year 2016 was, to put it mildly, a weird one in world of sport, no more notably than in the NRL, where Cronulla claimed their first title, 50 years after entering the premiership.

The fairytale of Cronulla’s flipside last year though was the unexpected demise of some modern-day giants of the game: few anticipated the disastrous seasons that befell both the Sydney Roosters and South Sydney Rabbitohs in 2016.

Related: Warriors inflict 19th straight NRL defeat on sorry Newcastle Knights

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/06/old-rivals-set-for-return-to-relevance-despite-horror-start-for-rabbitohs

Mar 05

Warriors inflict 19th straight NRL defeat on sorry Newcastle Knights

  • Parramatta Eels beat Manly Sea Eagles 20-12 at Lottoland
  • Warriors beat Newcastle Knights 26-22 at Mount Smart Stadium

Corey Norman led a change of NRL fortunes for Parramatta, starring in an 20-12 win over Manly to open their season on Sunday. Norman’s off-field woes symbolised the Eels’ tumultuous and salary-cap scandal ravaged 2016 season, suspended by the NRL for the last eight games of the year for off-field indiscretions.

Related: Roosters beat Titans, Dragons smash Panthers, bizarre try seals Cowboys win

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/05/nrl-round-one-sunday-match-report

Mar 04

Rampant Dragons defy critics by smashing Panthers in opener

St George Illawarra 42-10 Penrith PanthersA stunning attacking display from St George-Illawarra led to a resounding 42-10 NRL win over premiership favourites Penrith on Saturday evening, with Dragons backrower Joel Thompson crossing for three tries. Th…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/04/nrl-dragons-panthers-cowboys-roosters-raiders

Mar 04

Rabbitohs defend call to keep Inglis on pitch despite serious injury

  • State of Origin star damages ACL in season opener
  • Rabbitohs fullback continued to play after early blow
  • South Sydney 18-34 Wests Tigers

South Sydney captain Greg Inglis is expected to miss up to six months of rugby league after injuring his knee in the Rabbitohs’ NRL season opener on Friday. Inglis suffered the blow in the opening minutes of the 34-18 loss against Wests Tigers, and scans on Saturday revealed the fullback had damaged the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

Related: NRL: Storm defeat Bulldogs as Chambers and Kasiano square off

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/04/souths-inglis-rabbitohs-nrl-tigers

Mar 03

NRL: Eels fine Kenny Edwards $60,000 after domestic violence guilty plea

  • Parramatta forward was handed a six-month good behaviour bond
  • Eels add seven-game NRL ban to fine, Edwards’ second club suspension

Parramatta’s Kenny Edwards has been suspended for the first seven games of the NRL season and fined $60,000 by his club after pleading guilty to domestic violence-related assault charges earlier this week.

Related: Former league star Mark Geyer says he wouldn’t sue NRL over concussion

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/03/nrl-eels-fine-kenny-edwards-60000-after-domestic-violence-guilty-plea

Mar 02

Brisbane kick off NRL season with win over defending champions Cronulla

  • Cronulla Sharks 18-26 Brisbane Broncos
  • Anthony Milford seals visitors’ win with late moment of magic

Cronulla’s premiership defence is off to a losing start after the Sharks were downed by a slick Brisbane 26-18 in Thursday night’s opening game of the NRL season.

The Broncos appeared headed for a straightforward victory after captain Darius Boyd set up two of his side’s three tries on the way to building a 20-6 lead early in the second half.

Related: Cronulla kick off NRL season tasked with defending the indefensible | Matt Cleary

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/02/brisbane-kick-off-nrl-season-with-win-over-defending-champions-cronulla

Mar 01

Cronulla kick off NRL season tasked with defending the indefensible | Matt Cleary

Recent history and their off-season recruitment policy suggest the defending premiers will find it difficult to go back-to-back

The last NRL club to win back-to-back grand finals was Brisbane in 1992-93. And they were some footy side. Coached by Wayne Bennett, they trotted out an Origin-strength XVII including Allan Langer, Steve Renouf, Willie Carne, Glenn Lazarus, Kevin and Kerrod Walters, Trevor “The Axe” Gillmeister, Chris Johns and Julian O’Neill.

But they still had to come from fifth in ’93 to do it. And they did need to be lucky enough to (again) front a Dragons side whose firepower featured stick-legged wing Ian “Chook” Herron and Graeme “The Penguin” Bradley whose sole job in the centres was to test Renouf’s dodgy jaw. Which he failed to accomplish.

Related: Signs point to intriguing NRL season on field but definitely ‘more to do’ off it | Paul Connolly

Related: Geoff Toovey: ‘It’s very easy to pull club culture apart’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/02/cronulla-kick-off-nrl-season-tasked-with-defending-the-indefensible

Mar 01

Cronulla kick off NRL season tasked with defending the indefensible | Matt Cleary

Recent history and their off-season recruitment policy suggest the defending premiers will find it difficult to go back-to-back

The last NRL club to win back-to-back grand finals was Brisbane in 1992-93. And they were some footy side. Coached by Wayne Bennett, they trotted out an Origin-strength XVII including Allan Langer, Steve Renouf, Willie Carne, Glenn Lazarus, Kevin and Kerrod Walters, Trevor “The Axe” Gillmeister, Chris Johns and Julian O’Neill.

But they still had to come from fifth in ’93 to do it. And they did need to be lucky enough to (again) front a Dragons side whose firepower featured stick-legged wing Ian “Chook” Herron and Graeme “The Penguin” Bradley whose sole job in the centres was to test Renouf’s dodgy jaw. Which he failed to accomplish.

Related: Signs point to intriguing NRL season on field but definitely ‘more to do’ off it | Paul Connolly

Related: Geoff Toovey: ‘It’s very easy to pull club culture apart’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/02/cronulla-kick-off-nrl-season-tasked-with-defending-the-indefensible

Mar 01

Cronulla kick off NRL season tasked with defending the indefensible | Matt Cleary

Recent history and their off-season recruitment policy suggest the defending premiers will find it difficult to go back-to-back

The last NRL club to win back-to-back grand finals was Brisbane in 1992-93. And they were some footy side. Coached by Wayne Bennett, they trotted out an Origin-strength XVII including Allan Langer, Steve Renouf, Willie Carne, Glenn Lazarus, Kevin and Kerrod Walters, Trevor “The Axe” Gillmeister, Chris Johns and Julian O’Neill.

But they still had to come from fifth in ’93 to do it. And they did need to be lucky enough to (again) front a Dragons side whose firepower featured stick-legged wing Ian “Chook” Herron and Graeme “The Penguin” Bradley whose sole job in the centres was to test Renouf’s dodgy jaw. Which he failed to accomplish.

Related: Signs point to intriguing NRL season on field but definitely ‘more to do’ off it | Paul Connolly

Related: Geoff Toovey: ‘It’s very easy to pull club culture apart’

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/mar/02/cronulla-kick-off-nrl-season-tasked-with-defending-the-indefensible

Feb 27

Former league star Mark Geyer says he wouldn’t sue NRL over concussion

  • ‘I don’t want any compensation from the game,’ says 15-year NRL star
  • Comments come in the wake of James McManus legal action

Former rugby league hard man Mark Geyer says he would never consider suing the NRL or any of his former clubs over the number of concussions he suffered in his career.

Geyer was so concerned over the state of his brain following his 15-year career as a forward, that he had tests carried out on his head in 2015 after a number of former players revealed they had brain damage. Geyer just passed the tests, but remains worried he could have future complications.

Related: Redcliffe Dolphins: 70 years growing and with ambitious plans for future in NRL

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/feb/27/former-league-star-mark-geyer-says-he-wouldnt-sue-nrl-over-concussion

Feb 26

Redcliffe Dolphins: 70 years growing and with ambitious plans for future in NRL

The cash-rich Queenslanders want to stake an NRL claim, not as a feeder club, or as a partner in a new Brisbane franchise, but as a team in their own rightSeventy years ago, on the evening of 27 February, 1947, a group of men gathered at the Redcliffe …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/feb/27/redcliffe-dolphins-70-years-growing-and-with-ambitious-plans-for-future-in-nrl

Feb 24

NRL: South Sydney lose halfback Adam Reynolds for a month

  • Reynolds has appendicitis
  • will race clock to be fit for round four against Roosters

South Sydney have been dealt a massive blow before the start of the NRL season, with halfback Adam Reynolds ruled out for up to four weeks with appendicitis.

Reynolds is almost certain to miss the Rabbitohs’s opening games against Wests Tigers, Manly and Newcastle, and will race the clock to be fit for round four against the Sydney Roosters.

Related: Robbie Farrah and Damien Cook star in South Sydney’s Charity Shield romp

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/feb/24/nrl-south-sydney-lose-halfback-adam-reynolds-for-a-month

Feb 19

Robbie Farrah and Damien Cook star in South Sydney’s Charity Shield romp

Rabbitohs beat Dragons 32-10 at ANZ StadiumSouths extend dominance in annual fixture to five gamesSouth Sydney coach Michael Maguire still faces a tough choice between starting Robbie Farah or Damien Cook in round one after both starred in the Charity …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/feb/19/robbie-farrah-and-damien-cook-star-in-south-sydneys-charity-shield-romp

Feb 18

NRL: Wins for Penrith, Bulldogs and Manly, as Knights hammer Raiders

  • Panthers 18-6 Parramatta
  • Knights 44-0 Raiders in Queanbeyan
  • Manly 24-22 Roosters in Central Coast
  • Canterbury 28-24 Storm in Hobart

Penrith prop Sam McKendry has suffered a suspected serious knee injury in his comeback from an ACL reconstruction during the Panthers’ 18-6 NRL trial win over Parramatta.

One week after former New Zealand representatives Dean Whare and Peta Hiku made successful returns from major knee surgery, McKendry lasted 20 minutes on Saturday night before limping off.

Related: Is rugby league’s World Club Series already on its last legs? | Aaron Bower

Related: Wests Tigers back Tim Simona stood down over NRL betting allegations

Related: Kieran Foran cleared by NRL to play in Warriors’ 2017 season

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Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/feb/18/nrl-strong-showing-from-kerrod-holland-helps-bulldogs-to-win-over-melbourne

Feb 11

Jarrod Croker to miss first three games of NRL season with dislocated kneecap

Canberra star picks up injury on All Stars dutyThree-man tackle puts him out of action for six weeks Canberra skipper Jarrod Croker is set to miss the first three weeks of the NRL season after suffering a knee injury in the All Stars match.The World Al…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/feb/11/jarrod-croker-to-miss-first-three-games-of-nrl-season-with-dislocated-kneecap

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