MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Samoa's squad is acutely aware of the huge interest it has attracted from reaching its first Rugby League World Cup final.
Fans of Toa Samoa have been blasting car horns and waving every Samoan flag they can find since the team's shocking 27-26 semifinal win over tournament host England last weekend in London.
LONDON (AP) — Former Australian rugby league player Brett Hodgson has switched codes to become England’s defense coach in the lead-up to the Rugby World Cup.
Hodgson will replace Anthony Seibold in the role, England said Tuesday, and will start after the autumn internationals.
LEEDS, England (AP) — New Zealand qualified for the Rugby League World Cup quarterfinals after halfback Jahrome Hughes inspired them to a 48-10 victory over Ireland at Headingley on Friday.
Hughes missed the Kiwis' opening two matches because of injury but scored two of their 10 tries and had a big hand in several more in his World Cup debut.
SYDNEY (AP) — The widow of former National Rugby League player and coach Paul Green says he had been living with a “severe” and undiagnosed case of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) before his death by suicide.
NEWCASTLE, England (AP) — England gave its home Rugby League World Cup a dream launch in an astonishing 60-6 win over star-studded Samoa on Saturday.
A technical fault forced the Kaiser Chiefs to cut short the pre-match entertainment, but that was quickly forgotten as England raced 18-0 ahead and finished with 10 tries in front of a happily stunned crowd of 43,119 at St James' Park.
Australia has brought 13 newcomers to the Rugby League World Cup starting this weekend.
Even if all 24 players in the Kangaroos squad were uncapped, it still wouldn't matter.
They are the raging favorite to engrave their name on the Paul Barriere Trophy after the Nov.
SYDNEY (AP) — The Penrith Panthers rallied from two tries down to beat the short-handed South Sydney Rabbitohs 32-12 and advance to the National Rugby League grand final against the Parramatta Eels.
PARIS (AP) — Test center Virimi Vakatawa has been forced to end his professional career in France, his Racing 92 club said on Monday.
The medical committee of the National Rugby League, which manages the French pro game, told Paris-based Racing it was forbidding Vakatawa from continuing his professional career in the country.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Paul Green, who represented Australia during a decade-long playing career and then guided North Queensland Cowboys to its first National Rugby League premiership title during a successful run as a coach, has died.
SYDNEY (AP) — Seven Manly Sea Eagles players have withdrawn from a National Rugby League match in Australia because they’re unwilling to wear their club's inclusion jersey.
The jersey has rainbow stripes and a rainbow collar — in place of the regular white sections — to support LGBTQ inclusion in sports, and the club plans to use it for one game against Sydney Roosters.
A time-honored stadium which first hosted a test cricket match in 1882 will be the venue for the deciding match between two old rugby foes with a near-similar vintage.
The Sydney Cricket Ground will host a rugby test for the first time since 1986 when Australia plays England in the deciding third match of the series on Saturday.
SYDNEY (AP) — Harry Wilson has earned a spot in Australia’s starting lineup for the deciding third rugby test against England after a brutal series that has challenged the depth of both squads.
The Reds backrower was one of four changes to Australia’s starting XV for Saturday’s match, with Reece Hodge returning at fullback, lock Nick Frost picked to make his starting debut and veteran James Slipper returning at loosehead prop.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Under-pressure All Blacks head coach Ian Foster has retained Beauden Barrett at flyhalf and made four personnel changes to his starting 15 for Saturday’s third and deciding test against Ireland.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Jordan Petaia will start at fullback while former rugby league star Suliasi Vunivalu will have to wait for a Wallabies debut after being overlooked to play England in the second test on Saturday.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Rugby league convert Roger Tuivasa-Sheck was among six new caps selected Monday in a 36-man New Zealand All Blacks squad for next month’s three-test home series against Ireland.
SYDNEY (AP) — Former National Rugby League star Suliasi Vunivalu is among six uncapped players in a 35-man Wallabies squad named on Sunday for a three-test home series against England.
After overcoming persistent hamstring injuries, winger Vunivalu was included after strong Super Rugby Pacific performances for the Queensland Reds.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Michael Maguire’s exit from the West Tigers was confirmed hours after the New Zealand Warriors announced Nathan Brown’s departure on Tuesday in a bad day for head coaches in the National Rugby League.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — First-time Queensland coach Billy Slater has picked four rookies including teenage Brisbane Broncos winger Selwyn Cobbo in his debut selection for the State of Origin series against New South Wales.
SYDNEY (AP) — Trent Barrett quit as Canterbury’s head coach less than halfway through Australia’s National Rugby League season after the Bulldogs slumped to last place in the standings.
Canterbury issued a brief statement Monday to announce Barrett’s departure three days after a 16-6 loss to Newcastle, the team’s eighth loss in 10 games this season.
Former Australian cricketer Andrew Symonds, who has died after a single-vehicle auto accident, was a big-hitting allrounder who built a credible test career and was an exemplar of Australian sport's prized larrikin tradition.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Australia and New Zealand will meet in a mid-week Bledisloe Cup test for the first time in almost three decades when the Wallabies host the All Blacks on Sept. 15 in Melbourne.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Ex-New Zealand rugby league star Manu Vatuvei was sentenced Wednesday to three years and seven months in prison for importing methamphetamine.
The 36-year-old former New Zealand Warriors winger pleaded guilty in the Manukau District Court last year to a single, representative charge of importing a Class A drug.
SYDNEY (AP) — Former Australian National Rugby League star Jarryd Hayne has had his sexual assault convictions quashed on appeal and has been ordered to stand trial for a third time.
Hayne, who also played in the NFL for the San Francisco 49ers in 2015, was last May sentenced to five years and nine months in prison, with a non-parole period of three years and eight months, after being found guilty at a retrial of two charges of sexual assault of a woman in 2018.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Australia’s most successful rugby league coach will be taking over the NRL’s newest team after Wayne Bennett agreed to lead the Redcliffe-based Dolphins into the top tier in 2023.
SYDNEY (AP) — Rugby league great Norm Provan, who played in the first 10 of the St. George Dragons' record 11 consecutive premierships in Australia's top-flight competition from 1956-1966, has died.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The NRL is set for expansion in 2023 after the Australian Rugby League Commission approved a license for a 17th team.
The Redcliffe-based Dolphins from Brisbane’s northeastern bayside fringe beat two other expansion candidates to become the fourth club from Queensland state in the National Rugby League competition.
France and England have been allowed to play their rugby league test next week in Perpignan without scrums.
Scrums were scrapped when the English Super League was restarted in August 2020 in order to reduce close contacts during matches at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Melbourne Storm playmaker Cameron Munster has elected to go into a treatment facility to deal with issues relating to alcohol after accepting a one-match ban and a fine from Australia’s National Rugby League for bringing the game into disrepute.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Father and son got it done for the Penrith Panthers.
Ivan Cleary won a National Rugby League grand final for the first time after two previous defeats as a coach and his son Nathan was named the man-of-the match as the Panthers beat the South Sydney Rabbitohs, co-owned by actor Russell Crowe, 14-12 in the championship match at Brisbane.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The Penrith Panthers scored early tries in each half then relied on their strong defense to beat the Melbourne Storm 10-6 Saturday and advance to the National Rugby League grand final against the South Sydney Rabbitohs.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The National Rugby League grand final on Oct. 3 will be moved from Sydney to Brisbane because of spiraling COVID-19 cases in New South Wales state.
It is the second major football championship match to be shifted due to the pandemic.
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The Australian Football League’s grand final will be held outside of its traditional home in Melbourne for the second consecutive season because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — The Rugby League World Cup scheduled for October in England was postponed to 2022 on Thursday.
The news was anticipated after Australia and New Zealand pulled out two weeks ago, citing player welfare concerns in the pandemic.
SYDNEY (AP) — Rugby league’s World Cup received more bad news Friday when all 16 National Rugby League clubs approved a decision by Australia and New Zealand officials to withdraw from the tournament.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The All Blacks will play Tonga on Saturday in their first test of 2021. It may prove to be a major mismatch.
New Zealand head coach Ian Foster will use the match to tentatively introduce some newcomers to test rugby, examining the depth of a 36-man squad of full-time professionals.
SYDNEY (AP) — Former Australia captain Boyd Cordner has retired from rugby league because of the concussion symptoms that have kept him on the sidelines since last November.
Cordner, who had his 29th birthday last week, announced his decision to retire on Monday, days after abandoning his latest plan to return to the National Rugby League for an 11th season with the Sydney Roosters.
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Former National Rugby League winger Suliasi Vunivalu has a hamstring injury and will miss making his debut for the Wallabies in the three-test series against France.
Vunivalu limped off the field in Queensland’s 31-24 Super Rugby Trans-Tasman loss to the Auckland-based Blues last weekend.
SYDNEY (AP) — Bob Fulton, one of the most celebrated players in Australian rugby league and a former captain, coach and selector of the Kangaroos, has died. He was 73.
Fulton’s death was announced Sunday by his close friend, broadcaster Ray Hadley, on the Sydney radio station 2GB.
LONDON (AP) — Two members of Eddie Jones’ backroom staff stepped down Friday in the wake of England’s worst performance in the Six Nations rugby tournament.
Simon Amor, the attack coach, and Jason Ryles, the skills coach from Australia, have left their roles, weeks after a review into England’s fifth-place finish that Rugby Football Union chief executive Bill Sweeney said would prompt changes.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — All Blacks scrumhalf T.J. Perenara has resigned with New Zealand Rugby for two years, turning his back on offers to play in Australia’s National Rugby League.
Perenara, who currently is playing in Japan, had indicated interest in a move to Australia where he would have played rugby league for the Sydney Roosters...
SYDNEY (AP) — It's been a long time between home matches for the A-League's Wellington Phoenix: more than 400 days in fact...
GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) — Tommy Raudonikis, one of the toughest players to have pulled on a rugby league jumper in Australia and one of the game's great characters, has died...
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — The National Rugby League is set to allow an extra substitute in each squad in case a team loses three players to concussion during a match...
Many great sportspeople retire and later have statues erected in their honor. National Rugby League star Cameron Smith turned the tables on that scenario on Wednesday when he officially ended a record-filled 19-season playing career while a statue of himself was unveiled...
SYDNEY (AP) — The New Zealand “nomads” are back on the road again.
Due to continuing coronavirus quarantines in Australia and New Zealand, the Auckland-based New Zealand Warriors will play their National Rugby League season in Australia until at least the middle of June...
SYDNEY (AP) — Melbourne Cricket Ground will host the first round of this year’s State of Origin rugby league series between New South Wales and Queensland...
SYDNEY (AP) — Former England rugby league and rugby union international Sam Burgess was convicted Friday of intimidating his then-wife’s father in an altercation in October 2019...
PARIS (AP) — French rugby clubs are being urged by the government to postpone matches against British sides to lower the risk of being infected by a more contagious variant of the coronavirus...
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — David Kopay and Ian Roberts live on different sides of the Pacific Ocean...