MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Australia upheld its domination of the Rugby League World Cup by putting away Samoa 30-10 in the final at Old Trafford on Saturday.
Captain James Tedesco and center Latrell Mitchell each scored two of Australia's six tries to claim a 12th world crown out of a possible 16.
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) — Samoa pulled off one of the great sporting comebacks to knock out England from its own Rugby League World Cup on Saturday and earn a final showdown with Australia.
Four weeks after being humiliated 60-6 by England in the tournament opener in Newcastle, the Samoans turned the table in dramatic fashion with a golden point 27-26 semifinal victory at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium.
LEEDS, England (AP) — Australia reached another Rugby League World Cup final after holding off a valiant New Zealand in a thrilling 16-14 victory at Elland Road on Friday.
The lead changed four times in an action-packed semifinal.
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.
WARRINGTON, England (AP) — Samoa reached its first Rugby League World Cup semifinals after edging an unsparing clash with Tonga 20-18 on Sunday.
A gripping quarterfinal in front of a spellbound crowd of 12,674 in Warrington set up a semifinal with England in London next Saturday.
HULL, England (AP) — New Zealand confirmed a semifinal showdown with Australia at the Rugby League World Cup only after surviving a major scare from Fiji on Saturday.
Jordan Rapana's late try sealed a 24-18 win for the Kiwis in their quarterfinal in Hull.
HUDDERSFIELD, England (AP) — Winger Josh Addo-Carr's five tries powered Australia into the Rugby League World Cup semifinals as Lebanon was blown away by 48-4 on Friday.
Addo-Carr claimed a hat trick inside 19 minutes of the first quarterfinal, and added two more in the second half.
DONCASTER, England (AP) — Papua New Guinea completed the quarterfinal lineup at the Rugby League World Cup after putting away Wales 36-0 on Monday.
The Kumuls scored six tries and captain Rhyse Martin was faultless with the boot as they confirmed their place as Group D runners-up to Tonga.
LEIGH, England (AP) — Michael Cheika was set for a hectic week after his Lebanon side reached the quarterfinals at a second straight Rugby League World Cup on Sunday.
Lebanon defeated Jamaica 74-12 in Leigh and was confirmed to face defending champion Australia on Friday in Huddersfield.
ST HELENS, England (AP) — Australia gave coach Mal Meninga plenty to consider after wrapping up its group phase of the Rugby League World Cup by thrashing Italy 66-6 on Saturday.
Meninga rested first-choice standoff Cameron Munster for the third and final Group B game, meaning either halfback Nathan Cleary or Daly Cherry-Evans was likely to be axed for next Friday's quarterfinal in Huddersfield.
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.
WARRINGTON, England (AP) — Papua New Guinea got on track for the Rugby League World Cup quarterfinals after dispatching the Cook Islands 32-16 on Tuesday.
The Kumuls bounced back from losing to Tonga with a hard-fought victory over the Kukis.
ST. HELENS, England (AP) — Tonga overcame a strong effort by Wales to prevail 32-6 on Monday and stay on course for a potential Rugby League World Cup quarterfinal with Samoa.
Winger Daniel Tupou scored a hat-trick of tries in Tonga's second win from two matches.
LEIGH, England (AP) — Lebanon was in pole position to reach the Rugby League World Cup quarterfinals again after beating Ireland 32-14 on Sunday.
Lebanon and Ireland have a win and a loss, but the Cedars finish Group C play next weekend as a heavy favorite to beat tournament debutant Jamaica, while Ireland must topple unbeaten New Zealand on Friday to have a chance.
BOLTON, England (AP) — England's hopes of taking the Rugby League World Cup were endorsed by the French after they were smashed by the tournament host 42-18 on Saturday.
England followed its 60-6 demolition of Samoa by routing France and all but clinching a berth in the quarterfinals.
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.
COVENTRY, England (AP) — Defending champion Australia was first through to the Rugby League World Cup quarterfinals after blowing away Scotland 84-0 on Friday.
Australia's second win from two matches featured 15 tries, a dozen of them converted by Nathan Cleary.
LEIGH, England (AP) — The Cook Islands came from behind twice to beat Wales 18-12 in their Rugby League World Cup opener on Wednesday.
The Kukis earned only their second World Cup win and first since 2013 when they beat Wales in Wales.
ST HELENS, England (AP) — Tonga survived a serious scare from Papua New Guinea to win its Rugby League World Cup opener 24-18 on Tuesday.
The Tongans are favored after reaching the semifinals in 2017 but blew an 18-6 halftime lead.
DONCASTER, England (AP) — France warmed up for the Rugby League World Cup clash with England by defeating debutant Greece 34-12 on Monday.
Halfback Arthur Mourgue scored 18 points from a second-half try and seven goals in France's first World Cup victory since 2013.
WARRINGTON, England (AP) — Top-ranked New Zealand opened its Rugby League World Cup account by seeing off Lebanon 34-12 on Sunday.
The Kiwis overcame conceding a try during the opening set by shining with six tries of their own.
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.
LEEDS, England (AP) — English Rugby Football League chief executive Ralph Rimmer has escaped any sanctions for inappropriate comments about Fiji.
At an awards dinner in Leeds on Sept. 26, Rimmer discussed Fiji's preparations for the upcoming Rugby League World Cup: “Fiji have already arrived.
TENAFLY, N.J. (AP) — The upcoming Rugby League World Cup will be available in the United States and Canada via pay-per-view on cable and satellite as well as the FITE streaming service.
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.
MANCHESTER, England (AP) — St Helens underlined its status as the most successful rugby league team in the Super League era with a fourth consecutive grand final triumph at Old Trafford on Saturday.
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.
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) — Leading figures in Japan’s new professional rugby competition are looking ahead with confidence after an inaugural season which wooed fans and confirmed the league’s allure to the world’s leading players.
The return to test rugby of controversial former Wallaby Israel Folau lasted less than 30 minutes Saturday before he was injured during Tonga’s 36-0 loss to Fiji in the Pacific Nations Cup.
Folau took the field on the right wing for Tonga in his first test match since 2019.
ST HELENS, England (AP) — The British sports minister confused rugby league with rival rugby union on Thursday.
Nadine Dorries stunned a rugby league audience in St Helens by referring to Jonny Wilkinson's match-winning dropped goal for England in the 2003 Rugby Union World Cup final in Sydney.
AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) — A strong first-half performance set up New Zealand’s 26-6 win over Tonga on Saturday in the home side's first rugby league test in almost three years.
New Zealand led 20-6 at halftime in the match at Auckland’s Mt.
BRISBANE, Australia (AP) — Transgender athletes will be barred from women’s international rugby league matches while the sport’s governing body formulates its inclusion policy.
Two days after world swimming’s governing body effectively banned transgender women from competing in women’s events, the International Rugby League on Tuesday said it was continuing to review and update rules about transgender participation in women’s international tournaments.
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.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — Former Wallabies and All Blacks coach Robbie Deans believes the Rugby World Cup in France next year will be the best ever.
There'll be more teams capable of winning the title than at any previous tournament, he said, adding that the standard of rugby being played around the World is higher and more teams are competitive now than ever before.
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.
Australian-born center Dylan Riley scored a decisive try in the 73rd minute Sunday as the Saitama Panasonic Wild Knights beat Suntory Sungoliath 18-12 in the inaugural final of Japan Rugby League One at Tokyo's National Stadium.
The heavyweights of Japanese rugby will square off again after Suntory Sungoliath and Saitama Panasonic Wild Knights won their way into next weekend’s inaugural final of Japan Rugby League One.
Suntory fended off a stern challenge from Toshiba Brave Lupus to win the opening semifinal 30-24 at Osaka Saturday before the Wild Knights overpowered Kubota Spears 24-10 in the second semifinal in Tokyo Sunday.
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.
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) — Japan’s professional rugby competition increasingly is becoming a magnet for the world’s best players and likely will become more attractive as the standard of the league rapidly improves.
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.
WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) — The second round of Super Rugby Pacific was supposed to be all about the Auckland-based Blues.
No one told the Wellington-based Hurricanes.
Anticipation of the Blues’ first appearance of the season had been heightened by delay: their scheduled first-round match against Moana Pasifica was postponed because of a small COVID outbreak among the Pasifika team.
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.