Rugby

‘None of us have felt this’: Why Eels can take inspiration from Panthers

Eels skipper Clint Gutherson says Parramatta’s premiership window is still open as he and Brad Arthur aim to emulate Penrith in turning a grand final demolition into an eventual title. The Eels were no match for the all-conquering Panthers, who rattled up an 18-0 half-time lead with 60 per cent of possession and one of the great halves in a decider. Parramatta could take little from the contest in which

Watch live: Brad Scott takes the helm at Essendon

Brad Scott has been appointed Essendon’s new coach on a four-year deal, with the former North Melbourne coach leaving his AFL position immediately to take up the role. Watch live as Scott and club president David Barham address the media as a new era starts at the Bombers. “The AFL GM Football is not an easy job to navigate, and we have been so impressed and grateful for Brad’s ability

‘The Osama thing’: Jones eyes World Cup with help from Navy SEALs

Eddie Jones will take inspiration from the manhunt of Osama bin Laden as he hopes to equip England for the “most volatile rugby environment we have ever seen”. Jones recently spent “a fascinating couple of days” with the Navy SEALs in San Diego to glean a better understanding of helping players “to cope with the unexpected” as cards, head injury assessments and refereeing interpretations influence every match. A year out

NRL set to scrap early Friday night games under new proposal

The NRL is set to reduce the amount of Friday night double-headers in next year’s schedule and add a third Sunday game in the latest overhaul of the competition structure. After years of clubs struggling to draw crowds to the Friday 6pm kick-off, the NRL is in the advanced stages of working on a draw which will remove the timeslot from several rounds in a 17-team competition. According to sources

Worcester suspended from all competitions after missing RFU deadline

Worcester suspended from all competitions after failing to meet Rugby Football Union deadline to provide financial evidence that the club can move forward amid £25MILLION debts Worcester Warriors have been suspended from all competitions by the RFU The club failed to meet the governing body’s 5pm deadline evidence request The RFU wanted evidence of a ‘credible plan to take the club forward’ by 5pm  The club has debts of more

‘You can’t do that at a World Cup’: Wallabies crave consistency on spring tour

The Wallabies are desperate to achieve greater consistency when they head to Europe on their spring tour later this month, but they will have to contend with an under-strength side due to injuries and unavailability. Australia arrived home on Sunday after a deflating 40-16 defeat to the All Blacks at Eden Park on Saturday night. The Wallabies (10 points) finished third on the Rugby Championship standings with two wins from

Cameron’s Paddock: The story of Geelong star Jeremy Cameron and the premiership cow

It will be forever known as ‘Cameron’s Paddock’, the patch of grass on his 50-acre farm about 20 minutes out of Geelong that had a cow running around with the Cats star’s premiership medal dangling from its neck in the wee hours of Sunday morning. Jeremy Cameron’s Instagram post of the premiership cow heading off into the dark as his mates tried to retrieve it will become a golden memory

‘I’m so, so proud’: Guthries enjoy flag win together

Winning a premiership is special, but winning alongside his brother made it even better for All-Australian Cat Cam Guthrie. Zach Guthrie, 24, has emerged this season as a regular part of the Geelong back line after six years in the system. And he has made his older brother proud. Cameron and Zac Guthrie win premiership medals as brothers.Credit:Eddie Jim ”I’m so, so proud of Zach, just the way that he’s

Geelong’s flag caps a decade of regular-season dominance

The AFL’s regional powerhouse Geelong has franked a decade of regular season dominance, crowning the careers of their coach and veteran greats by winning the 2022 premiership against a dismal Sydney. It was a grand final notable for Geelong’s game-killing burst in the first quarter and the underwhelming showing of the Swans. The more seasoned and composed Cats were propelled by super-veterans Patrick Dangerfield, Tom Hawkins, their iron skipper Joel

Eels premiership ‘worth seven figures’ as club, fans rejoice

Parramatta are banking on a financial windfall “in excess of seven figures” if the club wins its first premiership in 36 years next Sunday. The Eels will appear in their first decider since 2009 after posting a 24-20 win over North Queensland in Townsville on Friday night. The demand for blue and gold merchandise is already exceeding supply, with fans lining up outside retailer Peter Wynn’s Score in Church Street