Rugby

Brayshaw resigns from AFL post to pursue medicinal cannabis venture

AFL Coaches Association CEO Mark Brayshaw has resigned from his position as head of the organisation to lead a start-up company involved in medicinal cannabis, Levin Health. The 54-year-old has given three months notice in a shock move that will cause the organisation to redefine its role in the football landscape. Brayshaw took on the job after Danny Frawley, who died in 2019, stood down in 2014 as the association

NRL star faces hearing over pizza shop ‘assault’

NRL star Dylan Walker will defend himself over allegations he assaulted two men outside a pizza shop on Sydney’s northern beaches at a court hearing later this year. Up to 20 witnesses are expected to be called in the Manly player’s case when it comes before the Downing Centre Local Court in May. Mr Walker, 26, has pleaded not guilty to two counts of common assault after he was charged

The chosen one: Slater receives four-star endorsement for Maroons job

Four of rugby league’s biggest names have endorsed former champion fullback Billy Slater as Queensland’s State of Origin coach. The elite quartet – Wayne Bennett, Mal Meninga, Craig Bellamy and Cameron Smith – have all offered their unqualified support for the retired Melbourne Storm fullback to take charge of the Maroons this year. Bennett, who steered an underdog Queensland team to win last year’s title, was expected to retain the

Sean Long: How coaching was always the next step for one of Super League's greats

It may come as a surprise to some that Sean Long always had his mind set on moving into coaching once his playing days in rugby league were over. After all, a man whose career at times attracted headlines for what he got up to off the field as well as on it and wrote an autobiography subtitled Booze, Brawls, Sex and Scandal might not be considered an obvious candidate

King Vuniyayawa: Leeds Rhinos sign Fiji forward on one-year deal

Leeds Rhinos have agreed a deal to sign Fiji forward King Vuniyayawa. The 25-year-old arrives on a one-year contract from NRL side New Zealand Warriors and replaces Ava Seumanufagai, who was released last month for personal reasons. Vuniyayawa said: “I am excited and grateful to be joining Leeds Rhinos in 2021. Deal done 📝 Welcome to the Rhinos to King Vuniyayawa ➡ More here https://t.co/dzC4BmtNBH pic.twitter.com/4JT06tBJ3M “I would like to

Israel Folau: Catalans Dragons rebuff rumours of Australian's departure

Catalans Dragons have shot down reports that dual-code Australian international Israel Folau is set to turn his back on the Super League club. The 31-year-old returned home at the end of last season with his wife and new-born baby and has yet to report back to the French team. That prompted speculation the former Wallaby will not honour his contract, which he extended to the end of 2021 last July.

Harry Randall is set to choose England OVER Wales for Six Nations

Harry Randall is set to choose England OVER Wales for Six Nations as Bristol scrum-half is likely to be included in Eddie Jones’ squad Bristol’s Harry Randall is set to be included in Eddie Jones’ Six Nations squad Randall’s recent stellar performances have turned heads in Wales and England The scrum-half is eligible for both countries, but Randall has chosen England  England look to have beaten Wales to pocket-rocket scrum-half Harry Randall,

Alex Sanderson leaves Saracens to become Sale Sharks director of rugby

Sale have appointed Alex Sanderson as their director of rugby to end the former England’s flanker’s long association with Saracens. Sanderson will leave north London to join the club where he began his playing career, filling the vacancy left by Steve Diamond’s departure from the AJ Bell Stadium for family reasons. The 41-year-old has carved out a formidable reputation as an assistant coach to Saracens boss Mark McCall during a

Greg Inglis motivated by 'fear of failure' after Super League arrival at Warrington Wolves

Former Australia international Greg Inglis will be motivated by the fear of failure as he prepares to come out of retirement in Super League and warns it will take him “five or six rounds” to get up to speed. Former Australia international Greg Inglis will be motivated by the fear of failure as he prepares to come out of retirement in Super League and warns it will take him “five

Premiership Rugby to take two-week mid-season break after European competition suspended

Premiership Rugby will take a two-week mid-season break after it was announced European rugby’s Heineken Champions Cup and Challenge Cup had been suspended. The French authorities decided it was “too great a public health risk” for Top 14 clubs to take part in the cup competitions amid concern over the new Covid-19 variant. European Professional Club Rugby had hoped to avoid a break by drawing up new coronavirus protocols, including