Rugby

Thompson referred to NRL judiciary over alleged eye-gouge

Luke Thompson has been referred straight to the judiciary after allegedly eye-gouging James Tamou. Thompson appeared to eye-gouge the Panthers captain during the first half of Canterbury’s 42-0 loss to the minor premiers. The Bulldogs’ British import Luke Thompson.Credit:Nick Moir Tamou believes the absence of prior incidents on Thompson's rap sheet led him to believe he should be given the benefit of the doubt. "I don't think he has done

English rugby handed £7.5m lifeline after agreeing new deal with O2

English rugby handed £7.5m lifeline after sealing new sponsorship deal with O2 as telecoms giant agree to an extension with the RFU despite gloomy economic forecasts Cash-strapped English rugby handed major boost after agreeing new O2 deal The telecoms giant agreed an extension with RFU worth more than £7.5m a year RFU chief Bill Sweeney approached the government for a bailout this week It had recently been announced that crowds

Naughton to play as Bulldogs prepare to get physical against Saints

After being ambushed in last year's elimination final, when Greater Western Sydney took a physical approach into the finals, the Western Bulldogs will be on the front foot when they meet St Kilda in next Saturday's elimination final. After that loss, which saw star midfielder Marcus Bontempelli attacked relentlessly, premiership coach Luke Beveridge said they had been taught a valuable lesson that had not been forgotten. "When you think back

Broncos have their eyes on Bellamy, but why would he join them?

Why would a coach join a club which has destabilised his own semi-final campaign in order to distract from their own pathetic season? This is the question Melbourne coach Craig Bellamy will ponder as he considers an offer to become coaching director of the Broncos in 2022 at a time his No.2 placed Storm prepares for the playoffs. Craig Bellamy is again being courted by the Broncos, but the timing

Dangerfield leads All-Australian team, but Tigers snubbed

Star Richmond premiership defenders Dylan Grimes and Nick Vlastuin both missed selection in this year’s All-Australian team, with last year’s Brownlow medallist Nat Fyfe and Collingwood captain Scott Pendlebury also surprise omissions from the team. Remarkably Vlastuin, regarded as one of the game's elite defenders, has never been an All-Australian while Grimes was All-Australian last year and proved his value in his return game from injury when he was best

NRL 2020 finals draw, fixtures, wooden spoon still undecided | Live Ladder

Against all odds after a year from hell, the final round of the 2020 NRL season is here and there is still so much to play for. Although there is a couple of dead rubber games and the top eight teams are locked in, the make-up of the finals fixtures and the winner of the dreaded wooden spoon is still very much up in the air. Watch the 2020 NRL

Historic first for Wallabies after 11-month hiatus

Fixtures for the highly-anticipated Rugby Championship have been unveiled, with a cluster of back-to-back matches scheduled across the east coast of Australia. The four-nation event was postponed due to the coronavirus epidemic, with fears the Southern Hemisphere’s premier rugby tournament would not go ahead due to strict travel restrictions. But after months of uncertainty, SANZAAR confirmed Australia would host the six-week Championship, which commences at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on

‘Incredible’ video of ex-NRL star Mose Masoe emerges

Eight months after suffering a serious spinal injury, heartwarming footage has emerged of former NRL player Mose Masoe taking his first unassisted steps. Masoe represented the Sydney Roosters for three seasons after making his NRL debut in 2010. After a one-year stint with the Penrith Panthers, the forward travelled to England to represent St Helens in the Super League. Watch the 2020 NRL Telstra Premiership Finals on Kayo. Every game

NRLW 2020: Dragons signing Isabelle Kelly set for showdown with Charlotte Caslick

Isabelle Kelly may still be rugby league’s greatest female athlete. Or maybe not. Who knows? Perhaps Olympian Charlotte Caslick is set to take the crown. Regardless, we’re about to find out. A Golden Boot winner who, good judges reckon, would have no problem hanging in NRL training sessions, 23-year-old Kelly is set to shake up the 2020 NRLW season after signing on with St George Illawarra. After two years with

Exeter's regretful big day against Toulouse will be a quiet affair

‘These are amazing days and it is a shame’: Exeter’s director of rugby Rob Baxter regretful big day against Toulouse will be a quiet affair after reaching Champions Cup semi-final for first time Exeter’s Champions Cup semi-final against Toulouse will be behind closed doors  The Chiefs have reached the semi-final of the competition for the first time  Director of rugby Rob Baxter said it was a shame there would be