Rugby League

Hull KR silence doubters with emphatic win over Warrington Wire
Sam Drew - Sep 25, 2021

Hull KR (Kingstown Rovers) defeated Warrington 19-0 in a complete display to book their spot in the Super League semi-finals. In an unexpected result that went against the form, the playing rotas, and the club resources, the men from East Hull are now just 80 minutes from Old Trafford. 2021 represents Hull KR’s best play-off […]


Disappointing choice makes London Broncos part-time from 2022
Sam Drew - Sep 9, 2021

A decision to make the London Broncos part-time from 2022 is a disappointing one for the Betfred Championship rugby league club. It is also indicative of the sport’s current malaise. Coming at the same time as the club wanted to relaunch a fresh future at Wimbledon’s Plough Lane, it underlines the strategic planning (or lack […]

Super League play-offs
Sam Drew - Sep 1, 2021

With Super League announcing the abandonment of as yet unscheduled fixtures, the road to the playoffs is taking shape. There are now only three more rounds, with clubs left with just one more home fixture. Super League have just confirmed on a media briefing that Rounds 23-25 are likely to be the only games left […]

Melbourne Storm lose
Sam Mackeown - Aug 31, 2021

For the first time since Round 3, Melbourne Storm lose. The Parramatta Eels emerged victorious on Saturday night against a lacklustre Storm.

Rugby League World Cup
Sam Drew - Aug 26, 2021

The Rugby League World Cup has announced new dates for the tournament in 2022, kicking off on the 15th of October and ending on the 19th of November. The opening match is still destined to be held at Newcastle’s St James’ Park, whilst the double-header finals will stay at Old Trafford. The dates have been […]

Resilient Roosters Back into Top Four
Sam Mackeown - Aug 22, 2021

The Resilient Roosters are back in the top four after beating the St George Illawarra Dragons 40-22 on Sunday. The Roosters both regained fourth spot on the ladder and also ended Dragons’ final hopes. The injury-hit Eastern Suburbs outfit have shown remarkable resilience in the face of constant setbacks. Sunday at the Clive Berghofer Stadium […]

International rugby league
Sam Drew - Aug 19, 2021

With the postponement of the World Cup, rumours abound of an alternative international rugby league being organised later this year. There have been murmurings of an England-France series, whilst Scotland and Jamaica are in negotiations over a fixture at Featherstone.   Whilst any action would be better than none, the authorities quickly need to formulate […]

Canada Ravens player Janai Haupapa is tackled at Southern Cross Group Stadium

It is official. The CCCRL (Canada Co-Operative Championship Rugby League) western cities were revealed on Monday afternoon. Vancouver came as no surprise as it is by far the largest city in British Columbia. The real question was which cities would represent Alberta and Saskatchewan. It was announced today that those cities would be Calgary, Alberta, […]

2022 Challenge Cup Rugby League final moved from Wembley to Tottenham
Sam Drew - Aug 16, 2021

The RFL announced that the 2022 Challenge Cup final will be moved from Wembley to North London. The Tottenham stadium cup final represents a one-year hiatus from its traditional place and with it the opportunity to create interest and a buzz around a showpiece event. Because of its unique, temporary, and the ‘one-time nature’ of […]

Parramatta and Manly Face Off
Sam Mackeown - Aug 13, 2021

A 70-year rivalry resumes on Saturday, as Parramatta and Manly go head to head on the Sunshine Coast, with a top-four spot up for grabs. 

Melbourne beat Penrith
Sam Mackeown - Aug 2, 2021

It was billed as Super Saturday, the game of the season. A Covid outbreak in Queensland had other ideas. As a result, all three Saturday games were moved to Sunday. An empty Suncorp stadium was the stage for the Melbourne Storm’s emphatic win over the Penrith Panthers. The score was 37-10 but it could have […]

Melbourne and Penrith
Sam Mackeown - Jul 26, 2021

The top two sides in the NRL left Round 19 with victories. Melbourne Storm beat the North Queensland Cowboys 20-16, while the Penrith Panthers edged past the Brisbane Broncos 18-12. However, both teams’ performances were surprisingly lackluster given the quality of opposition. A rare off-day adds more spice to the upcoming season-defining match in Round […]

Rugby League World Cup 2021
Sam Mackeown - Jul 22, 2021

Australia (ARLC) and New Zealand (NZRL) have withdrawn from the Rugby League World Cup 2021, citing player safety concerns.

State of Origin 2021
Sam Mackeown - Jul 14, 2021

Queensland emerged victorious in Game III of State of Origin 2021, after a hard fought 20-18 win on the Gold Coast.

NRL relocation to Queensland
Sam Mackeown - Jul 12, 2021

The NRL’s relocation to Queensland is a controversial albeit necessary move – how will it affect the competition?

Canada Ravens player Tiera Reynolds is tackled by the Australian Jillaroos at Southern Cross Stadium

The CCCRL Eastern Conference cities have been confirmed. They are Hamilton, Montreal, and Toronto. All these three cities will have a men’s and a women’s rugby league nines pro-am team in the CCCRL. The CCCRL Eastern Conference Cities Confirmed Hot off the Press! pic.twitter.com/eQXaHj3Bii — Canada Co-Operative Championship Rugby League (@CAChampRL) July 2, 2021   […]



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