World Cup

Rugby League

Milford may have to wait for Origin debut: Maroons skipper

Jon Tuxworth Canberra's Anthony Milford still has ''a little bit to go'' before making his State of Origin debut, says Queensland captain Cameron Smith.

League

Rugby League World Cup: Pills and energy drinks 'compromised' New Zealand in final

Stephen Kearney

Brad Walter, David Long New Zealand players will be asked to commit to a code of conduct before the Anzac Test at Allianz Stadium on May 2 after a review of the Kiwis' World Cup campaign found their preparation for the...

League

Australia and NZ to host 2017 Rugby League World Cup

Cameron Smith.

Australia will defend their newly won rugby league World Cup title on home soil, with the announcement that the 2017 tournament will take place in Australia and New Zealand.

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League

Israel Folau keeps the door open for NRL return after 2015 Rugby World Cup

Israel

Adrian Proszenko Israel Folau has opened up about his frustrations negotiating a return to the NRL, but maintains rugby league remains a genuine option when his ARU contract expires.

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League

Time not on Sam Burgess' side for Rugby World Cup, says England coach

GOLD COAST, AUSTRALIA - JULY 27:  Sam Burgess of the Rabbitohs scores a try during the round 20 NRL match between the Gold Coast Titans and the South Sydney Rabbitohs at Skilled Park on July 27, 2013 on the Gold Coast, Australia.  (Photo by Matt Roberts/Getty Images)

Duncan Bech England head coach Stuart Lancaster has denied any approach has been made to sign South Sydney superstar Sam Burgess.

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League

Sleeping pill ban for New Zealand Warriors in wake of World Cup probe

Warriors

Brad Walter Warriors players have been banned from taking sleeping pills while other NRL clubs are setting strict guidelines about the use of prescription drugs in the wake of allegations that Kiwi players mixed...

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League

Shaun Johnson and Jason Nightingale unhappy at NZRL over World Cup probe

WARRINGTON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27:  Shaun Johnson of New Zealand in action during the Rugby League World Cup Group B match between New Zealand and Samoa at the Halliwell Jones Stadium on October 27, 2013 in Warrington, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)

Michael Chammas Kiwi internationals Shaun Johnson and Jason Nightingale have taken aim at the New Zealand Rugby League for the way it has handled its investigation into the alleged use of sleeping pills and energy...

Discord

Time to take advantage of the World Cup's success

Fairfax Media writer

Steve Mascord It's a popular sport among a certain section of rugby league fans in Australia to make fun of Super League, which kicks off on Friday night with Wigan playing Huddersfield.

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League

Kangaroos on mission to upstage Invincibles' record in World Cup final

Paul Gallen.

Brad Walter Australian players have set themselves the goal in next weekend's World Cup final against New Zealand of becoming the first Kangaroos team to hold opposition sides tryless in five consecutive matches.

League

Kangaroos ready for Rugby League World Cup final

Liam FitzGibbon At the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, a soft preparation was cited as a major factor behind Australia's shock loss to New Zealand in the final.

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League

Rugby League World Cup: Kiwis rookie sensation Roger Tuivasa-Sheck living the dream

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

Brad Walter MANCHESTER: At the start of the season, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck's main goal was to help Sydney Roosters win the under-20s premiership.

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League

Rugby League World Cup: Shaun Johnson's last minute try steals win for New Zealand over England

Shaun Johnson.

Steve Mascord He scored arguably the greatest ever World Cup try in one of the competition's most epic contests, he is just out of his teens - and he played on with a suspected broken leg.

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League

New Zealand's epic World Cup victory over England leaves Sonny Bill Williams battered and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves in tears

Shaun Johnson.

Brad Walter Jared Waerea-Hargreaves was in tears after New Zealand's epic 20-18 defeat of England to keep alive the Kiwis' hopes of back-to-back World Cup wins, while Sonny Bill Williams described the semi-final...

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Rugby League

Brent Tate sweats on Billy Slater's World Cup final fitness

Brent Tate.

Aside from Billy Slater himself, nobody will be sweating on the Kangaroos full-back's World Cup final availability more than veteran centre.

League

Kangaroos veterans face last chance to add Rugby League World Cup win to their resume

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 26: Cooper Cronk (L) and Brent Tate of Australia limbers up during the Australia Training Session at Sport City on November 26, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Cameron Smith, Johnathan Thurston, Cooper Cronk, Billy Slater, Brent Tate and Corey Parker have won grand finals, State of Origins and Four Nations tournaments but unless the Kangaroos beat New...

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League

Sonny Bill Williams credits Kieran Foran for surge in form at Rugby League World Cup

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 23:  Sonny Bill Williams of New Zealand is held up by Gareth Widdop (#6) and Brett Ferres (R) of England during the Rugby League World Cup Semi Final match between New Zealand and England at Wembley Stadium on November 23, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Sonny Bill Williams believes he is playing better in the World Cup than he did this season for Sydney Roosters and has praised roommate Kieran Foran for helping him to take his game to another level.

League

Rugby League World Cup: Kangaroos and Kiwis face injury dilemmas

Billy Slater

Brad Walter Australian coach Tim Sheens and his New Zealand counterpart Stephen Kearney may be forced to make early decisions on the fitness of their injured stars as World Cup rules need them to name squads 48...

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League

Billy Slater named in squad for World Cup final

Billy Slater.

Liam FitzGibbon Billy Slater has been included in Australia's 19-man squad to face New Zealand after clearing the first hurdle in his quest to be fit for Saturday's Rugby League World Cup final.

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League

Frank Pritchard out of World Cup final

Frank Pritchard.

Liam FitzGibbon New Zealand backrower Frank Pritchard has been ruled out of Saturday's Rugby League World Cup final after failing to recover from a hamstring injury.

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World Cup final: Australia v New Zealand

The lowdown: World Cup final: Australia v New Zealand.