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Canberra Raiders' performance won't influence whether prop Paul Vaughan will re-sign

Paul Vaughan is keen to re-sign with the Raiders despite their on-field woes.

David Polkinghorne Paul Vaughan says the Raiders' performance will have no bearing on whether he re-signs with the club.

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World Cup cricket match threatens Auckland Nines tournament

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Adrian Proszenko A scheduling clash with the cricket World Cup threatens to derail plans to stage the NRL Auckland Nines at Eden Park next year.

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Sydney Roosters, North Queensland Cowboys and Warriors seek cure for World Cup hangover

Heavy workload: Johnathan Thurston is one of 12 Cowboys stars backing up from the World Cup.

Michael Chammas It's no surprise those teams suffering from the strongest dose of a World Cup hangover were those heavily represented in last year's end-of-season tournament in the United Kingdom.

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Canberra Raiders star Josh Papalii volunteered to play reserve grade after World Cup hangover

Searching for form: Raiders star Josh Papalii has struggled with injury and fitness in 2014.

Lee Gaskin Canberra Raiders coach Ricky Stuart says Josh Papalii was ''couraegous'' in admitting he needs match fitness.

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

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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...

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Time to take advantage of the World Cup's success

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

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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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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...

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Australia and NZ to host 2017 Rugby League World Cup

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

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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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Benji Marshall wants World Cup swansong

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Ian McCullough Benji Marshall wants to finish his rugby league career by helping New Zealand defend their World Cup crown in the UK later this year, if he's allowed to play.

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Furner, Sheens focus on World Cup

Chris Wilson Tim Sheens and David Furner will meet soon to sharpen their focus on winning the World Cup.

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Benji Marshall not named in New Zealand World Cup squad

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Benji Marshall is out of the Kiwis squad for the World Cup but Adam Blair, Sam McKendry, and Tim Simona are among those who have been named in the first Kiwis train-on squad.

Canterbury Bulldogs expect Sam Kasiano's fitness to have benefitted from his role for New Zealand at the World Cup

Ben Horne Canterbury are hoping Sam Kasiano's World Cup-extended season will mean Dogzilla can hit the ground running in 2014.

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Benji wants World Cup farewell before pursuing All Blacks dream

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Adrian Proszenko Benji Marshall has set himself the challenge of winning a Rugby World Cup with the All Blacks – but not before holding aloft the league variety in his 13-man swan song.

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Watmough right for final but World Cup may be stretching it

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Brad Walter Fears of incurring permanent damage to his injured right knee may force Manly forward Anthony Watmough to withdraw from the Australian team for the end-of-season World Cup.

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Spectre of ASADA sanctions threat to World Cup squads

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Roy Masters Fears that NRL players participating in next month's World Cup in Britain could be served with Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority infraction notices and be sent home have thrown the tournament...

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Shining Knight: Uate in frame to score recall for World Cup

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Robert Dillon Knights flyer Akuila Uate has surged into contention for an international recall after his dynamic performances at the cut-throat end of the NRL season.

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Three Burgess brothers named in England World Cup squad

Brad Walter South Sydney's Burgess twins, George and Thomas, will join brother Sam in the England squad for the upcoming World Cup but sibling Luke has missed out.