World Cup

Sam Burgess quizzed Sonny Bill Williams before making decision to switch codes

Sam Burgess

Michael Chammas South Sydney forward Sam Burgess has revealed he consulted Sonny Bill Williams about switching codes before eventually making the decision to play rugby union after this year's NRL campaign.

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League

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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League

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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League

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.

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

Rugby League World Cup: Billy Slater salutes physio after fairytale comeback

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30:  Billy Slater of Australia signs autographs after the Rugby League World Cup final between New Zealand and Australia at Old Trafford on November 30, 2013 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Paul Thomas/Getty Images)

Brad Walter Billy Slater gave his World Cup winner's medal to Australian and Melbourne physiotherapist Tony Ayoub in appreciation of his efforts to get the star fullback on the field in the tournament decider.

League

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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League

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.

Rugby League World Cup: Kangaroos crowned world champions

Cooper Cronk of Australia.

Brad Walter The Kangaroos delivered a rugby league master class to claim a 10th World Cup title with a 34-2 demolition of New Zealand in Saturday's final at Old Trafford.

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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

Watmough right for final but World Cup may be stretching it

Anthony Watmough

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.

League

Spectre of ASADA sanctions threat to World Cup squads

Fairfax Media writer

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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League

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

Akuila Uate

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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League

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.

League

Greg Inglis fit for Kangaroos World Cup tour

Greg Inglis

Glenn Jackson South Sydney superstar Greg Inglis will be selected for Australia's World Cup campaign and is almost certain to tour after being effectively cleared to play despite his late-season knee troubles.

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Rugby League

Josh Papalii named in World Cup squad

Sport.  Canberra Raiders player Josh Papalii during the Raiders Captain's Run at Canberra Stadium.  9 June 2013 Canberra Times photo by Jeffrey Chan.

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Raiders star Josh Papalii's remarkable rise is complete after he was named in Australia's 24-man World Cup squad.

Rugby League

Twins to play out World Cup dreams

Brett Morris.

Adam Pengilly Brett Morris intent on widening gulf between Australia and its challengers in the World Cup.

League

Catalans dominate France World Cup squad

Clint Greenshields.

Damien Cardace has been called up to the France squad for the Rugby League World Cup beginning later this month, taking Catalans Dragons' contingent to 16 of the 24 players.

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Cordner hit by news of World Cup selection

Boyd Cordner

Michael Carayannis ''Seriously? Wow. I don't know ... This has caught me by surprise.'' That was the reaction of Roosters back-rower Boyd Cordner as he pulled a Captain Planet outfit from his car boot, readying himself...

Sonny Bill Williams available for Rugby League World Cup, confirms Stephen Kearney

Sonny Bill Williams.

Brad Walter Sonny Bill Williams has explained the reasons behind his stunning change of heart over playing for the Kiwis in the Rugby League World Cup, saying he hadn't thought the situation through properly and...

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