World Cup

South Sydney's Jason Clark volunteers as backup hooker

Brad Walter South Sydney interchange forward Jason Clark is prepared to share the dummy half duties with rookie hooker Api Koroisau in Sunday night's premiership decider.


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.


Kiwi winger Roger Tuivasa-Sheck fit for Rugby League World Cup final

Roger Tuivasa-Sheck

New Zealand have received a huge boost with in-form winger Roger Tuivasa-Sheck passed fit for Saturday’s Rugby League World Cup final.

Live: Australia v New Zealand, Rugby League World Cup Final 2013


Matt Bungard Join LeagueHQ for full, live coverage of the Rugby League World Cup Final from Old Trafford in Manchester.

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Scores out of 10

Player ratings for World Cup final

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Who were the best performed Kangaroos in the final?

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Canberra Raiders' Brett White and Paul Vaughan stand up for World Cup

Brett White playing for Ireland at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. Photo: Getty Images

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Raiders prop Brett White has branded criticism of the World Cup as ''closed minded'.


Rugby League World Cup Final 2013: Kangaroos favourites, but wary of Kiwi ambush

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Brad Walter Australian players are wary of another ambush from New Zealand in the World Cup final after losing to the Kiwis in the last two big deciders the countries have played.

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South Africa bid for 2017 World Cup

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Steve Mascord South Africa have submitted their bid document for the 2017 World Cup and remain confident of stealing the tournament from under the noses of Australia and New Zealand.


Greg Inglis fit for Kangaroos World Cup tour

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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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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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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.


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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Twins to play out World Cup dreams

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


Catalans dominate France World Cup squad

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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

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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

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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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Tohu Harris cut from New Zealand rugby league World Cup squad

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Melbourne Storm backrower Tohu Harris has been cut from the Kiwis' World Cup squad to make way for Sonny Bill Williams.

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Sonny Bill Williams defends decision to take Tohu Harris' World Cup place


Brad Walter Sonny Bill Williams says he feels "like shit" for taking Tohu Harris's place in New Zealand's World Cup side but believes he would have lifelong regrets if he again missed the opportunity to play in...

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