Retiring Michael Robertson says Manly Sea Eagles have been 'lucky'

Chris Wilson Two-time Manly premiership winner Michael Robertson, a former Canberra junior, says the Sea Eagles have been “lucky” to retain the senior core of their squad as the salary cap continues...


Melbourne Storm tell ticked off Dragons to 'get over' full-time siren fiasco

Adrian Proszenko Melbourne chief executive Mark Evans has told ticked off St George Illawarra officials to "get over it", claiming dubious calls such as the full-time siren debacle will always be part of the game.


Cronulla Sharks get finals warning on overhaul of structures


Adrian Proszenko Cronulla face the prospect of expulsion from this year's finals series if they fail to overhaul their governance structures to the satisfaction of the NRL.


Live: Auckland Nines 2014 - The finals


James Polson Join LeagueHQ for full, live coverage as the inaugural Auckland Nines head towards the final stages.

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Rugby League World Cup: Kangaroos team yet to be settled for finals fling

Boyd Cordner

Michael Carayannis DUBLIN: Australian coach Tim Sheens has thrown down the challenge to his Kangaroo charges by declaring spots are still up for grabs as they head into the their last pool game against Ireland.


Young players can get Tigers to finals in 2014: Anasta

Braith Anasta.

James MacSmith Braith Anasta says Wests Tigers can rebound from a horror 2013 to emerge as an NRL finals force next season.

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Penrith stumble with the finals in sight

Ivan Cleary

Brad Walter Penrith coach Ivan Cleary has conceded his team's finals chances have taken a significant hit after crashing 38-10 to Cronulla on Sunday at Remondis Stadium.

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Rams squander a half-time lead to miss finals spot

Mitch Vincent scores a try for the Woden Valley Rams during the game against Belconnen United Scholars.

Jon Tuxworth The sight of Woden Valley skipper Josh Burns with his head in his hands after Saturday's loss to Belconnen United said it all.

Finals crush has codes put squeeze on stadium


Michael Chammas The NRL and AFL are on a collision course for September, with the potential of five games in Sydney across three days leaving the codes to fight for priority at ANZ Stadium.

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While Titans linger in finals race, Tigers look like minds are elsewhere

Phil Gould dinkus

Phil Gould For Gold Coast, this match represented the win they just had to have. Four losses in a row over the past month had them heading in the wrong direction on the ladder.

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New finals system puts top four in driving seat

Sonny Bill

Michael Chammas If history is anything to go by, the Bulldogs, Sharks, Knights, Raiders and Warriors can all start planning their holidays for the October long weekend.

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Shillington backs Raiders for big finals fling

WOLLONGONG, AUSTRALIA - JULY 27:  David Shillington of the Raiders tackles Trent Merrin of the Dragons during the round 20 match between the St George Illawarra Dragons and the Canberra Raiders at WIN Stadium on July 27, 2013 in Wollongong, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

Lee Gaskin Canberra Raiders prop David Shillington believes his injury-hit side can still make an impact in the finals.


Watmough, Hodges and Cordner join big names on sidelines before finals

Anthony Watmough

Michael Carayannis Anthony Watmough, Justin Hodges and Boyd Cordner join a host of representative stars sidelined in the lead-up to their teams finals charge.

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Raiders' finals hopes take a hit as Fensom ruled out

SPORT: Canberra Raiders v Melbourne Storm at Canberra stadium, Bruce. Raiders player Shaun Fensom reacts after the Storms scored another try. 4th August 2013 .Photo by MELISSA ADAMS of The Canberra Times..

Jon Tuxworth Canberra Raiders star Shaun Fensom has been ruled out for four to six weeks with a thumb injury in a major blow to the NRL club's finals hopes.

Queensland NRL teams still in hunt for finals

TOWNSVILLE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 26:  Glenn Hall of the Cowboys is tackled by Matt Gillett of the Broncos during the round 20 NRL match between the North Queensland Cowboys and the Brisbane Broncos at 1300SMILES Stadium on July 26, 2013 in Townsville, Australia.  (Photo by Ian Hitchcock/Getty Images)

Connor O'Brien With five rounds remaining in the NRL finals race, competition for spots in the top eight is heating up.


Panthers maintain slim finals hopes by beating Warriors

Dave Simmons

David Long Last season the Warriors wrote the book on how to blow late-season games and on Sunday they were at it again, in a loss that probably spells the end of their finals aspirations.

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Tamou: Henry sacking will look hasty if Cowboys ride into finals


Steve Mascord North Queensland coach Neil Henry is still in with a hope of embarrassing the club that sacked him.

Reynolds gets his kicks on smooth route to finals

Adam Reynolds

Adrian Proszenko The first form slump in the career of Adam Reynolds has been a mini one. South Sydney were in danger of limping into the finals, with the form of their gun halfback reflecting that of the team during...

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Don't count us out of finals yet, says coach

SPORT: Canberra Raiders v Manly Warringah at Canberra Stadium, Bruce. Raiders player Brett White walks off the field after the match.   25th August 2013 .Photo by MELISSA ADAMS of The Canberra Times.

Lee Gaskin Canberra Raiders are adamant they can put continuing dramas aside to conjure a miracle finals appearance.


NRL rejects call to ban Sharks from finals as Bombers face September axe

Sharks players

Brad Walter NRL officials have rejected calls to banish Cronulla from the upcoming finals series and will deal with any fallout from the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority investigation after the season is...

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