Rugby League

Former NRL star Jarryd Hayne jailed for five years and nine months for sexual assault

 Disgraced former NRL star Jarryd Hayne has been jailed for five years and nine months for sexually assaulting a woman in her Newcastle home while his taxi waited outside. Hayne, 33, was convicted in March of two counts...

Best team selected in round seven of Ron Massey Cup

Kaiviti Silktails coach Wes Naiqama has picked another top team to face the Hawks in the seventh round of the 2021 Ron Massey Cup clash this weekend. The Fijians who are placed sixth in the competition will face the seventh placed Hawks in what is expected to be a tightly contested match at the Mascot...

5th May

Panthers brace for impact of record Origin representation

(NRL)—Panthers halfback Nathan Cleary is wary of the impact the 2021 Origin series could have as the NRL front runners prepare for possibly their highest representation in club history. Cleary is no stranger to the Ampol State of Origin arena but is the only player in the current squad who has endured the physical and...

From shelf-stacking to an hour’s notice: Warrior’s whirlwind debut

(NRL)—Less than a year ago, Warrior No.260 was sorting mail and packages in an Auckland warehouse for $19 an hour. Less than two hours before kick-off in Gosford, rookie winger Ed Kosi was gearing up for nothing more than a stint in the stands as the Cowboys took on the nomadic Warriors. But with veteran...

4th May

Rugby League World Cup still on track

Six months out from the biggest Rugby League World Cup in history, organisers are forging ahead with the event, while other codes have got cold feet. The Rugby League World Cup for men, women and wheelchair athletes will draw teams from 21 nations – including several which are still struggling with COVID-19. Thirty-two teams from...

‘Taumalolo-like’: The impact of Johns brothers, SBW’s Samoa coaching dream

NRL)—A coaching team of Sonny Bill Williams and the Johns brothers, Andrew and Matthew, could have a similar impact for Toa Samoa as Jason Taumalolo and Andrew Fifita’s decision to play for Tonga and has received support from International Rugby League chairman Troy Grant. With almost as many eligible players to draw on as Queensland,...

Manu Vatuvei facing methamphetamine charges

(NZ HERALD)—With one Instagram post Manu Vatuvei brought to an end an 18-month long legal battle to keep his name secret. Since charges of importing, possessing and supplying methamphetamine were laid against Vatuvei in November 2019, the rugby league star had spent months fighting for name suppression to keep his name out of any news...

Andrew Mehrtens claims second NRL team in New Zealand would be financially questionable

Former All Black Andrew Mehrtens has poured scorn on the suggestion of a second NRL team, saying he would “question whether [it] would stack up financially’’. Mehrtens, who played 70 tests for the All Blacks, now lives in Australia and is a columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald. He wrote in his latest column that the...

No fairytale finish for NRL hero Brett Morris with knee injury set to end career

Brett Morris’ illustrious rugby league career appears all but over after scans confirmed the 34-year-old winger has a torn ACL and will likely need surgery. A devastated Morris was in tears after suffering the season-ending injury during the Sydney Roosters’ big NRL win over Newcastle on Saturday night. The Roosters entered Sunday hoping for a...

Sonny Bill Williams and Johns brothers want to coach Samoa national rugby league team

Sonny Bill Williams and brothers Andrew and Matty Johns are reportedly keen to coach the Samoa national team. Sydney’s Matt Parish is in charge of Samoa for the Rugby League World Cup, but the trio of former NRL stars are interested in the role going forward, although none of them have formal coaching experience at...

NRL: Warriors Roger Tuivasa-Sheck moves to joint leader in Dally M standings

Warriors captain Roger Tuivasa-Sheck has moved to the top of the NRL player of the year standings as he eyes a second Dally M Medal before switching to rugby union. Tuivasa-Sheck – the Dally M winner in 2018 – has had a rich run of recent form which has allowed him to join Penrith Panthers...

3rd May

Big part to play in our club’s future’: Warriors lock up Rocco Berry, son of former All Black Marty Berry

It’s taken just two NRL games and less than 10 rugby league matches full stop to convince the Warriors a son of a former All Black is heading for stardom. Rocco Berry, a try-scorer in the Warriors’ 24-20 victory over the Cowboys on Sunday, has re-committed to the club with a contract extension until the end of...

Best for Bati

Another two tries in the 38-0 win over the Bulldogs in the NRL on Saturday night will be a boost for Parramatta Eels star Maika Sivo as he continues to impress his Fiji Bati coaches ahead of the Rugby League World Cup later this year. Sivo’s performance and also of the other Fijian players in...

Rugby League World Cup still on track

Six months out from the biggest Rugby League World Cup in history organisers are forging ahead with the event, while other codes have got cold feet. The Rugby League World Cup for men, women and wheelchair athletes will draw teams from 21 nations – including several which are still struggling with Covid-19. Thirty-two teams from...

Warriors hang on for narrow win

The Warriors have hung on to scrape their way to a 24-20 NRL win over the North Queensland Cowboys at Central Coast Stadium in Gosford. A 24-4 half-time lead proved to be just enough for a Warriors team that now has four wins from eight matches this season. After showing promise during his NRL debut...

2nd May

Disruptions for schools rugby league program

FIJI National Rugby League acting chief executive officer Don Natabe said the COVID-19 situation had been a disruption in momentum for our top secondary schools rugby league players. “After a successful Fiji secondary schools rugby league final, we had selected a number of outstanding athletes to participate in the league of legends program that was...

1st May

New FNRL season

THE Fiji National Rugby League is now looking to start its 2021 Vodafone Cup season in June due to the COVID-19 restrictions in the country. The opening round was initially planned for early May. “The initial date to start the season was Saturday May 15, but with the 14-day stand down period it is expected...

Broncos stun Titans with their greatest NRL comeback win

Brisbane have staged their greatest NRL comeback, beating Gold Coast 36-28 despite the Titans scoring four times in the opening 13 minutes of an incredible derby. The Broncos trailed 22-0 after 15 minutes in Friday night’s clash and looked all at sea before scoring 36 consecutive points to eclipse their previous-best 18-point comeback against Canberra...

30th April

Kodi Nikorima takes up option in Warriors contract to stay with club in 2022

Kodi Nikorima has taken up the option in his contract, to remain with the Warriors next season. The 27-year-old had an option in his favour for 2022 and Stuff understands he had until this weekend to inform the club whether or not he’d take it up. He informed them on Thursday night he wanted to...

Māori and Pasifika rugby league bodies join forces

Six nations have joined forces to promote Māori and Pasifika rugby league in New Zealand, with the launch of the Pasifika Aotearoa Rugby League Collective. Organisations representing Tokelau, Fiji, Tonga, the Cook Islands, Niue and the New Zealand Māori Rugby League signed a memorandum of understanding in Auckland last night, with support from New Zealand...

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