Panthers still supreme after fierce Roosters challenge

Penrith’s representative round contingent have shrugged off fitness concerns, returning to club level in the NRL to defeat a spirited Sydney Roosters 26-18. The minor premiership now appears a formality for the Panthers, who are the most successful team after 16 rounds this century, and could be four wins clear at the top of the … Read more

Pacific Tests live: Kiwis dominate Tonga as rugby league makes explosive return to New Zealand

It’s International Saturday for rugby league, with three big Pacific Tests. New Zealand have gotten things rolling with a 26-6 win over Tonga in Auckland, marking rugby league’s return to Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium. The action is moving to Campbelltown in Sydney, with an international double-header — first up is Samoa taking on Cook Islands, then Papua New Guinea … Read more

The five moments that stood out as New South Wales won women’s Origin

New South Wales outlasted Queensland in another interstate battle royale in front of a record women’s State of Origin crowd of 11,321 fans in Canberra on Friday night. With staunch defence, brutal hit-ups and levels of skill to match, the game was a perfect example of why this will be the last Origin series that features … Read more

Legend of the lost legend: Anthony Milford is the Queensland great who never was

The old adage says that leaders are born, not made. But in rugby league, if somebody sticks around the same team for long enough they, by default, become something of an elder statesman, even if they don’t really seem suited to it.  That’s how Cameron Munster and Anthony Milford, who are just 27, have ended … Read more

Best of five on the line when New South Wales meet Queensland in the women’s State of Origin

In the final year of one-off women’s Origin matches, and at two wins each for New South Wales and Queensland after four meetings, there’s even more on the line than usual when the rivals meet in Canberra on Friday night. Key points: Both New South Wales and Queensland have won two games each under the State … Read more

Rugby league bans transgender players from women’s internationals after FINA’s ruling on swimmers

The International Rugby League (IRL) has banned transgender women from matches, as numerous sports review their policies after FINA’s decision on swimming was announced on Monday. Key points: The IRL said it needed to do more research to establish a formal transgender inclusion policy The chair of the IRL’s board said the sports still has … Read more

‘We have no safety net’: Blues coach Fittler defends seven changes for Origin II

NSW coach Brad Fittler has defended his decision to make seven changes to his Blues squad after the narrow loss in the State of Origin series opener, insisting he couldn’t afford not to “reassess”. Key points: NSW must beat Queensland in game two in Perth on Sunday to keep the State of Origin series alive … Read more

Maroons confirm Origin debutant for game two as Jai Arrow remains on the bench

Queensland coach Billy Slater has kept faith with a winning side after the Maroons took the series lead with a 16-10 win in game one. Injuries to winger Xavier Coates and lock Reuben Cotter prompted the main changes to the squad, with Murray Taulagi coming in for Coates and while Tino Fa’asuamaleaui has moved into the … Read more

Blues make seven changes to State of Origin squad for Game II

New South Wales coach Brad Fittler has made seven changes to his squad for next Sunday’s must-win State of Origin II in Perth. Key points: The Blues were shell shocked by the Maroons in Game I, losing 16-10 in Sydney There is still no place for Bulldogs flier Josh Addo-Carr The Blues travel to Perth … Read more

Three tries in four minutes: Late North Queensland hurricane blows Manly away

It was another big Friday of NRL action with North Queensland scoring three tries in four minutes late in the match to blow Manly away before Melbourne handed Brisbane their first defeat in almost three months.  Check out all the news, scores and stats below. North Queensland Cowboys 28 def Manly Sea Eagles 26 A second-half collapse … Read more