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  • Playing without a number of its experienced stars for the first time, a new-look Kangaroos side suffers a surprise loss 26-24 to New Zealand in Auckland.

  • Isabelle Kelly fires the Australian Jillaroos to a thrilling 26-24 win over New Zealand in their women's rugby league Test at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland.

  • Unwritten rules have been a part of sport for over a century, but is it time to discard them in the modern era, asks Simon Smale?


  • Women playing elite sport are up to 10 times more likely than men to rupture their anterior cruciate ligament, but according to a surgeon who performs about 300 knee reconstructions per year, the vast majority of those injuries can be avoided.


  • People watching the 2018 NRL grand final on TV were exposed to 376 instances of alcohol advertising, researchers claim, as they renew calls for an end to alcohol advertisements during sporting events.


  • The former Newcastle Knights forward, whose NRL career was cut shot by a serious spinal injury, becomes a parent for the first time as his wife Teigan gives birth to a baby girl.

  • The Melbourne Storm want to adopt a fan-ownership model, in what is a brave but innovative move to compete in the fierce Australian sporting marketplace.

  • Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga says he wants to move on from Greg Inglis' drink driving incident.

  • Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga says Greg Inglis has "paid the price" over his drink-driving and speeding charges which have seen him banned for two Tests.

  • In a move that is hardly surprising, Channel Nine decides to pull the plug on the NRL Footy Show after 25 years on air.

  • Rugby League superstar Greg Inglis will remain as the captain of the Kangaroos, after being charged with drink driving and speeding.

  • Rugby League star Greg Inglis is handed a two-game suspension after being charged with drink driving and speeding while travelling from Dubbo to Sydney.


  • Greg Inglis is facing mid-range drink driving and speeding charges after being pulled over on his way to Sydney from Dubbo.

  • The Koori Knockout rugby competition, regarded as one of the biggest gatherings of Indigenous people in the world, has just wrapped up after four days celebrating football, culture and friendship.

    By Lucy Thackray

  • Australia's Jillaroos will take on New Zealand in Auckland on October 13.

  • Some fans dressed up, many brought their kids and others drove three hours — and back again — just to get a glimpse of the cup. It's celebration time for the red, white and bluesters — and thousands of fans did just that.


  • Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga rings the changes, naming four debutants in a 19-man squad for Tests against New Zealand and Tonga, with Greg Inglis installed as captain.

  • Cooper Cronk's mental strength was praised by Roosters coach Trent Robinson after the champion half-back played the grand final with a fractured scapula, leading the Roosters to their first Premiership since 2013.

  • Billy Slater is living proof that fairy tales do not always have happy endings, as he ends his NRL career with the Melbourne Storm's grand final loss to the Sydney Roosters.

  • Melbourne Storm catch a break to put six points on the board, but are denied victory as Roosters seal the title.

  • Cooper Cronk plays the NRL grand final with a broken scapula, helping to inspire the Sydney Roosters to a 21-6 win over the Melbourne Storm to claim the premiership.

  • The Sydney Roosters control gameplay against Melbourne Storm in the first half of the 2018 NRL Grand Final.

  • The Roosters win their first NRL premiership in five years, as they defeat the Storm 21-6 in the grand final. Relive all the action as it happened in our blog.

  • The Brisbane Broncos beat the Sydney Roosters 34-12 in a dominant NRLW Grand Final, with five-eight Kimiora Nati claiming a sensational hat-trick.

  • The Roosters and Storm are deservedly the last two teams standing in the NRL and the key match-ups in the grand final suggest this will be a season decider to remember.

  • Before the men take the field in Sunday's NRL grand final, the Sydney Roosters and Brisbane Broncos will go head to head in the first women's NRL grand final, showcasing the best of female talent in the sport — with hopes next year's competition will be even bigger.


  • For NRL fans who don't support the Storm or the Roosters, the Grand Final will be like watching Cruella de Vil and her twin sister strolling into a lost dogs' home, while the AFL final will see fans trapped between the devil of Collingwood and West Coast's deep blue sea, writes Richard Hinds.

    By Offsiders columnist

  • As thousands head to Dubbo for the annual Koori Knockout, its reputation as a showcase for rugby league's most promising male and female players remains unmatched.

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  • From caravan parks to carpeted football fields, the sacrifices made by the sport's elite kicks women's rugby league into the mainstream, with this weekend's grand final 30 years in the making.


  • Storm coach Craig Bellamy knows Cooper Cronk better than most, which is why he is planning on his injured former pupil lining up for the Roosters in Sunday's NRL grand final.

  • Roger Tuivasa-Sheck claims the NRL's highest individual honour, winning the Dally M Medal before a performance of the haka in his honour steals the show.

  • The brother of rugby league player James Ackerman, who was killed after a high-impact shoulder charge in 2015, levels scathing criticism at the decision to clear Billy Slater, saying it "insulted" his brother.

  • Billy Slater is granted the chance of a fairy tale finish to his rugby league career, with the Melbourne Storm great cleared to play in Sunday's NRL grand final after avoiding suspension for a shoulder charge at a marathon judiciary hearing.

  • Wayne Bennett will finish up as Brisbane Broncos coach at the end of the 2019 season after the club decides not to extend his contract.

  • Sydney Roosters full-back James Tedesco doesn't have a great record against the Storm's Billy Slater, but he hopes to get the chance to test himself against the NRL's benchmark number one in the grand final.

  • Roosters half-back Cooper Cronk admits he is a long shot to play in Sunday's grand final, saying either 'God or science' will say whether he will take the field or not.

  • Before considering Billy Slater's fate in cold legalese, or even feeling jubilant he will miss out on a grand final, try putting yourself in his boots, writes Richard Hinds.

    By Offsiders columnist

  • The Melbourne Storm will do everything possible to ensure Billy Slater is free to play in next Sunday's grand final after he was hit with a grade one shoulder charge, club boss David Donaghy says.


  • It's the Roosters versus the Storm in the grand final, after the Tricolours beat South Sydney — but Cooper Cronk's injured shoulder could put him out of the decider.

  • Billy Slater has been charged with a grade one shoulder charge in the preliminary final victory over Cronulla, meaning he will have to successfully fight the charge at the judiciary to have any chance of playing in next week's grand final.

  • The architect of the Sydney Football Stadium says its imminent demolition represents a shift away from stadiums designed for the people and a move towards sporting elitism.


  • Billy Slater says farewell to AAMI Park with two tries, but he could be in trouble with the judiciary as Melbourne Storm seals a spot in the grand final with a comfortable win over Cronulla.

  • South Sydney's alleged lewd video saga ends with the club announcing an investigation has concluded no Rabbitohs player has breached NRL rules, their playing contract or the code of conduct.

  • The stadium was opened by the Unsworth Labor government in 1988 and has seen 12 million people watch 669 rugby league games, 126 finals and 14 Origin matches.

  • The End of an Era – Farewell to the iconic Sydney Football Stadium. A look back at some of the most memorable moments across the Sydney Football Stadium's 30-year lifespan.

  • Classic grand finals, Wallabies wins, famous visitors, jaw-dropping tries and plenty of biff; the soon-to-be-demolished Sydney Football Stadium has packed plenty of memorable moments into its 30 years.

    By Will Davies

  • It may go almost unnoticed in the AFL-obsessed Melbourne, but the Storm's NRL preliminary final against the Sharks has the potential to trump the hype of the Tigers versus Magpies showdown, writes Richard Hinds.

    By Offsiders columnist

  • In a massive blow to their chances of advancing to the NRL season decider, the Cronulla Sharks lose captain Paul Gallen to injury ahead of the preliminary final against the Storm.

  • A Sydney magistrate blasts South Sydney NRL player Zane Musgrove, saying he is "no different to a bus driver or anyone else" and should not receive special treatment, as he pleads guilty to damaging property.


  • Sam Burgess is hurt to see his family under emotional strain, as the South Sydney forward addresses reports his social media account was linked to a nude sexting scandal.

    By Shaun Giles

  • Interest in women's rugby league is growing in Indigenous communities, with one carnival helping to improve health and fitness.

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  • The Brisbane Broncos' quest for the NRL title might have come to an end but the women's contingent appear to already have one hand on the trophy in the inaugural NRL Women's Premiership — but can they be stopped?

  • An Adam Reynolds field goal with less than 20 seconds on the clock sees South Sydney beat St George Illawarra 13-12 in a dramatic NRL semi-final at Sydney's Olympic stadium.

  • Penrith produces a big second-half comeback, but falls short to a late Chad Townsend field goal as Cronulla advances to meet the Melbourne Storm in next week's preliminary final.

  • South Sydney coach Anthony Seibold admits being blindsided by the club's investigation into accusations two stars exposed their private parts without consent in a FaceTime chat in May.

  • The distance between overzealous media officials and coaches, and the unsympathetic media, means that empathy is lost, the void filled by mutual suspicion and contempt, writes Richard Hinds.

    By Offsiders columnist

  • Ben Hunt is advised to get off social media in the wake of the vile abuse he received in the lead-up to the NRL finals series.

  • Latrell Mitchell fails in his bid to have one-match suspension for a crusher tackle overturned, and will miss the Sydney Roosters' preliminary final.

  • A 17-minute, first half hat-trick by powerful backrower Tariq Sims propels the Dragons to an upset 30-point elimination final win over the Broncos, but it comes at a cost as James Graham, Jack de Belin and Gareth Widdop fail to complete the match.

  • The bruising qualifying final between the Sharks and the Roosters proves costly for both sides, with Wade Graham's season ending with an ACL injury and Latrell Mitchell facing a one-match suspension for a crusher tackle.

  • The Sydney Roosters are through to the NRL's final four for the fifth time in six years after downing the Cronulla Sharks in their qualifying final. The Sharks will now meet the Panthers, who downed the Warriors at the Olympic Stadium.

  • Disgruntled referees say they are being left behind and their contributions to the NRL are not valued as their pay remains unchanged, while player salaries jump and club revenue climbs.


  • Melbourne's premiership defence remains on track, as a Cameron Munster field goal in the dying stages gives the Storm a 29-28 victory over the Rabbitohs in a pulsating NRL qualifying final.

  • Two Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs players will face court charged over their antics during Mad Monday celebrations, while the club has been slapped with a 0,000 fine from the NRL.


  • With the regular season done and dusted, Andrew Moore and Ralph Tucker look back at the final round of action and preview the finals with Matthew Elliott. We chat with Cronulla hooker Jayden Brailey, recap the tries of the week and reflect on some of the weekend’s weirdness.

  • The Broncos post a 48-16 victory over the Sea Eagles to wrap up a home final in the first week of the NRL play-offs, while the Sharks finish fourth on the ladder on the back of a 30-18 win over the Bulldogs.

  • Overwhelmed and humbled, Johnathan Thurston thanks the NRL community as he bring down the curtain on one of the greatest careers carved out in rugby league.

  • The Roosters are crowned NRL minor premiers ahead of the Storm with a convincing win over the Eels, as Johnathan Thurston finishes his career on a victorious note with the Cowboys and the Dragons defeat the Knights.

  • Once part of what was known as the Koori State of Origin, the Crookhaven Magpies Rugby League Club is making a grand return to competition, and their resurgence is having a major social impact.


  • The Storm lose to the Panthers at AAMI Park — and have to hope the Roosters don't thrash bottom-of-the-ladder Parramatta to steal the minor premiership — after the Warriors hold off the Raiders for a win.

  • Wests Tigers get the opening try, then South Sydney runs all over them for a crushing win that locks up the double chance for the Rabbitohs.

  • It's been the closest race for the NRL minor premiership ever, and Melbourne's shock loss to Penrith opened the door for Sydney to pounce. With most of round 25 complete, what effect has there been on the top-four permutations and where could your team finish now?


  • Todd Greenberg has confirmed that the NRL's integrity unit is making inquiries into "salary cap matters" at the Cronulla Sharks during the 2015 and 2017 seasons, but that any breach did not occur in the 2018 season.

  • Dylan Napa will miss the start of the Sydney Roosters' NRL finals campaign after pleading guilty to a dangerous contact charge on Brisbane hooker Andrew McCullough.

  • The Dragons are set to limp into the finals after a terrible loss to the Bulldogs at Kogarah, while the Sharks get the job done against the Knights at home.

  • Dylan Napa faces four weeks on the sidelines after the match review committee charges him with grade three dangerous contact following a sickening, head-first tackle on Andrew McCullough in what was a carbon copy of his round 11 collision with Korbin Sims.

  • The Roosters waste a chance to keep the pressure on the Storm with a loss to Brisbane, after the Raiders produce a big comeback win in the capital and Melbourne gets the points over Gold Coast.

  • Johnathan Thurston kept a lid on his emotions after guiding the Cowboys to a comfortable victory in his final home game in Townsville.

  • Johnathan Thurston says goodbye to his Townsville fans in style as the Cowboys hammer the Eels 44-6, after the Warriors smashed the Panthers 36-16.

  • A Queensland school teacher who has never been to Poland has been made the country's national coach for its rugby league team. Lee Addison says he is "genuinely gobsmacked".

    By Tom Greenard

  • Wests Tigers keep their slim finals hopes alive by withstanding a late charge for Manly to run out 22-20 winners in Campbelltown.

  • Manly's coaching dramas continue, with an angry Trent Barrett hitting out at club management but refusing to comment on his future at Brookvale.

  • Television network WIN Corporation agrees to take on a 50 per cent stake in the St George Illawarra Dragons NRL club.


  • Parramatta's salary cap management is again under question, as the club denies allegations it has broken the rules regarding third party benefits for players.

  • There is everything to play for in the final two rounds of the NRL regular season, with the entire top eight separated by just four points.

  • Shane Flanagan says "we'll just get on with it" in the wake of powerful forward Andrew Fifita shouting and pointing aggressively at the Cronulla coaches box during a post-try celebration.

    By Max Gay

  • The Raiders rob the Roosters the chance to stay on top of the NRL ladder with a 14-12 triumph, while a late field goal gives the Bulldogs a 27-26 win over the Warriors.

  • NRL chief Todd Greenberg proposes a coaches association to help provide support and guidance to under-fire coaches as the merry-go-round continues.

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  • The Sharks defeat the Cowboys to spoil Johnathan Thurston's Sydney farewell appearance, while the Dragons get the points against the Tigers and the Knights hurt the Panthers' NRL top four hopes with an upset victory.

  • Melbourne Storm avoid a shock result by comfortably beating the Parramatta Eels, though a Cameron Smith back injury sours the night, while Manly's loss to Gold Coast signals a new low for the struggling club.

  • "All those traits we want in our players are not the traits the leaders of our game are showing," says Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy on the coaching instability.

    By Offsiders columnist

  • The Brisbane Brisbane rally late to upset the South Sydney Rabbitohs 38-18 and consolidate a top-eight spot on the NRL ladder to end another week of distractions with a much-needed victory.

  • The NRL's most banned player John Hopoate is now facing a 10-year ban from the game after a fight in a Manly A-Grade match last month.

  • Cronulla's upset win over Melbourne Storm keeps the Sharks in top four contention, while the Wests Tigers kept their finals hopes alive with a narrow win over the Raiders.

  • Parramatta makes light work of a poor St George Illawarra side in a big win, after Penrith pinched a golden point win over Gold Coast and Manly recorded an overdue win over the Bulldogs.

  • Wests Tigers coach Ivan Cleary dismisses speculation linking him with the Penrith Panthers, insisting he intends to remain with his current club for the remainder of his contract.

  • Billy Slater's parents Ron and Judy say they were sad to hear their son's plans to retire from professional football after more than 300 NRL games.


  • The Roosters get the better of rival South Sydney in a Friday night blockbuster after the Warriors took care of the Knights in a 20-4 win.

  • Of Australia's two leading football codes, which is filling the stadium stands, and which is dominating the TV ratings battle?


  • The North Queensland Cowboys edge the Broncos 34-30 in an epic Queensland Derby in Townsville to seriously dent Brisbane's hopes of a top-four NRL finish.

  • Sacked Penrith coach Anthony Griffin pays a heartfelt tribute to the players in the Panthers dressing room, and says his sacking is not about his ability but simply because he and Phil Gould don't get on.

  • Rugby League legend Steve Mortimer believes fans will be the real losers if Ivan Cleary leaves the Wests Tigers just over a year after signing a long-term deal.


  • Billy Slater announces his retirement from Rugby League.

  • After more than 300 NRL games, Melbourne Storm favourite Billy Slater decides to call it a day and bring an end to his rugby league career for good at the end of this season.


  • North Queensland Cowboys prop Scott Bolton pleads not guilty to indecent assault over an alleged incident with a woman at a Bondi bar.


  • Wests Tigers insist they won't release coach Ivan Cleary to take up a lucrative offer to join the Penrith Panthers — and his State of Origin halfback son Nathan.

  • The NRL coaching merry-go-round takes an unusual twist, as the Penrith Panthers seemingly chase after the man they sacked three years ago, Ivan Cleary.


  • Phil Gould says he has received 12 applications for the Penrith Panthers job since Anthony Griffin was sacked on Monday, with Ivan Cleary believed to be the club's preference.

  • Anthony Griffin is sensationally sacked as Penrith coach just four weeks out from the NRL finals, with the Panthers fifth on the ladder and considered a premiership contender.

  • NRL boss Todd Greenberg pledges money and free tickets to drought-hit farmers throughout the 2018 finals, saying rugby league's heartland is in the bush, and the code needs to do its bit to help.


  • The Panthers edge the Raiders in a high-scoring tryfest, after Manly beats Cronulla in golden point at Shark Park.

  • The Roosters spoil the plans of Johnathan Thurston and the Cowboys, while Parramatta gets a rare win and the Warriors beat the Dragons away from home.

  • The Rabbitohs show why they are among the NRL premiership contenders by beating the Storm 30-20, while the Tigers celebrate a 25-16 victory on the road against the Knights.

  • The Broncos let slip a chance to put pressure on the top four in the build-up to the NRL finals, falling to a committed Bulldogs outfit 36-22 at Sydney's Olympic stadium.

  • The naming of five new Immortals could have weakened the elite impact of the concept, but it's only made it more illustrious as far as new inductee Mal Meninga is concerned.

  • Dally Messenger, Dave Brown and Frank Burge become the first three players from the pre-World War II era to be named as rugby league Immortals, while Mal Meninga and Norm Provan were also added to the prestigious list.

  • NRL referees and the bunker are facing increased scrutiny in the 2018 season from coaches, commentators and supporters but league chief executive Todd Greenberg is deflecting the criticism.


  • The Roosters show why they are an NRL premiership threat with a convincing win over the Dragons, as the Titans enjoy their morale-boosting victory over the Warriors.

  • The Storm continue their NRL premiership defence by thrashing the Raiders 44-10, as the Rabbitohs and Panthers both leave it late to post victories.

  • The Bulldogs end Wests Tigers' winning run with a 16-4 victory, while the Cowboys storm home in the second half for a 20-18 win over the Knights in Townsville.

  • Angst over players' post-match smiles. Brawls in the stands. Attacks on Tour riders. Crises around every corner — we need to step back from the belief that sport is a grim and joyless pursuit, writes Richard Hinds.

    By Offsiders columnist

  • The Brisbane Broncos keep a top-four NRL finish in their sights with their seventh win in nine matches, a 12-10 result over the Cronulla Sharks.

  • Technology was meant to be the panacea that cured all of sport's problems, but recent controversies in both rugby codes have shown that it is not the case.


  • The NRL's number one referee Gerard Sutton is demoted but not dropped for his role in last Friday night's officiating mistake in the controversial Cronulla versus Canberra encounter.

  • NRL great Gorden Tallis slams clubs and coaches, suggesting they are "rorting the system" by hiring ex-referees to teach their players how to bend the rules.

  • Todd Greenberg says the bunker is here to stay, but suggests there will be changes in the middle as referees pay for "disappointment" over weekend's decisions.

  • Thirteen years after 'that' no-look flick pass which won the Wests Tigers their only NRL premiership, Benji Marshall is talking about mentoring young players instead of making chip kicks and sidesteps.


  • The Melbourne Storm goes top of the NRL ladder on points difference after an arm-wrestle win over the Warriors in Auckland while the Roosters rack up the half century against Manly to send premiership warning shot.

  • The NRL's senior referees manager says the league's officiating needs to improve following the latest high-profile refereeing blunder during the Canberra Raiders' 28-24 loss to the Cronulla Sharks.


  • The Dragons account for the Cowboys, setting up the possibility of a three-way tie for top spot on the NRL ladder, after the Wests Tigers claim the scalp of the Rabbitohs and the Knights surge past the Titans.

  • After a farcical passage of play cost the Raiders dearly in their loss to the Sharks, coach Ricky Stuart questions the treatment his team receives from the officials.


  • One of rugby league's greatest servants will hang up the boots at the end of the season, but Luke Lewis knows he has made the right decision following a decorated career.


  • The Sharks post a 28-24 win over Canberra as the NRL admits to an officiating error, while the Broncos bring up a half-century of points to trash the Panthers 50-18.

  • The Parramatta Eels give themselves a chance of avoiding the NRL wooden spoon with a 14-8 victory over fellow strugglers the Canterbury Bulldogs at Sydney's Olympic stadium.

  • The Tigers upset the Dragons 20-16 and the Warriors celebrate a 26-6 triumph over the Broncos, as the Roosters move into the top four with a 20-12 victory away to the Titans.

  • The Rabbitohs make it nine straight wins, the Storm pip the Sea Eagles in a Brookvale thriller, while the Raiders tame the Cowboys in the Canberra cold.

  • Matt Moylan plays a starring role for the impressive Sharks in their win out west against the Panthers, while the Knights hold on to edge out the Eels in Newcastle.

  • The Canberra Raiders are left "perplexed" after the NRL adds four weeks to Jack Wighton's suspension over assault charges, meaning the full-back will miss the rest of the regular season.


  • Queensland coach Kevin Walters says all the rumours about Daly Cherry-Evans can finally be put to bed after inspiring the Maroons' State of Origin III win.

  • The Queensland Maroons won the final game of the 2018 State of Origin series 18-12 on Wednesday, July 11, in Brisbane despite losing the series to the New South Wales Blues.

  • Queensland great Billy Slater leaves the State of Origin arena on a winning note, as the Maroons prevent New South Wales completing a State of Origin series whitewash with a nailbiting 18-12 victory in Game III Brisbane.

  • The Maroons restore some pride with a thrilling 18-12 victory over the Blues, who miss the chance to claim a State of Origin series sweep. Look back at how the action unfolded with our Game Three blog.


  • It's a dead rubber but there is more at stake for Queensland than avoiding a whitewash against New South Wales in State of Origin Game Three, with a number of Maroons playing for their representative futures.


  • The Broncos score five tries and keep the Titans scoreless, as they post a comprehensive 34-0 thrashing of the hosts in Robina to wrap up round 17 of the NRL.

  • Three tries inside the final six minutes sees Canberra pull off the most remarkable comeback of the NRL season to keep its faint finals hopes alive with a 32-28 victory over Canterbury.

  • For the proud Indigenous stars of the New South Wales State of Origin team, this week's chance for a series clean sweep takes on extra significance — it's right in the middle of NAIDOC week, which this year celebrates women.


  • Jarome Luai scores two tries and plays a hand in three others in Penrith's 36-4 rout of the Warriors, a result that leaves the Panthers inside the NRL top four.

  • Sam Thaiday has announced that he will retire at the end of the season, and did so in his own unique style.

  • The Storm bring up the half-century in beating the Dragons 52-30 in a remarkable fixture featuring 14 tries in Melbourne.

  • Billy Slater will captain Queensland in his 31st and final State of Origin game and his half-back will be Daly Cherry-Evans, who ends a three-year absence from the Maroons.

  • Paul Vaughan will start and Tariq Sims comes onto the bench for NSW for the Origin series finale, but Blues skipper Boyd Cordner could miss out if he can't prove his fitness.

  • Queensland's attempts to salvage some pride in the final game of State of Origin for 2018 have taken a further hit, with captain Greg Inglis ruled out with a broken thumb.

  • Adam Reynolds resigns the North Queensland to their third one-point loss in six games with a late field goal for Souths, while the Titans ruin Robbie Farah's return to Leichhardt Oval.

  • The Newcastle youngster will be out for up to a month after straining his hamstring in the Knights' defeat to the Bulldogs.

  • Newcastle fullback Kalyn Ponga suffers a worrying hamstring injury as the Knights lost heavily to Bulldogs before the Raiders let a 16-point lead slip against the Broncos. Earlier, Manly springs a surprise away to Penrith.

  • A Cameron Smith field goal in the dying stages hands the Storm a 9-8 win over the Roosters in Adelaide, while the Sharks enjoy a last-gasp 18-15 victory over the Warriors.

  • NRL ladder leaders St George Illawarra score two tries in the final seven minutes to come from behind and beat last-placed Parramatta 20-18 in Wollongong.

  • Canberra Raiders star Jack Wighton is stood down from this week's match after admitting in court to assault and urinating in public during a Canberra night out earlier this year.


  • Veteran hooker Robbie Farah "never wanted to leave" the Wests Tigers and he is humbled to be returning to the club where he played over 200 NRL matches and earned a premiership ring.


  • The usual Maroons comeback never eventuated, and there were no thoughts of a new Queensland dynasty beginning. Instead, we now wonder how they can stop the Blues creating their own, writes Richard Hinds.

    By Offsiders columnist

  • The wait is over, as New South Wales enjoys its first State of Origin series victory in four years, with the young and fearless Blues beating the Queensland Maroons 18-14 in Game II in Sydney.

  • The Blues have clinched a first State of Origin series triumph since 2014 with a frantic 18-14 victory over Queensland, sealing a 2-0 series win in Sydney. Look back at how the action unfolded in our live blog.


  • The pre-match singer for a New Zealand v England rugby league mumbles her way through the Kiwi national anthem.

  • New Zealand are stunned by England during the game and by an unusual rendition of their national anthem before it in the one-off rugby league Test match in the United States.

  • As Queensland and NSW prepare to square off in game two, Origin veterans Chris Close, Mark Coyne and Luke Lewis share the memories they'll never forget.


  • It is a recurring nightmare for New South Wales and its fans — a Queensland State of Origin comeback. But there is doubt the Maroons can claw their way back into this year's series.


  • The NRL claps back at fans angry at a photo of State of Origin opponents Karina Brown and Vanessa Foliaki kissing after last night's game in Sydney, telling them 'welcome to 2018 … can't wait for you to join us!'

  • Blues captain Maddie Studdon reveals she lost her job in her pursuit of Origin glory, before leading NSW to a defiant win over Queensland and becoming the poster girl for female athletes in Australia.

  • Women's State of Origin is here to stay, as the New South Wales Blues edge out the Queensland Maroons 16-10 in a nail-biting contest at North Sydney Oval.

  • After 19 years of contests labelled as Interstate Challenges, women's rugby league has finally been granted State of Origin status.


  • Hannah Southwell was forced to quit rugby league as she could no longer play against the boys. Instead she represented Australia in football and rugby sevens and prayed something would change in her first sporting love. Now she's ready for women's State of Origin.


  • How far would you go to follow your passion? For South Sydney Rabbitohs forward Angus Crichton, it meant giving up a digit.


  • The Brisbane Broncos prop reaches a confidential settlement compensating the victims of his drunken rampage at a New York apartment building in 2015.

    By Tim Swanston

  • Kalyn Ponga is in line to make his State of Origin debut after being named in the Maroons 18-man squad for Sunday night's game two, with Anthony Milford missing the cut at the team announcement.

  • Roosters centre Latrell Mitchell thought his career could be over after a shock neck injury on Friday night against Penrith — days later, he's now confident he will play for NSW in Origin II.


  • Craig Bellamy was expected to move to the Brisbane Broncos if he wanted a new challenge, but the Storm's chief executive says the coach was inspired to re-sign at the club for that same reason.


  • Cronulla prop Matt Prior receives a shock call-up for New South Wales as the Blues name their squad for Origin II.

  • The Raiders bounce back from a tough loss with a crushing win over Wests Tigers, while the Storm jump back in the top four with victory over the Knights in Newcastle.

  • The Broncos get the job done against Cronulla, the Dragons are back on top of the ladder, and the Titans end a losing streak against the Bulldogs.

  • State of Origin coaches Kevin Walters and Brad Fittler are sweating on a number of injuries as they prepare to name their sides for game two.

  • Despite wins for both the Roosters and Warriors over the Panthers and Cowboys respectively, high-profile injuries are the story of the Friday night action.

  • The World Cup is one of the rare occasions that transcends sporting taste. The Socceroos' opener against France clashes with the Wallabies, AFL, NRL and one-day international cricket tomorrow but if you aren't watching the action from Russia, you are not watching the big game, writes Richard Hinds.

    By Offsiders columnist

  • South Sydney winger Robert Jennings ruins older brother Michael's 250-game celebrations with four tries in the Rabbitohs' 42-24 thrashing of Parramatta.

  • Playing without an ACL might sound impossible, but it's actually more common than you might think.

  • Mid-season changes to how foul play is cracked down on in rugby league comes after a spate of late hits on playmakers like Nathan Cleary and Johnathan Thurston.


  • The Dragons leapfrog the Panthers to move back to the top spot on the NRL ladder following a tight 18-16 victory over the Bulldogs at Sydney's Olympic stadium.

  • The Melbourne Storm come good late on to dispatch the Brisbane Broncos, following the Sharks' win over Wests Tigers.

  • The Parramatta Eels host the North Queensland Cowboys in Darwin, following the Roosters' thrilling two-point win over Newcastle and the Warriors' handsome win over Manly. Follow all the live scores, stats and commentary.

  • The Panthers steal a 23-22 victory over the Raiders via a late Nathan Cleary field goal in Canberra, while the Rabbitohs hang on to beat the Titans 18-16.

  • How State of Origin I played out may serve as a fresh start for rugby league's showpiece event but time will tell whether this is a good thing, writes Richard Hinds.

    By Offsiders columnist

  • Life after the Big Three may have started ominously for Queensland, but coach Kevin Walters believes the Maroons have come back from a "much worse place" to lift the trophy after NSW's 22-12 State of Origin series opening win in Melbourne.

  • New South Wales takes a 1-0 State of Origin series lead after recording a seriously hard-fought 22-12 win over Queensland in front of a bumper MCG crowd.

  • The celebrations will be sweet for Brad Fittler and his young New South Wales team after taking the spoils in State of Origin I against Queensland. Relive the action as it happened in our live blog.

    By Liam Butterworth

  • Every birthday in June, a young football-mad Damien Cook would get a new State of Origin Blues jersey and wear it out for the next 12 months. This year was different - he got a real one.

    By Justin Huntsdale

  • In the most unpredictable State of Origin in years, who will take an early lead following game one at the MCG?


  • Blues coach Brad Fittler's punt on untried State of Origin tyros and the blooding of new faces by Maroons counterpart Kevin Walters make it anyone's guess as to who will come out on top in game one at the MCG.


  • Michael Morgan will start at full-back, and Anthony Milford will come off the bench, but the fitness questions are still swirling for the Maroons ahead of Origin I.

  • Guillain Barre Syndrome is a rare autoimmune disease and the odds of contracting it twice are astronomical, but that's what happened to a promising 13-year-old league player.


  • State of Origin features a Queensland captain born in NSW, while other star players will miss out on league's showpiece because of strict rules that dictate who is allowed to play.

    By Michael Rennie

  • Queensland Maroons veteran Billy Slater is out of the opening State of Origin clash at the MCG after picking up a hamstring injury in training.

  • The Raiders have the second-longest premiership drought in the NRL and have not attracted an off-contract star for years. But what came first — the chicken or the egg?


  • The Roosters hold off the Wests Tigers in a tense NRL clash as Daniel Tupou scores two tries and Blake Ferguson overcomes a blunder-filled first stanza.

  • The western News South Wales town of Wellington, called "Little Antarctica" for its heavy use of the drug ice, is turning things around by getting behind the local rugby league team.


  • Parramatta's disastrous NRL season sinks to a new low after Mitchell Moses suffers a worrying knee injury in a 30-4 thumping to Newcastle.

  • South Sydney consolidates third spot on the NRL table with a comprehensive 22-14 win over Cronulla.

  • Cowboys player Johnathan Thurston goes down after being hit by an illegal shot from Sea Eagles player Jack Gosiewski.

  • Cowboy's player Johnathan Thurston questions whether he has to suffer a broken rib before the match review panel takes late hits seriously.

  • Champion halfback Johnathan Thurston questions whether it will take a broken rib for the NRL to act on the continuing spate of late shots on the game's playmakers.

  • While State of Origin remains an intimidating physical challenge, there is a nagging sense the concept has reached a crossroads as time diminishes some of the fundamentals that made it such a success, writes Richard Hinds.

    By Offsiders columnist

  • North Queensland makes the most of having Johnathan Thurston during State of Origin by scoring a sorely needed 26-12 win over Manly at Brookvale Oval.

  • Queensland's State of Origin side faces more change after veteran full-back Billy Slater announced he would end his Origin career after this year's series.

  • The transition away from Queensland's golden generation of Origin players continues, as Billy Slater announces the 2018 series will be his last for the Maroons.

  • A record 11 debutants will run out for New South Wales in Game One of this year's Origin series. After 11 defeats in the last 12 it is less a gamble, more a long overdue necessity for the Blues, writes Jodan Perry.


  • The Maroons axe Matt Scott and Darius Boyd from their team for Origin I, putting out a less experienced line-up for the series opener against NSW at the MCG.

  • Penrith Panthers playmaker Nathan Cleary is one of 11 new faces joining the New South Wales Blues squad for the State of Origin series opener in Melbourne.


  • The Sharks hammer the Knights 48-10 for their sixth NRL win in a row, while the Tigers get home 14-10 against the Bulldogs in their western Sydney derby.

  • Penrith brings down competition leaders St George Illawarra to the tune of 28-2, while the Sydney Roosters and Rabbitohs both record convincing wins.

  • Rugby league immortal Andrew Johns calls for a four-week suspension for Melbourne's Sam Kasiano, saying the forward's "dog shot" on North Queensland's Johnathan Thurston should be knocked out of the game.

    by Liam Butterworth

  • More pain for the Cowboys, who go down by the smallest margin to the Storm in Townsville, following Canberra's dramatic win over Manly.

  • Richard Hinds asks: Is the Broncos' move to contact the Storm's Craig Bellamy wise succession planning, or has the club lost faith in Wayne Bennett's ability to deliver that long-ish awaited premiership?

    By Offsiders columnist

  • Wayne Bennett's future as Brisbane coach is put to one side as his Broncos win his 800th NRL game, beating Parramatta at Lang Park.

  • Melbourne Storm coach Craig Bellamy's future remains unclear, with the 58-year-old conceding he's not against taking over from Wayne Bennett at the Broncos.

  • Luke Lewis declares Dylan Walker has no-one to blame but himself after being punched by Curtis Scott, an incident which left the Sea Eagle with a fractured eye socket.

  • Manly comes to the unlikely defence of the NRL following widespread criticism that Melbourne centre Curtis Scott's two-match ban for striking is too lenient.

  • Manly's Dylan Walker is out for six weeks with a fractured eye socket after being hit by Curtis Scott on Saturday night — but the Storm centre will miss only two matches after an early guilty plea.


  • The North Sydney Bears add the former NRL player to their books in defiance of a South Sydney Rabbitohs' threat to walk away from the feeder club arrangement the pair have held for over a decade should they do so.


  • Big crowds, famous athletes and stadiums are only part of the winning formula for the success of sports tourism in regional Australia.

    By Claudia Jambor

  • Andrew Fifita's fascinating unpredictability provides the greatest justification for his Origin selection, but it's this unpredictability that also makes the 28-year-old a high risk, writes Richard Hinds.


  • Cronulla Sharks win their fifth straight game at home to the Bulldogs, but the Dragons are still the team on top of the ladder after their victory over the Raiders.

  • An all-in brawl sees Melbourne Storm centre Curtis Scott unload on Manly's Dylan Walker in a move likely costing him a potential State of Origin berth.

  • Manly beats the Storm on a dramatic night at AAMI Park, with punch-ups, send-offs and complaints over the time players spend in the sin-bin - all this after the Titans beat Newcastle and Souths snatch a win over the Cowboys.

  • When doctors removed a part of his bowel after a shocking injury, Tim Browne knew it was time to call time on his rugby league career.


  • Two late tries hand the Brisbane Broncos a 28-22 victory against the Sydney Roosters, while the Warriors celebrate their 24-14 triumph over Parramatta.

  • Sign Todd Carney and we'll find another feeder club. That's the unambiguous message the South Sydney Rabbitohs have sent to the North Sydney Bears over the controversial former NRL star.

  • The Broncos, Cowboys and Titans are struggling in 2018, a season in which the Queensland clubs may all miss the finals.


  • Penrith star Nathan Cleary makes a triumphant NRL return from injury, as he helps steer the Panthers to a 16-2 win over the Wests Tigers.

  • Queensland coach Kevin Walters will rely on his remaining veterans, despite their indifferent form, to lead the Maroons after Cameron Smith's rep retirement.

  • Cameron Smith's sudden retirement from representative rugby league sends shockwaves through the NRL, as speculation about the impact of his decision on the Maroons grows ahead of the State of Origin series.

  • Cameron Smith surprisingly calls an end to his representative career with Queensland and Australia just three weeks out from the beginning of the State of Origin series.

  • After complaining of flu-like symptoms half way through a rugby league game on Saturday, a "well-liked" and promising 22-year-old player collapses and dies at the end of the match.

    By Rachael Jones

  • The Sharks edge a close encounter with the Raiders in Canberra after the South Sydney Rabbitohs pulled off an upset win over the ladder-leading Dragons.

  • The Queenslanders went home empty handed in the Lang Park double header with Melbourne beating Gold Coast and Manly beating Brisbane, while earlier the Roosters destroyed the Warriors.

  • The Bulldogs win over the Eels on Friday night will not be one to remember, but the Panthers were clinical in finishing off the fighting Knights.

  • North Queensland's miserable season continues with a 20-12 defeat to the Wests Tigers at Leichhardt Oval on Thursday night.

  • The former Gold Coast Titans and Brisbane Broncos player is to stand trial over a cocaine scandal that rocked the NRL, after he allegedly dealt cocaine to himself and others at various Gold Coast suburbs, a court is told.


  • The NRL says it is still taking its concussion and head injury protocols seriously, despite changes which could keep the announcement of clubs being fined for breaches from the public.


  • An emotional Scott Bolton has spoken publicly for the first time since being charged with indecent assault following an alleged incident in Sydney on the weekend.

  • Canterbury coach Dean Pay is hit with a massive ,000 fine for his post-match criticism of the NRL referees last week.

  • North Queensland Cowboys rugby league player Scott Bolton is charged with indecent assault over an alleged incident with a woman at Bondi Beach in Sydney overnight.

  • NRL round nine closes out as the Sydney Roosters beat the Manly Sea Eagles and St George Illawarra claim an impressive win over Melbourne Storm.

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