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Ricky Stuart was ‘losing faith in the game’. A shrewd new NRL rule restored it

Canberra coach Ricky Stuart admits the NRL’s controversial six-again rule has restored his faith in rugby league by bringing the halves back into the game. Stuart gave the radical rule change the tick of approval after it was implemented for the first time in Parramatta’s win over Brisbane on Thursday night.He believes the new interpretation…

MLR announce LA expansion side

4:29am, 29 May 2020Major League Rugby have unveiled a new franchise to be located in Los Angeles for the 2021 season.The new side, which is the 13th team in the league and the second to be based in California, is called the LA Giltinis, named after a premium cocktail based on the Martini.Based on Venice…

Major League Rugby team ‘named after a premium cocktail’ launched in LA

MAJOR LEAGUE RUGBY [MLR] has announced the launch of a new team in Los Angeles for the 2021 season. The new club is called the LA Giltinis and will be based in Venice Beach. The Giltinis are “named after a premium cocktail based on the Martini,” according to the MLR’s official press release, making them the…

Melbourne Storm hoping to capitalise on NRL being the only game going for the next fortnight

Melbourne is a world capital of sport, boasting every major code and a vast number of international events, from AFL and Super Rugby to the Grand Prix and the Australian Open. But for the next two weekends, rugby league is going to be the only sport in town.Melbourne Storm is set to play consecutive matches…

No fans no issue: NRL delivers in spades on return to most significant of all stages

With a reported 300 million people able to watch across the globe, Project Apollo officially landed on the date ARLC chairman Peter V’Landys has promised, despite the sniggering and tut-tutting. In arguably the most anticipated regular season game in premiership history, the NRL on Thursday night became the first contact sport to resume after the sporting…

Computer says no: NRL blocks photoshopped cardboard cutouts

tale of the online-ordered $22 cardboard cutouts to be placed in the stands of cavernous NRL stadiums emerged, the website didn't quite melt down. But it's fair to say it was cut down to size a little.Believe it or not, about 250 orders had already been placed until Thursday night. That's 250 life-sized cutouts that…

No endless rivers of rugby gold in Japan for fresh wave of Australian exports

The Top League has been one of the few top competitions in world sport that has been unaffected by the coronavirus pandemic, as their season does not start until January.That has led to speculation dozens of players could flee for Japan but former Reds coach Nick Stiles and former Waratahs assistant Simon Cron - who…

Head games: Latrell’s date with destiny more fuel for age-old fire

Trent Robinson reckons the Roosters are in Adam Reynolds' head. If the premiers are the NRL's new team "that everyone hates" as Reynolds offered during the week, then they're distracting the South Sydney skipper from the real task at hand. Wayne Bennett says he occupies a similar spot between Latrell Mitchell's ears. "I know what's…