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Rocky Laurie inducted into Group 3 Rugby League hall of fame - Port Macquarie News

Congratulations to Robert ‘Rocky’ Laurie.  Two front rowers, a halfback and a five-eighth have been inducted into the Group Three Rugby League Hall of Fame.  They are prop Lloyd Hudson from Kempsey, five-eighth Robert ‘Rocky’ Laurie from Wauchope, Wingham prop Jake Kennett and halfback Joe White from Gloucester. The ceremony was at the Wingham Services Club.

Rocky Laurie was the first winner of the Dally M player of the year award when playing for South Sydney in 1980.

A Wauchope junior, he switched to Eastern Suburbs in 1975 before moving to Souths, where he also represented NSW.

Rocky was only 27 when he returned to captain-coach Wauchope in 1983. He captained North Coast to the division’s first Country Championship final. Rocky was named Country Firsts captain that year.

Rocky Laurie captain-coached Wauchope to three successive grand finals, losing in 83 and 85 and winning in...


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Sport's 2017 TV ratings tell a promising tale for rugby league fans - The Roar

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The TV ratings for 2017 have just been released again and once again, rugby league has emerged as a winner.

The top-rating TV shows in 2017 were dominated by sporting events, with State of Origin 3 coming out on top:

1. State of Origin Rugby League game 3 Queensland vs NSW (Nine) 2.521 million metropolitan only (3.705 million combined metro and regional, #1 overall)
2. Australian Open Tennis men’s final (Seven) 2.686 million (3.636 million, #2)
3. AFL Grand Final Adelaide vs Richmond (Seven) 2.715 million (3.562 million, #3)
4. State of Origin Rugby League Game 1 Queensland vs NSW (Nine) 2.371 million (3.562 million, #4)
5. AFL Grand Final presentations (Seven) 2.713 million (3.558 million, #5)
6. The Block winner announced (Nine) 2.523 million (3.553 million, #6)
7. State of Origin Rugby League Game 2 Queensland vs NSW (Nine) 2.402 million (3.513 million, #7)
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NRL to launch national women's rugby league competition with 'up to six' teams - ABC Online

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The NRL has confirmed it will launch a national elite women's rugby league competition in 2018.

The NRL Women's Premiership will feature "up to six" teams aligned with NRL clubs.

Their matches will be played as double headers during the NRL finals with the title decider to be played as a curtain raiser to the NRL grand final.

It was not known exactly how many teams would take part in the inaugural competition, with the NRL accepting bids for licences.

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said a new program for women would also include a stand-alone State of Origin match — formerly known as the...


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A 'sad day' for rugby league with BRL announcement | Warwick ... - Warwick Daily News

The Killarney Cutters will not have a competition to play in for 2018.

The Killarney Cutters will not have a competition to play in for 2018. Kim Micke

RUGBY LEAGUE: The future of the Border Rugby League is in grave doubt after it was announced the 2018 competition would not take place.

An AGM was held on Wednesday night regarding the future of the 21-year league, however only two clubs, the Stanthorpe Gremlins and Tenterfield Tigers, could form committees.

BRL president Norm Crisp said it was a sad day for rugby league in the area.

"Because only two clubs have committees formed, the competition will go into recess until further notice,” Crisp said.

"Unfortunately Inglewood and Killarney couldn't get committees in place for 2018.

"Texas were hopeful of fielding a team, but they couldn't guarantee numbers.

"It wouldn't have mattered, as they would've only been the third team.”

Despite the heartbreaking news, Crisp said there would still be hope the...


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Tom Ebsworth's 50-year journey earns Canberra Region Rugby ... - The Canberra Times

There's something about the number 50 for long-standing Canberra rugby league official Tom Ebsworth.

He was paid 50 cents a game to be a Queanbeyan Blues ball boy as a kid, and now he has been recognised as a Canberra Region Rugby League life member on the eve of his 50th season involved in the league.

Tom Ebwsorth has been made a CRRL life member. Tom Ebwsorth has been made a CRRL life member. Photo: Elesa Lee ELZ

Ebsworth has served on various boards and committees for the Queanbeyan Blues, CRRL, Bidgee Bulls, New South Wales Rugby League and Country Rugby League.

He won five senior premierships as a player with the Blues and captain-coached them to two more in 1986 and 1987.

But Ebsworth is still trying to get his head around the honour given his journey had such a modest beginning, waltzing across the road from home to Seiffert Oval to be a ball boy.

"I used to cross the road and Wally Pearson used to give me 50 cents a...


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Australian Rugby League Commission chairman John Grant warns of dangers of rescinding stadia investment - The Sydney Morning Herald

ARLC chairman John Grant claims threats to rescind the multi-billion injections into stadia rebuilds would cause "massive damage" and result in sporting investment leaving the harbour city.

The NSW Government has come under fire for committing $2.5 billion towards the knockdown and rebuilding of Allianz and ANZ stadiums. The opposition has slammed the move and vowed to scale back the investment if voted into office.

Australian Rugby League Commission chairman John Grant has backed the government's "brave call" on stadium investment. Australian Rugby League Commission chairman John Grant has backed the government's "brave call" on stadium investment. Photo: Daniel Munoz

A petition on change.org calling for NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian to overturn the decision had gained almost 135,000 signatures at the time of writing.

The NRL is the big winner in the investment into the Moore Park and Homebush Bay precincts. The governing body has granted NSW 25 years of grand finals in return for the funding,...


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State of Origin 2018: NSW Blues star Josh Dugan worried about ... - NEWS.com.au

JOSH Dugan isn’t getting his hopes up of being welcomed back by NSW next year in the wake of the chorus of criticism directed at him in 2017.

Dugan put a turbulent four months behind him to play a key role in Australia’s World Cup final win over England on Saturday night.

The Cronulla recruit pulled off one of the biggest plays of the game when he came up with an ankle tap on opposite Kallum Watkins, who was sailing towards the try line late in the game.

He described the 6-0 victory as the “pinnacle” of his career and said it proved he could be a positive influence on a representative team after being shrouded in controversy this year.

“I’m not going to get my hopes up,” Dugan said when asked if he’s expecting to be picked for the Blues next year.

“I think the way things were handled last year, it was a bit tough. For me it’s about enjoying (the World Cup win), going back to...


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NRL to launch national women's rugby league competition with 'up to six' teams - ABC Online

Allana Ferguson throws a pass
Related Story: Brilliant Jillaroos outmuscle New Zealand to win second World Cup
Related Story: From grassroots to Jillaroos: The players dreaming of a Women's NRL

The NRL has confirmed it will launch a national elite women's rugby league competition in 2018.

The NRL Women's Premiership will feature "up to six" teams aligned with NRL clubs.

Their matches will be played as double headers during the NRL finals with the title decider to be played as a curtain raiser to the NRL grand final.

It was not known exactly how many teams would take part in the inaugural competition, with the NRL accepting bids for licences.

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said a new program for women would also include a stand-alone State of Origin match — formerly known as the...


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Read more: NRL to launch national women's rugby league competition with 'up to six' teams - ABC Online

NRL to launch national women's rugby league competition with 'up to six' teams - ABC Online

Allana Ferguson throws a pass
Related Story: Brilliant Jillaroos outmuscle New Zealand to win second World Cup
Related Story: From grassroots to Jillaroos: The players dreaming of a Women's NRL

The NRL has confirmed it will launch a national elite women's rugby league competition in 2018.

The NRL Women's Premiership will feature "up to six" teams aligned with NRL clubs.

Their matches will be played as double headers during the NRL finals with the title decider to be played as a curtain raiser to the NRL grand final.

It was not known exactly how many teams would take part in the inaugural competition, with the NRL accepting bids for licences.

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said a new program for women would also include a stand-alone State of Origin match — formerly known as the...


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Read more: NRL to launch national women's rugby league competition with 'up to six' teams - ABC Online

NRL to launch national women's competition with 'up to six' teams

Allana Ferguson throws a pass
Related Story: Brilliant Jillaroos outmuscle New Zealand to win second World Cup
Related Story: From grassroots to Jillaroos: The players dreaming of a Women's NRL

The NRL has confirmed it will launch a national elite women's rugby league competition in 2018.

The NRL Women's Premiership will feature "up to six" teams aligned with NRL clubs.

Their matches will be played as double headers during the NRL finals with the title decider to be played as a curtain raiser to the NRL grand final.

It was not known exactly how many teams would take part in the inaugural competition, with the NRL accepting bids for licences.

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said a new program for women would also include a stand-alone State of Origin match — formerly known as the...


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Read more: NRL to launch national women's competition with 'up to six' teams

NRL to launch national women's competition with 'up to six' teams

Allana Ferguson throws a pass
Related Story: Brilliant Jillaroos outmuscle New Zealand to win second World Cup
Related Story: From grassroots to Jillaroos: The players dreaming of a Women's NRL

The NRL has confirmed it will launch a national elite women's rugby league competition in 2018.

The NRL Women's Premiership will feature "up to six" teams aligned with NRL clubs.

Their matches will be played as double headers during the NRL finals with the title decider to be played as a curtain raiser to the NRL grand final.

It was not known exactly how many teams would take part in the inaugural competition, with the NRL accepting bids for licences.

NRL CEO Todd Greenberg said a new program for women would also include a stand-alone State of Origin match — formerly known as the...


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Read more: NRL to launch national women's competition with 'up to six' teams

NRL Women's Premiership a dream come true for Jillaroos stars

Ruan Sims poses for photographers holding a rugby league ball.
Related Story: NRL to launch national women's competition with 'up to six' teams
Related Story: Brilliant Jillaroos outmuscle New Zealand to win second World Cup

Last year Ruan Sims became the first woman to sign an NRL playing contract.

In 2018, she will be joined by a host of others after the NRL unveiled their new elite women's program. Central to the program will be a six-team competition that will be played in the lead-up to and during the NRL finals series, giving women the chance to shine on the biggest stage.

2018 NRL Women's Program

  • Six-team premiership with grand final to feature alongside men's season decider
  • 40 players to receive Jillaroos playing contracts
  • Stand-alone State of Origin match to be played during the...

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Read more: NRL Women's Premiership a dream come true for Jillaroos stars

NRL Women's Premiership a dream come true for Jillaroos stars

Ruan Sims poses for photographers holding a rugby league ball.
Related Story: NRL to launch national women's competition with 'up to six' teams
Related Story: Brilliant Jillaroos outmuscle New Zealand to win second World Cup

Last year Ruan Sims became the first woman to sign an NRL playing contract.

In 2018, she will be joined by a host of others after the NRL unveiled their new elite women's program. Central to the program will be a six-team competition that will be played in the lead-up to and during the NRL finals series, giving women the chance to shine on the biggest stage.

2018 NRL Women's Program

  • Six-team premiership with grand final to feature alongside men's season decider
  • 40 players to receive Jillaroos playing contracts
  • Stand-alone State of Origin match to be played during the...

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NRL could snap up dumped rugby star Quade Cooper - Fox Sports

QUADE Cooper could become a star in the NRL next season if there was a club prepared to take a risk on him.

That’s the view of former dual-code international Mat Rogers, who believes the dumped Queensland Reds playmaker can transition between the codes.

Cooper is mulling his options after being told by new Reds coach Brad Thorn that he wasn’t in his plans for 2018.

With no other Australian Super Rugby teams interested, the 29-year-old is believed to be considering a stint in Japanese rugby but has long held ambitions of playing in the NRL.

He was close to signing for Parramatta several years ago but ultimately chose to stay in rugby ahead of the 2011 World Cup, where he starred for the Wallabies.


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Stalwarts of Sunshine Coast rugby league call it a day - The Sunshine Coast Daily

REFLECTING: Les Williams.

REFLECTING: Les Williams. Patrick Woods

RUGBY LEAGUE: A new-look committee will continue to push rugby league strength on the Sunshine Coast after two stalwarts decided to call it a day.

After a healthy stint in the role, Les Williams decided to resign from president of the Rugby League Sunshine Coast board with secretary Rhondda Poor also leaving.

The duo have proven staunch supporters of the game and reflected on their time behind the scenes.

In the role for about seven years, Williams said there was plenty he was proud of and would miss.

"I've enjoyed the interaction with the clubs and the hard work from all the volunteers in the game,” he said.

"I've enjoyed the challenge of keeping the league successful on the Sunshine Coast given the challenges sport faces in the modern era.

"I was also very happy about establishing a great working relationship with Sunshine Coast Falcons and...


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Rugby League World Cup 2017: Team of the Tournament - NEWS.com.au

AUSTRALIA may have claimed the spoils at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, but who made the team of the tournament?

These were the top players across the month, as picked by Sky Sports.

Fullback: Billy Slater (Australia)

The veteran Melbourne and Queensland favourite made a remarkable return to Test duty after overcoming major shoulder surgery and looked a class act as he became the most prolific tryscorer in World Cup history, breaking the record of fellow countryman Bob Fulton. England’s Gareth Widdop might have got the nod had he started the tournament at fullback.

Wing: Jermaine McGillvary (England)

The diminutive Huddersfield wing was arguably the biggest name on people’s lips throughout the World Cup, not only for his spectacular tries but more importantly for the 1,251 metres he ran in his six matches, compared to 1,055 from Valentine Holmes. He was short-listed for the Golden...


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Set Of Six: England to play New Zealand in US on next year's Origin ... - The Sydney Morning Herald

Plans are at an advanced stage for England to play New Zealand in the United States on the Origin weekend next year.

Jason Moore, the man behind the 2025 World Cup in North America, confirmed the proposal to Set Of Six in Brisbane on Sunday.

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Set Of Six: England to play New Zealand in US on next year's Origin ... - The Sydney Morning Herald

Plans are at an advanced stage for England to play New Zealand in the United States on the Origin weekend next year.

Jason Moore, the man behind the 2025 World Cup in North America, confirmed the proposal to Set Of Six in Brisbane on Sunday.

League legend charged with child sex abuse

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Australian rugby league "Immortal" Graeme Langlands has been charged with six counts of...


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Set Of Six: England to play New Zealand in US on next year's Origin ... - The Sydney Morning Herald

Plans are at an advanced stage for England to play New Zealand in the United States on the Origin weekend next year.

Jason Moore, the man behind the 2025 World Cup in North America, confirmed the proposal to Set Of Six in Brisbane on Sunday.

League legend charged with child sex abuse

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League legend charged with child sex abuse

League legend charged with child sex abuse

Australian rugby league "Immortal" Graeme Langlands has been charged with six counts of...


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'She taught me all I needed to know about rugby league' - The Queensland Times

JILLAROO JUBILATION: Ali Brigginshaw (left) celebrates with halves partner Caitlan Moran after Moran's last-second field goal confirmed the Aussies' 23-16 win over the New Zealand Kiwi Ferns at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

JILLAROO JUBILATION: Ali Brigginshaw (left) celebrates with halves partner Caitlan Moran after Moran's last-second field goal confirmed the Aussies' 23-16 win over the New Zealand Kiwi Ferns at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday. DARREN ENGLAND

ALI Brigginshaw is now a two-time Women's Rugby League World Cup champion.

On current form she is arguably the best player in the world - almost certainly at her position - and her efforts in the green and gold over the past month have drawn praise from all corners of the rugby league world.

But the girl out of Raceview State School has never forgotten those who helped her get to the top.

"It started with Peta Green, my first ever coach for rugby league," Brigginshaw recalled of the Raceview State School physical education teacher who passed away in 2009.

"She kept me in the game, she gave me the belief that I could do it and was always there by my...


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