NRL News

Hayne takes a leap of faith

Wednesday October 15, 2014 by  

Parramatta Eels fullback Jarryd Hayne has today advised Chairman Steve Sharp, CEO Scott Seward, Head Coach Brad Arthur and his teammates that he will pursue a long-held dream of playing NFL in the United States.

The club has accepted Jarryd’s decision and has granted him a conditional release.

Hayne, an Eels junior and dual Dally M winner, has played 176 first grade games exclusively in Blue and Gold, as well as creating an impressive record representing his state and his country. Read more

Thurston wins record third Bowman Medal

Friday October 10, 2014 by  

North Queensland’s champion co-captain Johnathan Thurston tonight became the first Cowboy to win the Paul Bowman Medal three times.

The winner of the Cowboy of the Year title in 2005 and 2012, Thurston edged out fellow co-captain Matt Scott for the 2014 medal following a vote count that came down to the final match of North Queensland’s season.

It completed a huge night for JT at the Cowboys’ Presentation Ball at Jupiters Townsville. He also won the Players’ Player Award, the Townsville Bulletin Fans’ Choice Award and became the club’s fifth life member after reaching the 200-game mark during the season. Read more

Dragons to play in World Club Series

Thursday October 9, 2014 by  

The St George Illawarra Dragons have accepted their invitation to participate in next year’s World Club Series.

The European Super League have confirmed that the Dragons will join the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Brisbane Broncos in the series which will be played in the United Kingdom over three days from February 20-22 next year.

The tournament will culminate with the World Club Challenge to determine the best Rugby League team in the world. Read more

Hannant signs with the Cowboys

Tuesday October 7, 2014 by  

The North Queensland Cowboys will have another forward with State of Origin and Test experience in their NRL squad next season after signing Ben Hannant to a one-year contract today.

The 29-year-old, who has played 12 matches for Queensland and six for Australia, will move north from the Brisbane Broncos to bolster the Cowboys’ forward pack as North Queensland chase a fifth consecutive finals appearance.

Hannant has played 192 NRL matches after starting his career with the Sydney Roosters in 2005 and won a premiership with the Brisbane Broncos in 2006. Read more

Raiders sign Sam Williams

Thursday September 18, 2014 by  

The Raiders will welcome home local junior Sam Williams to the club in 2015, after he signed a two year deal with the club to return to where he began his NRL career.

Williams is currently playing for Catalans Dragons in the English Super League, after a mid-season switch from the St George Illawarra Dragons.

Originally from Cooma in NSW, Williams was a star for the Raiders junior grades before making his NRL debut in 2011, playing 42 matches for the Raiders until he departed at the end of the 2013 season. Read more

Tate says farewell to the NRL

Wednesday September 3, 2014 by  

One of the outstanding outside backs of his generation, Cowboys centre Brent Tate, has today announced his retirement from rugby league.

The 32-year-old was contracted to North Queensland for the 2015 NRL season, but said the latest serious knee injury of his career had forced him to bring forward his retirement date.

Tate hasn’t played since rupturing his ACL playing for Queensland in Game Two of the State of Origin series in June – the fourth time he has been unlucky enough to be sidelined by an ACL tear. Read more

Jason King announces his retirement

Wednesday August 27, 2014 by  

Manly Warringah Sea Eagles life member Jason King has today announced he will retire at the end of the 2014 National Rugby League Season.

33 year-old King, who has played 235 games of NRL to date, said he was ready to call time on his playing career after 14 seasons at the elite level.

He will depart the game having helped establish the Sea Eagles as the most dominant side of the past decade, a feat that includes captaining his beloved Sea Eagles for a significant part of that time. Read more

Daley signs on until 2017

Monday August 18, 2014 by  

The NSWRL is pleased to announce that NSW Blues coach Laurie Daley has agreed to extend his contract until the end of 2017.

Fresh from coaching the Blues to victory in the 2014 Holden State of Origin series, Daley has agreed to a two-year extension of his deal.

Daley said he was determined to ensure that the plans that he had already introduced to the Blues’ preparations were carried through. Read more

State of Origin returns to the MCG

Monday June 2, 2014 by  

The National Rugby League will stage State of Origin matches at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground in 2015 and 2018.

CEO Dave Smith said today Origin matches were among the biggest events on the Australian sporting calendar.

He said that, in line with the NRL’s policy of playing one game outside Sydney and Brisbane every three years, the second Origin match of 2015 would be staged at the MCG. Read more

Hoffman to depart at season’s end

Thursday May 8, 2014 by  

Melbourne Storm will farewell one of its favourite sons at the end of the year, with Ryan Hoffman agreeing to a three-year deal with New Zealand Warriors from 2015.

Hoffman made the decision yesterday and spent the afternoon and evening personally telling teammates and family, something that was important to him to do. He reiterated his full commitment to the Club for the remainder of the season, aiming to end his 11-year career at Storm with Premiership success.

Hoffman said it was hard to leave the Club he has called home for over a decade. Read more