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In the cold light of day, there was only one thing seriously wrong with the Rugby League World Cup. Australia were just too good.
Billy Slater looks ready to take his place in Australia’s side to try to win back the World Cup his mistake cost them five years ago. The Melbourne full-back was player of the tournament in 2008. In the final, however, it was his error that created the winning try for the Kiwis’ Benji Marshall. This time, he missed the semi-final against Fiji after aggravating a knee injury in the last group game against the US and there were fears he might have to sit out his chance for revenge in this afternoon’s final at Old Trafford.
Two tries apiece from Brett Morris and Billy Slater plus another from Cooper Cronk see the Kangaroos ease to World Cup glory
While the New Zealand coach, Stephen Kearney, is doing his best to give his world champions the tag of underdogs before Saturday’s World Cup final against Australia, Kangaroos forward Greg Bird is having none of it.
England’s World Cup semi-final defeat to New Zealand will live long in the memory
Fiji earned the dubious privilege of another crack at Australia in the semi-finals of the World Cup by beating Samoa 22-4 yesterday.
Steve Prescott, who has died at the age of 39, would be an educated choice as one of rugby league’s bravest players – on and off the field. The first side of that equation saw him enjoy a fine career with his home-town club, St Helens, Hull and Wakefield, tour with Great Britain and represent both England and Ireland.
The two-time Golden Boot winner was detained by police after the incident which happened following Australia's victory over Ireland
Final call is reward for rediscovering his best form after infamous injury and life lows
Luke Burgess will have had mixed emotions on Tuesday morning. Pride that his three younger brothers, Sam, Thomas and George, had been called up for England's World Cup squad, coupled with the disappointment that he had not made the cut himself.
Leeds’ proud, tenacious run as the rulers of Super League is over, after their patched-up and battle-weary side was outlasted by Wigan.
The semi-final against Leeds will be the last home game for one of Britain's best
A double-header of games a few miles apart today will go a long way towards determining the emerging pattern of this season’s Super League play-offs.
He enjoyed the reputation of being hard to handle, and he liked to get his retaliation in first
Suggestions that BBC TV have ordered new signs for their sports studio(s) – whether they have more than one these days is unclear – which read: "Will the last presenter to leave the premises please turn out the lights" are, of course, mere malicious gossip, but it's undeniable that a growing number of presenters and pundits have headed for the exit door in recent times as the BBC's portfolio of sporting events continues to shrink.
The eye-watering alleged incident took place during the first-half at the Bycroft Cup preliminary final in Tugun on Sunday