Rugby should look at 1987 World Cup and take another leap into unknown

It provided the excuse to say no, never mind there would not have been relegation for at least 10 years. A more compelling reason was that the league would have further opened up the running of the game. The Six Nations outnumbers the Rugby Championship countries in votes on World Rugby; evening up the numbers […]

USA Rugby announces steps towards World Cup bid, backed by MLR owners

MLR ended its third season after just five rounds, thanks to the coronavirus pandemic and amid rumours of financial problems. The Colorado Raptors, a foundation team, have withdrawn. A project in Hawaii backed by a group of ex-All Blacks will not play in 2021 as planned. Missing a payment deadline, the Hawaii operation questioned the […]

Joel Dark: Cousin of Australia rugby league captain Boyd Cordner dies aged 19

Cordner, who is also the captain of New South Wales and reigning National Rugby League champions the Sydney Roosters, was given permission to leave the NRL’s biosecure bubble to be with Dark and his family earlier this week.

Team of the week: The best Super League and NRL players from the weekend

2. Regan Grace (St Helens) The Welsh winger maintained the fine form he has been in since the resumption of the Super League season, running in two tries as Saints made it five wins in a row with a 54-6 win over Huddersfield Giants.

Super League: Versatile Stefan Ratchford ready to play any part for Warrington Wolves

“He’s still young, he’s still raw and he’s still got a lot to learn, but if you look at how good he is now and he’s got a lot of progression, where he can get to he can be at the top of the game,” Ratchford said.

Ian Blease: Positive coronavirus tests have opened eyes in Super League

“I’m sure it is for [Super League executive chairman] Robert Elstone and his team too, so we have to make sure we do absolutely everything possible, re-energise the protocols and government guidelines again just to make sure we’re doing absolutely everything as a game to make sure we can carry on the season.”

NRL talking points: Luke Thompson staying at Canterbury and Josh Addo-Carr’s future

The 28-year old sustained the injury in the Raiders defeat to the Roosters, with initial reports suggesting it was his AC joint and he could miss the rest of the season, but the club have revealed he may be in line to play this weekend.

Super League Round 13 fixtures confirmed; New date for Wakefield Trinity vs Huddersfield Giants

Meanwhile, the outstanding match between Wakefield and Huddersfield has been re-arranged for Thursday, September 17 and will be played behind closed doors at the John Smith’s Stadium and is also being streamed for season-ticket holders on Our League.

Weekend Super League and Challenge Cup talking points

“I feel a bit nervous watching us. Since the resumption I feel our skills are a bit down and our general game is a bit down. We need a good performance on Sunday, but it will be tough to get.”

Common sense goes out of the window with plans to stage Rugby Championship this year

It cannot have been an easy stance for an incoming coach to take. Both characteristics reflect well on his, but also the game’s cherished values. Sanzaar’s bosses need to show the same level of empathy – settle for a bunch of Bledisloes, allow the Argentines to focus on their families, and let South Africa do […]