Rugby League

Kiwi chiefs under fire over Williams debacle

The New Zealand Rugby League has been accused of pandering to Sonny Bill Williams. Photo: AFP

The New Zealand Rugby League was on Thursday accused of lacking integrity and pandering to the whims of Sonny Bill Williams after belatedly adding the superstar to the World Cup squad.

Friday, 11 October, 2013, 5:06pm

Williams World Cup U-turn polarises Kiwis

Sonny Bill Williams' actions divide fans. Photo: AFP

Sonny Bill Williams sought on Wednesday to explain his dramatic late bid to join New Zealand’s Rugby League World Cup squad, amid accusations of thinking he is bigger than the game.

9 Oct 2013 - 5:54pm

Sonny Bill Williams may be available, after all, for New Zealand World Cup defence

Sonny Bill Williams is tackled during the grand final between the Sydney Roosters and the Manly Sea Eagles in Sydney on Sunday. Photo: EPA

Sonny Bill Williams was reportedly poised to make a dramatic backflip and declare himself available for New Zealand in the Rugby League World Cup, after initially snubbing the side.

8 Oct 2013 - 9:09pm

Outspoken Meninga confirms part in bar spat

Mal Meninga. Photo: AP

Queensland coach Mal Meninga confirmed reports on Thursday that he was asked to leave by bar by security guards, barely 24 hours after claiming he was fed up with rugby league’s image being tarnished.

But the league legend insisted he was not drunk and had acted responsibly, while slamming media coverage of the incident.

20 Jun 2013 - 2:01pm

Old-timers battle it out for 'Calcutta Cup'

If they were a number plate, the Rhinos Rugby Football Club who will turn out this Friday would be worth a pretty penny.

The total age of the starting XV who will run out against the Hong Kong Police team is 888.

18 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Batman and Robin ready for World Cup qualifying crusade

Semi Iafeta and Nigel Clarke aim to strike a perfect balance against Sri Lanka today

Like Yin and Yang, Hong Kong's two new faces in the back row, Semi Iafeta and Nigel Clarke, will hope to combine harmoniously as the SAR look forward to a successful start to their World Cup qualifying campaign, beginning with today's game against Sri Lanka at the Football Club.

14 May 2006 - 12:00am

Market vendor in copyright row over rugby union T-shirt logos

The Hong Kong Rugby Football Union is embroiled in a dispute with a hawker at Stanley Market over the sale of rugby tops with a dragon crest which they claim infringes their trademark.

The HKRFU threatened to sue Sam Sham Wai-kuen, 49, unless he ceased sales of the rugby tops and paid an unspecified amount in compensation.

26 Mar 2006 - 12:00am

Lydon joins Woodward's England team

Joe Lydon's success as England sevens coach has been rewarded with a permanent place in Sir Clive Woodward's 15-a-side setup. Lydon orchestrated England's third successive win in the Cathay Pacific/Credit Suisse First Boston Hong Kong Sevens on Sunday, the first northern hemisphere side to achieve this feat.

30 Mar 2004 - 12:00am

Awesome Aussies

Sydney: Australia served notice they could turn this year's rugby league World Cup into a one-sided farce after pulverising nearest rivals New Zealand in a record-breaking 52-0 victory in the Anzac Test. The Kangaroos ran in nine tries to eclipse Australia's previous best victory over the Kiwis - a 44-0 win in the Second Test in Sydney in 1991.

22 Apr 2000 - 12:00am

Coach Gregory embarrassed by Salford's capitulation

Castleford: Castleford Tigers dashed Salford Reds hopes of a third successive English rugby league Challenge Cup semi-final as they beat them 30-10 in the quarter-finals here.

15 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Salford go for speedy Johnson

Manchester: Salford have strengthened their back division for rugby league's forthcoming Super League season by signing South African winger Mark Johnson from Hull.

Johnson, who has also played for the London Broncos and Workington, was snapped up after the Reds lost Darren Rogers to Castleford and Phil Coussons to Rochdale.

2 Jan 1999 - 12:00am

Knights top

Sydney: Two tries each by Andrew Johns and Adam MacDougall lifted the Newcastle Knights to a 36-12 win over Parramatta yesterday and back to the top of Australia's National Rugby League competition.

The win was the 13th of the season for the Knights and left them one point clear of the Melbourne Storm, who lost 24-21 to Auckland.

29 Jun 1998 - 12:00am

Handouts not part of the HK equation

WELL, that was a close thing. Wipe the sweat from the brow, we were saved at the last minute when it looked for a few tension-packed days that some of Hong Kong's minute band of professional rugby players might go on strike.

9 Nov 1997 - 12:00am

League rebels sound battle cry

The Australian Super League is already laying plans to renew hostilities against traditional enemies Great Britain in the 1997 season.

21 Oct 1996 - 12:00am

Manly's win makes amends for last year's disappointment

Manly erased the disappointment of losing last year's grand final with a decisive 20-8 defeat of St George at the Sydney Football Stadium yesterday.

30 Sep 1996 - 12:00am