Samoa reject Johns brothers coaching offer despite superstar offers

Samoa have stood by coach Matt Parrish for the Rugby League World Cup, rejecting an offer of a legendary coaching team up of Andrew and Matthew Johns, as well as Sonny Bill Williams. On Fox League’s Sunday Night with Matty Johns, one half of the premiership winning brothers revealed that

Josh Papalii left out by Raiders in surprise Round 8 team list announcements

Raiders wrecking ball Josh Papalii has been “rested” by coach Ricky Stuart in an extraordinary wake up call for the international representative. Papalii was the big ommission from the Raiders side when they announced their team to face the Rabbitohs on Thursday night. The 28-year-old has paid a high price

Paul Gallen denies disturbing Lucas Browne fight rumour

Paul Gallen is adamant Lucas Browne didn’t take a dive, confident he simply out-worked and out-muscled the former world heavyweight champion. Gallen took less than two minutes to flatten Browne in their fight in Wollongong on Wednesday night as critics slammed the “pathetic” bout that saw plenty of punters ask

Penrith star Viliame Kikau has added to the State of Origin eligibility debate and wants to play

Penrith powerhouse Viliame Kikau is the latest Pacific Islander to put his hand up to play Origin should the eligibility rules change. Debate around the criteria for Origin has intensified after North Queensland’s Tongan lock Jason Taumalolo expressed interest in representing the Maroons in this year’s series. Taumalolo is currently

The big mistake Panthers are making in Burton contract saga

Former Panthers boss Phil Gould believes the club risks burning their bridges with back-up half Matt Burton if they don’t let him go to the Bulldogs this season. Burton is set to join Canterbury in 2022, but has been agitating for an early release due to the fact his path

‘You might not be the coach’: NRL legend warns Payten’s ‘brave’ call could cost him a job

Rugby league legend Mark Geyer has warned rookie North Queensland coach Todd Payten risks his job by the stance he is taking with superstar forward Jason Taumalolo. Payten has opted to reduce the minutes of Taumalolo this season, despite the fact he’s earning $1 million a season and is the

Smith to wait for Immortal status: V’landys

ARLC chairman Peter V’landys says it’s unlikely the rules will be changed for recently retired champion Cameron Smith to become an Immortal early. Smith’s retirement following a stellar career has prompted calls for the legendary Melbourne Storm hooker to immediately join rugby league’s most exclusive group. Storm chairman Matt Tripp

Major, arrogant blunder in Paul Gallen-Mark Hunt blockbuster

Mark Hunt made a habit of delivering walk-off KOs during his UFC career but the Super Samoan’s arrogance is what cost him victory over Paul Gallen on Wednesday night. The rugby league legend won a unanimous points decision over Hunt as the two slugged out a six-round war that left

‘More names wrong than right’: Karl roasted over butchering Qld team, ‘cringeworthy’ banter

Origin host and Queensland tragic Karl Stefanovic has been panned by fans for failing to pronounce names properly when reading out the Queensland team for Game II. The Queensland super fan will have wished he studied the team list pronunciations in the lead-up to the game after he made a