From fat-shaming to spelling backwards: The secrets of AFL recruiting

By his own admission, Allen Christensen headed to the 2009 AFL draft camp with the highest skinfolds of any player being tested. It planted a seed in recruiters' minds about whether he was serious enough about being an AFL footballer. He had been touted as a potential first-round pick but ended up sliding to selection
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Wigan’s Adrian Lam felt Wigan had done enough to win Grand Final

An emotional Adrian Lam said he’s heartbroken for his Wigan side and the supporters after losing the final in the last second in the Super League Grand Final, while there was no fairytale ending for Wigan great Sean O’Loughlin who played his final game for the Warriors Teenager Jack Welsby scored a brilliant try after
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Sean O’Loughlin: Andy and Owen Farrell pay tribute to Wigan legend as he prepares for final game

Ahead of his final game of Rugby League, Wigan legend Sean O’Loughlin catches up with brother-in-law Andy Farrell, nephew Owen Farrell and former team-mate Terry O’Connor as he looks back on his career. The former England skipper, who turned 38 on Tuesday, will make his 459th and final appearance for his hometown club in Friday’s
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Super League Grand Final: Bevan French benefits from Wigan Warriors coach’s confidence

It is difficult to understate just how much of an impact Bevan French has made during his first full season with Wigan Warriors. The headlines are that the full-back ended the regular season as leading try-scorer for the League Leaders’ Shield winners along with being the competition’s joint-second highest try-scorer and was among the five
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Eddie Jones says wounded Wales will ‘relish’ hosting England in Autumn Nations Cup

Eddie Jones insists England’s climax to the Autumn Nations Cup group phase is against a Wales side desperate to rescue an abysmal year by upstaging their greatest rivals. Wayne Pivac’s under-pressure regime bought some breathing space with a comfortable win against Georgia last weekend to end a six-Test losing run, but concerns over Warren Gatland’s
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Diego Maradona: Argentina will play with passion to honour late ‘king of the world’, says coach Mario Ledesma

Diego Maradona strikes a rugby ball in South Africa in 2010 “He’s a big figure in our country and he epitomised a lot of the way the Argentinians are. We’ll try to remember him the best way possible, on the field representing the colours.” Maradona attended several Pumas matches and Ledesma recalled one occasion when
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George Ford RECALLED to England team for Wales game

George Ford RECALLED to England team for Autumn Nations Cup clash against Wales… with captain Owen Farrell shifting out to inside-centre after Ollie Lawrence is ruled out George Ford has been given the No 10 jersey for the Wales clash on Saturday England captain Owen Farrell moves out to inside-centre with Henry Slade at 13  The
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The rookie list can’t become football’s waiting room

At 34, Carlton's Eddie Betts has finally become a rookie. He took his time, having been recruited onto Carlton's primary list in the 2005 pre-season draft before switching to Adelaide as a restricted free agent at the end of 2013 and then being traded back to the Blues last year with one year left on
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NRL to consider permanent rule change to allow Joseph Suaalii to debut for Roosters

The Australian Rugby League Commission will look changing the game’s age policy when they consider whether 17-year-old prodigy Joseph Suaalii should be allowed to play in the NRL in 2021. The Sydney Morning Herald reported the Roosters have yet to approach the Commission to seek an exemption to allow their star recruit to play next
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Henry Slade living the dream as he closes in on clean sweep of rugby’s trophies

Henry Slade knows he is living the dream and he is not about to pinch himself. In what has been an awful year for so many, the Exeter star has enjoyed as rich a run of success as rugby has known. Last month he lifted the European Cup, the Premiership and the Six Nations on
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