Phil Gould tells Raiders to forget about John Bateman and ‘never deal with him again’

Phil Gould believes John Bateman is “no longer a part of the Raiders’ future” and the club would be best to “never deal with him again.” Gould’s comments come after the injured Raiders star announced on Tuesday he’d be leaving Canberra at the end of the season after pushing for an upgrade per the terms
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Rhys Carre: Wales prop to return to Cardiff Blues from Saracens

Wales international prop Rhys Carre will return to Cardiff Blues after agreeing to re-join from Saracens. The 22-year-old has signed a long-term contract with Cardiff, who he left last summer to join Saracens. Barritt to leave Saracens at end of season Tompkins to join Dragons on loan from Sarries Skelton leaves Saracens for La Rochelle
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First domino falls in Broncos shake-up

After recording their fifth consecutive loss, the Brisbane Broncos have once again swung the axe in their latest shake-up, with State of Origin star Corey Oates dropped to the reserves. Oates was ineffective during the Broncos’ embarrassing 30-12 loss to the Gold Coast Titans on Saturday — the winger made 68 metres in ten runs,
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NRL 2020: New competition for the best country teams to take on their city rivals

Regional powerhouse club Dubbo CYMS will have a chance to prove that the bush is rugby league’s best breeding ground when they compete in a new statewide Presidents Cup competition, starting next month. The NSWRL announced a unique competition for the 2020 season which will see regional-based teams representing Western NSW, Dubbo and Maitland up
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Magic Weekend: Super League cancels 2020 event in Newcastle

Super League has cancelled this year’s Magic Weekend because of ongoing restrictions caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The event, which sees all 12 sides play at the same venue over two days, was due to be held at Newcastle United’s St James’ Park on 23 and 24 May. It was postponed in April, when the
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NRL Briefs: Raiders react to teammate’s blow-up; Clarity on Storm’s changeroom address; Maguire doesn’t want Benji going anywhere

Canberra Raiders players have leapt to the defence of passionate forward Corey Horsburgh, whose fiery departure during their golden-point loss to Parramatta could be his last NRL act for months. A teary Horsburgh flipped both his middle fingers up to the crowd at Bankwest Stadium as he limped off late in the first half of
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Super Rugby Aotearoa team of the week: Ten All Blacks selected from round three

There were a host of standout performances as Super Rugby Aotearoa produced another round of gripping matches. The Blues made it three wins from three with a nail-biting victory over the Highlanders at Eden Park while the Crusaders maintained their 100 per cent start by beating the winless Chiefs in Christchurch. Blues 27-24 Highlanders Crusaders
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Crusaders 18-13 Chiefs: Warren Gatland’s side suffers third Super Rugby Aotearoa loss

Will Jordan scored a try either side of half-time as the Crusaders outlasted the Chiefs 18-13 at a rain-drenched Christchurch Stadium. The 10-time Super Rugby champions made the most of their few scoring opportunities and defended brilliantly to make it two wins out of two in Super Rugby Aotearoa and move into sole second place
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Worst defence in Broncos history heaps pressure on Anthony Seibold

Alarming numbers from Brisbane’s horror start to the NRL season show why the spotlight will remain on coach Anthony Seibold all week. Figures on Sunday revealed that Brisbane are off to their worst ever defensive start to a season, with their discipline on the field the poorest in the NRL. Their 15th position on the
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NRL 2020: Melbourne Storm could be stuck on Sunshine Coast for weeks

The speed of which Victoria can flatten the COVID-19 curve will determine just how long the Melbourne Storm will be forced to call the Sunshine Coast home. The entire Melbourne Storm travelling bubble of 55 players and staff will move into Queensland from today in a bid to avoid a worrying spike of 41 confirmed
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