Greg Inglis: South Sydney Rabbitohs back caught drink-driving HOURS after being apointed Australia captain

1 Oct

Australia captain Greg Inglis has been charged with drink-driving just hours after being given the honour of leading the national team.

The South Sydney Rabbitohs back was named the Kangaroos’ skipper for the end-of-season Tests with New Zealand and Tonga on Monday.

Inglis had been playing in a tournament in Dubbo, New South Wales before being stopped by police

However, later that day Inglis was accused of exceeding the speed limit before giving a positive breath analysis reading.

New South Wales Police confirmed a 31-year-old man from Coogee was arrested and taken to Lithgow police station.

He had been playing at a tournament in Dubbo, New South Wales before being stopped by police.

A New South Wales Police spokesperson said: “Officers attached to the traffic and highway patrol command were conducting stationary speed enforcement when they detected a black Mercedes Benz travelling above the speed limit.”

“He underwent a breath analysis which allegedly returned a reading of 0.085. He was issued a field court attendance notice for mid-range PCA (prescribed concentration of alcohol) and a traffic infringement notice for exceed speed limit.”

Inglis is due to appear in Lithgow local court on November 22.

Hull KR pip Toronto to third place in Super League Qualifiers with routine 30-0 win over already relegated Widnes

30 Sep

Hull KR ensured they will be playing in the Super League in 2019 after racing to a 30-0 win over already relegated Widnes at KCOM Craven Park.

Rovers had it wrapped up at half-time when they raced to a 20-0 lead in a game where they needed to win by 14 points to beat Toronto to third place in the Qualifiers going into their final Super 8s match.

James Greenwood scored the game’s first try

It means Toronto will be at home to London Broncos in next Sunday’s Million Pound Game to determine the 12th and final place in Super League for 2019, with the Rugby Football League confirming both clubs are eligible for promotion.

Victory provided a timely pick-me-up for ailing Rovers captain Shaun Lunt, who remains hospitalised with an infection, while a sixth defeat in seven matches meant a disappointing end for Widnes duo Chris Houston and Aaron Heremaia as they entered retirement after the final whistle.

Interim head coach Francis Cummins is facing an uncertain future but the Vikings will have the services of a crop of promising youngsters like Owen Buckley, Joe Lyons and Keanan Brand, who all showed up well in the final game, as well as a £500,000 parachute payment, to help them regroup in the Championship.

Shaun Lunt is currently hospitalised with an infection

Rovers, promoted 12 months ago without having to go through the Million-Pound Game, were desperate to secure survival without it, especially having experienced the heartbreak of defeat in 2016.

There was an early sign of nerves when second-rower Joel Tomkins took a McGuire pass to reach the line only to lose control of the ball and Rovers suffered a blow when stand-off Todd Carney went off on six minutes after taking a heavy blow.

But the versatile Maurice Blair, back in action earlier than expected from a calf injury, slotted effortlessly into the half-back role alongside the influential McGuire as the Robins set about their task in earnest.

McGuire’s short pass got second-rower James Greenwood through a gaping hole in the Vikings defence for the game’s first try and centre Ben Crooks gathered his high kick to score his first try for the club.

Craig Hall kicked both conversions and added a penalty to extend the lead to the required 14-0 with an hour left on the clock.

As the home side continued to make all the running, centre Junior Vaivai dropped Blair’s pass with the line beckoning but there was no stopping full-back Chris Atkin after McGuire had raced clear from Mose Masoe’s offload inside his own half.

Trailing 20-0 at the break, there was no way back for the visitors when Rovers created an overlap for Vaivai to go in for their fourth try on 57 minutes and Hall added another nine minutes later.

They might have scored more as Widnes’ performance disintegrated in the final quarter – they finished with 12 men after Tom Gilmore was sin-binned for dissent – but Tim Sheens’ men had long since ensured it was job done.

Wigan Warriors and Catalans Dragons discussing idea of playing Betfred Super League match at Barcelona’s Nou Camp

27 Sep

Catalans Dragons and Wigan Warriors are reportedly in talks to play a Betfred Super League match at Barcelona’s Nou Camp next season.

It is understood the two clubs have agreed to the prospect and are negotiating with Barcelona to find a weekend that suits all parties.

Catalans took on Warrington Wolves at Barcelona’s Olympic stadium in 2009

Josep Maria Bartomeu, Barcelona’s chairman, invited Catalans to play at the Nou Camp after the club paraded the Challenge Cup at the stadium on Sunday.

A venue swith would have to be approved by the Rugby Football League, but according to Sky Sports News the organisation is backing the idea.

It would be the first time the Nou Camp has hosted a Rugby League game.

However, Catalans played Warrington in the city’s Olympic Stadium in 2009 in what was the first ever Rugby League match to be played in Spain.

 

Wigan Warriors full-back Zak Hardaker charged with drink driving just six weeks before cocaine suspension expires

27 Sep

Zak Hardaker has been charged with drink-driving, his club Wigan Warriors have confirmed.

In a short statement, the club confirmed the full-back would appear in court on October 11 after being charged on Tuesday.

Hardaker in action before his ban

Wigan announced Hardaker’s signing in May, effective from November, as he serves a 14-month ban for cocaine use.

Castleford sacked the 2015 Man of Steel following his positive drugs test on the eve of last season’s Grand Final defeat to Leeds.

Speaking at the time of his Warriors switch, Hardaker said: “I believe things happen for a reason and now I’m looking forward to this move to Wigan.”

But Wigan said on Thursday: “The player is co-operating with the Police investigation. Wigan Warriors will allow the legal process to take its course.”

The 26-year-old was just two months away from completing a 14-month ban after testing positive for cocaine in September last year. The club said he would be permitted to train with them two months before that.

Warriors chairman Ian Lenagan said: “This wasn’t a decision that we made lightly.

“We recognise the serious nature of this incident and our choice in offering this opportunity should not be seen as condoning his actions in any way.”

Lenagan added: “We had extensive conversations with Zak and his family before making our offer.”

England forward Sam Burgess cleared of any wrongdoing by NRL in ‘lewd video’ investigation

21 Sep

England forward Sam Burgess is considering legal action after being cleared of any wrongdoing over a sexting scandal in Australia.

The England forward had been at the centre of allegations of a lewd video chat involving South Sydney players.

Sam Burgess in action for the Rabbitohs

Reports in Australia claimed one of Burgess’ social media accounts had been used to send inappropriate images to a woman following a match in May.

Burgess vigorously denied any wrongdoing and a joint investigation by the NRL and the Rabbitohs has found the 29-year-old and his teammates have no case to answer.

In a statement on Friday, the Sydney club said the woman was seen by NRL integrity unit investigator Karyn Murphy but declined to be interviewed by the investigating panel and it concluded that no player had broken any rules.

“Based on a thorough review of the available evidence before it, the panel was not satisfied that any South Sydney player engaged in any actionable misconduct resulting in a breach of their NRL playing contract, the NRL rules or the SSFC code of conduct,” the club said.

The Rugby League Players’ Association (RLPA) issued a statement supporting the club’s position and Burgess took to social media to express his innocence.

“I have not sexted anyone,” the former Bradford prop said on his Twitter account.

“I fully cooperated with the inquiry as I said I would. I have engaged lawyer Chris Murphy to pursue my remedies and he has retained defamation lawyers.

“I have given a full account to the inquiry and answered every question asked. It’s now in Mr Murphy’s hands. The next move is up to him. I have nothing more to say at this stage.”

The incident overshadowed the Rabbitohs’ semi-final win over St George Illawarra last weekend and dominated the build-up to Saturday’s Grand Final qualifier against Sydney Roosters.

An emotional Burgess fronted the media this week, when he thanked his wife and family for their support and said he was “happy for the truth to come out”.

Burgess, who played in the 2015 Rugby Union World Cup during a brief stint with Bath, last month signed a four-year extension to his contract which will keep him at South Sydney until the end of 2023.

Sam Burgess commits future to NRL side South Sydney by signing new contract extension

5 Sep

Sam Burgess has committed the rest of his career to South Sydney after signing a four-year extension with the NRL club.

Despite being contracted until the end of 2019, the 29-year-old gave the club the ultimate boost on the eve of the finals after signing until 2023.

Burgess joined South Sydney in 2010

Burgess, who will be 34 when his new deal expires, said he is hanging up his boots at its conclusion. “I’d like to leave the game while I’m still playing good football,” he said. “I don’t want to play if I’m not doing the club justice and I’m not doing the right thing by the team.”

The England player started his career with four years at Bradford in the Super League before heading to Australia in 2010.

Burgess played for England at the rugby union World Cup

He had two years away from league between 2014 and 2015 for a stint in rugby union, but said he never envisaged leaving the club again.

“South Sydney gave me an opportunity as a young kid and little did I know nine years ago not only the impact it would have on my life, but my family’s life.

“It’s been a great journey from a small town in the north of England to given a chance to play in the biggest rugby league competition in the world.”

He won the NRL in 2014

Catalans Dragons 20-14 Warrington Wolves: French side secure historic upset win in Challenge Cup final

25 Aug

Catalans Dragons stunned Warrington Wolves to win their first Challenge Cup.

The French side became the first non-English team to win the trophy in its history.

Ben Garcia of Catalans Dragons celebrates scoring their second try

The Dragons looked capable of the upset as soon as Lewis Tierney went over early on.

Ben Garcia and Brayden Wiliame got their two additional tries, and Josh Drinkwater kicked four goals.

Wire crossed twice (Ben Murdoch-Masila and George King) and Tyrone Roberts kicked three goals.

But, in front of Wembley Stadium’s worst Challenge Cup final crowd (50,672) since WWII, the Catalans Dragons ultimately ran out deserved champions.