Pete Carroll Bluffs His Way Through Press Conference About Rugby Leaguer

Rumors have had Jarryd Hayne talking with the Seahawks, so at his press conference yesterday, Pete Carroll was peppered with questions about the rugby league star who announced this week he's leaving Australia to chase his NFL dreams. He performed admirably, gushing about Hayne. The Seahawks PR guy then came out to… » 10/16/14 10:32am Thursday 10:32am

Rugby League Superstar Quits To Pursue NFL Dream

Jarryd Hayne is one of the very best rugby league players in Australia. He was just awarded the Dally M Medal, given to the "best and fairest" in the Australian National Rugby League, for the second time in his career. The Parramatta Eels fullback is one of the highest paid players in the NRL, making a million dollars… » 10/14/14 11:02pm 10/14/14 11:02pm

Player Brutally Punched Out Of Rugby Grand Final Surprisingly OK With It

St. Helens halfback Lance Hohaia, forced to leave Saturday's Super League Grand Final after being concussed by a pair of obscene punches from Wigan's Ben Flower just two minutes into the match, was pretty mellow about the whole event afterward and dismissed it as the sort of thing that happens sometimes in rugby… » 10/13/14 9:45am 10/13/14 9:45am

You'll Regret Watching This USA Rugby League Tribute

We were sent this musical tribute to the USA rugby league team, performed by The Wiggles, favorites of undiscerning children everywhere. I wasn't going to post it, except it's been running through my damn brain all day, and I thought maybe the only way to kill this earworm was to pass it on to you. So rock out,… » 11/07/13 6:59pm 11/07/13 6:59pm

This Is Just The Worst Rugby League Failed Try

In American football, you merely have to carry the ball into the end zone. But in rugby league, a player has to put the ball on the ground in the in-goal area for the try to count. Yesterday at the Rugby League World Cup, New Zealand's Sonny Bill Williams had an easy four points, but inexplicably slipped over the… » 10/29/13 10:49am 10/29/13 10:49am

Australia's Rugby League Cracks Down On Big Hits, And Fans Aren't Happy

In any discussion of player safety in American football, rugby inevitably gets invoked in two ways: NFL players are called pussies for wearing body armor, and rugby is pointed to as an example of how players will self-police and self-preserve on tackles when they're not overly protected. Neither of these is strictly… » 11/20/12 12:05pm 11/20/12 12:05pm