North Queensland’s Luciano Leilua stood down by NRL, ruled out of Rugby League World Cup

North Queensland’s Luciano Leilua will not play in the Rugby League World Cup after the Samoa second-rower was stood down under the NRL’s no-fault stand-down policy. Key points: Leilua was charged with alleged domestic violence offenses in Sydney He is not allowed to play in the Rugby League World Cup Leilua was selected in Samoa’s … Read more

Shikhar Dhawan targets 2023 ODI World Cup | cricket

Shikhar Dhawan is not in the equation for India’s T20 World Cup campaign in Australia this month, but the stand-in skipper for the ODI series against South Africa is hopeful a strong show with the bat will keep him in contention for next year’s global competition at home. “I always see the positive side of … Read more

Shadab Khan shuts fan with befitting reply on ‘focus on World Cup’ tweet | cricket

Pakistan’s vice-captain in the white-ball format, Shadab Khan, on Tuesday gave a befitting reply to a fan who asked him to focus on the impending T20 World Cup. The all-rounder was recently part of the seven-match series at home against England where the hosts lost 3-4 after suffering a 67-run defeat in the series decider … Read more

Tony Iro names strong Cook Islands squad for World Cup

The Cook Islands will have five Super League players among their impressive squad at this autumn’s World Cup. Tinirau Arona (Wakefield), Dylan Napa (Catalans Dragons), Dom Peyroux (Toulouse), Brad Takairangi (Hull KR) and Zane Tetevano (Leeds) are all included in Tony Iro’s side. There are also two players from the Championship involved – Johnathon Ford … Read more

Millie Boyle, Tamika Upton withdraw from Jillaroos squad for upcoming World Cup

Newcastle superstar Millie Boyle has dropped a bombshell ahead of the Rugby League World Cup, pulling out of the Australian women’s team for work reasons. Key points: Newcastle’s Millie Boyle and Tamika Upton have withdrawn from the Jillaroos World Cup squad Upton was ruled out with a calf injury while Boyle has recently set up … Read more

Kristian Woolf names powerful Tonga squad for World Cup

Photo: PhotosportNZ/ Kristian Woolf has named one of Tonga’s strongest-ever squads as they look to get their hands on the Rugby League World Cup trophy for the first time. Woolf, who has recently guided St Helens to a fourth successive Super League title, has named 21 NRL stars in his squad for this autumn’s tournament … Read more

Six NRL Grand Finalists included in New Zealand squad for World Cup

Six players from the NRL Grand Final have been named in an incredibly strong New Zealand squad for the World Cup. Back-to-back NRL Premiership winners James Fisher-Harris, Moses Leota and Scott Sorensen have been included in Michael Maguire’s side after helping Penrith Panthers beat Parramatta Eels 28-12 in the Grand Final on Sunday. The Penrith … Read more

Luke Keary headlines strong Ireland squad for the World Cup

Sydney Roosters star Luke Keary is among five NRL players included in the impressive Ireland squad for the World Cup. Keary, who has previously played for birth nation Australia, qualifies to play for Ireland through his father. The New South Wales Origin representative is joined by fellow NRL players Josh Cook (Bulldogs), Henry O’Kane (Tigers), … Read more

Wests Tigers prop pulls himself out of Tonga’s World Cup campaign

Wests Tigers prop Stefano Utoikamanu has made himself unavailable for Tonga at the upcoming World Cup, deciding to focus on pre-season instead. The 22-year-old powerhouse was included in a 38-man extended squad by Tonga coach Kristian Woolf just about a week ago. But given that he has only made nine NRL appearances for the Tigers … Read more

Wardrobe aside, Cup-bound Canada has no complaints vs. Qatar

Canada should get out more often. A first trip out of CONCACAF for two long years brought John Herdman and his World Cup-bound side to Vienna on Friday night and they made themselves comfortable early and often. November’s tournament host Qatar was overpowered and outclassed. It could, and maybe should, have been more than 2-0. … Read more