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Cronk, Taumalolo share NRL's highest player prize

SYDNEY (AP) Melbourne Storm halfback Cooper Cronk and North Queensland Cowboys backrower Jason Taumalolo shared the Dally M medal after finishing with the same number of votes for the top individual award in Australia's National Rugby League. (MORE)

Italy withdraws bid for 2023 Rugby World Cup

ROME (AP) The Italian Rugby Federation has withdrawn its bid to host the 2023 World Cup. (MORE)

Melbourne to meet Cronulla in NRL grand final

SYDNEY (AP) Melbourne held on to beat Canberra 14-12 on Saturday and earn a place opposite Cronulla in the National Rugby League grand final. (MORE)

Cronulla beats North Queensland to reach NRL final

SYDNEY (AP) Cronulla has reached the grand final of Australia's National Rugby League for the first time in 19 years by beating defending champion North Queensland 32-20 in a preliminary final on Friday. (MORE)

Brad Thorn to continue pro rugby career at 41

BRISBANE, Australia (AP) World Cup-winning All Black and dual rugby league and rugby union international Brad Thorn is set to continue his first class career at the age of 41. (MORE)

Naivalu, Latu newcomers in Australia squad

SYDNEY (AP) Fiji-born winger Sefa Naivalu has been named in Australia's squad for the last two rounds of the Rugby Championship only days after becoming eligible for the national team. (MORE)

Saracens winger Ashton gets 13-week ban for biting

LONDON (AP) An international recall for winger Chris Ashton was considered remote after he was banned for 13 weeks for biting by the English Rugby Football Union late Tuesday. (MORE)

Australia men, Fiji women win Olympics 7s berths

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) The Australian men's and Fiji women's teams claimed places in the rugby sevens tournament at next year's Olympics by winning their finals at the Oceania regional qualifying tournament on Sunday. (MORE)

England beat Kiwis 20-14 to win rugby league series

WIGAN, England (AP) England won a rugby league series against top-ranked New Zealand for the first time in eight years when it took an exhilarating third and deciding test 20-14 on Saturday. (MORE)

Samoa, Australia unbeaten at Oceania Olympic 7s

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) Australia and Samoa were unbeaten on the first day of the Oceania Olympic rugby sevens qualifying tournament on Saturday and remain headed for a showdown to decide which will claim a place at next year's Rio de Janiero games. (MORE)