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James Tedesco

James Tedesco is an Australian rugby league player who plays for the Sydney Roosters in the National Rugby League. Primarily a fullback, Tedesco has also played five-eighth, centre and wing. Tedesco is a New South Wales, New South Wales City and Italian national representative.

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Rugby union

Rugby union, commonly known in most of the world as rugby, is a contact team sport which originated in England in the first half of the 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand. In its most common form, a game is between two teams of 15 players using an oval-shaped ball on a rectangular field with H-shaped goalposts on each try line.

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Crusaders (rugby union)

The Crusaders are a New Zealand professional rugby union team based in Christchurch, who compete in the Super Rugby competition. They have won 9 titles.

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Jonah Lomu

Jonah Tali Lomu was a New Zealand rugby union player. He became the youngest ever All Black when he played his first international in 1994 at the age of 19 years and 45 days. Playing on the wing Lomu finished his international career with 63 caps and 37 tries. He is regarded as the first true global superstar of rugby and consequently had a huge impact on the game. Lomu was inducted into the International Rugby Hall of Fame on 9 October 2007, and the IRB Hall of Fame on 24 October 2011.

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Rugby league

Rugby league football is a full-contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular field. One of the two codes of rugby, it originated in Northern England in 1895 as a split from the Rugby Football Union over the issue of payments to players. Its rules progressively changed with the aim of producing a faster, more entertaining game for spectators.

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New South Wales rugby league team

The New South Wales rugby league team has represented the Australian state of New South Wales in rugby league football since the sport's beginnings there in 1907. Also known as the Blues due to their sky blue jerseys, the team competes in the annual State of Origin series against neighbouring team, the Queensland rugby league team. This annual event is a series of three games competing for the State of Origin shield. As of 2018, the team is coached by Brad Fittler and captained by Boyd Cordner.

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National Rugby League

The National Rugby League (NRL) is a league of professional men's rugby league teams in Australasia. Run by the Australian Rugby League Commission, the NRL's main competition is known as the Telstra Premiership due to sponsorship from Telstra Corporation and is contested by sixteen teams, fifteen of which are based in Australia with one based in New Zealand. It is the most viewed and attended rugby league club competition in the world.

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Ben Cohen (rugby union)

Ben Christopher Cohen, MBE is a former England rugby union player and activist. He began his professional career with Northampton Saints in 1996; in 2007 he moved to France to represent Brive before returning to England two years later to join Sale Sharks. Cohen was also a member of the England national team that won the 2003 Rugby World Cup. In May 2011, Cohen retired from professional rugby, and will focus on The Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation he created to combat homophobia and bullying. His main position was winger.

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Queensland rugby league team

The Queensland rugby league team represents the Australian state of Queensland in rugby league football. Nicknamed the "Maroons", after the colour of their jersey, the team plays three times a year against arch-rivals New South Wales in the State of Origin series. Captained by Greg Inglis and coached by Kevin Walters, Queensland, the team is administered by the Queensland Rugby League and plays all of its home matches at Brisbane's Lang Park.

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Super League

Super League is the top-level professional rugby league club competition in the Northern hemisphere. The league has twelve teams: eleven from England and one from France. Canadian and Welsh clubs that compete in the Rugby Football League can also qualify. Colloquially known in the UK as the Super League it is referred to internationally as the English Super League (ESL).

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James Haskell

James Haskell is an English rugby union player who currently plays for Northampton Saints in the Aviva Premiership and internationally for England.

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Beauden Barrett

Beauden John Barrett is a New Zealand rugby union player. He plays in the fly-half position for Taranaki and the Wellington based Super Rugby side, the Hurricanes, and for New Zealand's national team the All Blacks. He was a key member of the 2015 Rugby World Cup winning team. Barrett also plays fullback and wing as demonstrated with Taranaki and the All Blacks. In 2016 and 2017, he won the World Rugby Player of the Year award, and is only the second player to win the award in back-to-back years. He is considered by many to be the best currently-active rugby player in the world.

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Johnathan Thurston

Johnathan Dean Thurston born 25 April 1983 is an Australian professional rugby league player in the National Rugby League. Thurston is an Australian international, Queensland State of Origin and Indigenous All Stars representative. Thurston plays as a halfback or five-eighth and is a noted goal-kicker. In 2015 he became the first ever four-time Dally M Medallist for the NRL season's best player, and later that year became the first ever three-time winner of the Golden Boot Award for the World's best player. During his career he has been frequently regarded as the greatest to have played the game.

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Joost van der Westhuizen

Joost Heystek van der Westhuizen was a South African rugby union player who made 89 appearances in test matches for the national team, scoring 38 tries. He mostly played as a scrum-half and participated in three Rugby World Cups, most notably in the 1995 tournament which was won by South Africa.

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Bad Luck Fale

Fale Simitaitoko is a Tongan New Zealander professional wrestler and former rugby union player. He currently works for New Japan Pro-Wrestling as Bad Luck Fale . He is a one-time IWGP Intercontinental Champion. His name literally translates to house in Tongan.