Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Rugby League News

RFL confirm major investment in match officials

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The RFL has confirmed that it is making a significant investment in its Match Officials department that will allow the sport’s referees and touch-judges to perform at their best in the exciting new league structures which come into place from 2015. The investment will include a comprehensive recruitment drive across all levels of the game and the implementation of development ... Read More »

VIDEO: Brilliant haka in Junior Kiwis v Junior Kangaroos

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Although English eyes will be firmly on the opening game of the Four Nations at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium this Saturday, there is the small matter of an Australia v New Zealand clash to whet the appetite for afters. Tensions will surely be high as the two best teams in the world do battle in front of thousands of watching spectators, ... Read More »

Trio of dropped Samoan stars fined

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The three Samoan players dropped for Saturday’s opening Four Nations Series match against England have each been fined £5,500 ($10,000 Australian dollars), the National Rugby League have announced. Reni Maitua, Tautau Moga and Sauaso Sue have been punished for their part in a nightclub incident in Brisbane last weekend. Nick Weeks, the NRL’s general manager of integrity, said: ‘These are ... Read More »

TOTALRL TV: England v Samoa preview

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The Four Nations kicks off this weekend, with England beginning their campaign against Matt Parish’s Samoa side in Brisbane. With the game kicking off in the early hours of the morning in the UK, it promises to be an early morning for Rugby League fans all across the country, as they cheer England on to an opening weekend win. And ... Read More »

England are gaining more respect, says Widdop

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England star Gareth Widdop believes that the national side are gaining more and more respect with the emergence of top English talent in the NRL – as he prepares to lead England into battle in the Four Nations this weekend. Widdop will start at half-back alongside Matty Smith this Saturday against Samoa, after an impressive first year with St George ... Read More »

Sam Burgess wins International Player of the Year award

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Rugby union-bound Sam Burgess capped off a successful season by winning rugby league’s International Player of the Year award. In his final match before defecting to the 15-man game with Bath, Burgess courageously guided the South Sydney Rabbitohs to their first NRL title in 43 years. The Englishman played the entire grand final against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs with a fractured ... Read More »

Sam Burgess hands out England caps

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It has become traditional in sport – particularly Rugby League – for high-profile sporting figures to hand out international caps to those who are making their debut in an upcoming game. Even before the Super League Grand Final, both clubs have made a habit out of getting influential figures to present the players with their shirts – Wigan had Jonny ... Read More »

Hull FC signing to arrive late for pre-season

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New Hull FC signing Steve Michaels will not be joining up with the club in time for the start of pre-season, after it was revealed a delay in his application to enter the country means he will miss the first fortnight of training in preparation for the 2015 season. It is believed that there are no issues with Michaels’ visa ... Read More »

Sheffield Eagles confirm Owlerton exit

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Sheffield Eagles have confirmed today that they are leaving they current home, Owlerton Stadium, due to new Rugby Football League ground regulations. The Eagles moved to Owlerton for the 2014 season after it was announced that their former home, Don Valley Stadium, was going to be demolished.  The Eagles were determined to stay within the city of Sheffield and were ... Read More »

Wheeler signs for Warrington

Warrington Wolves can confirm the signing of St Helens halfback Gary Wheeler ahead of the 2015 season. Wheeler, 25, has agreed a one-year deal with the club. He is recognised as a classic number six although he has also been known to step into the centres and on the wing making him a versatile member of any squad. Wheeler progressed ... Read More »

Scotland name 20-man squad for Ireland trip

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Scotland have named their 20-man squad ahead of their second European Championship clash this weekend – as they cross the Irish Sea to take on fellow opening day victors, Mark Aston’s Ireland. The winner of this game will head into the final round of fixtures knowing that avoiding defeat in the last weekend will see them crowned European Champions, and ... Read More »

Printable club-by-club fixtures from all three tiers

All the fixtures you need for next season can be found below. Simply click on the team of your choice, download the PDF, and print it off. It couldn't be simpler.

The new Rugby League season will begin on Thursday 5 February, when Widnes Vikings host Wigan Warriors in a televised game at the Select Security Stadium. That will be the first of the opening round of First Utility Super League fixtures. The following night St Helens will host the Catalan Dragons at Langtree Park, and there will be four other ... Read More »

Could Nathan Brown be heading to Manly Sea Eagles?

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After Nathan Brown’s decision to leave St Helens and head home to Australia for family reasons, his name is beginning to be touted around with various coaching positions in the NRL. He was heavily linked with the Wests Tigers job, before missing out to Jason Taylor in the race to be the new boss. But, per reports in the Australian ... Read More »