Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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Rugby League News

Sam Tomkins: Don’t worry about the debutants

Tomkins in his Wigan days. ©RLPhotos

Sam Tomkins has backed England’s young squad to go the Four Nations and make a huge impact, and has quashed suggestions that a lack of experience will cost them dear during the tournament. With nine uncapped players in the 24-man squad, Tomkins is a relative elder statesman at international level, having made his England debut in 2009. Daryl Clark, Josh ... Read More »

Shenton a “more well-rounded” player in 2014

Michael Shenton

Castleford Tigers and England centre Michael Shenton believes that he is a more “well-rounded” player than he was four years ago, and believes that will stand him in good stead for England’s assault on the Four Nations this month. Shenton last played for England in 2010, when his tour came to a premature end after suffering an elbow injury in ... Read More »

Brown to Cronulla cools as Sharks circle Brisbane’s Barba

Kevin-Brown-Cronulla

Kevin Brown’s rumoured move to the NRL with Cronulla took another step back today after reports emerged linking the Sharks with Brisbane utility Ben Barba. Cronulla are in the market for a half-back to replace disgraced Todd Carney and new Broncos coach Wayne Bennett has reportedly given the green light for rival clubs to negotiate with several of his side’s ... Read More »

RFL comfortable with punching stance

Ellis-Grix-fight

The RFL won’t be reviewing its policy on punching and has no plans to introduce an NRL-style ‘no-punching’ stance next season. The NRL brought in an edict that players would be automatically sent to the sin-bin for punching following Paul Gallen’s attack on Nate Myles in the opening game of State of Origin in 2013. NRL referees boss Daniel Anderson ... Read More »

Opinion: We need to get out and sell the European Championship

This week's League Express has full reports of both European Championship matches.  Go to http://totalrl.com/le to download a copy.

Ireland’s shock victory over France in Dublin last week, coupled with a virtuoso performance by Danny Brough for Scotland against Wales in Workington, should have been enough to get everyone talking about the European Championship. But as the games were not televised nor widely reported by a media for which barely seven days ago Rugby League was the hottest topic ... Read More »

The McCarthy column: The year that was down under

Tyrone-McCarthy

Former Warrington forward Tyrone McCarthy starts his new TotalRL column by looking backing on his 12 months playing in Australia… As I was waiting to go in to surgery after a tough campaign, I was sat reflecting on what a difference a year makes. This time last year I decided to leave my hometown club Warrington Wolves and go on ... Read More »

Salford Red Devils sign million-pound kit deal

Salford-2015-kits

Salford Red Devils have signed a lucrative deal with sportswear giants Under Armour reported to be worth a million pounds. The performance brand, best known for popularising the compression shirt, is taking off across the world in team sports and currently supplies Tottenham Hotspur football club and the Welsh national rugby union team. “We are both delighted and excited to ... Read More »

Total RL world’s second biggest Rugby League website, say stats

Gen-14

Total Rugby League is the world’s second biggest dedicated Rugby League website, according to traffic measuring specialists Alexa.com. The online arm of League Express newspaper and Rugby League World magazine is now recognised as a one-stop-shop for any discerning Rugby League fan thanks to its constant stream of news, features, interviews and its popular forum. With well over five million ... Read More »

Jonathan Walker picks up one-match international ban

Jonathan-Walker

Scotland front-rower Jonathan Walker has been handed a one-match suspension after being found guilty of a reckless high tackle against Wales in the European Championship last week. The former Hull Kingston Rovers prop will miss this week’s clash with Ireland in Dublin, but will be free to face France in his side’s final game of the tournament. What do you think ... Read More »

Hull KR sign French hooker John Boudezba

Chris Chester

Hull Kingston Rovers have signed French international hooker John Boudezba on a one-year contract from Lezignan. The 24-year-old is Robins boss Chris Chester’s ninth signing for 2015. “Moving to the Super League is a new challenge for me and I’m looking forward to coming over there,” he said. “An opportunity was offered to me at Rovers and after talking with ... Read More »

Feature: A player who could have been a contender

Ashurst playing at Wembley in 1979

League Express editor Martyn Sadler reviews ‘Tries and Prayers – A Rugby League Journey’ by former Wigan, Penrith, Wakefield and Runcorn utility Bill Ashurst How often have we seen talented sportsmen whose achievements don’t match their talents? It’s a story that is as old as the hills, and we’ve seen it in countless films, including the great 1950s classic film ‘On ... Read More »

Shaun Johnson wishes Australia were at full strength

Shaun Johnson stretches over to score for New Zealand Warriors in the Auckland Nines. ©FairfaxMedia

New Zealand half-back Shaun Johnson has admitted he would prefer Saturday’s Four Nations opponents Australia to be at full strength, but insists they will be tough to beat regardless. The Kangaroos have a raft of high profile players missing the Four Nations, including Billy Slater, Paul Gallen, the Morris brothers, and Golden Boot winner Johnathan Thurston. Dally M winner Jarryd Hayne is ... Read More »

Hicks, Bentham and Smith to officiate 4N opener

Phil Bentham. ©RLPhotos

Leigh-born Super League referee Phil Bentham will take charge of Saturday’s Four Nations clash between Australia and New Zealand. The 42-year-old will be joined by Oldham duo Robert Hicks and Ian Smith, who will operate as touch judge and video referee respectively. What do you think about this story? Discuss this and much more on or free fans’ forum. For more ... Read More »

Inglis, Smith and Cronk to start as Australia name squad

Greg Inglis starts at full-back for just the third time in his international career

Australia have named their squad to face New Zealand in Saturday’s Four Nations opener – and despite their injury problems it still looks extremely strong. Indeed, even without the likes of Johnathan Thurston, Paul Gallen, Jarryd Hayne, Billy Slater, Brett Morris, Josh Morris, and Andrew Fifita, they are still odds-on favourites to win the tournament. Australia’s squad to face New ... Read More »