Sunday, October 26, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

Scots tame Ireland in Dublin

Scotland are within touching distance of their first ever European crown after beating Ireland 25-4 in Dublin this afternoon. Their victory means that anything better than an 18-point defeat to France in Galashiels on Friday night will see Steve McCormack’s side win the European Championship and a place in the 2016 Four Nations. The first half was best forgotten apart from ... Read More »

Kiwis shock Aussies to take a grip on Four Nations


New Zealand shocked Australia in Brisbane today, cruising to a 30-12 victory at Suncorp Stadium in their opening game of this season’s Four Nations tournament in front of 47,813 spectators. Although the Australians took an early lead through a try from Beau Scott, converted by Cameraon Smith, the Kiwis pulled level after 17 minutes with a try by Kevin Proctor, ... Read More »

England 32-26 Samoa


England got their Four Nations campaign off to a winning start – but it was far from comprehensive, as they held on to edge out a dogged Samoa side 32-26. Leading 22-10 midway through the second period, England were clawed back by a resolute Samoan team, but somehow, Steve McNamara’s men found a way to win. The deadlock was broken ... Read More »

England not underestimating Samoa


We’re not taking Samoa lightly – that’s the message from England coach and captain ahead of the opening Four Nations fixture tomorrow, with coach Steve McNamara insisting it’s the press calling Samoa underdogs, not the England camp. The Samoans won a play-off against Tonga to get to the Four Nations, and with plenty of NRL and Super League experience in ... Read More »

How healthy is international Rugby League?


The Guardian newspaper published an article yesterday on its website entitled ‘Rugby league’s international failure is spectacular’. It was written by an Australian journalist, Nick Tedeschi, a freelance writer whose frustration with the state of international Rugby League was plain for everyone to see. “Rugby league and its devotion to the international game has always promised big and nearly always ... Read More »

England v Samoa preview

Josh Charnley RL winger

England will be looking to kick off their Four Nations campaign with a win tomorrow morning, as they tackle Samoa in Brisbane to kick off the tournament in earnest. The game – which is the first part of a double-header, with Australia v New Zealand following – sees four debutants for Steve McNamara’s side, as a new era begins following ... Read More »

European Championship Preview: Week Two

Danny Brough Scotland

After a pulsating opening weekend of action in the European Championship, the action continues at pace this weekend with the second round of fixtures – with two intriguing matches in store for Rugby League fans. Whilst most of the media spotlight will be on the first weekend of the Four Nations, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and France will continue on their ... Read More »

VIDEO: Sam Burgess after becoming International POTY

Sam Burgess. ©RLPhotos

Could this be Sam Burgess’ last ever interview as a Rugby League player? Perhaps not, but the rugby union-bound superstar spoke to the media this week before flying back to England to start his new career with Bath RU. Burgess was speaking just after claiming the International Player of the Year – becoming the first Englishman to pick up the ... Read More »

4N win would give England a boost, says Tomkins


England full-back Sam Tomkins believes that success for the nation in this year’s Four Nations tournament could lay a huge platform for years to come, and give Rugby League in this country an enormous shot in the arm. Tomkins, who has just finished his first season with NRL side New Zealand Warriors, believes that if England can triumph in the ... Read More »

Paul Gallen in social media storm with NRL


Cronulla Sharks and New South Wales captain Paul Gallen has issued a public apology, after being embroiled in a social media storm with the NRL earlier this week. Gallen – who was on holiday in Hawaii at the time – sent out the abusive tweet following the news of Steve Noyce’s departure from Cronulla, after he was made redundant on ... Read More »

Is George Burgess bound for RU too?


There could be more bad news on the horizon for English Rugby League, as Australian newspaper are reporting that another top English star is being courted by an English union side. After Sam Burgess’ high-profile transfer to Bath, the Daily Telegraph are reporting that fellow Premiership side Gloucester are interested in another Burgess boy – this time Souths prop forward ... Read More »

Sheffield Eagles sign Tony Tonks

Sheffield Celebrate

Sheffield Eagles have confirmed the signing of Halifax prop Tony Tonks. Tonks joins the club having established himself as one of the best forwards in the Championship during his time with Featherstone Rovers and Halifax. The 29-year-old has scored 19 tries in 141 appearances combined for the two West Yorkshire clubs, and becomes the Eagles’ seventh new signing, joining Blake ... Read More »