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Smith: England are improving

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Former England coach Tony Smith believes the national team is improving and a victory over Australia and New Zealand will come. England suffered close losses against both the Kangaroos and Kiwis in the recent Four Nations, missing out of the tournament’s final. Smith, who coached Great Britain in 2007 and led England at the 2008 World Cup, said England was ... Read More »

Sa’u: Competition strong at Salford

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Salford centre Junior Sa’u says the competition for places in the Red Devils’ backline is heating up as the club targets a finals spot in 2015. Sa’u was impressive in his first season in Super League, crossing for 12 tries in 25 games. He was the club’s top try-scorer, ranked second in try assists, tackle busts and metres, and finished ... Read More »

Opinion: Steve McNamara must go

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It’s time for the RFL to make a tough decision and replace Steve McNamara as England head coach. Missing the 2014 Four Nations final comes on the back of missing out on the World Cup final last year. That’s two third-place finishings in a year. It’s just not good enough. The RFL and Ralph Rimmer can dress it up all ... Read More »

TotalRL TV: Gareth Thomas on switching codes

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TotalRL TV caught up with Welsh rugby legend Gareth Thomas to talk about about crossing codes and the challenge facing Sam Burgess. We spoke to Thomas, who spent two seasons in Super League and gained four caps for Wales, about switching from rugby union to Rugby League and the recent incident in the Super League grand final involving his former ... Read More »

TotalRL TV: Four Nations preview

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TotalRL TV focuses on the start of the Four Nations this weekend, with England facing Samoa and Australia taking on New Zealand in the opening matches in Brisbane. League Express editor Martyn Sadler and reporter John Davidson analyse the four teams, the squads they’ve chosen and give their predictions on who might be victorious in the tournament. Read More »

OPINION: Kangaroos pick Knights newbie

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Australia has selected 11 debutants for the upcoming Four Nations including one player – Sione Mata’utia – who has played just seven NRL games. Ten rookies is a huge number and that number rose to 11 today with the shocking news that Jarryd Hayne is off to join the NFL. Penrith fullback Matt Moylan comes into the squad to replace ... Read More »

Kilshaw column: Getting amongst the Grand Final buzz

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Alan Kilshaw kicks off his new TotalRL column by reliving a gripping NRL Grand Final Last Sunday was my first experience of watching an NRL Grand Final live – and it didn’t disappoint. The wall-to-wall coverage during the week had intensified, taking up the front and back newspaper pages and plenty of TV coverage. Much had been made of the ... Read More »

TOTALRL TV: Andrew Henderson

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In the latest episode of TotalRL TV, we caught up with retiring Sheffield Eagles hooker Andrew Henderson. The 35-year old reflects on his rugby league career in Australia and England, looking back at the highs and the lows, and sharing his experiences in Super League, the Championship and with Scotland in two World Cups. Read More »

Comment: It’s time for England to step up to the plate

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England have never had a better opportunity to defeat Australia than at this month’s Four Nations – and doing so could lead to a Great Britain revival. To say it has been a long time between drinks is an understatement. The last time Great Britain won the Ashes was in 1970, with a 2-1 series win down under. They also ... Read More »

What does James Graham have to do to win a Grand Final?

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One win from eight grand finals makes for shocking reading. Sure, some Rugby League players have long careers and never make it to the big dance, but James Graham surely must feel like he is a tad cursed. The English prop won his first Grand Final, with Saints over Hull FC in 2006, in just his fourth year of Super ... Read More »

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