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Phil Bentham to referee Four Nations final

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Leigh-born Super League referee Phil Bentham has been selected to officiate the Four Nations final between New Zealand and Australia on Saturday. The 43-year-old, who took charge of this year’s Super League Grand Final and had to dismiss Wigan’s Ben Flower, was chosen by a three-man selection panel. New Zealand’s Henry Perenara and Australia’s Bernard Sutton have been appointed as ... Read More »

Wigan Warriors re-sign Lee Mossop from Parrammatta

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Wigan Warriors have announced the signing of former England front-rower Lee Mossop on a three year deal. The 25-year-old joined Parramatta Eels at the end of 2013 but failed to make an impact in the NRL due to injury. The Wigan Academy graduate said: “I want to thank Parramatta Eels for giving me the chance to play in the NRL and experience a ... Read More »

RFL: England to stick with Steve McNamara

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Steve McNamara will still be the England coach in 2015, according to RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer. McNamara came under fire from Rugby League fans using social media following Saturday’s defeat against New Zealand. Many questioned his team selection and tactics after watching England again fail to reach a major final. Since McNamara’s appointment as national coach in April ... Read More »

League One: Cougars call for changes at EGM

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Keighley Cougars have formally submitted their request to call an emergency general meeting at the RFL after gaining sufficient support from other member clubs, with Sheffield Eagles, Barrow Raiders, Hunslet Hawks and Wakefield Wildcats backing their call for an EGM. And Cougars Chairman Gary Fawcett says the resolution of his club’s dispute is crucial if the new structure to be ... Read More »

Seven reasons to read this week’s League Express

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All the latest Four Nations news and reaction Where did it go wrong for England? Should Steve McNamara be sacked? Can New Zealand defeat the Kangaroos in the final? Click here to download the digital version of League Express newspaper to the device of your choice Keighley call for changes Cougars chairman Gary Fawcett claims the club has formally submitted ... Read More »

Cast your vote: Should Steve McNamara be sacked?

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After crashing out of yet another international tournament without reaching the final, England coach Steve McNamara’s future has again been called into question. In today’s League Express, former GB star Garry Schofield calls for the former Bradford boss to be immediately sacked and replaced by Castleford coach Daryl Powell, while others believe he has the team playing good rugby and ... Read More »

Centurions slam Rhinos in Brierley row

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Leigh Centurions Head of Rugby Derek Beaumont has issued a stinging criticism of Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington about allegedly seeking to approach contracted Centurions player Ryan Brierley, but then denying that they are interested in signing him. As the rumour mill went into overdrive last week, the Rhinos issued a statement from Hetherington, which said: “I can categorically ... Read More »

Australia sweep past Samoa to reach Four Nations Final

After beating Samoa 44-18 win in Wollongong, the Australians will take on the Kiwis on Saturday night at Wellington in a replay of last year’s World Cup Final. The Australians were too strong for the Pacific Islanders, scoring five first-half tries to lead 28-6 at half-time. And they were soon on the scoreboard as Greg Inglis created the space for ... Read More »

England lose narrowly as Four Nations hopes dangle by a thread

England fell to a heartbreaking 16-14 defeat to New Zealand this morning at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. And now their chances of reaching the Four Nations final in Wellington next week rest on Samoa defeating Australia tomorrow by a margin of less than eight points. It was a cruel defeat for England, with two Gareth Widdop conversions hitting ... Read More »

Ambitious Huby harbours England hopes

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Huddersfield prop Craig Huby admits he still has an eye on representing England. The 28-year-old, who joins the Giants after 12 seasons with hometown club Castleford, was named in Steve McNamara’s train-on squad in June but didn’t make the cut for the Four Nations. “It was great to be involved in the training squad,” Huby told League Express. “I would ... Read More »