Kiwis coy about their selections

New Zealand coach David Kidwell has refused to reveal his lineup for the Four Nations final, and even his players had claimed as late as Friday that they have been left in the dark, although they were expecting to be told at dinner on Friday night. Kidwell has admitted that he’s decided who will play at stand-off to replace the injured Thomas Leuluai, with most observers suggesting that…

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Meninga calls on referee to enforce precise 10-metre rule

Australian coach Mal Meninga has called on Four Nations Final referee Ben Cummins to strictly enforce the 10-metre rule in tomrrow’s game at Anfield, despite Liverpool’s shortened pitch. The Anfield pitch will be nine metres shorter than the regulation size, with officials having agreed to a shortened length to ensure a three-metre gap between the in-goal areas and the surrounding…

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Kangaroos and Kiwis reveal 19-man squads for Four Nations final

AUSTRALIA will be missing back row forward Sam Thaiday when they face New Zealand in the final of the Four Nations at Anfield on Sunday. Thaiday misses out after suffering a facial injury against England last Sunday and he has been replaced by Manly prop Jake Trbojevic in the 19-man squad. New Zealand coach David Kidwell has made several changes to his team…

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Scotland earn thrilling Four Nations draw with Kiwis

Scotland made history tonight at Workington’s Derwent Park, becoming the first minor nation to earn a Four Nations point when they drew 18-18 with New Zealand, the number one ranked team in the world. It was an extraordinary game played in driving heavy rain and very cold conditions, and the Scots came into the game after having had just one…

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Parliament congratulates Wales on World Cup qualification

An Early Day Motion has been tabled in the House of Commons congratulating the Wales Rugby League squad on qualifying for next year’s Rugby League World Cup. Wales secured their place in the tournament after beating Italy 20-14 in a tense thriller at Stadio Brianteo in Monza. Wales hosted the 2013 World Cup alongside England, with the opening ceremony held…

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RLIF chief congratulates Italy

Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) Chief Executive David Collier has congratulated Italy on winning the final qualification place for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. The Italians qualified by defeating Russia 76-0  in the play-off match in Leigh last Friday night, and Collier extended his congratulations to the Rugby League European Federation, which had organised the qualifying matches in the northern hemisphere. “RLIF congratulates the…

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Scotland make two changes for Kiwi clash

Scotland coach Steve McCormack has made two changes to his 19-man squad for the Ladbrokes Four Nations clash with New Zealand on Friday night. In come halfback Ryan Brierley and forward Billy McConnachie, who both made their Test debuts in the defeat to Australia in the tournament opener, replacing hooker Callum Phillips and Widnes forward Sam Brooks. Huddersfield’s Brierley has…

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Hill and Currie extend Warrington contracts

Warrington Wolves have announced that prop Chris Hill and backorder Ben Currie have agreed extended and upgraded contracts. Hill, 29, has agreed terms to keep him at the club for the next five years until November 2021. He joined the Wolves from Championship side Leigh Centurions in 2012 making his debut in February of that year earning heritage number 1099. He…

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Scots return to “second home”

Scotland Rugby League will return to the Zebra Claims Stadium on Friday night, a place head coach Steve McCormack dubs their ‘second home’. The Bravehearts have appeared at Workington Town’s home ground three times in recent years, helping grow the presence of Scotland Rugby League in Cumbria following two hugely successful games there at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup and…

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Rhinos defer South Stand redevelopment

Leeds Rhinos have confirmed that development plans for the South Stand at Headingley Carnegie Stadium have been delayed and that it will now be open for the entire 2017 Betfred Super League season. The redevelopment of the stadium, including the South Stand and the shared Main Stand with Yorkshire CCC, was due to begin with demolition work on the terrace in…

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