Tonga shock Kiwis with second-half fightback

Tonga scored 26 second-half points to stun New Zealand with a thrilling 28-22 victory in front of a full house today at Waikato Stadium, qualifying for a World Cup quarter-final against Lebanon or France, while the Kiwis will now play Fiji in the quarter-finals that begin next weekend. The Tongan hero was David Fusitua, whose hat-trick in the second half…

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Heritage players are important, says Ireland star Hadden

By Joseph Crabtree Representing your country means an equal amount to domestic and heritage players alike, according to Ireland international Matty Hadden. The Belfast born prop has been selected for his second World Cup, after Mark Aston named him in his 24 man squad for the 2017 tournament. Hadden said: “Everyone’s got the same pride of playing for Ireland, whether…

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Schofield among the flag bearers at World Cup opening ceremony

Garry Schofield will be among a star-studded line-up for the Opening Ceremony of the World Cup. All 14 nations involved will be celebrated on Friday night in Melbourne, with Rugby League royalty such as Johnathan Thurston and Petero Civoniceva also involved. “It’s great to have so many rugby league icons representing all 14 nations as part of the Opening Ceremony…

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24-man England squad to face Affiliated States

Wayne Bennett will have his full squad available to him for England’s only game ahead of the Rugby League World Cup against Affiliated States on Friday, October 20 at nib Stadium. The game, which will kick off in Perth at 18:45 local time (11.45am BST), will be streamed live worldwide on rugby-league.com to all members of ‘Our League’, a free…

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Peter Mata’utia joins Leigh Centurions

Leigh Centurions have confirmed the signing of Newcastle Knights centre Peter Mata’utia on a three-year contract until the end of November 2020. The eldest of four brothers to play in the NRL for the Knights, the 26-year-old centre was ever present in 2017 when he made 24 NRL appearances, scoring seven tries. Mata’utia has made the decision to continue his…

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