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Vote: Who should have been given an England call-up?

Tom Makinson played an integral part in St Helens' journey to the top of Super League and the Grand Final, but did not make McNamara's England squad

On Sunday, England boss Steve McNamara named his 24-man squad for this month’s Four Nations tournament. It’s hard to argue with the majority of his selections, but there are certainly a handful of players who did more than enough to merit inclusion in his side. Out of the following players, who do you feel was most unfortunate to miss out? ... Read More »

Samoa: Godinet, Masoe in; Soliola, Asotasi out

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Samoa have named a 23-man squad for this month’s Four Nations tournament – and two Super League stars have been included. Wakefield’s Pita Godinet and St Helens’ Mose Masoe have the chance to line up against England on October 25, but there’s no room for Warrington’s Roy Asotasi. St Helens’ Sia Soliola has also been omitted from the squad list. ... Read More »

Betting: England’s Four Nations odds continue to drift

At 12/1, England might just provide great value

England have very little chance of winning the Four Nations, according to bookmakers across the UK. Indeed, despite those around them struggling to put together full-strength squads for this month’s tournament, Steve McNamara’s men are clear underdogs, priced at a very generous 12/1 with six different companies (see Odds Checker for the latest prices). To put that into context, New ... Read More »

Tuivasa-Sheck, Locke and Waerea-Hargreaves out for Kiwis

RLWC2013 star Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will not play in the Four Nations competition down under this Autumn

New Zealand have named their 24-man squad for the Four Nations later this month, and three of their most recognisable players are not involved. In addition to the loss of Sonny Bill Williams to rugby union, Stephen Kearney has dropped Salford Red Devils full-back Kevin Locke, while Sydney Roosters duo Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck are unavailable due to “burnout ... Read More »

Jarryd Hayne unlikely to fill in at full-back for Kangaroos

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Dally M player of the year Jarryd Hayne thinks he has lost the battle to start at full-back for Australia in the Four Nations later this month. The Parramatta Eels star, who enjoyed a stand-out year for both club and state, has been competing with Grand Final winner Greg Inglis for the vacant number one shirt left behind by injured ... Read More »

Life in the Championship won’t be easy, says Bulls coach

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Bradford Bulls assistant coach Karl Harrison has warned players and fans of the club that promotion to Super League next year is not a certainty and that it’s going to be a task just to qualify for the middle eight. The former Halifax boss is especially wary of the threats other full-time teams pose. “Leigh are a very good team ... Read More »

James Roby: I’m not retiring from international duty

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St Helens hooker James Roby insists he has not retired from international Rugby League, despite making himself unavailable for England at the Four Nations. The 28-year-old, who has been Super League’s best performer this season according to Opta statistics, has decided to prioritise his club career and rest his ankles, which have been causing him distress. There is also a ... Read More »

Nathan Brown: Roby just needs a “tidy-up”

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St Helens coach Nathan Brown has explained why star hooker James Roby has made himself unavailable for England at the Four Nations. The 28-year-old, who is on the Man of Steel shortlist following another sensational season, was almost certain to be Steve McNamara’s first choice hooker down under before electing to have minor off-season surgery on his troublesome ankles. “He’s ... Read More »

Four Nations: Hodgson confident in England’s chances

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England hooker Josh Hodgson is confident Steve McNamara’s men have what it takes to cause an upset at the Four Nations and come home with some silverware. The 24-year-old, who recently joined Canberra Raiders on a two-year deal from Hull KR, is one of two hookers in the squad and is therefore expected to get plenty of minutes under his ... Read More »

Gareth Ellis granted RFL testimonial

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Hull FC captain Gareth Ellis has been granted a three-month testimonial by the RFL in recognition of his glittering Rugby League career. The game’s governing body have honoured the 33-year-old for his services to the sport in a career that stretches back to 1999 and includes two Challenge Cup Final appearances, numerous awards with National Rugby League club Wests Tigers ... Read More »