Thursday, November 27, 2014
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Garry Schofield: It’s time for McNamara to move on

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Oh dear! Another year goes by, another international failure. Again we played well, again we came close. We were far better competing in the Southern Hemisphere than in 1996, 1999, 2008 and 2010. But in the final analysis we couldn’t score when it really mattered. Yet when the Kiwis and the Aussies need an important try against us, they tend ... 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 »

Could the England Knights have played in 2014?

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With the demand and interest growing in international Rugby League, it’s encouraging to see so much action being played out all over the world. The game is still only 12 months on from the most successful World Cup in its history, and there is plenty to be done to keep the development of the international game going. Regular readers of ... Read More »

Comment: Glad to be over the Samoa banana skin

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I always regarded the Samoa game on Saturday as a giant banana skin waiting to cause England serious problems. So I’m grateful for small mercies. The only thing that mattered was that England should win the game. The margin didn’t matter, and, to be fair, the manner of victory didn’t much matter either. The English team was playing just two ... Read More »

Opinion: International Rugby League is not dead

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I don’t know why Rugby League has such a strong culture of self-criticism and introspection. But we saw it again in the week leading up to the opening game of this year’s Four Nations campaign. The main emphasis of the Rugby League media seemed to be the imminent departure from the code of Jarryd Hayne to American Football and Sam ... Read More »

How healthy is international Rugby League?

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The Guardian newspaper published an article yesterday on its website entitled ‘Rugby league’s international failure is spectacular’. It was written by an Australian journalist, Nick Tedeschi, a freelance writer whose frustration with the state of international Rugby League was plain for everyone to see. “Rugby league and its devotion to the international game has always promised big and nearly always ... Read More »

VIDEO: Rugby union howler; referee awards “own try”!

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Naturally, we like to focus on all things Rugby League here at TotalRL.com. After all, it’s what we specialise in! But having had this video brought to our attention on social media, we simply felt compelled to share it with you. Referees – and video referees, for that matter – get a lot of stick at times. Some of it ... 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 »

Opinion: Saturday night was Brown’s greatest triumph

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If a coach is going to leave a club, the best way to go is on his own terms and with a trophy in the cabinet. And Nathan Brown did just that on Saturday night. We all wondered whether the announcement just a week before the Grand Final that he was going to head home to Australia would damage Saints’ ... Read More »

RL’s moment of madness must be watershed moment

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There is no getting away from it whatsoever – the last four days have been an incredibly damaging time for Rugby League, a sport that is already very self-conscious about its own image. The punch(es) that Ben Flower handed out to Lance Hohaia on Saturday evening were felt all around the world, with a whole host of mainstream media suddenly ... Read More »