Thursday, January 29, 2015
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Queensland to host stand-alone weekend of internationals

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The Australian state of Queensland will host three internationals in one weekend later this year, as part of a revamped schedule for the 2015 NRL season. Brisbane will be the venue for the traditional mid-season Test between Australia and Four Nations champions New Zealand, which will be part of a programme to honour the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings ... Read More »

Record 14 teams to take part in first unified USA league

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The first unified rugby league season in the United States, now under the auspices of the USARL, will comprise of fourteen teams split into three divisions over two conferences, North and South. The competition, which includes three clubs from the former AMNRL, will see sides participate from Boston in the north to Daytona in the south. USA Rugby League chairman, ... Read More »

El Salvador to make Rugby League debut

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IT was Paco Godinez’s first day of school in El Salvador when hijackers stormed the family van and pointed a gun to his father’s head. “This was during the civil war. They said they needed the van and only after my father offered them a lot of money did they let us go,” he says, still with a slight tremble ... Read More »

Andy Kelly appointed England Academy coach

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The RFL have announced the appointment of Andy Kelly as coach of the England Academy team. The appointment follows England’s 2014 Autumn Academy International Series win against the Australian Schoolboys. He succeeds Richard Marshall, who has stepped down to focus on his role as coach of Kingstone Press Championship club Halifax. Kelly, the head of youth at First Utility Super ... Read More »

Ireland RL begin new year with additional funding

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Rugby League Ireland can look back on 2014 as a year of progress domestically, internationally and financially, according to RLI Director Conor Kelly. “As we were about to wrap up for the year came the best present of all,” revealed Kelly. “The Irish Sports Council called to say our capital grant application was successful and we had sports equipment for ... Read More »

London’s Olympic Stadium could host England v Kiwis

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London’s Olympic Stadium is being lined up to host the second Test between England and New Zealand on Saturday, November 7, according to a report in today’s League Express (Mon, 5 Jan). With the first and final games set to take place in the North of England, the RFL has been in discussions to take the second Test south, with ... Read More »

The Rugby League images of 2014

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As it’s New Years Eve, we here at Total RL thought we’d take a look back at the last 12 months, and crown what has been another sensational year of Rugby League with a special image gallery. From Super League right through to the Championships, there has been excellent action all across the board. The cup competitions have also brought ... Read More »

Magic Johnson clinches Golden Boot

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New Zealand scrum half Shaun Johnson has capped a memorable year by winning the 2014 Rugby League World Golden Boot. The Kiwis playmaker was man of the the match in the final as his side defeated Australia to lift the Four Nations title – a performance that impressed the 13-man Golden Boot voting panel. For the second successive year, South ... Read More »

Expansion plans announced for UAE Rugby League

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Plans are in place to increase the amount of domestic, representative and international rugby league played in and by the United Arab Emirates in 2015. A new team, renewed State of Origin and preparations for the MEA Cup are scheduled according to UAERL President, Sol Mokdad. “The UAERL Board is set up for a fruitful 2015 which will see unprecedented ... Read More »

Three cheers for England Academy

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At this time of year, it’s difficult to find too many stories to get genuinely excited about in the world of Rugby League. The long winter nights are traditionally partnered with a lack of feelgood news about our game. But anyone who was at Leigh Sports Village on Friday night will have seen a fantastic performance that would have firmly ... Read More »