Thursday, November 27, 2014
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Tyrone McCarthy column: Energizing international RL

Tyrone McCarthy Column

Hull KR and Ireland forward Tyrone McCarthy gives his thoughts on how to improve and develop international Rugby League.. The Autumn internationals have been thrilling to follow, with England showing they aren’t too far away from the big two and New Zealand triumphing in the Four Nations, finally giving Australia some competition. In addition to this the European competition was ... Read More »

Ethiopia Rugby League awarded observer status

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Following three years of development work in the state of Tigray, Ethiopia has been awarded official observer status by the RLEF, becoming the sixth African nation to be recognised. Centred around the Nicholas Robinson School in Mekelle, the sport is regularly taught to 1,300 children, aged between 7 and 17. The school’s senior sports teacher, Abebuker Ahmed Tadesse, is the ... Read More »

Tony Benson appointed as Belgium Rugby League sport director

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Former Leigh and Oxford head coach Tony Benson has been appointed Belgium Rugby League’s newly-created Sport Director. His duties will start in 2015 with Benson’s main targets to build a Rugby League culture in the country at youth level and set up an elite program in order to for the national side to enter European Championship C in 2016. “The appointment ... Read More »

England should play the Knights, says Schofield

The Knights in action in 2013

Former Great Britain captain Garry Schofield believes a match between the England national team and the second-string Knights is the best solution for a mid-season representative fixture. Writing in his ‘Pulling No Punches’ column in this week’s League Express, the 49-year-old said he feels strongly there should be at least one test during the campaign similar to State of Origin, ... Read More »

Sweden Rugby League enter new era

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Scott Edwards has stepped down as chairman of Svenska Rugby League Förening (SRL), a post he had held since the creation of the Swedish governing body three years ago. “An idea that was, in the beginning, simply a personal dream is now a reality,” said the former London Skolars player, who moved to Sweden ten years ago as a school ... Read More »

Lebanese Rugby League Championship kicks off this weekend

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The Lebanese Rugby League Championship is set to kick off this Saturday (22nd November) on the country’s Independence Day. Four clubs will participate and the season opens with a double-header with defending champions Jounieh Al Galacticos Predators facing Immortals – in a repeat of last year’s Grand Final – at University Libainase, with Wolves versus Tripoli following. Wolves RLFC, who ... Read More »

International: Ashes series back on the agenda

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The success of the Four Nations Tournament, with record-breaking attendances and huge television ratings, has embarrassed the NRL hierarchy – which now wants more, not less, international Rugby League. According to Sydney media reports there is now talk of organising a British Lions tour with a three-Test Ashes series. This move comes less than a year after the Australians rejected ... Read More »

Smith: England are improving

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Former England coach Tony Smith believes the national team is improving and a victory over Australia and New Zealand will come. England suffered close losses against both the Kangaroos and Kiwis in the recent Four Nations, missing out of the tournament’s final. Smith, who coached Great Britain in 2007 and led England at the 2008 World Cup, said England was ... Read More »

Paul Wellens backs James Graham for Golden Boot

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St Helens captain Paul Wellens worked as an assistant coach for the England squad in the recent Four Nations tournament. And, although the experience taught him many things, Wellens confirms that one thing he is sure of is that his former Saints team-mate James Graham should be among the six-player Golden Boot shortlist when it is announced in Friday’s edition ... Read More »

Opinion: New Zealand victory was best for Rugby League

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New Zealand’s victory over Australia in the Four Nations tournament final in Wellington on Saturday was a great result for international Rugby League. And it was also a positive result for English Rugby League. The Kiwis will play a three-match Test series in England next year, which will come hard on the heels of the Rugby Union World Cup. After last ... Read More »