Tuesday, October 21, 2014
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Jonathan Walker picks up one-match international ban

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Scotland front-rower Jonathan Walker has been handed a one-match suspension after being found guilty of a reckless high tackle against Wales in the European Championship last week. The former Hull Kingston Rovers prop will miss this week’s clash with Ireland in Dublin, but will be free to face France in his side’s final game of the tournament. What do you think ... Read More »

Shaun Johnson wishes Australia were at full strength

Shaun Johnson stretches over to score for New Zealand Warriors in the Auckland Nines. ©FairfaxMedia

New Zealand half-back Shaun Johnson has admitted he would prefer Saturday’s Four Nations opponents Australia to be at full strength, but insists they will be tough to beat regardless. The Kangaroos have a raft of high profile players missing the Four Nations, including Billy Slater, Paul Gallen, the Morris brothers, and Golden Boot winner Johnathan Thurston. Dally M winner Jarryd Hayne is ... Read More »

Greg Inglis wants to keep Kangaroos full-back spot

Greg Inglis (left) and Billy Slater (right) are two of Australia's greatest ever players.

South Sydney star Greg Inglis will start at full-back for Australia against New Zealand on Saturday – and plans to keep hold of the number one shirt for the rest of his international career. The 27-year-old has played full-back for his country on just two occasions – both at last year’s World Cup as injury cover – but, with ageing ... Read More »

Inglis, Smith and Cronk to start as Australia name squad

Greg Inglis starts at full-back for just the third time in his international career

Australia have named their squad to face New Zealand in Saturday’s Four Nations opener – and despite their injury problems it still looks extremely strong. Indeed, even without the likes of Johnathan Thurston, Paul Gallen, Jarryd Hayne, Billy Slater, Brett Morris, Josh Morris, and Andrew Fifita, they are still odds-on favourites to win the tournament. Australia’s squad to face New ... Read More »

Brian Noble: England have a great chance to win 4N

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Former Great Britain coach Brian Noble believes England have a “great chance” to win the Four Nations, which kicks off this Saturday when Steve McNamara’s men face Samoa in Brisbane. Noble believes the half-back pairing of Matty Smith and Gareth Widdop is key, as is ensuring the debutants perform. The 53-year-old told the T&A: “I think they [England] have a ... Read More »

Masoe and Godinet to face England on Saturday

St Helens' Mose Masoe scoring against Catalan Dragons in their Super League play-off semi-final

Super League Samoans Mose Masoe and Pita Godinet have been named in Matt Parish’s squad to face England on Saturday. Both St Helens prop Masoe and Wakefield half-back Godinet are on the bench for the clash, while new Castleford signing Ben Roberts starts at stand-off. Parish’s side has been rocked by the news that expected first-teamers Reni Maitua, Tautau Moga ... Read More »

Josh Charnley: We need to stay in the arm wrestle

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England winger Josh Charnley is feeling confident ahead of Saturday’s Four Nations opener against Samoa but is wary of the Pacific Islanders’ size and power. In this video, kindly provided by Super League TV, the Wigan flyer discusses how the side are gelling, while NRL-bound Josh Hodgson talks about his battle for the number nine shirt with Daryl Clark. If ... Read More »

Steve McNamara: England must dictate, be patient

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England coach Steve McNamara has selected his 17-man team for Saturday’s Four Nations opener against Samoa. In this video, kindly provided by Super League TV, the national boss discusses his selections, Sean O’Loughlin’s injury, and how he plans to overcome Samoa at the Suncorp Stadium this weekend. If the above video fails to load, click this link: http://youtu.be/CMcwCyavvY8 What do you ... Read More »

O’Loughlin out of 4N opener

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England captain Sean O’Loughlin will miss the opening match of the 2014 Four Nations against Samoa at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane on Saturday October 25 (kick off 4.00pm local). The Wigan Warriors forward has a problem with his quad sustained in the First Utility Super League Grand Final 11 days ago and has been unable to recover in time for the ... Read More »

VIDEO: Ireland v France

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Ireland pulled off a huge shock in the opening weekend of the Rugby League European Cup yesterday, as they defeated France 22-12 in front of a decent crowd at Dublin’s Tallaght Stadium. And, thanks to the wonders of modern technology, you can watch the game in its entirety below. Read More »