Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Australia could pick untested full-back for Four Nations

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Australia head coach Tim Sheens has revealed he could pick a completely untested full-back for the upcoming Four Nations tournament, in order to leave the likes of Jarryd Hayne and Greg Inglis beefing up the outside backs. Hayne and Inglis are the two obvious choices to replace regular full-back Billy Slater, who will miss the tournament after opting to undergo ... Read More »

Billy Slater ruled out of next month’s Four Nations

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Australia’s World Cup fullback Billy Slater is the latest star to drop out of the upcoming Four Nations Tournament in Australasia. He was scheduled to undergo major shoulder surgery in Melbourne on Monday. Slater is the latest in a growing list of withdrawals from the squad that beat New Zealand 30-18 in the Anzac Test in May. Darius Boyd, Paul ... Read More »

Kangaroos and Maroons winger Brent Tate retires aged 32

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Australia and Queensland stalwart Brent Tate has called time on his 13-year career in the NRL after picking up a fourth serious knee injury in this year’s State of Origin series. The 32-year-old winger, who has made 229 appearances in the NRL for three clubs, has 26 Australia caps and 23 Origin appearances. He suffered a near career-ending neck injury ... Read More »

International: Four Nations tickets go on general sale

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Tickets for the Rugby League Four Nations double-header at Suncorp Stadium go on sale to the general public today on the NRL website. The 2014 end of season tournament features World Champions and Four Nations title holder Australia, co-hosts New Zealand, England and Samoa. Suncorp Stadium will play host to the opening blockbuster with all four competing nations in a ... Read More »

PNG win Commonwealth Championship

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Papua New Guinea has won the inaugural Commonwealth Rugby League Championship, defeating Australia 22-8 in the final of the Nines competition in Cumbernauld. The tournament is an exhibition sport for the Commonwealth Games, and is likely to have a similar status when the 2018 Commonwealth Games are held on the Gold Coast in Australia. Wales took the bronze medal, beating ... Read More »

Wales to face PNG in Commonwealth Nines

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Wales have qualified for the semi-finals of the Rugby League Commonwealth Nines Championship after wins over Scotland and Jamaica on Friday. In the first day of the tournament at Glasgow’s Broadwood Stadium, home of Clyde FC, Wales put on two excellent performances for their wins and a creditable performance in their defeat against favourites Australia. Finishing second in their group, Wales ... Read More »

NRL basks in Origin success

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The NRL has revealed that the biggest opening game audience in State of Origin Series history – a combined metropolitan and regional audience of 4.058 million viewers – watched New South Wales secure a 12-8 victory over Queensland at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium on Wednesday in the 100th State of Origin game between the two sides. The match, which was broadcast ... Read More »

Australia name Anzac Test squad

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Australia have named their squad to face New Zealand in this Friday’s Anzac Test match, which is to be played at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium. Unlike New Zealand, who have picked six Test rookies and are very much focusing on the future, Australia have named a full-strength lineup. The Kangaroos: Billy Slater (Melbourne Storm), Darius Boyd (Newcastle Knights), Greg Inglis (South ... Read More »

Craig Fitzgibbon to join Kangaroos coaching setup

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Former Australian international Craig Fitzgibbon has been appointed to the Kangaroos’ national coaching setup, after impressing Tim Sheens enough to secure a role with the side. Fitzgibbon is currently a member of the Sydney Roosters coaching staff alongside Steve McNamara, and will combine club and country roles for the Kangaroos, beginning with the ANZAC Test against New Zealand later next ... Read More »

View from the Strand: Murphy’s Law at Henson Park

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The start of the New Year in the Antipodes has been as predictable as ever. Enter Mr Glenn ‘Bumper’ Dwyer, the indefatigable publicity and marketing man for Newtown Jets (formerly the Bluebags). Now, Bumper is no man’s fool. He understands the working of newspapers in the so-called silly season, where Rugby League stories are at a premium. So each and ... Read More »