Thursday, October 30, 2014
Rugby League News


Australia to wear commemorative jersey


After it was revealed earlier this week that England will wear a special shirt to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Rorke’s Drift Test, Australia will also do the same this coming Sunday. The Kangaroos will wear a traditional maroon and blue jersey, to offset the red and white shirt England will be wearing for the game. And Australia captain ... Read More »

Exclusive: The start is key, says former England captain Peacock


Former England and Great Britain captain Jamie Peacock insists that all the pressure is on Australia as they gear up to face England this Sunday, and says that it is vital England get off to a good start to give themselves the best chance of success. Steve McNamara’s men know that a victory in Melbourne this weekend will not only ... Read More »

Australian referee appointed as England outvoted in four-hour debate


An Australian referee has been appointed to take control of this Sunday’s clash between England and the Kangaroos after a four-hour debate between the match official directors of both countries and New Zealand. Gerard Sutton, who refereed this season’s NRL Grand Final, was given the nod after the decision went to a vote. New Zealand-born Henry Perenara seemed the logical ... Read More »

Cherry-Evans has a “big chance” of facing England


Australia stand-off Daly Cherry-Evans is expected to face England this Sunday after Kangaroos officials revealed he is set to resume full training tomorrow. The Manly star, 25, injured his hip against New Zealand on Saturday and was taken off at half time. He began treatment immediately and made great progress before having to leave the Kangaroos camp on Monday when ... Read More »

Harrison: 1992 Lions can inspire England in Melbourne

Former Halifax coach Karl Harrison. ©RLPhotos

Bradford Bulls assistant coach Karl Harrison believes that England can take inspiration from the 1992 Great Britain Lions team when they face Australia in Melbourne on Sunday in the 2014 Four Nations. The 1992 Lions remain the last British side to beat Australia in Melbourne and Harrison played at prop in two of the three-Test series. The first Test in ... Read More »

Sione Mata’utia: A young breadwinner and record breaker


I never saw Reg Gasnier’s first Test appearance for Australia back in 1959. At the time I was a schoolkid living in the country and had to be content to listen to a radio broadcast of the match that crackled with sounds of static. It was the First Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground against the touring Kiwis, won 9-8 ... Read More »

Four Nations: All the squads for this weekend’s matches


New Zealand v Samoa Saturday November 1, 4pm (local), Toll Stadium New Zealand 1 Peta Hiku 2 Jason Nightingale 3 Dean Whare 4 Shaun Kenny-Dowall 5 Manu Vatuvei 6 Kieran Foran 7 Shaun Johnson 8 Jesse Bromwich 9 Issac Luke 10 Adam Blair 11 Simon Mannering (c) 12 Kevin Proctor 13 Jason Taumalolo Substitutes 14 Lewis Brown 15 Suaia Matagi ... Read More »

Greg Bird: Australia will win the Four Nations

Greg Bird on NSW duty

Australia loose forward Greg Bird has predicted that the Kangaroos will win the Four Nations by beating New Zealand in the final. The World Champions, admittedly not at full strength, lost to their trans-Tasman rivals in convincing style on Saturday, which gives England real hope of knocking off the Aussies at the weekend and going on to win a tournament down under. ... Read More »

Kiwis shock Aussies to take a grip on Four Nations


New Zealand shocked Australia in Brisbane today, cruising to a 30-12 victory at Suncorp Stadium in their opening game of this season’s Four Nations tournament in front of 47,813 spectators. Although the Australians took an early lead through a try from Beau Scott, converted by Cameraon Smith, the Kiwis pulled level after 17 minutes with a try by Kevin Proctor, ... Read More »

How healthy is international Rugby League?


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 »