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TotalRL TV: Four Nations preview

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TotalRL TV focuses on the start of the Four Nations this weekend, with England facing Samoa and Australia taking on New Zealand in the opening matches in Brisbane. League Express editor Martyn Sadler and reporter John Davidson analyse the four teams, the squads they’ve chosen and give their predictions on who might be victorious in the tournament. 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 »

OPINION: Kangaroos pick Knights newbie

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Australia has selected 11 debutants for the upcoming Four Nations including one player – Sione Mata’utia – who has played just seven NRL games. Ten rookies is a huge number and that number rose to 11 today with the shocking news that Jarryd Hayne is off to join the NFL. Penrith fullback Matt Moylan comes into the squad to replace ... Read More »

Australia name 10 rookies in Four Nations squad

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Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens has named his squad for this month’s Four Nations. Due to some high profile absentees – Billy Slater and Paul Gallen are among those injured or suspended – a whopping 10 rookies have been named. “We have a really good blend of experience and youth,” Sheens said. “The positive for me is the experience that even ... Read More »

Johnathan Thurston out of Four Nations with shoulder injury

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  Current Golden Boot holder Johnathan Thurston is the latest high-profile Australian to be ruled out of this month’s Four Nations tournament. The 31-year-old, recognised as one of the best playmakers in world rugby, has a shoulder injury. He joins Billy Slater, Brett Morris, Paul Gallen, Darius Boyd, Andrew Fifta, Justin Hodges and several more first-team Kangaroo stars who are ... Read More »

Jarryd Hayne unlikely to fill in at full-back for Kangaroos

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Dally M player of the year Jarryd Hayne thinks he has lost the battle to start at full-back for Australia in the Four Nations later this month. The Parramatta Eels star, who enjoyed a stand-out year for both club and state, has been competing with Grand Final winner Greg Inglis for the vacant number one shirt left behind by injured ... Read More »

Australia could pick untested full-back for Four Nations

Australian national coach Tim Sheens. ©RLPhotos

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 »