England Academy 18 Australian Schoolboys 6

A determined and persistent England Academy side last night proved themselves too strong, in the second of this year’s two Test series against their Australian Schoolboys opposition, in a match played in crisp, cold conditions, on an immaculate pitch at Headingley, winning 18-6 to take this year’s series 2-nil. Calmly confident seems the best word to describe the England performance,…

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Brad Austin to represent Canada in World Cup Qualifiers

Brad Austin is set to become the first New Zealand-based heritage player to play for Canada Wolverines, in the forthcoming 2018 Americas Championship, which will also act as a qualifier for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup in England.  The University of North Florida, Jacksonville, will host two double-header rounds on 13th and 17th November 2018, and in the opening…

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Wood lauds Tonga and Australia

“International Rugby League is finally on the move after years of false starts,” said RLIF Chief Executive Nigel Wood after watching Australia’s 34-16 victory over Tonga at Auckland’s Mt Smart Stadium today. Following a successful World Cup in 2017 the RLIF has recently helped stage an Emerging Nations World Championships in Australia, which featured eleven countries and a regional Championship…

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Kiwi victory over Australia sets up England Test series

New Zealand held off a late Australian comeback to gain a 26-24 victory today at Mt Smart Stadium in Auckland, teeing up the autumn Test series against England perfectly under their coach Michael Maguire, who was appointed in May this year. The Kiwis came into the game with a new captain in Dallin Watene-Zelezniak, who was delighted with his team…

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NRL to promote Touch Football at Premiership Matches

A form of Rugby League that produced superstars like Benji Marshall and Shaun Johnson will get a massive boost after an agreement between its governing body and the NR that will see Touch Football Australia (TFA) introduce an NRL Touch Premiership, with games to be played as curtain-raisers to NRL games from Round 11 of this year’s competition on Friday 18th…

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Australia win Commonwealth Nines

In an outstanding two days of Rugby League, favourites Australia took all three Gold medals in the Rugby League Commonwealth Championships in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia on Friday and Saturday, writes Ian Golden. England once again failed to impress and failed to reach the semi-finals for the second tournament in a row, but Wales, who won bronze in 2014, regained…

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Thurston awarded Human Rights medal

NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg has congratulated North Queensland Cowboys co-captain Johnathan Thurston, after he was awarded the 2017 Human Rights Medal. The Test and State of Origin star was given the honour at the Australian Human Rights Commission’s 2017 Human Rights Awards. “As a game, we are incredibly proud of Johnathan’s achievements,” said Greenberg. “He is a true ambassador…

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