Thursday, January 29, 2015
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England Academy v Australian Schoolboys preview

Elliot Minchella

England Academy coach Richard Marshall is happy with the way his squad have come together this week and is preparing them for a physical battle against the Australian Schoolboys on Saturday at Leigh Sports Village (2.00pm). The Schoolboys have already played warm-up games against an England Regional Academies team, Wigan Warriors Academy and Leeds Rhinos Academy and go into the ... Read More »

Rhino Sutcliffe leads charge against Aussie Schoolboys


Liam Sutcliffe is among nine players with Super League experience heading into battle against the Australian Schoolboys when Leeds Rhinos’ Academy host the tourists tonight at Headingley Carnegie Stadium (KO 7pm). The Rhinos, who will be captained by hooker Robbie Ward, will also feature Jordan Baldwinson, Elliot Minchella, fullback Ashton Golding and winger Ash Handley, as well as Irish international ... Read More »

Smith: England are improving


Former England coach Tony Smith believes the national team is improving and a victory over Australia and New Zealand will come. England suffered close losses against both the Kangaroos and Kiwis in the recent Four Nations, missing out of the tournament’s final. Smith, who coached Great Britain in 2007 and led England at the 2008 World Cup, said England was ... Read More »

“Disappointed” Ablett looking at the positives

Carl Ablett

Leeds Rhinos utility Carl Ablett admits he was “disappointed” to miss out on England selection for the Four Nations but insists he has put it all behind him. The 28-year-old, who was initially selected in Steve McNamara’s train-on squad in June but didn’t make the final cut, says there is a silver lining to the cloud: being able to have ... Read More »

We must remain positive, says defiant McNamara


England head coach Steve McNamara believes England continue to close the gap on rivals Australia and New Zealand following the Four Nations, and says everyone must remain positive if that gap will continue to close in the coming years. Two narrow defeats against the Kangaroos and the Kiwis put paid to any chance of England reaching the Four Nations final, ... Read More »

Hodgson “not worried” about door incident


Canberra Raiders and England hooker Josh Hodgson has insisted he is not worried about the fallout from his controversial off-field incident last weekend, when he charged shoulder first through a door just hours after England’s Four nations defeat to New Zealand. Hodgson was disciplined by England for the incident, with Canberra chief executive describing their new signing’s actions as “unacceptable” ... Read More »

Garry Schofield: It’s time for McNamara to move on


Oh dear! Another year goes by, another international failure. Again we played well, again we came close. We were far better competing in the Southern Hemisphere than in 1996, 1999, 2008 and 2010. But in the final analysis we couldn’t score when it really mattered. Yet when the Kiwis and the Aussies need an important try against us, they tend ... Read More »

Opinion: Steve McNamara must go


It’s time for the RFL to make a tough decision and replace Steve McNamara as England head coach. Missing the 2014 Four Nations final comes on the back of missing out on the World Cup final last year. That’s two third-place finishings in a year. It’s just not good enough. The RFL and Ralph Rimmer can dress it up all ... Read More »

Bobbie Goulding: England blew their best chance

Bobbie Goulding. ©RLPhotos

Former Great Britain half-back Bobbie Goulding believes England threw away their “best chance of winning a trophy in a long time” when they were dumped out of the Four Nations by New Zealand on Saturday. The 42-year-old thinks Steve McNamara’s men stuck to their structure too rigidly at times and also questioned leaving out Warrington utility Stefan Ratchford for all ... Read More »

Video: England stars react to New Zealand defeat


Following another heartbreaking loss to New Zealand at the weekend, England crashed out of the Four Nations tournament. In this video, kindly provided by England TV, coach Steve McNamara and players Sean O’Loughlin, Sam Tomkins, Daryl Clark and Chris Hill offer their opinions. What do you think about this story? Discuss this and much more on or free fans’ forum. For ... Read More »