Saturday, October 25, 2014
Rugby League News


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 »

Radford proud of Hull KR star Hodgson’s path to England


It’s perhaps unusual for a coach of Hull FC to declare his pride in one of Hull KR’s best players – but for FC boss Lee Radford, there is no hiding his delight as Josh Hodgson prepares to make his debut for England tomorrow. Radford – who is heavily involved with amateur club East Hull – coached Hodgson as a ... Read More »

VIDEO: Sam Burgess after becoming International POTY

Sam Burgess. ©RLPhotos

Could this be Sam Burgess’ last ever interview as a Rugby League player? Perhaps not, but the rugby union-bound superstar spoke to the media this week before flying back to England to start his new career with Bath RU. Burgess was speaking just after claiming the International Player of the Year – becoming the first Englishman to pick up the ... Read More »

4N win would give England a boost, says Tomkins


England full-back Sam Tomkins believes that success for the nation in this year’s Four Nations tournament could lay a huge platform for years to come, and give Rugby League in this country an enormous shot in the arm. Tomkins, who has just finished his first season with NRL side New Zealand Warriors, believes that if England can triumph in the ... Read More »

TOTALRL TV: England v Samoa preview


The Four Nations kicks off this weekend, with England beginning their campaign against Matt Parish’s Samoa side in Brisbane. With the game kicking off in the early hours of the morning in the UK, it promises to be an early morning for Rugby League fans all across the country, as they cheer England on to an opening weekend win. And ... Read More »

Sam Burgess hands out England caps

Sam Burgess Caps

It has become traditional in sport – particularly Rugby League – for high-profile sporting figures to hand out international caps to those who are making their debut in an upcoming game. Even before the Super League Grand Final, both clubs have made a habit out of getting influential figures to present the players with their shirts – Wigan had Jonny ... Read More »

Opinion: Is Elliott Whitehead unfortunate to miss out for England?


When it comes to England Rugby League, there is always a selection decision that naturally causes a split in opinion. That is no fault of anyone involved with the setup; it’s just that with so many passionate fans in the game, there is bound to be a difference of opinion somewhere down the line. But when Steve McNamara named his ... Read More »

TotalRL TV: Four Nations preview


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 »

Sam Tomkins: Don’t worry about the debutants

Tomkins in his Wigan days. ©RLPhotos

Sam Tomkins has backed England’s young squad to go the Four Nations and make a huge impact, and has quashed suggestions that a lack of experience will cost them dear during the tournament. With nine uncapped players in the 24-man squad, Tomkins is a relative elder statesman at international level, having made his England debut in 2009. Daryl Clark, Josh ... Read More »

Brian Noble: England have a great chance to win 4N


Former Great Britain coach Brian Noble believes England have a “great chance” to win the Four Nations, which kicks off this Saturday when Steve McNamara’s men face Samoa in Brisbane. Noble believes the half-back pairing of Matty Smith and Gareth Widdop is key, as is ensuring the debutants perform. The 53-year-old told the T&A: “I think they [England] have a ... Read More »