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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Final activity in TEP portal

Five match officials from across Europe joined the Rugby Football League’s full time match officials department, together with Australian Gerard Sutton ( who refereed two of the Tests between England and New Zealand), spending time experiencing a high-class performance environment. Ben Casty (France), Quentin Boissonnade (France), Guido Bonatti (Italy), Andrew Pilkington (Spain) and Jaroslav Bzoch (Czech Republic) were selected by…

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Rimmer happy with RLIF decisions

The Rugby Football League has welcomed the outcomes of this week’s International Federation meeting, which involve England playing a home series against Australia in 2020, and a Great Britain tour to the southern hemisphere next autumn. After a four-day Congress in York, the Federation has approved in principle an eight-year rolling calendar from 2019. “The next three years are vitally…

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Hadley returning from Knights Tour

England Knights and Hull FC forward Dean Hadley will return to the UK early after suffering illness during the tour of Papua New Guinea. Hadley started Saturday’s 16-12 first testvictory over the Kumuls at loose forward, but will not feature this weekend after spending some time in hospital earlier this week. He will instead return home. “We’re obviously disappointed because…

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Hull star accounted for ten of England’s points

JAKE CONNOR was the local hero as England kicked off their three-Test series against New Zealand with an 18-16 win. Playing on his home ground, the Hull star accounted for ten of his side’s points in front of a 17,649 crowd. There was also a stylish debut try for Wigan’s Oliver Gildart as Wayne Bennett’s team came from behind to…

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Most diverse ever Match Official appointments for European Championship

The 2018 European Championship match officials list has been confirmed, with the group drawn from seven of the RLEF’s ember federations, the most diverse representation ever. A number of graduates from the RLEFs part EU-funded technical development programmes will feature after the appointments were made by the recently formed RLEF Match Officials Panel, made up of Steve Ganson (RFL), Mohammed Drizza…

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Patton’s goalkicks ensure victory for England Knights

England Knights held off a determined challenge from Papua New Guinea in Lae today to win 16-12, with both sides scoring three tries but Declan Patton’s two conversions being the difference between the teams. In a game played in hot and humid conditions in Papua New Guinea’s second city, the lead changed hands several times in the first half before…

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