Garry Schofield: Lucky England urgently need to improve

I was astonished to hear the pundits on the BBC saying how well England played against Samoa, and making excuses for a lucky win. If it wasn’t for the two tries that came from kicks because of some poor play from the Samoan fullback, then we may have found ourselves on the losing side. One thing is certain – there…

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Australian referee appointed as England outvoted in four-hour debate

An Australian referee has been appointed to take control of this Sunday’s clash between England and the Kangaroos after a four-hour debate between the match official directors of both countries and New Zealand. Gerard Sutton, who refereed this season’s NRL Grand Final, was given the nod after the decision went to a vote. New Zealand-born Henry Perenara seemed the logical…

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Shaun Edwards has high hopes for England

Former Great Britain half-back Shaun Edwards is confident that Steve McNamara’s young England squad has what it takes to beat Australia in Melbourne on Sunday. The Wigan legend has played against some of Australia’s most famous players and believes Tim Sheens’ side will be fired up this weekend after losing to New Zealand last week – but not unbeatable. “The…

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England team celebrate Samoa win with waterpark visit

Following their gritty 32-26 win over Samoa last Saturday, the England team travelled to White Water World waterpark on Queensland’s Gold Coast for some more team bonding and recovery. In this video, supplied by England TV, you can watch the likes of Josh Charnley, Elliott Whitehead and Sam Tomkins sampling the slides and having a laugh together. Let’s hope they…

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Harrison: 1992 Lions can inspire England in Melbourne

Bradford Bulls assistant coach Karl Harrison believes that England can take inspiration from the 1992 Great Britain Lions team when they face Australia in Melbourne on Sunday in the 2014 Four Nations. The 1992 Lions remain the last British side to beat Australia in Melbourne and Harrison played at prop in two of the three-Test series. The first Test in…

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Four Nations: All the squads for this weekend’s matches

New Zealand v Samoa Saturday November 1, 4pm (local), Toll Stadium New Zealand 1 Peta Hiku 2 Jason Nightingale 3 Dean Whare 4 Shaun Kenny-Dowall 5 Manu Vatuvei 6 Kieran Foran 7 Shaun Johnson 8 Jesse Bromwich 9 Issac Luke 10 Adam Blair 11 Simon Mannering (c) 12 Kevin Proctor 13 Jason Taumalolo Substitutes 14 Lewis Brown 15 Suaia Matagi…

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Four Nations: Mata’utia to make history against England

Sione Mata’utia will become the youngest ever Australian international Rugby League player on Sunday after Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens named the 18-year-old in his side to face England. The speedy winger made his NRL debut this season for Newcastle and went on to score seven tries in seven appearances. He replaces Sydney Roosters’ Daniel Tupou on the flank. Elsewhere, Ryan…

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