Friday, November 28, 2014
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Tom Burgess a doubt for England-New Zealand clash


England may be forced into a change from their proposed team for this weekend’s crunch Four Nations clash against New Zealand, after it has emerged prop Tom Burgess sat out their latest training session in preparation for the game. England know a win by 10 points will be enough to seal a spot in the Wellington final next weekend – ... Read More »

I would play Whitehead, says John Kear


Former England coach John Kear believes England should play Elliott Whitehead in their Four Nations showdown with New Zealand this Saturday – with Joel Tomkins being one the one to miss out in Kear’s mind. There have been growing calls for Whitehead to be involved in Steve McNamara’s side after an incredible first full season at Catalan Dragons, which saw ... Read More »

Jamie Peacock wants Rugby League Six Nations competition

Peacock received 47 international caps during his career

Former England and Great Britain captain Jamie Peacock has suggested the possible introduction of a Six Nations tournament into international Rugby League, after admitting more needs to be done to expand the game at the very top level. Peacock believes that players are still keen to play more international games, despite a hectic schedule at domestic level every year. And ... Read More »

Phil Bentham to referee New Zealand v England

Phil Bentham. ©RLPhotos

Super League’s top referee Phil Bentham has been selected to officiate Saturday’s crunch Four Nations clash between New Zealand and England. The 43-year-old is the latest official to take charge of matches involving the country of his birth after Gerard Sutton and Henry Perenara refereed Australia and New Zealand’s matches at the weekend. What do you think about this story? ... Read More »

England: McNamara names unchanged side for Kiwi clash

George Burgess retains his place in the front row

England coach Steve McNamara has named his 17-man squad for Saturday’s crucial Four Nations match with New Zealand – and it is exactly the same side that narrowly lost to Australia on Sunday. Indeed, Wigan duo Dan Sarginson and Sean O’Loughlin – both absent from the tournament opener against Samoa – are set to start, as are hooker Josh Hodgson ... Read More »

Four Nations highlights: Australia v England


Miss the game yesterday? Worry not, here you can find extensive video highlights from Australia v England at AAMI Park in Melbourne. What do you think about this story? Discuss this and much more on or free fans’ forum. For more Rugby League news and features, subscribe to League Express newspaper and Rugby League World magazine. You can also connect ... Read More »

Video: England arrive in Dunedin to traditional Haka


Steve McNamara and his England team arrived in Dunedin earlier today ahead of Saturday’s do-or-die clash with New Zealand. In this video, kindly provided by England TV, a group of locals greet the national side with a traditional Haka welcome. One can’t help but think Saturday’s rendition will carry a touch more intensity (and probably be a little shorter!). What ... Read More »

Wounded England must crack on, says O’Loughlin


England captain Sean O’Loughlin admits his side are still reeling from Sunday’s controversial loss to Australia but is confident they have what it takes to recover in time to take down New Zealand on Saturday morning. Steve McNamara’s squad arrived in Dunedin today to begin preparations for this weekend where a 10-point victory would guarantee a place in next week’s ... Read More »

Video: England stars react to Australia defeat


England’s chances of winning the Four Nations took a serious hit yesterday when winger Ryan Hall was denied a winning try by the video referee in the 80th minute. In this video, kindly provided by England TV, Hall reacts to that controversial decision, while Chris Hill, Kallum Watkins, James Graham and Sean O’Loughlin also weigh in. What do you think ... Read More »

Farrell and O’Loughlin cleared to play against New Zealand


England back-rowers Liam Farrell and Sean O’Loughlin will be available to play against New Zealand on Saturday after they avoided punishment for tackles made during Sunday’s loss to Australia. Referee Gerard Beale put both men on report for their offences – Farrell for a chicken wing tackle on Greg Inglis and O’Loughlin for tripping Australia captain Cameron Smith. But both ... Read More »