Sunday, September 21, 2014
Rugby League News


I never gave up on England call, says Castleford Tigers captain


Castleford Tigers captain Michael Shenton admits he never gave up on the prospect of returning to the England fold once again, after he was named in Steve McNamara’s 34-man squad which will meet at Loughborough later this month. Shenton has made eight appearances for his country, last turning out for England in 2010. However, after readers voted him into ... Read More »

Comment: McNamara should not have left out Sneyd and Brown


Yesterday, England boss Steve McNamara picked a 34-man training squad that will assemble in Loughborough on June 15 to work together ahead of this year’s Four Nations tournament, which starts in October. It’s a chance for the players to bond and go through early plans for the competition’s opening game against Samoa, and therefore it is unlikely that anyone not ... Read More »

Fans Choice: Your England team revealed!


In issue 2916 of League Express, former Great Britain international Garry Schofield – one of our regular columnists – picked the England 13 that he would like to see take on the rest of the world in this year’s upcoming Four Nations tournament. Some of his selections certainly got you talking, with our social media networks more active than they ... Read More »

England train-on squad named


England coach Steve McNamara has named a 34-man squad for the mid-season training camp at Loughborough University from June 15-17 in preparation for the 2014 Four Nations in Australia and New Zealand. The players are drawn from eight First Utility Super League clubs and comprises the nucleus of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup squad, with the addition of players ... Read More »

Have your say: Pick your own England team

Josh Charnley RL winger

Debate has been raging recently on who Steve McNamara should pick for England’s Four Nations squad later this year, with several young players making a big case for inclusion after strong starts to the season. We picked a team earlier this month and, in his League Express column this week, so did former GB star Garry Schofield. We realise everyone ... Read More »

Garry Schofield: Who should play for England?


This is an excerpt from a story published in today’s issue of League Express newspaper, which is out in all good newsagents right now. If you can’t get your hands on a hard copy, click here to download a digital version to your computer or smartphone. There is no mid-season England international this year, but I still can’t resist picking ... Read More »

England reject picked in NSW State of Origin side


Canterbury Bulldogs scrum-half Trent Hodkinson, who was turned down for England’s World Cup side by Steve McNamara, has been named in New South Wales’ State of Origin side to face Queensland on May 28. The 25-year-old, who has an English father, is one of the NRL’s most in-form playmakers and has single-handedly guided the Bulldogs to several of their eight ... Read More »

Debate: Who should be England’s starting full-back?


Joe Whitley (JW): Jamie Peacock said in an interview this week that he believes Zak Hardaker is a better full-back, defensively at least, than anyone on the planet. Castleford coach Daryl Powell was also full of praise for the Rhinos star and even said he is going to be pressuring Sam Tomkins for England’s number one shirt. If you ask ... Read More »

If Steve McNamara had to pick the England team today


If you were the England boss, and you were asked to pick a side today, completely based on form and without any bias, who would you select? Here’s who I would go for along with reasons why and a back-up choice for each position. I’ve compiled my list using official Super League statistics and League Express reports from every Super ... Read More »

Steve McNamara turned down Trent Hodkinson


Canterbury prop James Graham has revealed England boss Steve McNamara turned down a chance to take talented Bulldogs team-mate Trent Hodkinson to the 2013 World Cup. Hodkinson is one of the NRL’s best half-backs on current form and has guided Graham’s Bulldogs to their last two wins with last-minute field goals. He was born in Australia and is tipped to ... Read More »