England secure 20-14 victory over New Zealand

England won a thrilling Test match 20-14 against New Zealand today at Wigan, retaining the Baskerville Shield despite a fine Kiwi comeback late in the second half. England coach Steve McNamara had brought Jermaine McGillvary into his squad to replace Joe Burgess on the right wing, while Matty Smith replaced his Wigan team-mate George Williams at scrum-half, and both players…

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New Zealand assistant heaps praise on England skipper

[follow_me] New Zealand assistant Kelvin Wright has highlighted England captain Sean O’Loughlin as their biggest threat ahead of the third test. The Wigan loose-forward scored the final try of the first test to secure England victory, whilst also impressing as the Kiwis levelled the series in the second showdown between the two teams. Although Wright, who is also assistant coach at…

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Schofield says McNamara must leave post as England head coach

[follow_me] Former Great Britain captain Garry Schofield insists Steve McNamara has to leave his post as England head coach, regardless of Saturday’s result. McNamara’s contract as England boss expires after the winner takes all test match on Saturday, with speculation around his future already intensifying. Former Golden Boot winner and current League Express columnist Schofield is adamant a change of coach is required due to a…

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OPINION: Can McNamara change England’s style to beat the Kiwis?

Martyn Sadler, the editor of League Express, wonders whether England coach Steve McNamara has what it takes to make the changes necessary to secure victory against New Zealand at Wigan on Saturday. This is an updated version of an article that was in Monday’s League Express. England coach Steve McNamara came in for some harsh words on various forms of…

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Reflections on England’s defeat to New Zealand

League Express editor Martyn Sadler gives his reaction to England’s performance in a disappointing 9-2 defeat by New Zealand. England’s defence was outstanding, conceding just one try, and that was probably a try that could be excused, having been created by Tohu Harris somehow managing to catch a ball he had a perfect right to drop and handing on a tryscoring…

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