Thursday, January 29, 2015
Rugby League News


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

Bird in action against England at the recent Four Nations

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 »

England suffer agonising 16-12 defeat to Australia

England suffered a controversial 16-12  defeat against Australia in Melbourne today in their second game of this season’s Four Nations tournament, as Australian video-referee Gerald Sutton disallowed a last-minute try by Ryan Hall when video replays appeared to suggest that Hall had touched the ball down after a Liam Farrell grubber kick to the corner. If the try had been ... Read More »

England expecting O’Loughlin to play


England could be set for a major boost ahead of Sunday’s Four Nations thriller against Australia, after boss Steve McNamara revealed he was expecting captain Sean O’Loughlin to feature in the game at Melbourne’s AAMI Park. O’Loughlin missed England’s opening weekend win against Samoa due to injury, and wasn’t named in Steve McNamara’s initial 17-man squad for the game earlier ... Read More »

McNamara unmoved by referee appointment


England head coach Steve McNamara has attempted to distance himself from the controversy surrounding the appointment of NRL referee Gerard Sutton for this Sunday’s huge clash between England and Australia at Melbourne’s AAMI Park. The appointments for the second round of Four Nations games have been under the spotlight this week, after Australian official Sutton was tasked with the game ... Read More »

O’Loughlin nearing England return


England captain Sean O’Loughlin is inching closer to his return from injury – and could even be fit to face Australia this Sunday, according to Wigan teammate Matty Smith. O’Loughlin missed the opener against Samoa last time out due to a niggling injury, and wasn’t named in Steve McNamara’s initial team for the game earlier this week. However, Smith says ... Read More »

England: Clark relives try-making first touch


Castleford Tigers hooker Daryl Clark celebrated a stunning international debut on Saturday in Brisbane, when he came off the bench in the 20th minute and with his first touch of the ball created a try for his Tigers’ captain Michael Shenton. Clark, who will join Warrington next season, had come on to replace the starting hooker Josh Hodgson. His first ... Read More »

Powell: England forwards are key to victory


Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell is pleased with the way England performed against Samoa and believes that the game against Australia in Melbourne on Sunday will be another close encounter. The former Great Britain star is looking for another big performance from England’s forwards as they take on a much lighter Australian pack who are out to impress their coach ... Read More »

Exclusive: The start is key, says former England captain Peacock

Peacock received 47 international caps during his career

Former England and Great Britain captain Jamie Peacock insists that all the pressure is on Australia as they gear up to face England this Sunday, and says that it is vital England get off to a good start to give themselves the best chance of success. Steve McNamara’s men know that a victory in Melbourne this weekend will not only ... Read More »

Offiah: Australia there for the taking!


Great Britain legend Martin Offiah believes that Australia are “there for the taking” this weekend, as England gear up to knock them out of the Four Nations with a win this Sunday. Should Steve McNamara’s team get the job done in Melbourne, it will be the first time since 1954 that the Australians have failed to make a major final ... Read More »