Saturday, January 31, 2015
Rugby League News


Comment: Glad to be over the Samoa banana skin


I always regarded the Samoa game on Saturday as a giant banana skin waiting to cause England serious problems. So I’m grateful for small mercies. The only thing that mattered was that England should win the game. The margin didn’t matter, and, to be fair, the manner of victory didn’t much matter either. The English team was playing just two ... Read More »

Opinion: International Rugby League is not dead


I don’t know why Rugby League has such a strong culture of self-criticism and introspection. But we saw it again in the week leading up to the opening game of this year’s Four Nations campaign. The main emphasis of the Rugby League media seemed to be the imminent departure from the code of Jarryd Hayne to American Football and Sam ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

England: Burgess brothers want to make history


Ahead of this weekend’s key Four Nations clash with Australia, England TV sat down with star props George and Tom Burgess and discussed everything from what it would mean to defeat the Aussies to what it’s like to play in Melbourne. What do you think about this story? Discuss this and much more on or free fans’ forum. For more ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »

England: Tomkins and Hill discuss Rorke’s Drift shirt

Sam Tomkins models the Rorke's Drift jersey

As you may know already, England will face Australia on Sunday in a special red and white hooped kit designed to commemorate the 1914 national side that defeated Australia with just nine men to seal a memorable series win. In this video, provided by England TV, fullback Sam Tomkins and prop Chris Hill discuss what the shirt means to them ... Read More »

Harrison: 1992 Lions can inspire England in Melbourne

Former Halifax coach Karl Harrison. ©RLPhotos

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 ... Read More »

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 ... Read More »