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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McNamara: “Nothing between the two teams”

[follow_me] Steve McNamara has expressed his pride despite England’s 9-2 Test series defeat to New Zealand. A staunch defensive effort from England saw them restrict the Kiwis to just a penalty goal in the first-half despite their line coming under intense scrutiny from the Kiwis throughout. However, an early second-half try through Shaun Kenny-Dowall proved to be the difference between the two sides…

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New Zealand draw level with Olympic Park victory over England

New Zealand won a dour encounter 9-2 against England today at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in east London in the first major Rugby League game to be played at the new venue which attracted a respectable capital city attendance of 44,393 spectators. It was a major disappointment for England, whose attack never sparked and who were denied a try…

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Taupau relishing second clash with England

New Zealand star Martin Taupau says the Kiwis are preparing for a war ahead of the second Baskerville Shield Test match on Saturday. Following their 26-12 defeat to England last weekend, the Kiwis must win at the Olympic Stadium on Saturday to have any chance of winning the series. Over 43,000 tickets have been purchased ahead of the match, with officials…

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England must improve if they are to win the second test

It took them a while to get going, but England eventually ran out deserved winners in the first match of the Baskerville Shield series against New Zealand, winning 26-12 at the KC Stadium. Steve McNamara’s side were simply brilliant in the second-half; defending aggressively, attacking with panache and looking full value for their victory by the end of Sunday’s televised clash.…

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Test Match One – England vs New Zealand preview

  After months of anticipation, England and New Zealand finally clash in the first of three autumn international Test series matches this evening. The KC Stadium shall host the match that shall be broadcast live on BBC Two from 16:45,  the first international Rugby League match televised by BBC since the 2013 World Cup Final. England have named an unchanged 19-man…

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POLL: Which players should play at hooker for England against New Zealand?

Following last week’s poll in League Express, which asked who should play on the right wing for England against the Kiwis this autumn, we turn our attentions to the hookers, and who should make the cut in Steve McNamara’s side. With Daryl Clark, Danny Houghton, Michael McIlorum and James Roby at McNamara’s disposal he has plenty of options. But which…

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Lowes lands England post

James Lowes has been appointed as an assistant to England Rugby League coach Steve McNamara ahead of the international matches against France and New Zealand this autumn. Lowes, 45, the head coach at Bradford Bulls, where he played alongside McNamara, will replace Paul Deacon as a member of England’s coaching team. The appointment sees Lowes return to the England coaching fold following…

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England door open for Cuthbertson

ENGLAND coach Steve McNamara has told Leeds Rhinos prop forward Adam Cuthbertson that he will seriously consider selecting him in the England squad for this autumn’s Test matches against France and New Zealand, despite the fact that Cuthbertson was born in Australia. “If a player like Adam was performing well, and he was genuine about it, we would consider him…

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