Thursday, October 2, 2014
Rugby League News


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 »

Steve McNamara: Wembley froze when Johnson scored


Nigel Wiskar hears how England coach Steve McNamara is settling into his new role as assistant at Sydney Roosters and hears his feelings on the team’s heart-breaking World Cup exit last November… On Sydney Roosters… McNamara believes huge player numbers producing strength in depth is the main difference between the NRL and Super League. While squad sizes are similar, scratch ... Read More »

Rangi Chase: Playing for England is draining

Rangi Chase in his Castleford days. ©RLPhotos

Salford Red Devils half-back Rangi Chase has not made a decision on whether or not he is going to quit the England team, despite reports stating the contrary. He did, however, say is no longer focused on representing his adopted nation. The 27-year-old drew criticism for his performances in England’s 2013 RLWC campaign and continues to do so, despite doing ... Read More »

Rangi Chase considering giving England the cold shoulder

Rangi Chase in action for Castleford in 2013. ©RLPhotos

Salford Red Devils stand-off Rangi Chase is considering quitting the England national team after being heavily criticised during RLWC2013. The New Zealand-born playmaker, 27, qualifies to play for England on residency grounds despite having made appearances for New Zealand Maori in 2010. At the World Cup, he was picked ahead of Danny Brough and looked far from his best. Whether ... Read More »

Kevin Sinfield wants to carry on playing for England

Kevin Sinfield in action for England at the RLWC2013. ©RLphotos

Kevin Sinfield says England’s heart-breaking World Cup exit has not forced him into international retirement. The 33-year-old Leeds Rhinos captain charged out to stop New Zealand’s Shaun Johnson in the dying seconds of their Wembley semi-final but let the halfback through to score the decisive points that sent England packing. No blame was assigned to Sinfield but he refused to ... Read More »

Off the field interview: Ryan Hall


In a continuation of a new series, RYAN HALL, of Leeds Rhinos and England, tells JOE WHITLEY about his life off the field, including a shaving superstition and watching Ben Westwood and Sam Burgess wrestle… JW: What is the best meal you’ve ever had? RH: I’m not sure. I like a good rare steak with peppercorn sauce. And sweet potato ... Read More »

The Aussie angle: Why I feel for the English

It was perhaps significant that just a few hours after we witnessed one of the greatest World Cup matches in history, between England and New Zealand for the right to play Australia in this year’s final, I should receive an important email. It asked for my choices in the first round of voting for the next member of the Australian ... Read More »

Sam: Leave George alone

George Burgess was so distraught he had to decline post-match interviews after England’s semi-final loss to New Zealand. After putting his body on the line for his country, the youngster was visibly exhausted in the dying minutes and recklessly caught Sonny Bill Williams with a high shot to give away a penalty and set up Shaun Johnson’s match-winning try. His ... Read More »

Tomkins: “We will be stronger for it”

England full-back Sam Tomkins claims the group will be stronger as a result of their last-gasp loss to New Zealand in the World Cup semi finals. The 24-year-old was trying to remain positive after watching Shaun Johnson score and convert a try in the dying seconds of the game to snatch victory from the English and send them packing. “I’m ... Read More »