Thursday, October 30, 2014
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Comment: It’s time for England to step up to the plate

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England have never had a better opportunity to defeat Australia than at this month’s Four Nations – and doing so could lead to a Great Britain revival. To say it has been a long time between drinks is an understatement. The last time Great Britain won the Ashes was in 1970, with a 2-1 series win down under. They also ... Read More »

James Roby: I’m not retiring from international duty

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St Helens hooker James Roby insists he has not retired from international Rugby League, despite making himself unavailable for England at the Four Nations. The 28-year-old, who has been Super League’s best performer this season according to Opta statistics, has decided to prioritise his club career and rest his ankles, which have been causing him distress. There is also a ... Read More »

England have great chance to win Four Nations, says Roby

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St Helens hooker James Roby believes England have a great chance of winning the Four Nations, despite being without the 28-year-old, who may have to undergo surgery in the off-season. In Roby’s place, youngsters Daryl Clark and Josh Hodgson will lead England and the Saints star has backed them both to excel in the pressure cooker of Australia and New ... Read More »

Shenton: Daryl Clark call-up “fully deserved”

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Castleford captain Michael Shenton believes team-mate Daryl Clark more than deserved his call-up to the England squad for this month’s Four Nations. The 21-year-old hooker enjoyed a stand-out season with the Tigers, scoring 13 tries, assisting 10 others and leading his side in metres gained, tackles made, clean breaks, and tackle busts. This article originally appeared in this week’s edition ... Read More »

Nathan Brown: Roby just needs a “tidy-up”

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St Helens coach Nathan Brown has explained why star hooker James Roby has made himself unavailable for England at the Four Nations. The 28-year-old, who is on the Man of Steel shortlist following another sensational season, was almost certain to be Steve McNamara’s first choice hooker down under before electing to have minor off-season surgery on his troublesome ankles. “He’s ... Read More »

Michael Shenton “humbled” by England call-up

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Castleford captain Michael Shenton has expressed his delight at a first England call-up in four years and admits he never thought he’d pull no the white shirt again. The 28-year-old last played for England in 2010 during the Four Nations, when injury forced him out of the remainder of the tournament. But after an impressive 2014 for the Tigers, Shenton ... Read More »

Opinion: Who McNamara should pick for England v Samoa

Steve McNamara's England are still tipped to miss out on the Four Nations final

In just over three weeks, a year-long itch for international Rugby League will be scratched in style when Australia face New Zealand and England take on Samoa at the Suncorp Stadium to kick off the 2014 Four Nations tournament. It’s the moment most of us have been waiting for all year and it’s going to be fascinating to see how ... Read More »

Six of the Best: England wildcards for Four Nations

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This Sunday represents an important moment in the international calendar, as England boss Steve McNamara will name the 24 men he has selected to go on tour to Australia and New Zealand for the Four Nations. After an initial train-on squad of 34 was named earlier this year, there will be plenty of high-profile stars who will be missing out ... Read More »

England Academy announce revamped coaching setup

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England Academy have appointed new coaching staff for the upcoming tour of Australian Secondary Schools Rugby League, and England Youth have appointed their coach for the 2015 season. England Knights and Warrington Wolves first team coach Richard Marshall has been appointed coach of the England Academy team and will be assisted by England Regional Performance Coach for Cumbria Dave Clark. ... Read More »

Clark not ready to start for England, says Saints boss Brown

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St Helens head coach Nathan Brown has urged England boss Steve McNamara to stick with an experienced hooker for the Four Nations later this year, saying that Castleford’s Daryl Clark isn’t yet ready to start for England. There are growing calls for Clark to get the nod and become England’s first choice hooker for the tournament later this year, but ... Read More »