Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Scottish fightback thwarts French Four Nations hopes

Danny Brough Scotland

A sensational climax saw Scotland stay in contention for their first-ever European crown despite going down 38-22 to France at Galashiels. Steve McCormack’s men needed to avoid defeat by 17 points to end France’s hopes and trailed by the half time score of 38-6 with only 17 minutes to go. But, in a rousing finish, three tries and two Danny ... Read More »

Four Nations exciting, but don’t forget the European Cup

Danny Brough Scotland

After a near 12-month sabbatical, all eyes will be on international Rugby League in this country again this weekend, as England aim to create a little piece of history by dumping Australia out of the Four Nations. Should Steve McNamara’s men win, it would be the first time since 1954 that the Australians fail to make a major international final ... Read More »

French too strong for Wales in European Championship

Wales gave a good impression of themselves in Albi today against a strong French side and the inexperienced Welsh will go away with a lot of credit and plenty of memorable moments, despite a 42-22 defeat which sees them unable to win the European Championship. Scotland are now in pole position to win the title after a 25-4 win over ... Read More »

European Championship Preview: Week Two

Danny Brough Scotland

After a pulsating opening weekend of action in the European Championship, the action continues at pace this weekend with the second round of fixtures – with two intriguing matches in store for Rugby League fans. Whilst most of the media spotlight will be on the first weekend of the Four Nations, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and France will continue on their ... Read More »

Escare out as France name 18-man squad for Ireland clash

Morgan Escare is one of Super League's best full-backs but misses out through injury

French boss Richard Agar has named his 18-man squad for this Saturday’s game against Ireland in the European Championship. Catalan Dragons’ star full-back Morgan Escare has been omitted after failing to recover from a hip injury. Despite losing their best player, the French are still clear favourites to win the competition. France’s 18-man squad to face Ireland Jean-Philippe Baile (St ... Read More »

Six newcomers in French train-on squad

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Eight of the Catalan Dragons, who were one match away from the Super League Grand Final, have been named in coach Richard Agar’s initial France squad for the 2014 European Championship, the winners of which will secure a place in the 2016 Four Nations Tournament. Jason Baitieri leads the side but Catalan returnee for 2015 Remi Casty, who has been ... Read More »

Rugby League European Championship fixtures announced

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France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales will meet each other in the autumn after the draw was confirmed for the 2014 European Championships. The winners will qualify for the 2016 Four Nations tournament to be held in the northern hemisphere. It will be a re-entry into the Test arena for all four after the 2013 World Cup where the Scots, particularly, ... Read More »

Wood stands firm on French expansion

Cyril Moliner, in action for Toulouse. ©RLphotos

RFL chief executive Nigel Wood has confirmed the game’s governing body is in discussions with the French Federation about bringing Toulouse into the Championship. Wood told TotalRL.com: “There’s been discussions about the inclusion of a second French club in the competition for some time and we’ve been in discussions with the French Federation. “At this stage there is nothing to ... Read More »

French Rugby League: Toulouse surrender to Catalans

Cyril Moliner, in action for Toulouse. ©RLphotos

French Rugby League roundup: Toulouse continue to frustrate their supporters as they let slip a 20-10 half-time lead to go down 38-26 at home to St Estève-XIII Catalan. After losing last week at bottom club Avignon, Toulouse appeared to be making amends by taking control of a testing game against the Catalans, who, it must be said, included a number ... Read More »

Full Time Report: England 34 France 6

England ground out the required victory to take them to a semi-final encounter against the Kiwis at Wembley on Saturday. Steve McNamara’s side only added two second half tries but defended for long periods against a French side who were unable to unlock their defence. England’s first try of the second half came from Sean O’Loughlin, a Rangi Chase kick ... Read More »

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