Sunday, October 26, 2014
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Kiwis shock Aussies to take a grip on Four Nations

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New Zealand shocked Australia in Brisbane today, cruising to a 30-12 victory at Suncorp Stadium in their opening game of this season’s Four Nations tournament in front of 47,813 spectators. Although the Australians took an early lead through a try from Beau Scott, converted by Cameraon Smith, the Kiwis pulled level after 17 minutes with a try by Kevin Proctor, ... Read More »

How healthy is international Rugby League?

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The Guardian newspaper published an article yesterday on its website entitled ‘Rugby league’s international failure is spectacular’. It was written by an Australian journalist, Nick Tedeschi, a freelance writer whose frustration with the state of international Rugby League was plain for everyone to see. “Rugby league and its devotion to the international game has always promised big and nearly always ... Read More »

TotalRL TV: Four Nations preview

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TotalRL TV focuses on the start of the Four Nations this weekend, with England facing Samoa and Australia taking on New Zealand in the opening matches in Brisbane. League Express editor Martyn Sadler and reporter John Davidson analyse the four teams, the squads they’ve chosen and give their predictions on who might be victorious in the tournament. Read More »

Shaun Johnson wishes Australia were at full strength

Shaun Johnson stretches over to score for New Zealand Warriors in the Auckland Nines. ©FairfaxMedia

New Zealand half-back Shaun Johnson has admitted he would prefer Saturday’s Four Nations opponents Australia to be at full strength, but insists they will be tough to beat regardless. The Kangaroos have a raft of high profile players missing the Four Nations, including Billy Slater, Paul Gallen, the Morris brothers, and Golden Boot winner Johnathan Thurston. Dally M winner Jarryd Hayne is ... Read More »

OPINION: Kangaroos pick Knights newbie

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Australia has selected 11 debutants for the upcoming Four Nations including one player – Sione Mata’utia – who has played just seven NRL games. Ten rookies is a huge number and that number rose to 11 today with the shocking news that Jarryd Hayne is off to join the NFL. Penrith fullback Matt Moylan comes into the squad to replace ... Read More »

Tuivasa-Sheck, Locke and Waerea-Hargreaves out for Kiwis

RLWC2013 star Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will not play in the Four Nations competition down under this Autumn

New Zealand have named their 24-man squad for the Four Nations later this month, and three of their most recognisable players are not involved. In addition to the loss of Sonny Bill Williams to rugby union, Stephen Kearney has dropped Salford Red Devils full-back Kevin Locke, while Sydney Roosters duo Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck are unavailable due to “burnout ... Read More »

International: Benji Marshall overlooked for Four Nations

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St George-Illawarra half-back Benji Marshall has not been included in Stephen Kearney’s preliminary New Zealand squad for the Four Nations, which kicks off next month. The 29-year-old, who returned to the NRL earlier this year after a short stint in rugby union, has been told the Kiwis are looking ahead to the 2017 World Cup and giving 24-year-olds Kieran Foran ... Read More »

England to face New Zealand in 2015

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England will host New Zealand in a three-match international series in the autumn of 2015, the first time the two nations have met in this country since last year’s epic Rugby League World Cup semi-final. The series provides fans with their first opportunity to watch England on home soil since the last-minute defeat to the Kiwis at Wembley last November, ... Read More »

International: Four Nations tickets go on general sale

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Tickets for the Rugby League Four Nations double-header at Suncorp Stadium go on sale to the general public today on the NRL website. The 2014 end of season tournament features World Champions and Four Nations title holder Australia, co-hosts New Zealand, England and Samoa. Suncorp Stadium will play host to the opening blockbuster with all four competing nations in a ... Read More »

New Zealand name Anzac Test squad

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New Zealand have named their squad to face Australia in this Friday’s Anzac Test match, which is to be played at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium. In contrast to the Kangaroos, who have named a squad packed with experience, the Kiwis have gone for six rookies, including former Wakefield Trinity Wildcats star Isaac John, who now plays for Penrith Panthers and former ... Read More »