Thursday, December 18, 2014
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Smith: England are improving

Tony-Smith

Former England coach Tony Smith believes the national team is improving and a victory over Australia and New Zealand will come. England suffered close losses against both the Kangaroos and Kiwis in the recent Four Nations, missing out of the tournament’s final. Smith, who coached Great Britain in 2007 and led England at the 2008 World Cup, said England was ... Read More »

Opinion: New Zealand victory was best for Rugby League

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New Zealand’s victory over Australia in the Four Nations tournament final in Wellington on Saturday was a great result for international Rugby League. And it was also a positive result for English Rugby League. The Kiwis will play a three-match Test series in England next year, which will come hard on the heels of the Rugby Union World Cup. After last ... Read More »

Kiwis win heartstopping Four Nations Final

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New Zealand held on to win a thrilling Four Nations Final in Wellington, defeating Australia 22-18 and holding on when a try in the final minute of the game was disallowed by English referee Phil Bentham because of a forward pass. It was the culmination of a compelling match and a wonderful tournament, with the Kiwis just about deserving to ... Read More »

Four Nations highlights: New Zealand v England

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Extensive video highlights of England’s third Four Nations match of 2014, against New Zealand in Dunedin. For all the latest reaction, analysis, opinion and statistics, download the latest issue of League Express newspaper. What do you think about this story? Discuss this and much more on or free fans’ forum. For more Rugby League news and features, subscribe to League ... Read More »

England lose narrowly as Four Nations hopes dangle by a thread

England fell to a heartbreaking 16-14 defeat to New Zealand this morning at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. And now their chances of reaching the Four Nations final in Wellington next week rest on Samoa defeating Australia tomorrow by a margin of less than eight points. It was a cruel defeat for England, with two Gareth Widdop conversions hitting ... Read More »

Four Nations: England v New Zealand preview

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England head into their final Four Nations clash against New Zealand this Saturday knowing that only a win by 10 or more points will guarantee progression to the final – with a host of other permutations in the offing should that not transpire. After that controversial defeat to Australia last Sunday, England’s fate is still in their own hands – ... Read More »

Sarginson shows England should be brave with selection

Dan Sarginson

When England named the same team for the second consecutive week last Tuesday prior to their clash against Australia, there was perhaps a collective assumption that nobody else was set to get a chance in the Four Nations tournament. After all, a win there – which unfortunately, didn’t turn out to be the case – would have put England into ... Read More »

Phil Bentham to referee New Zealand v England

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Super League’s top referee Phil Bentham has been selected to officiate Saturday’s crunch Four Nations clash between New Zealand and England. The 43-year-old is the latest official to take charge of matches involving the country of his birth after Gerard Sutton and Henry Perenara refereed Australia and New Zealand’s matches at the weekend. What do you think about this story? ... Read More »

Four Nations: Leuluai and Eastwood back in New Zealand squad

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Former Super League duo Thomas Leuluai and Greg Eastwood have been recalled to the New Zealand team for Saturday’s crunch Four Nations clash with England. Coach Stephen Kearney has opted for experience on the bench by selecting the duo over Lewis Brown and Suaia Matagi respectively. Former Wigan star Leuluai will back-up first-choice hooker Issac Luke, while ex Leeds back-rower ... Read More »

Four Nations highlights: New Zealand v Samoa

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Miss the game on Saturday? Worry not, here you can find extensive video highlights from New Zealand v Samoa at Toll Stadium in Whangarei. What do you think about this story? Discuss this and much more on or free fans’ forum. For more Rugby League news and features, subscribe to League Express newspaper and Rugby League World magazine. You can ... Read More »

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