Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Rugby League News

New Zealand

International: Benji Marshall overlooked for Four Nations


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


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


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


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 »

Cleary leaves Kiwi post, Morrison could replace him

Dewsbury boss Glenn Morrison. ©RLPhotos

Penrith Panthers boss Ivan Cleary has left his post as assistant with the New Zealand national side, potentially paving the way for Dewsbury Rams coach Glenn Morrison to get some international experience. Morrison applied for the head coaching role and got to the final four before Stephen Kearney was reappointed. Cleary, 43, told Australian told Radio Sport’s D’Arcy Waldegrave that ... Read More »

Kiwi coach Kearney hails Luke, Glenn and Taumalolo

Issac Luke (middle) taking on the Australian defence at RLWC2013. ©RLPhotos

New Zealand coach Stephen Kearney has praised three Kiwi stars after watching them impress during the first round of the 2014 NRL season. Hooker Isaac Luke, and second-rowers Alex Glenn and Jason Taumalolo stood out for the 41-year-old, who was reappointed as national coach last month and assists at Brisbane Broncos. He said: “I thought there were some great performances ... Read More »

Is a recovery routine behind the Kiwis’ World Cup loss?

Sonny Bill Williams, distraught at losing in the World Cup final. ©RLPhotos

New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) have hinted that a recovery practice used by their players during the World Cup was to blame for their defeat to Australia in the final. During the campaign, members of the Kiwi squad were said to have mixed sleeping pills with energy drinks as a way to recover, but it left some unable to function ... Read More »

Kiwis keep Kearney as coach

Stephen Kearney. ©RLPhotos

Stephen Kearney has been re-appointed as head coach of the New Zealand national team. The 41-year-old, who guided the Kiwis to World Cup glory in 2008, was out of contract at the end of 2013 and was thus forced to re-apply for the post, which was opened up to anyone interested. He was named as one of four shortlisted candidates ... Read More »

Rams coach looking to land Kiwi national job

Dewsbury boss Glenn Morrison. ©RLPhotos

Dewsbury Rams coach Glenn Morrison is one of four men who could succeed Stephen Kearney as head coach of the New Zealand national team. The former Bradford Bulls player was one of 14 applicants for the job and has made it into the final four for consideration, alongside Kearney, who re-applied after his contract expired, and former Kiwi test stars ... Read More »

Richie Blackmore wants Kiwis job

Richie Blackmore in his playing days. ©RLPhotos

Former Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos centre Richie Blackmore is the latest big name to seek the role as the Kiwis’ next Test coach. The job became vacant after New Zealand’s big loss to Australia in the final of the recent World Cup. Current coach Stephen Kearney wants to continue in the job. And David Kidwell, the former Warrington Wolves ... Read More »