Friday, October 31, 2014
Rugby League News


European Championship preview: Wales


The International Rugby League programme kicks off this weekend, and at, we’re supremely excited about internationals taking centre stage once again. But as well as the Four Nations – which actually begins next weekend – there’s the small matter of a European Championship tournament with potentially huge ramifications for the winner. It was announced yesterday that should Ireland or ... 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 »

Australia name 10 rookies in Four Nations squad


Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens has named his squad for this month’s Four Nations. Due to some high profile absentees – Billy Slater and Paul Gallen are among those injured or suspended – a whopping 10 rookies have been named. “We have a really good blend of experience and youth,” Sheens said. “The positive for me is the experience that even ... Read More »

Revealed: England’s strongest 17 as chosen by you

There was no place in your side for Leeds' Zak Hardaker

Last week, we offered our readers the chance to pick England’s strongest starting lineup and substitutes from the 24-man Four Nations selected by Steve McNamara. Nearly 2,000 of you voted – here are the results: Full-back Sam Tomkins (New Zealand Warriors) 67% Nearest challenger Zak Hardaker (Leeds Rhinos) 30% Left wing Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos) 83% Nearest challenger Joe Burgess ... Read More »

Canadians seek to join League One in 2016


The RFL has received an application from Rugby League Canada to enter a team based in Toronto into the Kingstone Press League One competition from the 2016 season. And their proposal, with an offer to sponsor the competition as a whole, was put forward at a meeting of Championship clubs in Leeds last Wednesday. Eric Perez, the Chairman of Rugby ... Read More »

Feature: Garry Schofield picks his England team

Schoey believes Dan Sarginson deserves to start over the man about to tackle him - Michael Shenton

With the Four Nations less than a fortnight away, outspoken League Express columnist Garry Schofield has selected what he thinks is the strongest English 17 at Steve McNamara’s disposal. Here it is: 1 Sam Tomkins (New Zealand Warriors) 2 Joe Burgess (Wigan Warriors) 3 Dan Sarginson (Wigan Warriors) 4 Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos) 5 Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos) 6 Gareth ... Read More »

Gateshead’s Meads scores six tries for Greece


Greece were crowned European Championship C winners following a 68-16 triumph over Czech Republic at Gloritsa Field, Aspropyrgos, Athens, the first Test match to be played on Greek soil. Former New Zealand Warrior Jordan Meads, now playing for Gateshead Thunder, was the star of the show with six tries in a side that featured 13 players from the domestic competition. ... Read More »

TOTALRL TV: Andrew Henderson

Sheffield Celebrate

In the latest episode of TotalRL TV, we caught up with retiring Sheffield Eagles hooker Andrew Henderson. The 35-year old reflects on his rugby league career in Australia and England, looking back at the highs and the lows, and sharing his experiences in Super League, the Championship and with Scotland in two World Cups. Read More »

Four local youngsters step up for Scotland RL


Scotland have added four young domestic products to their player pool ahead of the European Championship opener against Wales next Friday. Two players developed by Glasgow’s Easterhouse Panthers and two from Edinburgh Eagles have been brought into the reckoning for Steve McCormack’s squad, which will be reduced to 20 ahead of the clash with the Dragons in Workington. Stand-off Louis ... Read More »

RLIF reveals World Cup 2021 bidding process

Rugby League World Cup

A thorough process to assess and select the hosts for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup has been revealed by the Rugby League International Federation Board (RLIF). Starting later this month, the RLIF Board will meet to agree the competition format, structure and qualifying process, with expressions of interest sought by the first quarter of 2015. Invitations to tender will ... Read More »