Sunday, February 1, 2015
Rugby League News


Australia to wear commemorative jersey


After it was revealed earlier this week that England will wear a special shirt to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Rorke’s Drift Test, Australia will also do the same this coming Sunday. The Kangaroos will wear a traditional maroon and blue jersey, to offset the red and white shirt England will be wearing for the game. And Australia captain ... Read More »

Powell: England forwards are key to victory


Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell is pleased with the way England performed against Samoa and believes that the game against Australia in Melbourne on Sunday will be another close encounter. The former Great Britain star is looking for another big performance from England’s forwards as they take on a much lighter Australian pack who are out to impress their coach ... Read More »

European Championship: Week three preview

Danny Brough Scotland

Scotland stand on the brink of history this weekend, with a win against France on Friday night enough to secure them their first ever European Championship title. Wins against Wales and Ireland have left Scotland top of the table with just one round of fixtures left to play – but they play a France side who can still claim the ... Read More »

Exclusive: The start is key, says former England captain Peacock

Peacock received 47 international caps during his career

Former England and Great Britain captain Jamie Peacock insists that all the pressure is on Australia as they gear up to face England this Sunday, and says that it is vital England get off to a good start to give themselves the best chance of success. Steve McNamara’s men know that a victory in Melbourne this weekend will not only ... Read More »

Offiah: Australia there for the taking!


Great Britain legend Martin Offiah believes that Australia are “there for the taking” this weekend, as England gear up to knock them out of the Four Nations with a win this Sunday. Should Steve McNamara’s team get the job done in Melbourne, it will be the first time since 1954 that the Australians have failed to make a major final ... Read More »

Comment: Glad to be over the Samoa banana skin


I always regarded the Samoa game on Saturday as a giant banana skin waiting to cause England serious problems. So I’m grateful for small mercies. The only thing that mattered was that England should win the game. The margin didn’t matter, and, to be fair, the manner of victory didn’t much matter either. The English team was playing just two ... Read More »

Opinion: International Rugby League is not dead


I don’t know why Rugby League has such a strong culture of self-criticism and introspection. But we saw it again in the week leading up to the opening game of this year’s Four Nations campaign. The main emphasis of the Rugby League media seemed to be the imminent departure from the code of Jarryd Hayne to American Football and Sam ... Read More »

Garry Schofield: Lucky England urgently need to improve


I was astonished to hear the pundits on the BBC saying how well England played against Samoa, and making excuses for a lucky win. If it wasn’t for the two tries that came from kicks because of some poor play from the Samoan fullback, then we may have found ourselves on the losing side. One thing is certain – there ... Read More »

Australian referee appointed as England outvoted in four-hour debate


An Australian referee has been appointed to take control of this Sunday’s clash between England and the Kangaroos after a four-hour debate between the match official directors of both countries and New Zealand. Gerard Sutton, who refereed this season’s NRL Grand Final, was given the nod after the decision went to a vote. New Zealand-born Henry Perenara seemed the logical ... Read More »

Cherry-Evans has a “big chance” of facing England


Australia stand-off Daly Cherry-Evans is expected to face England this Sunday after Kangaroos officials revealed he is set to resume full training tomorrow. The Manly star, 25, injured his hip against New Zealand on Saturday and was taken off at half time. He began treatment immediately and made great progress before having to leave the Kangaroos camp on Monday when ... Read More »