Wood heads to New York to assess bid – as Boston and Hamilton keen to join in 2019 too

Proposed Rugby League franchises in Boston and Hamilton have expressed interest in joining the RFL as early as next year. As TotalRL understands it, while New York welcomes recently-departed CEO Nigel Wood visit this week to assess the validity of the New York team’s bid, more cities in North America are keen to join as quickly as possible. The New…

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Honour for Hogg

  SCOTLAND Nines Head Coach Nathan Graham has named Matt Hogg as captain for the Commonwealth Under 23 Nine’s Championships to be held in Moreton Bay near Brisbane in February writes Ollie Cruickshank. Hogg, who comes from North Berwick on the east coast of Scotland, plays for Edinburgh Eagles and Newcastle University. He has played nine times for the Scotland…

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Lo pays emotional tribute to ‘brother’ and PNG team-mate Kato Ottio

New Castleford Tigers winger Garry Lo has paid an emotional tribute to ‘brother’ Kato Ottio – his former team-mate for club and country who passed away on Monday. Ottio, who was due to fly to the UK this week to join up with Super League side Widnes, tragically passed away after what the Vikings described as a ‘sudden health issue’…

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Nigel Wood becomes RLIF CEO

Nigel Wood has been appointed Chief Executive of the Rugby League International Federation. Wood, who stepped down from his post as RFL CEO last week, will replace David Collier when his contract expires. Confirmation ends months of speculation regarding Wood’s future, with talk of his departure from the RFL growing since Collier confirmed he would leave the RFL last year.…

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Ukraine RL Announce New Franchises

Following meetings in England in the run up to Christmas, Ukraine Rugby League has announced a revamp of its top competition which will see five regional Super League franchises put in place, each allied to an English club.  Those five – participants in the 2018 Joma Super Rugby League – will be as follows:  Transcarpathia Trinity, linked to Wakefield; Lviv…

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India to make their international bow at Emerging Nations World Championship

India has become the latest team to commit to sending a side to the forthcoming Emerging Nations World Championship next year. The groundbreaking tournament, which will take place in Sydney next October and November, now has 13 sides committed to taking part. And India are the fifth Asian side to join the tournament, following on from Thailand, Hong Kong, Philippines…

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Three England stars named in World XIII

After six weeks of stand-out performances for England in the World Cup, the veteran prop James Graham has been named in the World XIII for the ninth time, surpassing Martin Offiah’s record of eight appearances for a British player. The 32-year-old first appeared in the mythical side in 2008 and has only missed out on selection in one subsequent year.…

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RLEF geared up for 2018

“Rugby League’s presence has grown quite dramatically this year,” says RLEF general manager, Danny Kazandjian in his end of year report. “A number of strategic objectives have been achieved, with Bulgaria, Cameroon, Greece and Turkey all admitted as observer nations.” “Of the four, the last three all have multiple clubs now and are well positioned to become members by the…

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