Friday, November 28, 2014
Rugby League News


Four Nations: England unchanged for Australia clash


England coach Steve McNamara has named an unchanged side for Sunday’s Four Nations match against Australia in Melbourne, but has hinted that some alterations could be made later in the week when players have a chance to shrug off injuries. England defeated Samoa 32-26 in the tournament’s opening match at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane last Saturday and victory over Australia, who ... Read More »

Opinion: International Rugby League wins again


Anyone watching the opening games of this year’s Four Nations tournament on television on Saturday couldn’t have failed to be impressed by the quality of the games and by the obvious enjoyment of most of the spectators in an almost full to capacity Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. To judge by what we saw in the first game, there must be ... Read More »

England’s Four Nations odds fall; New Zealand favourites


New Zealand are favourites to win the Four Nations tournament, according to the majority of British bookmakers. Indeed, the Kiwis have been priced at evens to win the competition following their convincing victory over pre-tournament favourites Australia on Saturday, while the Kangaroos have drifted out to 11/10 after being odds-on last week. Meanwhile, England’s price has also shortened following their ... Read More »

Malcolm Reilly: England can defeat Australia


Rugby League legend Malcolm Reilly OBE believes England are primed and ready to book their place in the final of the 2014 Four Nations by beating Australia in Melbourne on Sunday. England will go into the match buoyed by an encouraging performance in their opening victory over Samoa, when they defied the lingering effects of jetlag and 30-degree heat to ... Read More »

Matty Smith hopeful of being fit for Australia clash


Wigan and England scrum-half Matty Smith has played down fears he will miss the rest of the Four Nations tournament after injuring his ankle against Samoa on Saturday. Indeed, the 27-year-old has his sights set on facing Australia this Sunday – and even beating them. He said: “I’ve rolled my ankle, it’s swollen up a bit and they’ve put the ... Read More »

McNamara “excited” to have chance to dump Aussies


England coach Steve McNamara says his side are relishing the opportunity to knock Australia out of the Four Nations tournament. The old enemies lock horns on Sunday and an England win would almost certainly see the Kangaroos unable to progress to the final, having lost to New Zealand 30-12 on Saturday. “It’s a really exciting prospect,” admitted McNamara. “We said ... Read More »

England to wear special hooped kit for Australia clash

Sam Tomkins models the Rorke's Drift jersey

England will pay a special tribute to the most heroic performance in the history of international Rugby League when they play Australia in the 2014 Four Nations in Melbourne on Sunday. To mark the centenary of the historic third Test of the 1914 Lions tour, a match that became known as the Rorke’s Drift Test, England will wear commemorative jersey ... Read More »

Tomkins among world’s best full-backs, says Samoa coach

Tomkins in action for his club side, New Zealand Warriors

Samoa boss Matt Parish believes England’s Sam Tomkins is among the world’s best fullbacks – and compared him to the likes of Billy Slater, Greg Inglis and Jarryd Hayne. Tomkins had a solid game against Samoa, making 15 tackles, 12 carries and looking, for the most part,  a safe pair of hands at the back. When asked who England’s best ... Read More »

Greg Bird: Australia will win the Four Nations

Greg Bird on NSW duty

Australia loose forward Greg Bird has predicted that the Kangaroos will win the Four Nations by beating New Zealand in the final. The World Champions, admittedly not at full strength, lost to their trans-Tasman rivals in convincing style on Saturday, which gives England real hope of knocking off the Aussies at the weekend and going on to win a tournament down under. ... Read More »

Scots tame Ireland in Dublin

Scotland are within touching distance of their first ever European crown after beating Ireland 25-4 in Dublin this afternoon. Their victory means that anything better than an 18-point defeat to France in Galashiels on Friday night will see Steve McCormack’s side win the European Championship and a place in the 2016 Four Nations. The first half was best forgotten apart from ... Read More »