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

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…

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World Club Challenge squads revealed

Sydney Roosters have named 15 of the 17 men who won last year’s NRL Grand Final for this weekend’s World Club Challenge against Wigan. Only Luke O’Donnell (retired) and Kiwi winger Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, who is still carrying a leg injury sustained at the World Cup, are missing out. Wigan are also near full strength thanks to the return of England…

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Wood stands firm on French expansion

RFL chief executive Nigel Wood has confirmed the game’s governing body is in discussions with the French Federation about bringing Toulouse into the Championship. Wood told TotalRL.com: “There’s been discussions about the inclusion of a second French club in the competition for some time and we’ve been in discussions with the French Federation. “At this stage there is nothing to…

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Rangi Chase: Playing for England is draining

Salford Red Devils half-back Rangi Chase has not made a decision on whether or not he is going to quit the England team, despite reports stating the contrary. He did, however, say is no longer focused on representing his adopted nation. The 27-year-old drew criticism for his performances in England’s 2013 RLWC campaign and continues to do so, despite doing…

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Rams coach looking to land Kiwi national job

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…

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