Tuesday, September 2, 2014
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Has Rugby League finally cracked the Americas?

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Those who are regular followers of League Express and TotalRL.com’s social media feeds will have noted an interesting story over the weekend. It wasn’t that Castleford Tigers once again defied the odds to reach the Challenge Cup final – it was an interesting tale from international Rugby League. The USA were arguably the biggest success story of last year’s World ... Read More »

Over 7,000 watch Canada v USA Rugby League

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Canada may not be considered one of the powerhouses of international Rugby League in 2014, but they certainly grabbed a few headlines over the weekend, as they won the 5th Colonial Cup tournament by defeating the United States of America – in front of over 7,000 fans. 7,356 people packed into the Lamport Stadium in Toronto to watch the Canadians ... Read More »

International: Rugby League reaches Mexico

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The worldwide expansion of Rugby League continued last week, after Mexico hosted its first ever Rugby League 9s event. Mexico is very new to the game, but there are serious waves being made to develop the game in the country, to try and continue the development of RL in the Americas. Last Saturday saw a 9s event held just outside ... Read More »

Andy Lynch shrugs off calls for England inclusion

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Castleford Tigers prop Andy Lynch says an England call-up ahead of this year’s Four Nations is not on his mind and that he is focused on performing for his team, not individual accolades. The 34-year-old has been in superb form this season and many pundits have been linking him with a call-up into Steve McNamara’s England squad. “I just go ... Read More »

International: Denmark to take on Sweden for Nordic Cup

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Denmark RL has announced its 25-man squad for the Nordic Cup clash against holders Sweden on 16th August at the DTU playing grounds, Lyngby, Copenhagen (kick off 2pm). The squad, which is coming off the back off a first-ever Test win – 16-10 against Norway at the Bislett Stadium in Oslo – contains 13 players from the Copenhagen Black Swans ... Read More »

International: Spain to establish Rugby League nines

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The AERL – Spanish Association of Rugby League – has launched its inaugural Rugby League 9′s competition to be played in the close-season. The winter competition will also help develop new Spanish referees and maintain active players before the National League Championship re-starts in summer 2015. Competing teams will be Irreductibles Mislata, Edetans Moncada, Alcoià Comtat (two sides), Valencian Warriors ... Read More »

World Cup qualification process revealed

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The Rugby League International Federation has announced the qualification process for the 2017 World Cup, which will be held in Australia and New Zealand in October and November 2017. Seven nations, who were all quarter finalists in the 2013 tournament – Australia, New Zealand, England, Fiji, France, Samoa and Scotland – have all received an automatic place. The remaining seven nations ... Read More »

Rugby League European Championship fixtures announced

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France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales will meet each other in the autumn after the draw was confirmed for the 2014 European Championships. The winners will qualify for the 2016 Four Nations tournament to be held in the northern hemisphere. It will be a re-entry into the Test arena for all four after the 2013 World Cup where the Scots, particularly, ... Read More »

Latest international Rugby League rankings announced

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Following a summer of Test match rugby league across the continents, the new world rankings have been announced by the International Federation, the first since the 2013 World Cup. The total number of ranked-nations, based on sanctioned international competition, has risen to 34, the latest included being Spain in 28th place. Russia are up to 14th, the number of nations ... Read More »

Rugby League continues to thrive in Czech Republic

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Vrchlabi, home of the Mad Squirrels club, will be a hot-bed of rugby league from tomorrow (Thursday) when a week of development work featuring five countries commences. RLEF Coaching Manager, Martin Crick, will oversee the first phase of a coach tutor course for the Czech Republic hosts, Malta and Sweden, as part of the EU Leadership Devolution Project. Then, on ... Read More »