Saturday, January 31, 2015
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James Roby: I’m not retiring from international duty

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St Helens hooker James Roby insists he has not retired from international Rugby League, despite making himself unavailable for England at the Four Nations. The 28-year-old, who has been Super League’s best performer this season according to Opta statistics, has decided to prioritise his club career and rest his ankles, which have been causing him distress. There is also a ... Read More »

England have great chance to win Four Nations, says Roby

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St Helens hooker James Roby believes England have a great chance of winning the Four Nations, despite being without the 28-year-old, who may have to undergo surgery in the off-season. In Roby’s place, youngsters Daryl Clark and Josh Hodgson will lead England and the Saints star has backed them both to excel in the pressure cooker of Australia and New ... Read More »

Shenton: Daryl Clark call-up “fully deserved”

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Castleford captain Michael Shenton believes team-mate Daryl Clark more than deserved his call-up to the England squad for this month’s Four Nations. The 21-year-old hooker enjoyed a stand-out season with the Tigers, scoring 13 tries, assisting 10 others and leading his side in metres gained, tackles made, clean breaks, and tackle busts. This article originally appeared in this week’s edition ... Read More »

Nathan Brown: Roby just needs a “tidy-up”

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St Helens coach Nathan Brown has explained why star hooker James Roby has made himself unavailable for England at the Four Nations. The 28-year-old, who is on the Man of Steel shortlist following another sensational season, was almost certain to be Steve McNamara’s first choice hooker down under before electing to have minor off-season surgery on his troublesome ankles. “He’s ... Read More »

Michael Shenton “humbled” by England call-up

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Castleford captain Michael Shenton has expressed his delight at a first England call-up in four years and admits he never thought he’d pull no the white shirt again. The 28-year-old last played for England in 2010 during the Four Nations, when injury forced him out of the remainder of the tournament. But after an impressive 2014 for the Tigers, Shenton ... Read More »

First Rugby League Balkan Championship Announced

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The city of Belgrade will host an inaugural four nation Balkans Championship later this month, featuring Serbia, Greece, Hungary and the debut of Bosnia Herzegovina. “We cannot wait to line up against our neighbours,” said Serbian coach Marko Jankovic, still basking in the glow of his country’s best-ever Test win, against Italy, which took them to the top of the ... Read More »

Comment: Will there ever be another Ashes tour?

Peacock received 47 international caps during his career

Confirmation that New Zealand will head to England next year for a three-match test series is to be welcomed – but is tinged with sadness that another proposed Great Britain tour has bitten the dust. Given that 2016 sees a Four Nations competition on these shores, and the following year is the World Cup down under, the next opportunity for ... Read More »

Six newcomers in French train-on squad

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Eight of the Catalan Dragons, who were one match away from the Super League Grand Final, have been named in coach Richard Agar’s initial France squad for the 2014 European Championship, the winners of which will secure a place in the 2016 Four Nations Tournament. Jason Baitieri leads the side but Catalan returnee for 2015 Remi Casty, who has been ... Read More »

Huddersfield Giants not keen on Brough’s Scotland call

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Huddersfield Giants head coach Paul Anderson has admitted he isn’t keen on Danny Brough playing for Scotland in this year’s European Championship tournament – but says they couldn’t stand in the way of someone wanting to represent their country. Brough will likely play for Steve McCormack’s men this Autumn after being included in the initial 26-man squad, which will be ... Read More »

Nigeria Rugby League gets Observer status from RLEF

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The RLEF has accepted an application by Rugby League Nigeria to become an Observer of the federation, meaning that a second West African country is now recognised, following Ghana. “This is a testimony to all the work done so far, and will greatly serve as an elixir to greater speed in the development of rugby league in Nigeria,” said association ... Read More »