Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Rugby League News


RLEF hold successful annual council meeting


Twenty-four nations from three regions – the Americas, Europe and Middle East-Africa – attended the twelfth Annual Council Meeting and fifth RLEF Conference in London. “The Council meeting was certainly the most energetic yet,” said Maurice Watkins, RLEF chairman. “The membership is increasingly involved and contributing in a very practical way to the direction in which the RLEF travels.” “Participation ... Read More »

Poll: Pick your own England team for the Four Nations

Who should Steve McNamara pick in place of Kevin Sinfield?

In just under two months, England play Samoa in the second game of the 2014 Four Nations tournament in Queensland, Australia. Over on the TotalRL forum, we have set up a poll that allows you to channel your inner Steve McNamara and pick the squad you would start against the Pacific Islanders on October 25. Click here to be taken ... Read More »

Denmark Rugby League win Nordic Cup again


A comprehensive 44-6 success over holders Sweden in Copenhagen last weekend – building on earlier victory against Norway in Oslo – saw Denmark pick up the 2014 Nordic Cup, becoming the first of the Scandinavian nations to hold it twice, having won the inaugural tournament in 2011. Try doubles from centre pairing Emil Borggren and Martin Pedersen-Scott laid the platform ... Read More »

International RL never been stronger, says Wood

Nigel Wood

RLIF chairman Nigel Wood has said that the international game has never been in a better position, after the NRL announced they were continuing the development of the game in the Pacific Nations. In a week where the Rugby League civil war in America looks to have finally reached its end – just days after the USA and Canada played ... Read More »

Rugby League in America to finally be unified?


The long-standing civil war in American Rugby League looks to finally be at its conclusion, after the RLIF confirmed only one party applied to become a constituent member for the country. The AMNRL and the USARL have both been running competitions simultaneously for a number of years but, after no AMNRL competition was launched this year, Australian journalist Steve Mascord ... Read More »

Has Rugby League finally cracked the Americas?


Those who are regular followers of League Express and’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


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


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


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


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 »