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Paul Wellens backs James Graham for Golden Boot

James-Graham

St Helens captain Paul Wellens worked as an assistant coach for the England squad in the recent Four Nations tournament. And, although the experience taught him many things, Wellens confirms that one thing he is sure of is that his former Saints team-mate James Graham should be among the six-player Golden Boot shortlist when it is announced in Friday’s edition ... Read More »

Opinion: New Zealand victory was best for Rugby League

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New Zealand’s victory over Australia in the Four Nations tournament final in Wellington on Saturday was a great result for international Rugby League. And it was also a positive result for English Rugby League. The Kiwis will play a three-match Test series in England next year, which will come hard on the heels of the Rugby Union World Cup. After last ... Read More »

“Disappointed” Ablett looking at the positives

Carl Ablett

Leeds Rhinos utility Carl Ablett admits he was “disappointed” to miss out on England selection for the Four Nations but insists he has put it all behind him. The 28-year-old, who was initially selected in Steve McNamara’s train-on squad in June but didn’t make the final cut, says there is a silver lining to the cloud: being able to have ... Read More »

Nigel Wood “checks pulse” in Pacific Islands

It's thirsty work visiting beautiful islands in the Pacific

To read an exclusive interview with the RFL and RLIF chief Nigel Wood, pick up issue 2,941 of Rugby League Express, available online now, or in all good newsagents tomorrow Nigel Wood has delivered his verdict on the state of international Rugby League after visiting Samoa and the Cook Islands while Down Under for the Four Nations. A release sent to the ... Read More »

Kiwis win heartstopping Four Nations Final

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New Zealand held on to win a thrilling Four Nations Final in Wellington, defeating Australia 22-18 and holding on when a try in the final minute of the game was disallowed by English referee Phil Bentham because of a forward pass. It was the culmination of a compelling match and a wonderful tournament, with the Kiwis just about deserving to ... Read More »

Four-point Four Nations final preview

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It’s the Four Nations final between Australia and New Zealand tomorrow (Saturday), so to preview the final, TotalRL.com is taking a look at four major talking points surrounding the final to give you the best coverage of the event. Revenge will likely be on the cards for Australia after their opening weekend defeat to the Kiwis – but New Zealand ... Read More »

RLEF admits Sierra Leone and reconstituted USA

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At its board meeting following the successful conclusion of the European Championship, the RLEF has granted Observer status to a third West African country, Sierra Leone – who follow in the footsteps of Ghana and Nigeria – and admitted the United States Association of Rugby League as an Affiliate Member. Sierra Leone, which completed its application despite the Ebola crisis ... Read More »

Isaac Luke in social media storm over Auva’a

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New Zealand hooker Isaac Luke was embroiled in a social media storm just hours before the Four Nations final against Australia, after he sent out a message of support to suspended NRL teammate Kirisome Auva’a. Auva’a was suspended indefinitely by the NRL yesterday (Thursday), after a conviction for attacking his former girlfriend earlier this year. Luke took to social media ... Read More »

We must remain positive, says defiant McNamara

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England head coach Steve McNamara believes England continue to close the gap on rivals Australia and New Zealand following the Four Nations, and says everyone must remain positive if that gap will continue to close in the coming years. Two narrow defeats against the Kangaroos and the Kiwis put paid to any chance of England reaching the Four Nations final, ... Read More »

Hodgson “not worried” about door incident

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Canberra Raiders and England hooker Josh Hodgson has insisted he is not worried about the fallout from his controversial off-field incident last weekend, when he charged shoulder first through a door just hours after England’s Four nations defeat to New Zealand. Hodgson was disciplined by England for the incident, with Canberra chief executive describing their new signing’s actions as “unacceptable” ... Read More »

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