Monday, November 24, 2014
Rugby League News


Kiwi coach Kearney hails Luke, Glenn and Taumalolo

Issac Luke (middle) taking on the Australian defence at RLWC2013. ©RLPhotos

New Zealand coach Stephen Kearney has praised three Kiwi stars after watching them impress during the first round of the 2014 NRL season. Hooker Isaac Luke, and second-rowers Alex Glenn and Jason Taumalolo stood out for the 41-year-old, who was reappointed as national coach last month and assists at Brisbane Broncos. He said: “I thought there were some great performances ... Read More »

Ivan Cleary: We need fewer international matches


Penrith coach Ivan Cleary wants fewer end-of-season international matches to stop players being overworked. The Panthers boss doesn’t think there should be representative tournaments at the end of every season, an attitude that was echoed during last year’s World Cup when most Australian journalists slated the international competition and claimed they’d rather watch State of Origin. In sharp contrast, us ... Read More »

First Spanish Rugby League coaches qualify


The Asociación Española de Rugby League (AERL) has hosted its first technical course with 24 local coaches receiving their Level 1 certificate at a two-day gathering in Albal, Valencia. Six clubs were present – Irreductibles Mislata RL, RL Albal Valencian Warriors, Rugby Sciences Valencia, CR Edetans Montcada, Alzira Rugby Club, UER Montcada – in addition to a delegation from Madrid, ... Read More »

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

Sonny Bill Williams, distraught at losing in the World Cup final. ©RLPhotos

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 ... Read More »

Australia and New Zealand win World Cup bid

Australia lifting the 2013 World Cup. ©RLphotos

Australia and New Zealand will co-host the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, it was announced today. The Rugby League International Federation wasted no time in assessing the two bids on the table, one of which was from South Africa, to allow maximum planning time. RLIF vice-chairman Nigel Wood said: “This was not a simple decision but with fans of international ... Read More »

2017 Rugby League World Cup announcement due

Rugby League World Cup

The Rugby League International Federation has confirmed that the host of the next Rugby League World Cup tournament, to be held in 2017, will be announced on Wednesday February 19. Two bids to host the tournament were put forward: one from South Africa and a joint bid from Australia and New Zealand. The announcement will be made on the RLIF ... Read More »

Kiwis keep Kearney as coach

Stephen Kearney. ©RLPhotos

Stephen Kearney has been re-appointed as head coach of the New Zealand national team. The 41-year-old, who guided the Kiwis to World Cup glory in 2008, was out of contract at the end of 2013 and was thus forced to re-apply for the post, which was opened up to anyone interested. He was named as one of four shortlisted candidates ... Read More »

Scotland coaching team commit to next World Cup

Steve McCormack. ©RLPhotos

Scotland head coach Steve McCormack, and assistants Dave Rotheram and John Duffy, have committed their future to the team until after the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, which is expected to be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand. The trio led the Bravehearts to the quarter finals in 2013, against all the odds. McCormack, who has held his position since ... Read More »

Wood stands firm on French expansion

Cyril Moliner, in action for Toulouse. ©RLphotos

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 “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 ... Read More »

Rangi Chase: Playing for England is draining

Rangi Chase in his Castleford days. ©RLPhotos

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 ... Read More »