Saturday, December 20, 2014
Rugby League News


Fiji and Samoa announce Pacific Test squads

Samoa taking on Fiji at RLWC2013. ©RLPhotos

Fiji and Samoa have named their squads for Saturday’s Pacific Test against Toa Samoa at Sportingbet Stadium in Penrith. The winner of that game will take part in the Four Nations tournament in October and November. FIJI: Waqa Blake (Penrith Panthers), Peni Botiki, (Cutters), Jason Bukuya, (NZ Warriors), Regan Cambell-Gillard (Penrith Panthers), Kane Evans (Sydney Roosters), Aaron Groom (Asquith), Marika ... Read More »

Australia name Anzac Test squad


Australia have named their squad to face New Zealand in this Friday’s Anzac Test match, which is to be played at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium. Unlike New Zealand, who have picked six Test rookies and are very much focusing on the future, Australia have named a full-strength lineup. The Kangaroos: Billy Slater (Melbourne Storm), Darius Boyd (Newcastle Knights), Greg Inglis (South ... Read More »

Steve McNamara turned down Trent Hodkinson


Canterbury prop James Graham has revealed England boss Steve McNamara turned down a chance to take talented Bulldogs team-mate Trent Hodkinson to the 2013 World Cup. Hodkinson is one of the NRL’s best half-backs on current form and has guided Graham’s Bulldogs to their last two wins with last-minute field goals. He was born in Australia and is tipped to ... Read More »

Craig Fitzgibbon to join Kangaroos coaching setup

Craig Fitzgibbon

Former Australian international Craig Fitzgibbon has been appointed to the Kangaroos’ national coaching setup, after impressing Tim Sheens enough to secure a role with the side. Fitzgibbon is currently a member of the Sydney Roosters coaching staff alongside Steve McNamara, and will combine club and country roles for the Kangaroos, beginning with the ANZAC Test against New Zealand later next ... Read More »

Sinfield: Retirement crossed my mind, but not for long


International Rugby League, at the top strata, is formally back on the agenda. The long-delayed announcement of the 2014 Four Nations, which will see England face the Pacific qualifiers in a Brisbane double-header, Australia in Melbourne and New Zealand in Dunedin, with the final at the ‘Cake Tin’ in Wellington on 15th November, has re-ignited the World Cup feelgood factor, ... Read More »

Opinion: Let’s do justice to the minor nations


The schedule for the 2014 Four Nations tournament has been announced. ‘About time’ I hear you say, but better late than never, because the prospect of reviving the buzz and excitement of last autumn’s World Cup is very attractive indeed. England are set to face the Pacific qualifiers in a Brisbane double-header, Australia in Melbourne and New Zealand in Dunedin, ... Read More »

Debate: Should the RFL pursue a Great Britain tour for 2015?

In 2015, would you rather see Great Britain take on the Kiwis (left), or England play one of the home nations (right)?

In the latest issue of Rugby League World magazine, RFL chief executive Nigel Wood claims the sport’s governing body are looking to organise a Great Britain tour to Australia in 2015. Within minutes of the news breaking our Twitter feeds were jammed with reaction, both in favour of and against the idea. Two of our writers looked at the argument ... Read More »

Nigel Wood: We want 2015 Great Britain Tour to go ahead


RFL chief executive Nigel Wood remains hopeful of a Great Britain tour down under next year – but says the onus has to be on the NRL to push the notion forward. The return of a Lions tour to Australia in 2015 has been mooted for a long time, without any concrete details materialising. And while Wood says that the ... Read More »

Get the new Rugby League World Magazine!


The May 2014 issue of Rugby League World Magazine is available to download now. Get the app from Apple Newsstand or GooglePlay, or click here to read it online now at Print edition in shops from Friday 11th April. Get it delivered from the Shop. What’s inside: Few players in Super League have had the spotlight cast as ... Read More »

Four Nations 2014 schedule finally announced

Steve McNamara faces a tough decision picking his England side. We want you to do his job for him..

England coach Steve McNamara has told the players who played in Rugby League World Cup 2013 that they have the ability to determine whether they will be involved in this year’s Four Nations tournament. McNamara has also thrown down the gauntlet to every English player in the First Utility Super League to play their way into his plans for the ... Read More » Shop: Last Ordering Date for Free Pre-Xmas Delivery: 2pm Thursday 18th December!!