Sunday, February 1, 2015
Rugby League News


Rugby League has ‘chance to flourish’ in Belgium


The Belgian Rugby League Association will celebrate its first full year as a National Governing Body at the end of May and its leaders, president Yves-Michael Kazadi and secretary general Zakaria Zoubir, are confident that the sport has every chance to flourish there. ”In the coming weeks we should launch our first domestic games,” said Zoubir. “We are making progress ... Read More »

Official Rugby League World Cup review revealed

Australia lifting the 2013 World Cup. ©RLphotos

The true success of RLWC2013 was discovered today after the official tournament review was revealed to the media. Speaking at the launch, tournament director Nigel Wood said: “We believe that the success factors identified before the opening game of Rugby League World Cup 2013 were comprehensively delivered against. “From the opening games beneath the closed roof of Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium ... Read More »

Put Sally in charge of Super League

Sally Bolton. ©Manchester Evening News

This article first appeared in Martyn Sadler’s ‘Talking Rugby League’ column in this week’s edition of Rugby League Express On Monday 31 March the RFL will reveal to the media the results of their review of the World Cup, which was masterminded by the World Cup general manager Sally Bolton. Sally will present the documentation, and I’m sure it will ... Read More »

Scandinavian Rugby League kicks off 2014 season


The Scandinavian region has finalised its 2014 Rugby League calendar  and is preparing for the most exciting year to date. The first event saw an inaugural pre-season sevens in Norway hosted by Flekkefjord Tigers. RLN chairman, Kim André Seglem is looking forward to introducing more people to Rugby League, praising rugby union teams Stavanger and Egersund’s involvement in trialling the ... Read More »

Cleary leaves Kiwi post, Morrison could replace him

Dewsbury boss Glenn Morrison. ©RLPhotos

Penrith Panthers boss Ivan Cleary has left his post as assistant with the New Zealand national side, potentially paving the way for Dewsbury Rams coach Glenn Morrison to get some international experience. Morrison applied for the head coaching role and got to the final four before Stephen Kearney was reappointed. Cleary, 43, told Australian told Radio Sport’s D’Arcy Waldegrave that ... Read More »

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 »