England name impressive Academy squad to face France this autumn

England Academy’s 22-man squad has been selected and will travel to France to play two Tests this October – with Castleford half-back Jake Truman among the names picked by head coach Lee Briers. Head coach Briers and assistant Matty Peet have picked a strong side with plenty of experience – including Leeds fullback Jack Walker, who has made ten first-team appearances…

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Scotland targeting further success at this year’s World Cup

League Express’ Doug Thomson speaks to Scotland chairman Keith Hogg about their plans for the World Cup (this first appeared in this Monday’s edition of the paper). It’s full steam ahead for Scotland for the World Cup. While League Express understands any issues over player payments and travelling arrangements have been resolved, Scotland Rugby League chief Keith Hogg says planning…

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RLEF Board Discusses Strategic Calendar

At a recent meeting in its new offices near London Bridge, the RLEF Board discussed the instigation of a wider European calendar, to include evolving the three-tier European Championship and expanding the age group competition. “We made clear progress on the subject of the European Championship,” said RLEF chairman Maurice Watkins. “All parties are keen to work together as we…

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Rhinos-backed Coaching Course in Cardiff includes 4 countries

Sixteen experienced coaches from England, Ireland, Germany and Wales met in Cardiff to participate in an RLEF Level 2 coaches course, held at the Sport Wales headquarters. Leeds Rhinos’ foundation coaches, Leon Crick and Chev Walker attended as project partners. Wales Rugby League national manager Idris Evans was joined by six Welsh candidates, with Anthony Loxton entered onto the RLEF’s…

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Americas Championship – Game 3 – Canada v USA preview

Canada will face favourites USA to determine the winners of the 2017 Americas Championship on Saturday evening, at Lamport Stadium, Toronto.   The match will be played as a double-header after Toronto Wolfpack complete their League 1 promotion season with a match against Doncaster, who are chasing a play off spot, and three of the Wolfpack have been included in…

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Czechs and Norwegians announce October Test

The Czech Republic and reigning Nordic Champions, Norway will play an international match on 21 October, in the Czech Republic. It will be the third meeting between the two countries. “Games against Norway are always a big challenge for us,” noted Czech national team head coach, Ladislav Cintler. “There is significant growth in both our domestic competitions so this is…

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Action in Wales

There are two big community games in Wales this weekend, when Rugby League fans can enjoy action in the north and south of Wales writes Ian Golden.   On Saturday, Wales under 18s host England Lions in a community international at Caerphilly Centre of Sporting Excellence in Ystrad Mynach (kick-off 2pm).   The Welsh were unbeaten in this annual fixture between…

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Meninga names six debutants for ARL Prime Minister’s XIII

Australian coach Mal Meninga has named six debutants as part of the Australian Prime Minister’s XIII to take on Papua New Guinea Prime Minister’s XIII in Port Moresby on Saturday 23 September. Valentine Holmes, Andrew Fifita, Api Koroisau, Dylan Walker, Jack Bird and Paul Vaughan will take their place in the team travelling to PNG next week, with the match…

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