Friday, December 19, 2014
Rugby League News


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 »

Rams coach looking to land Kiwi national job

Dewsbury boss Glenn Morrison. ©RLPhotos

Dewsbury Rams coach Glenn Morrison is one of four men who could succeed Stephen Kearney as head coach of the New Zealand national team. The former Bradford Bulls player was one of 14 applicants for the job and has made it into the final four for consideration, alongside Kearney, who re-applied after his contract expired, and former Kiwi test stars ... Read More »

Rangi Chase considering giving England the cold shoulder

Rangi Chase in action for Castleford in 2013. ©RLPhotos

Salford Red Devils stand-off Rangi Chase is considering quitting the England national team after being heavily criticised during RLWC2013. The New Zealand-born playmaker, 27, qualifies to play for England on residency grounds despite having made appearances for New Zealand Maori in 2010. At the World Cup, he was picked ahead of Danny Brough and looked far from his best. Whether ... Read More »

Lee Mossop to miss chunk of first NRL season


Lee Mossop has revealed he is to miss the first nine games of the 2014 NRL season with a shoulder injury. The former Wigan back-rower, who joined Parramatta Eels in the summer, has been carrying the injury for two years but was advised by his new coaching team to undergo surgery immediately. “When I realised I was signing for Parramatta, ... Read More »

Rabbitohs leading way in NRL membership drive


The NRL membership drive is in full flow and South Sydney Rabbitohs are currently topping the table. Working in a vaguely similar way to season tickets over here, NRL memberships allow fans to reserve seats at the stadium, gain entry into a some home or away games, and can guarantee access to popular games, such as the Finals Series and ... Read More » Shop: Last Ordering Date for Free Pre-Xmas Delivery: 2pm Thursday 18th December!!