Monday, September 22, 2014
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England name team to face Italy

England coach Steve McNamara has named 20 of his 24-man Rugby League World Cup 2013 squad in the team to face Italy in the first ever senior international between the nations at Salford City Stadium on Saturday (4.30pm). Warrington Wolves forward Ben Westwood is ruled out through suspension after receiving a one-match ban in the Super League Grand Final earlier ... Read More »

England Knights team named to face Samoa

England Knights coach Kieron Purtill is confident that his young charges will rise to the challenge when they face Samoa at Salford City Stadium on Saturday (2.00pm). The Knights go into the match from an intensive training camp at Loughborough University and boosted by the presence of senior England squad members Zak Hardaker, the Leeds Rhinos full-back, and South Sydney ... Read More »

Russell puts himself in the show

A year ago Matt Russell was hot property: so much so he swapped a future as Sam Tomkins’ back-up at Wigan Warriors for a season in the sun at Gold Coast in Australia. He spent the year in Queensland, playing Under-20 Rugby League, unable to break into the Titans’ NRL team. Meanwhile back in Britain, Tomkins was frequently absent from ... Read More »

Harris happy with shape of his Wales squad

Wales coach Iestyn Harris says that he is happy with the shape of his squad as they prepare to begin their Rugby League World Cup 2013 campaign. Wales warmed up for the tournament with a comfortable 62-12 victory over a Welsh Select XIII at Colwyn Bay’s Eirias Park on Tuesday evening. The game was the squad’s final hit out ahead ... Read More »

Strictly dazzling opening for World Cup

Rugby League World Cup 2013 organisers have confirmed details of the hotly-anticipated Opening Ceremony at the Millennium Stadium on October 26. Involving specially-designed lighting, original music, and a dance extravaganza created by some of the UK’s leading choreographers, the spectacular opening to RLWC2013 will involve more than 1,500 performers. Noted classical singer Camilla Kerslake will sing ‘God Save The Queen’ ... Read More »

England Academy stars aiming high

England Academy coach John Winder has challenged his young stars to raise the bar even higher when they face Wales Academy in the second junior Test at Taffs Wells RFC near Cardiff on Friday night. The English youngsters delivered an impressive display to defeat their Welsh counterparts 38-0 in the opening fixture at the same venue on Sunday when Winder ... Read More »

Scotland coach prepares winning mix

Scotland coach Steve McCormack is preparing for the arrival of his NRL stars on Thursday to add the final ingredients to what he hopes is a winning mix at RLWC2013. The ten-year veteran coach oversaw his first training session of the campaign on Sunday and enjoyed the combination of new talent and experienced stars at his disposal. “It’s a pleasure ... Read More »

Fans can be the power behind the World Cup

First published in League Express, Monday 14th Oct 2013 In a guest column, Rugby League World Cup General Manager Sally Bolton urges League Express readers to buy their World Cup tickets before it is too late. As the start of Rugby League World Cup 2013 draws nearer, our vision of success for each match becomes more vivid, and we’re extremely ... Read More »

Chase relishing first Salford outing

England international and new Salford Red Devils player Rangi Chase has expressed his excitement ahead of playing in his new club home when England face Italy at Salford City Stadium in a Rugby League World Cup 2013 warm-up match on Sunday October 19 (4.30pm). Chase is currently away with Steve McNamara’s England squad in Potchefstroom, South Africa, as part of ... Read More »

World Cup goes on display in Bradford

On Sunday October 13 the original Rugby League World Cup trophy will go back on public display at the Midland Hotel in Bradford, from where it was famously stolen, over 40 years ago, on the night of Sunday, November 1 1970. RFL Historian Tony Collins commented: “The disappearance for 20 years of the Rugby League World Cup trophy is one ... Read More »