Sunday, November 23, 2014
Rugby League News


Morris happy to put body on the line

Australia winger Brett Morris says his run-in with advertising hoarding at Old Trafford on Saturday was a small price to pay for his side’s fourth try. The 27-year-old pounced on a Jarryd Hayne kick in the 52nd minute and slid into the signage boards, which sit dangerously close to the short in-goal areas below the level of the pitch. “The ... Read More »

Slater backs Thurston for Golden Boot

Australian fullback Billy Slater is tipping his team-mate Johnathan Thurston to win this year’s Golden Boot as the world’s best player. Thurston was voted the Man of the Match in Saturday’s World Cup Final, as Australia registered a convincing 34-2 victory over New Zealand to win the World Cup for the tenth time, with a record World Cup Final margin. ... Read More »

Is the World Cup really over?

Can that really be it? Most of us never wanted it to end, especially as it did on Saturday with a heavily one-sided final. New Zealand didn’t do themselves justice and Australia’s excellence was unquestionable, showing just how cruel sport can be. The game was a bit of a let-down for the 74,468 people who had flocked to Old Trafford ... Read More »

Full Time Report: New Zealand 2 Australia 34

A thoroughly ruthless and professional performance saw Australia regain the World Cup, not just in defeating the Kiwis in the final at Old Trafford but in their route to the decider as they completed a five-match run in which they never conceded a try. After leading New Zealand 16-2 in the first half the Kangaroos went further ahead with a ... Read More »

Half Time Report: New Zealand 2 Australia 16

Australia dominated both possession and the scoreline as they looked in control of the World Cup Final at half time. The Kangaroos, who had 63% of the first half possession, opened the scoring in the fifth minute when Johnathan Thurston kicked a penalty goal after Billy Slater had been checked by Kieran Foran. Shaun Johnson levelled after Australian skipper Cameron ... Read More »

Who will win tomorrow’s World Cup final?

In just over 24 hours Australia take on New Zealand in the World Cup final at Old Trafford. The Kangaroos go into the contest as heavy favourites, but the Kiwis are defending champions and are in rich point-scoring form. Take a look at this infographic, provided by, which outlines many of the encounter’s key stats. If the text is ... Read More »

Kiwis name team to defend World Cup crown

New Zealand head coach Stephen Kearney has named his 19 man squad to play Australia at Old Trafford on Saturday (14:30). Jesse Bromwich Greg Eastwood Kieran Foran Alex Glenn Bryson Goodwin Shaun Johnson Sam Kasiano Kevin Locke Issac Luke Simon Mannering – Captain Ben Matulino Jason Nightingale Frank-Paul Nu’uausala Elijah Taylor Roger Tuivasa-Sheck Manu Vatuvei Jared Waerea-Hargreaves Dean Whare Sonny ... Read More »

Australia name team to face Kiwis in World Cup Final

Australia head coach Tim Sheens has named his 19 man squad to play New Zealand in the Rugby League World Cup Final at Old Trafford on Saturday (14:30) Cameron Smith – Captain Greg Bird Darius Boyd Daly Cherry-Evans Cooper Cronk Andrew Fifita Jarryd Hayne Paul Gallen Greg Inglis Brett Morris Nate Myles Josh Papalii Corey Parker Matthew Scott Billy Slater ... Read More »

The Aussie angle: Why I feel for the English

It was perhaps significant that just a few hours after we witnessed one of the greatest World Cup matches in history, between England and New Zealand for the right to play Australia in this year’s final, I should receive an important email. It asked for my choices in the first round of voting for the next member of the Australian ... Read More »

Slater could be fit for World Cup final

Billy Slater could be fit to face New Zealand in the World Cup final. The Australian full-back aggravated an old knee injury against the USA and sat out the semi-final against Fiji, making a guest appearance on the BBC’s coverage of the England V New Zealand semi. The 30-year-old says he won’t play unless 100 per cent fit and is ... Read More »