Wales and Germany name Test Squads for Cardiff

Wales Dragonhearts – made up of players from their domestic competition – and Germany have named their squads for the international this Saturday at Glamorgan Wanderers, Cardiff (kick-off 3pm).  The sides met in Germany last year, with the Welsh getting home 40-32 in a superb contest. Valley Cougars provide most representatives with nine in total, in a Dragonhearts’ squad drawn…

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Welsh confirm line-up for German clash

WALES Dragonhearts have named their 19-man squad to take on Germany this Saturday at Glamorgan Wanderers in Cardiff (kick-off 3pm) writes Ian Golden. The process for selection has been going on since the end of July when a Probables side beat a British Army side at Stebonheath Park in Llanelli. Following this in September, the North Wales Origin side narrowly…

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Scotland name youthful squad for 2017 Rugby League World Cup

Scotland have named seven uncapped players in their World Cup squad – including brothers Kane and Andrew Bentley of Toulouse Olympique. They are joined by a clutch of Super League stars including Warrington three-quarter Matty Russell, Wigan winger Lewis Tierney, St Helens prop Luke Douglas, and Scotland’s most-capped player, Huddersfield’s Danny Brough, who captains the side again. They are among…

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David Collier to leave role in Rugby League International Federation

David Collier is stepping down as chief executive of the Rugby League International Federation when his contract runs out next May. Collier, who spent 10 years as chief executive of the England and Wales Cricket Board, was the Federation’s first full-time officer when he was appointed in March 2015. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in this role and have met…

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Serbia Claim Balkan Championship

Serbia claimed the second Balkan Championship in Belgrade, at the weekend, convincingly beating holders Greece 50-8 in the deciding game. Serbia’s power up front proved decisive, Miloš Zogović and Rajko Trifunović claiming try doubles for the hosts as they crossed nine times in all. “Having given the chance to some of our younger players to gain international experience,“ said Serbian…

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TotalRL writers share their thoughts on the England squad

Matthew Shaw (TotalRL Editor) It’s to be expected that any England squad reveal will be met with disapproval by the majority due to the widespread opinions we have on the game. But overall I’m not particularly surprised with Wayne Bennett’s 24-man squad for the upcoming event, and I think England have a strong squad. Kevin Brown’s inclusion is the most questionable.…

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Rugby league does not have a problem with drugs, says Denis Betts

England assistant coach and Widnes boss Denis Betts has denied that rugby league has a serious problem with drugs. Betts, who had to suspend one of his own players in Rangi Chase for failing a drugs test earlier this season, was speaking just days after it had emerged Castleford fullback Zak Hardaker had tested positive for cocaine. But he insisted…

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The Elite Performance Squad players who missed out on the World Cup

England’s 24-man squad announcement will have been a career high for some. But for others, the pain of missing out will be hard to stomach for some time. Wayne Bennett’s squad reveal resulted in 10 players who were in the Elite Performance Squad missing out on selection after taking part in the frequent training sessions throughout the year. But who…

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Kevin Brown a shock-call up for England

Kevin Brown is the shock inclusion in England’s World Cup squad. The 33-year-old is one of four halfbacks selected by Wayne Bennett, along with Luke Gale, Gareth Widdop and George Williams. He is one of four Warrington players selected for the tournament, alongside Ben Currie, Chris Hill and Stefan Ratchford. Bennett’s 24-man squad features just two recognised wingers in Ryan…

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