Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Rugby League News


Can we stop the Australian juggernaut?


Call it killer instinct … call it whatever you like. But on Saturday the Australians showed why they are simply the best in the Greatest Game of All. Leading 34-2 with eight minutes left to play, did they ease up? Not on your Nellie! They tackled their hearts out to prevent the Kiwis from scoring a try. Pride in preventing ... Read More »

Off the field interview: Ryan Hall


In a continuation of a new series, RYAN HALL, of Leeds Rhinos and England, tells JOE WHITLEY about his life off the field, including a shaving superstition and watching Ben Westwood and Sam Burgess wrestle… JW: What is the best meal you’ve ever had? RH: I’m not sure. I like a good rare steak with peppercorn sauce. And sweet potato ... Read More »

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 FreeBets.com, 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 »