Friday, November 28, 2014
Rugby League News


Full Time Report: New Zealand 20 England 18

England were just 20 seconds away from  reaching the 2013 Rugby League World Cup Final but fell to a last-minute Shaun Johnson try. The Kiwis got repeat sets in the final minutes with Johnson skipping past England skipper Kevin Sinfield and side-stepping George Burgess for a solo try that made the score 18-all, Johnson calmly adding the extras. After being ... Read More »

Half Time Report: New Zealand 8 England 8

ONE of the most amazing tries ever seen at Wembley Stadium helped the Kiwis to go into the interval of the first World Cup semi-final all square. New Zealand had the early chances with an Isaac Luke grubber being hacked dead by Sam Tomkins. Jason Nightingale then went close on the left for the Kiwis. After a loose ball had ... Read More »

Burgess optimistic about Kiwi clash

England stalwart Sam Burgess claims England have a great chance against New Zealand on Saturday – as long as they keep hold of the ball. The reigning champions haven’t stumbled once en-route to the semi-finals, brushing off Samoa, France, Scotland and Papua New Guinea in fine style. However, they are yet to face a real challenge. “You’ve always got to ... Read More »

Deacon hopeful of exacting Kiwi revenge

Former Great Britain star Paul Deacon is hoping his first battle with New Zealand as a coach will be more successful than his last hurrah as a player. The scrum-half was infamously floored by a Nigel Vagana swinging arm in the 2005 Tri-Nations – a cowardly and mindless foul that fractured Deacon’s upper palate and burst enough blood vessels to ... Read More »

Castleford duo: England have what it takes

Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell and club captain Michael Shenton believe England have what it takes to defeat New Zealand in this tomorrow’s World Cup semi-final at Wembley. Tigers centre Shenton said: “I know they haven’t had the strongest opposition against them, but the Kiwis pack looks massive and their halves are sharp,” he said. “I’m really looking forward to ... Read More »

England name World Cup semi final team

England head coach Steve McNamara has named his 19 man squad to play New Zealand at Wembley Stadium on Saturday (13:00) in the Rugby League World Cup semi-final. (professional club and community club in brackets) Carl Ablett (Leeds Rhinos, Hunslet Parkside) George Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor) Sam Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs, Dewsbury Moor) Rob Burrow (Leeds Rhinos, Featherstone ... Read More »

McNamara: Fear factor will see England raise game

Steve McNamara believes the fear factor will bring the best out of his England side when they face New Zealand at Wembley on Saturday. The home side have had a shaky campaign thus far and were ‘scratchy’ in their 34-6 defeat of France last weekend. Many have criticised England’s ability to play well for 80 minutes and claim the 20-minute ... Read More »

Video highlights: Australia V USA

Australia progressed through to the semi-finals of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, but they did so with a less than convincing second half performance. The Australians went into the interval with a 38-point lead against the USA but were restricted to just four second-half tries. Johnathan Thurston converted all four second-half scores after an indifferent first half kicking performance ... Read More »

Full Time Report: Samoa 4 Fiji 22

Fiji will be singing their hymns and saying their prayers at Wembley on Saturday after an emphatic and deserved victory over Samoa in Warrington. Their quarter final will be remembered for the work rate and explosive running of wingers Marika Koroibete and Akuila Uate who constantly put the Samoans on the back foot. After leading by 14 points at the ... Read More »

Hunter-Paul: England far from the finished article

Robbie Hunter-Paul claims England have much room for improvement, but believes their halfbacks are growing in confidence. The former New Zealand scrum-half, who has nearly 500 Super League points, said: “England have showed why they are one of the best three teams in the tournament. But I still think they are far from the finished article. “That’s what the RLWC ... Read More »