Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Rugby League News


French TV deal for World Cup

Rugby League World Cup 2013 has confirmed that beIN SPORT have been granted exclusive rights to broadcast matches live in France. beIN SPORT is a global network of sports channels jointly owned and operated by Qatari Sports Investments. It currently operates three channels in France and two channels in the USA. Their RLWC2013 coverage will be anchored by Rodolphe Pires, ... Read More »

Ellis announces international retirement

England player Gareth Ellis has today announced his retirement from international Rugby League with immediate effect, ruling himself out of selection for Rugby League World Cup 2013. The 32-year-old second row has reached his decision following consultation with England coach Steve McNamara and officials at Hull FC, the club he captained to the Tetley’s Challenge Cup final and Super League ... Read More »

Gillette shows continued support for England Rugby League

The RFL and Gillette are delighted to announce a two-year extension of the brand’s decade-long partnership with the sport and the England Rugby League team. This will see Gillette continue as England’s main sponsor for Rugby League World Cup 2013, when its logo will feature on the national team’s playing strip. The partnership also enters its second decade with a ... Read More »

Huge Dance Programme launched for Rugby League World Cup 2013

More than 3,000 dancers are being recruited to take part in spectacular celebrations across the UK for Rugby League World Cup 2013. The dancers will be led and inspired by Jeanefer Jean-Charles, who was part of the team who delivered the London 2012 Opening Ceremony, and one of the country’s most exciting young choreographers, James Wilton.  Together they’re creating a ... Read More »

Duffy joins Scotland team

Scotland have appointed former scrum-half John Duffy to their coaching team for the upcoming Rugby League World Cup. Duffy, who retired from playing following a persistent back injury, has been coaching at his former club Leigh Centurions and within the regional development programme as well as running Scotland Exiles Under-18s and assisting Scotland at the recent Student World Cup. Duffy ... Read More »

Dynamic duo

First published in Rugby League World, Issue 390 (Oct 2013) Robbie Hunter-Paul hopes that the World Cup provides one final great stage for two of the modern game’s most celebrated players. Will Benji Marshall and Sonny Bill Williams, two of the genuine superstars of our sport, play for New Zealand in this year’s Rugby League World Cup? Marshall has already ... Read More »

A stand-off for England

First published in League Express, Monday 19th Aug 2013 Continuing my look at the options available to the England coach Steve McNamara when he chooses his squad for the World Cup, this week I’m going to look at the stand-offs that I think are of the right quality to be considered. I left the halves until last because they are ... Read More »

Russia take European Shield after German default

Russia have been awarded the 2012-3 Rugby League European Shield after their final game at home to Germany this weekend was called off, after a number of the opposition players failed to apply for their visas in time. The Bears, who were overwhelming favourites to beat the bottom of the table Germans – who are now relegated to the European ... Read More »

The one-man loose forward

First published in League Express, Monday 5th Aug 2013 Continuing my look at England’s World Cup options, here is my assessment of the loose forwards who I think are good enough to make the squad. Or perhaps I say ‘loose forward’ as there’s only one on my list! Sam Burgess is obviously an option here, and we can all remember ... Read More »