Monday, September 1, 2014
Rugby League News


JJB meets Lee Briers


First published in Rugby League World, Issue 364 (Aug 2011) My school life didn’t really come to anything. I got six A’s and they all stood for Absent! SIMP-LEE THE BEST JJB meets Warrington’s talismanic half-back Lee Briers. It was my privilege to meet up with a real rugby legend this month who is quite literally one of the defining ... Read More »

PNG win Commonwealth Championship


Papua New Guinea has won the inaugural Commonwealth Rugby League Championship, defeating Australia 22-8 in the final of the Nines competition in Cumbernauld. The tournament is an exhibition sport for the Commonwealth Games, and is likely to have a similar status when the 2018 Commonwealth Games are held on the Gold Coast in Australia. Wales took the bronze medal, beating ... Read More »

Australia to face PNG in Commonwealth Nines Championship Final


Australia will face Papua New Guinea later this afternoon in the final of the Commonwealth Championship being held in Cumbernauld this weekend. The Australians defeated Canada 20-0 in their semi-final, while Papua New Guinea won a very tight semi-final 12-6 against Wales. It means that Wales will take on Canada in a game to decide third place. Meanwhile England will ... Read More »

Wales to face PNG in Commonwealth Nines


Wales have qualified for the semi-finals of the Rugby League Commonwealth Nines Championship after wins over Scotland and Jamaica on Friday. In the first day of the tournament at Glasgow’s Broadwood Stadium, home of Clyde FC, Wales put on two excellent performances for their wins and a creditable performance in their defeat against favourites Australia. Finishing second in their group, Wales ... Read More »

RL Commonwealth Championship 2014: Day One Scores


Day One of the Rugby League Commonwealth Championship is in full swing, and there have been some fascinating results in the opening hours of the event. The Commonwealth Games take place in Glasgow next month but, as a precursor to that event, the Rugby League Commonwealth Championship 2014 will be contested by South Africa, Canada, Jamaica, England, Scotland, Wales, Australia ... Read More »

Get to know: Rugby League Commonwealth Championship 2014

9s RL is beginning to spread across the world!

Whilst there is the usual sprinkling of Rugby League going on across Super League and the Kingstone Press Championships this weekend, up in North Lanarkshire, there is a whole other tournament taking place that may have evaded your attention. The Commonwealth Games take place in Glasgow next month but, as a precursor to that event, the Rugby League Commonwealth Championship ... Read More »

International: USA to take on Samoa in Hawaii


The USA Tomahawks have announced they are to take on Samoa in an official Rugby League test in July. It is part of a week-long festival in Hawaii celebrating the sport, which will also include the island’s best talent going up against the New South Wales Country side. It starts on July 14 and the test takes place on the ... Read More »

Missed opportunity for England


Martyn Sadler, the editor of Rugby League Express, regrets that England won’t have a mid-season international game in 2014. This is a modified version of an article that appeared in his Talking Rugby League column on Monday.   The England squad gathered in Loughborough this week for a mid-season get-together as part of their preparations for this year’s Four Nations tournament to ... Read More »

I expected tough England squad, says McNamara

England boss Steve McNamara

England head coach Steve McNamara insists he was fully prepared to pick his toughest England squad yet, after the 34-strong party met at Loughborough earlier this week. McNamara has drawn criticism for leaving the likes of Kevin Brown and Marc Sneyd out of the squad, but a clutch of youngsters have been named in what appears to be an exciting ... Read More »

I thought England chance had gone, says Zak Hardaker


Leeds Rhinos and England star Zak Hardaker admits he thought he had blown his chance of playing for England all over again, after his latest ban for his club. Hardaker left England’s World Cup squad under a dark cloud last year, but has been one of the stars of Super League 2014 with a string of impressive performances. However, his ... Read More »