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Four Nations sets new attendance records

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The 2014 Four Nations final could set more records for international Rugby League on Saturday, after it was revealed that the tournament has broken a number of attendance records this Autumn. England, Samoa, Australia and New Zealand fans have already contributed to the highest aggregate attendance for the group stages of a Four Nations tournament – with this year’s total ... Read More »

Aaron Woods wants a crack at Super League

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Australia and Wests Tigers prop Aaron Woods has admitted he would love to chance his arm in Super League one day – after growing up watching the competition as a youngster. Woods has become a star of the Australian pack during the Four Nations tournament, with the 23-year-old earning rave reviews for his performances throughout the competition. And he revealed ... Read More »

Wood: International calendar to 2021 in offing

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RLIF Chairman Nigel Wood insists that there is currently discussions taking place regarding a long-term international calendar through to 2021 – which he believes will help the game be in a better position moving forward. The international game has drawn much criticism in the last 12 months after a severe lack of fixtures, following on from a hugely successful World ... Read More »

Sick Australians have until Friday

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Australia’s quartet of sick players have until Friday to prove their fitness for the Four Nations final – with boss Tim Sheens admitting they can’t afford to take a risk over anyone’s fitness ahead of a huge game. After Greg Inglis was cleared to play in the opener against New Zealand – before leaving the field at half-time due to ... Read More »

Garry Schofield: It’s time for McNamara to move on

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Oh dear! Another year goes by, another international failure. Again we played well, again we came close. We were far better competing in the Southern Hemisphere than in 1996, 1999, 2008 and 2010. But in the final analysis we couldn’t score when it really mattered. Yet when the Kiwis and the Aussies need an important try against us, they tend ... Read More »

Deacon will be an outstanding coach, says Tomkins

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England full-back Sam Tomkins believes former Great Britain star Paul Deacon will be an “outstanding” coach. The former Bradford and Wigan pivot is currently on the coaching staff with both the Warriors and England, and many feel the 35-year-old is to thank for the impressive attacking exploits of both sides. “Everybody knows he was a great player and I think ... Read More »

Phil Bentham to referee Four Nations final

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Leigh-born Super League referee Phil Bentham has been selected to officiate the Four Nations final between New Zealand and Australia on Saturday. The 43-year-old, who took charge of this year’s Super League Grand Final and had to dismiss Wigan’s Ben Flower, was chosen by a three-man selection panel. New Zealand’s Henry Perenara and Australia’s Bernard Sutton have been appointed as ... Read More »

Opinion: Steve McNamara must go

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It’s time for the RFL to make a tough decision and replace Steve McNamara as England head coach. Missing the 2014 Four Nations final comes on the back of missing out on the World Cup final last year. That’s two third-place finishings in a year. It’s just not good enough. The RFL and Ralph Rimmer can dress it up all ... Read More »

Bobbie Goulding: England blew their best chance

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Former Great Britain half-back Bobbie Goulding believes England threw away their “best chance of winning a trophy in a long time” when they were dumped out of the Four Nations by New Zealand on Saturday. The 42-year-old thinks Steve McNamara’s men stuck to their structure too rigidly at times and also questioned leaving out Warrington utility Stefan Ratchford for all ... Read More »

Video: England stars react to New Zealand defeat

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Following another heartbreaking loss to New Zealand at the weekend, England crashed out of the Four Nations tournament. In this video, kindly provided by England TV, coach Steve McNamara and players Sean O’Loughlin, Sam Tomkins, Daryl Clark and Chris Hill offer their opinions. What do you think about this story? Discuss this and much more on or free fans’ forum. For ... Read More »