Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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TOTALRL TV: Andrew Henderson

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In the latest episode of TotalRL TV, we caught up with retiring Sheffield Eagles hooker Andrew Henderson. The 35-year old reflects on his rugby league career in Australia and England, looking back at the highs and the lows, and sharing his experiences in Super League, the Championship and with Scotland in two World Cups. Read More »

Four local youngsters step up for Scotland RL

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Scotland have added four young domestic products to their player pool ahead of the European Championship opener against Wales next Friday. Two players developed by Glasgow’s Easterhouse Panthers and two from Edinburgh Eagles have been brought into the reckoning for Steve McCormack’s squad, which will be reduced to 20 ahead of the clash with the Dragons in Workington. Stand-off Louis ... Read More »

RLIF reveals World Cup 2021 bidding process

Rugby League World Cup

A thorough process to assess and select the hosts for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup has been revealed by the Rugby League International Federation Board (RLIF). Starting later this month, the RLIF Board will meet to agree the competition format, structure and qualifying process, with expressions of interest sought by the first quarter of 2015. Invitations to tender will ... Read More »

Ireland announce train-on squad for Euro Championships

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Ireland Head Coach Mark Aston has announced a 29-man train-on squad for the 2014 Rugby League European Championship, during which the Wolfhounds will face France, Scotland and Wales. The squad includes eight of 2013 Rugby League World Cup squad; Bob Beswick, Luke Ambler, Stuart Littler, Matty Hadden, Josh Toole, Colton Roche, Danny Bridge and Apirana Pewhairangi. Also selected are seven ... Read More »

Greece to play first Rugby League home test

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Athens is preparing to host Greece’s first official rugby league Test match when the national side face the Czech Republic on Saturday in European Championship C. Victory will see the hosts, who are seeing the fruits of concerted domestic development since 2012, win the title and with it promotion to European B. Tasos Pantazidis, president of the Hellenic Federation of ... Read More »

Feature: Pick your strongest England starting lineup

Steve McNamara faces a tough decision picking his England side. We want you to do his job for him..

On Sunday, England boss Steve McNamara named his 24-man squad for the Four Nations, which takes place later this month. There were some notable omissions – you can vote for the most shocking here – but generally speaking it’s a well-rounded squad with some serious talent. Here’s who I think is the strongest possible 17 from that squad. I want ... Read More »

Johnathan Thurston out of Four Nations with shoulder injury

Johnathan Thurston

  Current Golden Boot holder Johnathan Thurston is the latest high-profile Australian to be ruled out of this month’s Four Nations tournament. The 31-year-old, recognised as one of the best playmakers in world rugby, has a shoulder injury. He joins Billy Slater, Brett Morris, Paul Gallen, Darius Boyd, Andrew Fifta, Justin Hodges and several more first-team Kangaroo stars who are ... Read More »

Vote: Who should have been given an England call-up?

Tom Makinson played an integral part in St Helens' journey to the top of Super League and the Grand Final, but did not make McNamara's England squad

On Sunday, England boss Steve McNamara named his 24-man squad for this month’s Four Nations tournament. It’s hard to argue with the majority of his selections, but there are certainly a handful of players who did more than enough to merit inclusion in his side. Out of the following players, who do you feel was most unfortunate to miss out? ... Read More »

Samoa: Godinet, Masoe in; Soliola, Asotasi out

Sia Soliola

Samoa have named a 23-man squad for this month’s Four Nations tournament – and two Super League stars have been included. Wakefield’s Pita Godinet and St Helens’ Mose Masoe have the chance to line up against England on October 25, but there’s no room for Warrington’s Roy Asotasi. St Helens’ Sia Soliola has also been omitted from the squad list. ... Read More »

Betting: England’s Four Nations odds continue to drift

At 12/1, England might just provide great value

England have very little chance of winning the Four Nations, according to bookmakers across the UK. Indeed, despite those around them struggling to put together full-strength squads for this month’s tournament, Steve McNamara’s men are clear underdogs, priced at a very generous 12/1 with six different companies (see Odds Checker for the latest prices). To put that into context, New ... Read More »