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RFL: England now shoulder to shoulder with big two

Ralph Rimmer

RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer believes England now stand shoulder to shoulder with Australia and New Zealand following a hugely impressive series of performances during the 2014 Four Nations. England narrowly missed out on reaching the final in Wellington next weekend despite three outstanding displays by a young squad that will form the spine of the national team for ... Read More »

England apologise for Hodgson incident

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England have apologised after footage emerged of hooker Josh Hodgson running through a door shoulder first, insisting that he will be disciplined for the incident. The incident (which can be viewed below) reportedly occurred at a student flat in Dunedin on Saturday night, hours after England lost out to New Zealand at Forsyth Barr Stadium. In a statement issued by ... Read More »

Australia sweep past Samoa to reach Four Nations Final

After beating Samoa 44-18 win in Wollongong, the Australians will take on the Kiwis on Saturday night at Wellington in a replay of last year’s World Cup Final. The Australians were too strong for the Pacific Islanders, scoring five first-half tries to lead 28-6 at half-time. And they were soon on the scoreboard as Greg Inglis created the space for ... Read More »

England lose narrowly as Four Nations hopes dangle by a thread

England fell to a heartbreaking 16-14 defeat to New Zealand this morning at the Forsyth Barr Stadium in Dunedin. And now their chances of reaching the Four Nations final in Wellington next week rest on Samoa defeating Australia tomorrow by a margin of less than eight points. It was a cruel defeat for England, with two Gareth Widdop conversions hitting ... Read More »

We owe the Kiwis one, says Sam Tomkins

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Sam Tomkins has sent out a message to New Zealand ahead of Saturday’s do or die battle in Dunedin – after last year’s World Cup semi-final, we owe you one. Tomkins was part of the England team left stunned by Shaun Johnson’s late try and conversion that eliminated England at Wembley, as they missed out on a World Cup final ... Read More »

10-point margin has been discussed, says Hall

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England winger Ryan Hall admits the 10-point winning margin they need to guarantee a spot in the Four Nations final has been discussed during training this week – but says the squad cannot afford to focus on it too much. Victory by 10 points will see England advance to the Wellington final next weekend – and open the door for ... Read More »

Four Nations: England v New Zealand preview

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England head into their final Four Nations clash against New Zealand this Saturday knowing that only a win by 10 or more points will guarantee progression to the final – with a host of other permutations in the offing should that not transpire. After that controversial defeat to Australia last Sunday, England’s fate is still in their own hands – ... Read More »

Sarginson shows England should be brave with selection

Dan Sarginson

When England named the same team for the second consecutive week last Tuesday prior to their clash against Australia, there was perhaps a collective assumption that nobody else was set to get a chance in the Four Nations tournament. After all, a win there – which unfortunately, didn’t turn out to be the case – would have put England into ... Read More »

Hall try should have stood, says Hetherington

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The debate over whether Ryan Hall’s contentious “try” against Australia should have stood refuses to go away, with Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington revealing he believes the try should have stood. Hall appeared to have grounded the ball with his finger during the final minute of England’s 16-12 loss to the Kangaroos on Sunday – a result which means ... Read More »

Could the England Knights have played in 2014?

John-Bateman

With the demand and interest growing in international Rugby League, it’s encouraging to see so much action being played out all over the world. The game is still only 12 months on from the most successful World Cup in its history, and there is plenty to be done to keep the development of the international game going. Regular readers of ... Read More »