COLUMN: Cecchin abuse embarrasses rugby league, not just those criticising him

The week building up to the World Cup Final has been overshadowed by people crying wolf about a refereeing decision. It can’t only be me that finds this ludicrous. Since Matt Cecchin made the decision to snub Andrew Fifita’s protests to review a decision in the final moments of England’s victory over Tonga, there has been a public outcry in…

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Sean O’Loughlin rated at “50-50” for the World Cup final

England captain Sean O’Loughlin’s chances of playing in Saturday’s World Cup final have been rated as ’50-50′ by his coach. O’Loughlin suffered a quad injury during England’s dramatic victory against Tonga on Saturday, leaving his participation in the final in serious doubt. When asked by TotalRL for an update on his fitness, the England skipper said: “I’ve got a few…

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Cameron Smith named winner of 2017 Rugby League Golden Boot

Australia captain Cameron Smith has been named the recipient of the 2017 Rugby League Golden Boot award. Smith edged out Tonga forward Jason Taumalolo, with Huddersfield and England winger Jermaine McGillvary named in third for the RLIF’s award. The presentation of the RLIF Golden Boot was made by RLIF chairman Nigel Wood and caps an outstanding year for Smith who…

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Cecchin accused of ‘unconscious racism’ following Fifita’s video-ref plea snub

A New Zealand journalist has accused referee Matt Checcin of ‘unconscious racism’ after he refused to send Andrew Fifita’s last-minute ‘try’ to the video referee in England’s victory over Tonga. Sportswriter and broadcaster Phil Gifford claims there was an “unconscious racist element” in the Australian referee’s decision not to review the last-minute drama. Fifita pleaded with the on-field official to…

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What’s Inside League Express: 27th November edition

England are in the World Cup final! Wayne Bennett’s side are still alive and will face Australia in Brisbane on Saturday – and as you’d expect, this week’s League Express has the biggest and best reaction to England’s nerve-jangling victory over Tonga. As well as that, we’ve got all of this for you: Hear from Wayne Bennett, James Graham and…

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