Hadley returning from Knights Tour

England Knights and Hull FC forward Dean Hadley will return to the UK early after suffering illness during the tour of Papua New Guinea. Hadley started Saturday’s 16-12 first testvictory over the Kumuls at loose forward, but will not feature this weekend after spending some time in hospital earlier this week. He will instead return home. “We’re obviously disappointed because…

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Patton’s goalkicks ensure victory for England Knights

England Knights held off a determined challenge from Papua New Guinea in Lae today to win 16-12, with both sides scoring three tries but Declan Patton’s two conversions being the difference between the teams. In a game played in hot and humid conditions in Papua New Guinea’s second city, the lead changed hands several times in the first half before…

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England ease past PNG into the semis

England walked away with a comfortable 36-6 victory over Papua New Guinea in Melbourne to set-up a huge semi-final showdown with Tonga. The Lions will head into next week’s clash in Auckland battle-ready after facing PNG’s fiery defence, but some improvements will need to be made following a clumsy afternoon. The victory will read a seven-tries-to-one on the scoresheet, but with…

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England Women open with win

England’s Women came from behind twice early on to open their World Cup 2017 account with a win over a determined Papua New Guinea side. The Lioness’ took charge of the game after half an hour with three late tries in the first half securing an 18-8 half time advantage. Match Highlights from @England_RL v @PNGOrchids#ENGvPNG#WRLWC2017 pic.twitter.com/zJX8fgpZTs — RLWC2017 (@RLWC2017)…

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QUARTER FINAL SQUADS NAMED

Captain Frank Pritchard and halfback Ben Roberts, who missed Saturday’s 14-14 draw with Scotland, will return to the Samoa side for Friday’s quarter-final against Australia in Darwin, while lock Leeson Ah Mau has been recalled to the starting line-up. Papua New Guinea coach Michael Marum has also named star five-eighth Ase Boas for Sunday’s quarter-final showdown with England in Melbourne…

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Papua New Guinea beat USA to progress

Papua New Guinea posted their highest ever World Cup total, scoring at almost a point a minute in the opening half as their blistering attack terrorised the United State’s defence, busting through the line on 13 separate occasions to post a 64-0 final score. Kumul’s second rower Rhyse Martin stared, as he slotted 10 from 11 conversions despite strong winds…

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PNG defeat Cook Islands in Pacific Test

PNG fullback Stargroth Amean touched down twice as the Kumuls defeated an eager Cook Islands 30-22 today at Campbelltown Stadium. The Kumuls opened the scoring when Justin Olam produced a smart flick pass to Adex Wera who crossed for the game’s first try. Jono Ford could have equalised but spilled the ball when trying to score and the Kumuls moved…

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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…

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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…

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