Bravehearts bond in dream run

They were born in Yeovil and Yamba, in Torquay and Shellharbour, Lancaster, Melbourne and the Yorkshire Dales village of Steeton. Yet their families are from Cambuslang, Possil, Aberdeen, Edinburgh, Lanark and Dalry. This is the cosmopolitan make-up of Scotland’s World Cup squad, which comes face to face with the World Champions – New Zealand – at Leeds on Friday night.…

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Watkins: England ready to match any team physically

Leeds Rhinos centre Kallum Watkins says he and his England team-mates are ready to match the physicality of the notoriously tough Pacific-island teams left in the World Cup. The 22-year-old watched the France V Samoa game on Monday and said he was impressed at the way the French stood up to the powerful – and sometimes illegal – tackling. “It…

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Luani clear to face Australia thanks to coach Matterson

The USA have successfully overturned the one-match suspension of 21-year-old Haveatama Luani for a ‘Grade A’ throw on Scotland’s Peter Wallace in their World Cup clash last week. Tomahawks coach Terry Matterson (pictured) cleverly demonstrated that Luani played a backseat role in a three-man tackle on Wallace in the 78th minute. The 21-year-old is now clear to face Australia in…

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