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World Cup

Ellis announces international retirement

England player Gareth Ellis has today announced his retirement from international Rugby League with immediate effect, ruling himself out of selection for Rugby League World Cup 2013. The 32-year-old second row has reached his decision following consultation with England coach Steve McNamara and officials at Hull FC, the club he captained to the Tetley’s Challenge Cup final and Super League ... Read More »

Huge Dance Programme launched for Rugby League World Cup 2013

More than 3,000 dancers are being recruited to take part in spectacular celebrations across the UK for Rugby League World Cup 2013. The dancers will be led and inspired by Jeanefer Jean-Charles, who was part of the team who delivered the London 2012 Opening Ceremony, and one of the country’s most exciting young choreographers, James Wilton.  Together they’re creating a ... Read More »

Duffy joins Scotland team

Scotland have appointed former scrum-half John Duffy to their coaching team for the upcoming Rugby League World Cup. Duffy, who retired from playing following a persistent back injury, has been coaching at his former club Leigh Centurions and within the regional development programme as well as running Scotland Exiles Under-18s and assisting Scotland at the recent Student World Cup. Duffy ... Read More »

Dynamic duo

First published in Rugby League World, Issue 390 (Oct 2013) Robbie Hunter-Paul hopes that the World Cup provides one final great stage for two of the modern game’s most celebrated players. Will Benji Marshall and Sonny Bill Williams, two of the genuine superstars of our sport, play for New Zealand in this year’s Rugby League World Cup? Marshall has already ... Read More »

Shining Stars

First published in Rugby League World, Issue 389 (Sept 2013) If you are like me , you’ll be salivating at the mouth thinking about the amount of world class Rugby League talent that will be side stepping, smashing, crashing and bashing their way towards world cup glory come the end of October. This month I’m going to discuss my favourite ... Read More »

Brough agrees new Giants deal

DANNY Brough, the Scotland and Huddersfield playmaker, has signed a new five-year deal with the Giants. The 30-year-old has enjoyed an outstanding season with his side top of Super League with just five rounds remaining, while his excellent form is underlined by the fact that he is leading the Albert Goldthorpe Medal table in League Express. And his omission from ... Read More »

World Cup Countdown: Australia


First published in Rugby League World, Issue 388 (August 2013) The Australian coach and captain keen to make amends for 2008 ahead of this year’s World Cup Tim Sheens and his captain Cameron Smith will both visit these shores for a second time in 2013 this autumn, and neither is preparing to return home empty-handed. Smith tasted success on these ... Read More »

World Cup Countdown: Tonga


First published in Rugby League World, Issue 387 (July 2013) Tonga will have a host of big names stars in their squad for the World Cup later this year. Speak to any member of Tonga’s RLWC2013 squad and there’s one word that crops up in almost every conversation – ‘pride’. Perhaps it’s the strong sense of family, culture and tradition ... Read More »

World Cup Countdown: Samoa


First published in Rugby League World, Issue 386 (June 2013) At first glance, being thrashed 36-4 by Pacific rivals Tonga in a game curtailed early because of a mass pitch invasion may not seem like the best preparation heading into RLWC2013. But, fortunately for Samoa, there’s a lot more to the story. The first ever mid-season Pacific test match, sandwiched ... Read More »