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World Cup Countdown: Ireland

Ireland

First published in Rugby League World, Issue 385 (May 2013) If there is one nation for whom the World Cup promises so much, even in the face of what looks like a devastatingly difficult draw, then it is surely Ireland. In 2008, Ireland became everyone’s second favourite team as they surged to within 80 minutes of the semi-finals down under. ... Read More »

World Cup Countdown: Scotland

Scotland

First published in Rugby League World, Issue 383 (March 2013) Scotland head coach Steve McCormack has set his sights on qualification for the quarter finals of the World Cup, and believes that a commercially successful tournament can invigorate interest in the sport north of the border. The Bravehearts made their debut at the top table of international Rugby League in ... Read More »

World Cup Countdown: Italy

Italy

First published in Rugby League World, Issue 382 (Feb 2013) Italy head coach Carlo Napolitano will take his team to next year’s World Cup with the clear intention of upsetting the odds and lifting the trophy at Old Trafford. Former Salford City Reds player and BARLA under-18s tourist Carlo Napolitano was a part of the group of Italian Rugby League ... Read More »

World Cup Countdown: Fiji

Fiji

First published in Rugby League World, Issue 381 (Jan 2013) Of the five Pacific island nations competing at RLWC2013, Fiji offers the most fruitful production line of talented, homegrown players. NRL scouts visit the islands regularly, player pathways exist, and almost every season Australian commentators have another bright, young Fijian tongue-twister to get their heads around. Akuila Uate set RLWC2008 ... Read More »

World Cup Countdown: Cook Islands

Cook Islands

First published in Rugby League World, Issue 380 (Dec 2012) It’s not easy putting together a World Cup squad when the entire population of your country barely fills a small stadium. But the Cook Islands managed it in 2000 and, thirteen years later, they’re back to fly the flag for one of the world’s smallest nations at RLWC2013. Fortunately the ... Read More »