Lebanon Federation buoyed by reaction to World Cup

“Unprecedented media coverage of the Cedars’ World Cup campaign will lead to increased support at all levels,” claims Lebanon Rugby League Federation president Mohamed Habbous after the Cedars made the quarter finals for the first time, thereby ensuring their qualification for the next tournament in England in 2021. Before departure to the tournament, LRLF directors Sami Garabedian and Nayef Abisaid…

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England Women reach World Cup semis – despite defeat

England will feature in Sunday’s Women’s World Cup semi-finals in Sydney – despite slipping to a shock defeat today against the Cook Islands. Cook Islands needed to win by 60 points to edge above the Lionesses in Group A. And while that never looked remotely possible, England will have to spend the next few days regrouping for Sunday’s clash with…

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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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Women’s teams named for World Cup Round 2

Canada and Papua New Guinea have rung the changes for their vital Round 2 Rugby League Women’s World Cup clash at Southern Cross Group Stadium on Sunday. The match, which is likely to decide which of the World Cup newcomers advances to the semi-finals of the tournament, will be the final game of the triple-header featuring clashes between traditional rivals…

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Tonga fans to have their day in Auckland

The RLWC2017 have announced that a fan day will be held in Auckland this Tuesday for Rugby League supporters in New Zealand to celebrate Tonga’s first World Cup semi-final berth after their 24-22 quarter-final thriller over Lebanon in Christchurch. The fan day at SKYCITY in Auckland’s CBD will involve players from both semi-finalist teams, with Tonga’s opponents to be determined…

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A great World Cup deserves better planning

MARTYN SADLER, the editor of League Express, criticises the faulty planning behind the allocation of fixtures for the World Cup. This weekend we are at the quarter-final stage of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup and the tournament is hotting up. Earlier today the Aussies looked tremendous in beating Samoa 46-0, while tomorrow (Saturday) we will see two matches in…

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