Sunday, February 1, 2015
Rugby League News

World Cup

Who will win tomorrow’s World Cup final?

In just over 24 hours Australia take on New Zealand in the World Cup final at Old Trafford. The Kangaroos go into the contest as heavy favourites, but the Kiwis are defending champions and are in rich point-scoring form. Take a look at this infographic, provided by, which outlines many of the encounter’s key stats. If the text is ... Read More »

Kiwis name team to defend World Cup crown

New Zealand head coach Stephen Kearney has named his 19 man squad to play Australia at Old Trafford on Saturday (14:30). Jesse Bromwich Greg Eastwood Kieran Foran Alex Glenn Bryson Goodwin Shaun Johnson Sam Kasiano Kevin Locke Issac Luke Simon Mannering – Captain Ben Matulino Jason Nightingale Frank-Paul Nu’uausala Elijah Taylor Roger Tuivasa-Sheck Manu Vatuvei Jared Waerea-Hargreaves Dean Whare Sonny ... Read More »

Australia name team to face Kiwis in World Cup Final

Australia head coach Tim Sheens has named his 19 man squad to play New Zealand in the Rugby League World Cup Final at Old Trafford on Saturday (14:30) Cameron Smith – Captain Greg Bird Darius Boyd Daly Cherry-Evans Cooper Cronk Andrew Fifita Jarryd Hayne Paul Gallen Greg Inglis Brett Morris Nate Myles Josh Papalii Corey Parker Matthew Scott Billy Slater ... Read More »

The Aussie angle: Why I feel for the English

It was perhaps significant that just a few hours after we witnessed one of the greatest World Cup matches in history, between England and New Zealand for the right to play Australia in this year’s final, I should receive an important email. It asked for my choices in the first round of voting for the next member of the Australian ... Read More »

Slater could be fit for World Cup final

Billy Slater could be fit to face New Zealand in the World Cup final. The Australian full-back aggravated an old knee injury against the USA and sat out the semi-final against Fiji, making a guest appearance on the BBC’s coverage of the England V New Zealand semi. The 30-year-old says he won’t play unless 100 per cent fit and is ... Read More »

Waerea-Hargreaves: It was pretty emotional

New Zealand’s Jared Waerea-Hargreaves broke down in tears after his side’s last-second victory against England in the World Cup semi finals. “I definitely got emotional after the game and I saw a few looks on the brothers alongside me after that victory – everyone was pretty emotional,” Waerea-Hargreaves said. “To get to that extreme was awesome. It was just one ... Read More »

Sam: Leave George alone

George Burgess was so distraught he had to decline post-match interviews after England’s semi-final loss to New Zealand. After putting his body on the line for his country, the youngster was visibly exhausted in the dying minutes and recklessly caught Sonny Bill Williams with a high shot to give away a penalty and set up Shaun Johnson’s match-winning try. His ... Read More »

Tomkins: “We will be stronger for it”

England full-back Sam Tomkins claims the group will be stronger as a result of their last-gasp loss to New Zealand in the World Cup semi finals. The 24-year-old was trying to remain positive after watching Shaun Johnson score and convert a try in the dying seconds of the game to snatch victory from the English and send them packing. “I’m ... Read More »

Johnson: “It’s all a bit of a blur”

Shaun Johnson claims he can’t quite picture his match-winning try against England at Wembley but describes it as the biggest moment of his career. With just seconds to spare, the 23-year-old received the ball in space and cleverly stepped a charging Kevin Sinfield before crossing to level the scores then calmly slotting the conversion to send his side into the ... Read More »

Full Time Report: Australia 64 Fiji 0

Halfback Johnathan Thurston will go into next week’s 2013 Rugby League World Cup on the verge of an Australian record. Thurston passed the 300-point mark in the colours of Australia and is within reach of record holder Mick Cronin who finished his career with 309 points for the Green and Gold. Thurston kicked ten from eleven goals in Australia’s success ... Read More »