Saturday, November 29, 2014
Rugby League News

World Cup

Hunter-Paul: England far from the finished article

Robbie Hunter-Paul claims England have much room for improvement, but believes their halfbacks are growing in confidence. The former New Zealand scrum-half, who has nearly 500 Super League points, said: “England have showed why they are one of the best three teams in the tournament. But I still think they are far from the finished article. “That’s what the RLWC ... Read More »

Peacock helping give England the edge at 2017 World Cup

Super League legend Jamie Peacock has taken up an internship with the Rugby Football League (RFL) that will see him help plan England’s strategy for the 2017 World Cup. The 35-year-old, who has represented his country 45 times, took the position as part of his Masters degree in sports administration. Speaking in his BBC Sport column, Peacock said: “The intention ... Read More »

Sam Tomkins: Warriors are not team-mates yet

Sam Tomkins claims his new team-mates playing in New Zealand’s national side remain opposition until the end of the World Cup. The 24-year-old penned a lucrative deal to join NRL side New Zealand Warriors next year. “Any New Zealand Warriors playing for the Kiwis next week are not my team mates yet,” he said. “I’m firmly focused on playing well ... Read More »

Tomkins: Concentration is key to England success

Sam Tomkins believes an improvement in concentration is vital for England if they are serious about making it to the World Cup final. The 24-year-old, who was making his final appearance at Wigan’s DW Stadium for ‘a number of years’ in Saturday’s quarter-final, said: “The important thing was getting a win and giving ourselves a crack at next week [the ... Read More »

Ferres: Our standards slipped

Huddersfield Giants second-rower Brett Ferres thinks England need to iron out their mistakes if they are to mount a serious challenge against New Zealand in this week’s semi-final. The 27-year-old came off the bench in England’s quarter-final victory against France on Saturday, scoring the last try of the game in a classy move involving James Roby and Rangi Chase. “No ... Read More »

O’Loughlin: I don’t know why we only play well in spells

England loose forward Sean O’Loughlin says he does not understand why his side only manage to play well in spells. Speaking after England’s comfortable yet sloppy 34-6 win over France in Wigan on Saturday, the 30-year-old said: “I can’t put my finger on it. “It’s something we are going to have to get better at. If we perform like that ... Read More »

Hayne and Morris equal World Cup record

Jarryd Hayne and Brett Morris scored four tries each to thump the USA 62-0 and propel Australia into the World Cup semi-finals. It was the first time in World Cup history that two players scored four tries in a game and only the seventh and eighth occasions anyone has touched down four times individually in the event. England’s Keith Fielding ... Read More »

Smith: Good ground helped us take down USA

Australia captain Cameron Smith claims the condition of the pitch in their quarter-final against the USA had a lot to do with the heavy scoreline. The Kangaroos ran in 12 unanswered tries against the Tomahawks at Wrexham, strolling through to the semi-finals 62-0. “It’s probably the first time we have played in any decent weather, on a ground which held ... Read More »

Sheens: England had our pants down

Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens claims his side were caught off-guard by England in their tournament-opening encounter at the Milennium Stadium. Speaking after Australia’s heavy victory against the USA, Sheens highlighted the immense defensive effort from his troops and thanked England for giving them a wake-up call. “We had our pants pulled down early by England and we are determined that ... Read More »

World Cup could be over for Billy Slater

Billy Slater’s World Cup campaign went from bad to worse as it was announced he is highly unlikely to feature again due to the recurrence of a knee injury. The Kangaroos full-back, who was arrested in the early hours of Monday morning after being involved in a Manchester-nightclub scuffle before being released without charge, sustained the knock after collecting a ... Read More »