World Cup qualification process revealed

The Rugby League International Federation has announced the qualification process for the 2017 World Cup, which will be held in Australia and New Zealand in October and November 2017. Seven nations, who were all quarter finalists in the 2013 tournament – Australia, New Zealand, England, Fiji, France, Samoa and Scotland – have all received an automatic place. The remaining seven nations…

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Official Rugby League World Cup review revealed

The true success of RLWC2013 was discovered today after the official tournament review was revealed to the media. Speaking at the launch, tournament director Nigel Wood said: “We believe that the success factors identified before the opening game of Rugby League World Cup 2013 were comprehensively delivered against. “From the opening games beneath the closed roof of Cardiff’s Millennium Stadium…

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Kevin Sinfield wants to carry on playing for England

Kevin Sinfield says England’s heart-breaking World Cup exit has not forced him into international retirement. The 33-year-old Leeds Rhinos captain charged out to stop New Zealand’s Shaun Johnson in the dying seconds of their Wembley semi-final but let the halfback through to score the decisive points that sent England packing. No blame was assigned to Sinfield but he refused to…

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Brough and Cudjoe hit the ground running

Huddersfield Giants skipper Danny Brough and centre Leroy Cudjoe have made a quick start to pre-season, after joining back up with the rest of the squad last week. Both players played major roles in the World Cup, for Scotland and England respectively. Brough was instrumental in leading the Bravehearts to the quarter-final with New Zealand, whilst Cudjoe played in every…

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Readers’ poll: The best players, coaches and teams of 2013

SUPER LEAGUE Player of the year Danny Brough 52.5% Sam Tomkins 19% Jamie Peacock 15% Stefan Ratchford 7.5% Danny Kirmond 6% Young Player of the year Liam Sutcliffe 22% Adam Swift 21% Ben Currie 21% Jamie Shaul 20% Theo Fages 16% Mature Player of the year Jamie Peacock 50.5% Mickey Higham 31.5% Francis Meli 8% Jon Clarke 5% Ali Lauititi…

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The stories that made Rugby League headlines in 2013

Paul Sculthorpe is awarded an MBE in the New Year’s Honours List. Leeds and England captain Kevin Sinfield wins the League Express Readers’ Poll as the Player of the Year for 2012. The arrival of Marwan Koukash in January as the new owner and saviour of Salford City Reds. The RFL launched its new ‘Extraordinary Rugby’ marketing campaign in January.…

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