Rugby League World Cup Final 2017: The key battles which could decide victory

Jermaine McGillvary v Valentine Holmes (wing) They are two of the true stars of this year’s World Cup, and watching Jermaine McGillvary and Valentine Holmes wage war on one another this Saturday will be one of the real highlights of the final. Holmes has perhaps caught the headlines for different reasons to McGillvary, simply through his sheer try-scoring ability. Yet…

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Knights land New South Wales ace Pearce

Newcastle Knights have secured the coup of New South Wales halfback Mitchell Pearce on a four-year deal. The 28-year-old has joined the Knights from Sydney Roosters, where he has previously spent his entire career after breaking onto the scene in 2007. During his time at the Roosters, Pearce made 238 appearances and played for New South Wales 17 times. “I…

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Hayne set for Eels return

Jarryd Hayne has left Gold Coast Titans as a return to Parramatta draws nearer. The Fiji international has been granted a release by the Titans after the fullback expressed a desire to return to Western Sydney, despite still being under contract. Although a deal has not yet been agreed, the 29-year-old is expected to return to the Eels, where he…

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Parliament backs England in World Cup Final

Members of Parliament have wished the England Rugby League team well ahead of the Rugby League World Cup final on Saturday. At Prime Minister’s Questions First Secretary of State, Rt Hon. Damian Green MP, and Shadow First Secretary of State, Rt Hon. Emily Thornberry MP passed on their best wishes to the team. The exchange can be viewed here. Saturday’s…

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Billy Slater identifies England’s ‘strike weapon’ for the World Cup final

Australia fullback has identified the man he believes is England’s main ‘strike weapon’ ahead of Saturday’s World Cup final in Brisbane. Slater, who has been a revelation for the Kangaroos throughout the tournament, believes opposite number and former Melbourne Storm team-mate Gareth Widdop is the danger man for Wayne Bennett’s side. The Aussies are looking to retain the sport’s most…

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Roby insists he has no plans to retire from England duty after World Cup

St Helens hooker James Roby insists he’s got no plans to walk away from the international game following this Saturday’s World Cup final. Roby has been one of England’s standout performers at this year’s World Cup, after forcing his way back into contention for the tournament following his omission in recent years. He turned 32 last week, but Roby told…

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Castleford forced to intervene to pay for new signing Lo’s flights home

This story first appeared in Monday’s League Express. To ensure you don’t miss out on content like this as soon as the paper is released, click here to open your digital subscription and have the paper delivered to your smart device every Sunday night before anyone else! Castleford have had to intervene and pay for new signing Garry Lo’s travel…

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