Monday, November 24, 2014
Rugby League News


Feature: A player who could have been a contender

Ashurst playing at Wembley in 1979

League Express editor Martyn Sadler reviews ‘Tries and Prayers – A Rugby League Journey’ by former Wigan, Penrith, Wakefield and Runcorn utility Bill Ashurst How often have we seen talented sportsmen whose achievements don’t match their talents? It’s a story that is as old as the hills, and we’ve seen it in countless films, including the great 1950s classic film ‘On ... Read More »

Shaun Johnson wishes Australia were at full strength

Shaun Johnson stretches over to score for New Zealand Warriors in the Auckland Nines. ©FairfaxMedia

New Zealand half-back Shaun Johnson has admitted he would prefer Saturday’s Four Nations opponents Australia to be at full strength, but insists they will be tough to beat regardless. The Kangaroos have a raft of high profile players missing the Four Nations, including Billy Slater, Paul Gallen, the Morris brothers, and Golden Boot winner Johnathan Thurston. Dally M winner Jarryd Hayne is ... Read More »

Hicks, Bentham and Smith to officiate 4N opener

Phil Bentham. ©RLPhotos

Leigh-born Super League referee Phil Bentham will take charge of Saturday’s Four Nations clash between Australia and New Zealand. The 42-year-old will be joined by Oldham duo Robert Hicks and Ian Smith, who will operate as touch judge and video referee respectively. What do you think about this story? Discuss this and much more on or free fans’ forum. For more ... Read More »

Greg Inglis wants to keep Kangaroos full-back spot

Greg Inglis (left) and Billy Slater (right) are two of Australia's greatest ever players.

South Sydney star Greg Inglis will start at full-back for Australia against New Zealand on Saturday – and plans to keep hold of the number one shirt for the rest of his international career. The 27-year-old has played full-back for his country on just two occasions – both at last year’s World Cup as injury cover – but, with ageing ... Read More »

Inglis, Smith and Cronk to start as Australia name squad


Australia have named their squad to face New Zealand in Saturday’s Four Nations opener – and despite their injury problems it still looks extremely strong. Indeed, even without the likes of Johnathan Thurston, Paul Gallen, Jarryd Hayne, Billy Slater, Brett Morris, Josh Morris, and Andrew Fifita, they are still odds-on favourites to win the tournament. Australia’s squad to face New ... Read More »

Brian Noble: England have a great chance to win 4N


Former Great Britain coach Brian Noble believes England have a “great chance” to win the Four Nations, which kicks off this Saturday when Steve McNamara’s men face Samoa in Brisbane. Noble believes the half-back pairing of Matty Smith and Gareth Widdop is key, as is ensuring the debutants perform. The 53-year-old told the T&A: “I think they [England] have a ... Read More »

Masoe and Godinet to face England on Saturday

St Helens' Mose Masoe scoring against Catalan Dragons in their Super League play-off semi-final

Super League Samoans Mose Masoe and Pita Godinet have been named in Matt Parish’s squad to face England on Saturday. Both St Helens prop Masoe and Wakefield half-back Godinet are on the bench for the clash, while new Castleford signing Ben Roberts starts at stand-off. Parish’s side has been rocked by the news that expected first-teamers Reni Maitua, Tautau Moga ... Read More »

Noble: I’m over how things ended at Salford

Where did it all go wrong? Red Devils owner Dr Marwan Koukash lost patience with Noble after only three wins in eight games. ©RLPhotos

Former Great Britain coach Brian Noble insists he is “over the way things ended at Salford” and is hoping to be back working in Rugby League by the start of next season. The 53-year-old told the T&A: “I think there is definitely a place for me in the game somewhere next year. I’ve had a couple of conversations with a ... Read More »

Josh Charnley: We need to stay in the arm wrestle

Josh Charnley RL winger

England winger Josh Charnley is feeling confident ahead of Saturday’s Four Nations opener against Samoa but is wary of the Pacific Islanders’ size and power. In this video, kindly provided by Super League TV, the Wigan flyer discusses how the side are gelling, while NRL-bound Josh Hodgson talks about his battle for the number nine shirt with Daryl Clark. If ... Read More »

Steve McNamara: England must dictate, be patient


England coach Steve McNamara has selected his 17-man team for Saturday’s Four Nations opener against Samoa. In this video, kindly provided by Super League TV, the national boss discusses his selections, Sean O’Loughlin’s injury, and how he plans to overcome Samoa at the Suncorp Stadium this weekend. If the above video fails to load, click this link: What do you ... Read More »