Friday, November 28, 2014
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RFL: England to stick with Steve McNamara


Steve McNamara will still be the England coach in 2015, according to RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer. McNamara came under fire from Rugby League fans using social media following Saturday’s defeat against New Zealand. Many questioned his team selection and tactics after watching England again fail to reach a major final. Since McNamara’s appointment as national coach in April ... Read More »

League One: Cougars call for changes at EGM

Gary Fawcett

Keighley Cougars have formally submitted their request to call an emergency general meeting at the RFL after gaining sufficient support from other member clubs, with Sheffield Eagles, Barrow Raiders, Hunslet Hawks and Wakefield Wildcats backing their call for an EGM. And Cougars Chairman Gary Fawcett says the resolution of his club’s dispute is crucial if the new structure to be ... Read More »

Bobbie Goulding: England blew their best chance

Bobbie Goulding. ©RLPhotos

Former Great Britain half-back Bobbie Goulding believes England threw away their “best chance of winning a trophy in a long time” when they were dumped out of the Four Nations by New Zealand on Saturday. The 42-year-old thinks Steve McNamara’s men stuck to their structure too rigidly at times and also questioned leaving out Warrington utility Stefan Ratchford for all ... Read More »

Video: England stars react to New Zealand defeat


Following another heartbreaking loss to New Zealand at the weekend, England crashed out of the Four Nations tournament. In this video, kindly provided by England TV, coach Steve McNamara and players Sean O’Loughlin, Sam Tomkins, Daryl Clark and Chris Hill offer their opinions. What do you think about this story? Discuss this and much more on or free fans’ forum. For ... Read More »

Four Nations highlights: New Zealand v England


Extensive video highlights of England’s third Four Nations match of 2014, against New Zealand in Dunedin. For all the latest reaction, analysis, opinion and statistics, download the latest issue of League Express newspaper. What do you think about this story? Discuss this and much more on or free fans’ forum. For more Rugby League news and features, subscribe to League ... Read More »

Peacock: Canberra will be “fuming” with Hodgson


Jamie Peacock believes Canberra Raiders will be “fuming” after a video featuring new signing Josh Hodgson destroying a door in a student flat was uploaded to YouTube and seen by thousands. The England hooker was with some of his team-mates following the final game of their Four Nations campaign. Speaking on the BBC’s Four Nations highlights show, Peacock said: “No-one ... Read More »

Tom Olbison: Competition for places will help Bulls


Tom Olbison believes his position as the longest-serving member of James Lowes’ new-look squad will count for little next season. The Bradford Bulls back-rower, aged 23, is a product of the club’s academy, having joined as a scholarship player before making his first-team debut back in 2009. However, despite boasting vast experience, Olbison admits he is facing fierce competition for ... Read More »

Seven reasons to read this week’s League Express


All the latest Four Nations news and reaction Where did it go wrong for England? Should Steve McNamara be sacked? Can New Zealand defeat the Kangaroos in the final? Click here to download the digital version of League Express newspaper to the device of your choice Keighley call for changes Cougars chairman Gary Fawcett claims the club has formally submitted ... Read More »

Cast your vote: Should Steve McNamara be sacked?


After crashing out of yet another international tournament without reaching the final, England coach Steve McNamara’s future has again been called into question. In today’s League Express, former GB star Garry Schofield calls for the former Bradford boss to be immediately sacked and replaced by Castleford coach Daryl Powell, while others believe he has the team playing good rugby and ... Read More »

International: Crac win first round of Spanish RL nines


CR Alcoià Comtat won the first tournament in the new Rugby League Spanish 9s series which kicked off in Alicante. Victories over the Madrid Griffons and Torrent Tigers see them head the standings after an afternoon at the Llometa Stadium attended by Rafael Climent (Mayor of Muro), Alex Llopis (Councilman Sports of Muro), Jaume Pascual (Deputy of the Provincial Council ... Read More »

Shaun Lunt: I’m going nowhere… just yet


Huddersfield hooker Shaun Lunt has refuted rumours linking him with moves to Hull Kingston Rovers and Leeds Rhinos. The 27-year-old insists he is committed to the Giants right now but might have a look at his options when his contract expires. The Cumbrian said: “I am fully aware of all this interest, and I suppose I do find it flattering. ... Read More »

Centurions slam Rhinos in Brierley row

Ryan Brierley

Leigh Centurions Head of Rugby Derek Beaumont has issued a stinging criticism of Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington about allegedly seeking to approach contracted Centurions player Ryan Brierley, but then denying that they are interested in signing him. As the rumour mill went into overdrive last week, the Rhinos issued a statement from Hetherington, which said: “I can categorically ... Read More »

RFL: England now shoulder to shoulder with big two

Ralph Rimmer

RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer believes England now stand shoulder to shoulder with Australia and New Zealand following a hugely impressive series of performances during the 2014 Four Nations. England narrowly missed out on reaching the final in Wellington next weekend despite three outstanding displays by a young squad that will form the spine of the national team for ... Read More »

England apologise for Hodgson incident


England have apologised after footage emerged of hooker Josh Hodgson running through a door shoulder first, insisting that he will be disciplined for the incident. The incident (which can be viewed below) reportedly occurred at a student flat in Dunedin on Saturday night, hours after England lost out to New Zealand at Forsyth Barr Stadium. In a statement issued by ... Read More »