Friday, October 24, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

Fiji and Samoa announce Pacific Test squads

Samoa taking on Fiji at RLWC2013. ©RLPhotos

Fiji and Samoa have named their squads for Saturday’s Pacific Test against Toa Samoa at Sportingbet Stadium in Penrith. The winner of that game will take part in the Four Nations tournament in October and November. FIJI: Waqa Blake (Penrith Panthers), Peni Botiki, (Cutters), Jason Bukuya, (NZ Warriors), Regan Cambell-Gillard (Penrith Panthers), Kane Evans (Sydney Roosters), Aaron Groom (Asquith), Marika ... Read More »

Australia name Anzac Test squad

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Australia have named their squad to face New Zealand in this Friday’s Anzac Test match, which is to be played at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium. Unlike New Zealand, who have picked six Test rookies and are very much focusing on the future, Australia have named a full-strength lineup. The Kangaroos: Billy Slater (Melbourne Storm), Darius Boyd (Newcastle Knights), Greg Inglis (South ... Read More »

Match report: Swinton Lions 20-33 Keighley Cougars

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In a nutshell Keighley Cougars will go into the last eight of the Tetley’s Challenge Cup after a thrilling victory against Swinton Lions at Leigh Sports Village, despite Anthony Bopwmanscoring three tries for the Lions. How it unfolded The Cougars opened the scoring when Danny Lawton touched down for a try that Danny Jones couldn’t convert. But then Bowman got ... Read More »

Match report: Canterbury Bulldogs 16-12 Newcastle Knights

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In a Nutshell The Bulldogs retained their place at the top of the NRL ladder, with a hard-fought victory over the Knights, with halfback Trent Hodkinson, who has expressed an interest in playing for England, the key difference between the teams. How it unfolded The Bulldogs came into the game after having won their last three games each by one ... Read More »

Match report: North Queensland Cowboys 42-14 Parramatta Eels

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In a Nutshell Young Cowboys winger Curtis Rona and Scotland international Kane Linnett both scored two tries as their team gained its third victory of the season with a comfortable win over the Eels in Townsville. How it unfolded The Cowboys shot out to an 18-0 lead after 15 minutes with tries from Johnathan Thurston, Matt Scott and Rona, with ... Read More »

Match report: Cronulla Sharks 24-20 Penrith Panthers

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In a Nutshell Cronulla earned a much needed victory over the Panthers at Remondis Stadium, despite losing Todd Carney with a hamstring injury, with the lead changing hands several times and the Panthers having a late try turned down by the video referee that could have won the game. How it unfolded The Panthers took the lead after seven minutes ... Read More »

Opinion: Take obstruction away from video referees

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Rugby League on both sides of the world seems to be dogged by controversy about video referees. And one issue that crops up again and again is that of obstruction, and whether a try should be awarded when there is a suspicion of obstruction. In Australia last weekend there was a clear injustice, when North Queensland were narrowly beaten by ... Read More »

Amor’s point to prove on Rhinos return

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Kyle Amor admits he didn’t make the most of his chance with Leeds Rhinos, but he remains as determined as ever to prove them wrong for letting him go. Amor has unhappy memories of his time at Headingley – memories that he wants to expunge from his consciousness. And he sees Saturday’s Challenge Cup tie at Headingley as the perfect ... Read More »

Hull perfectly poised for future, says Yeaman

Kirk Yeaman in action for Hull. ©RLPhotos

Hull FC star Kirk Yeaman is optimistic that the current crop of youngsters making their way through the ranks at the KC Stadium will see the club based in West Hull developing a reputation alongside Wigan, St Helens and Leeds as a producer of outstanding young talent. And Yeaman, 30, who made his Super League debut for Hull as a ... Read More »

Agar backs his Chairman’s comments

Former Wakefield coach Richard Agar. ©RLPhotos

Wakefield head coach Richard Agar insists he can fully understand his Chairman Michael Carter’s controversial comments regarding the points appeal from the Bradford Bulls, and he insists he would respect him should he choose to walk away from the club. Carter claimed that he would consider quitting the game should the Bulls succeed in getting their points deduction overturned. “I ... Read More »

Bulls appeal should be respected, says Green

Bulls owner Marc Green. ©RLPhotos

Bradford Bulls Chairman Marc Green insists that Wakefield, and any other Super League club, should be prepared to accept the decision of the independent panel set up to hear the Bulls’ appeal against their points deduction. A decision is likely to be made early next month about a potential reprieve on some or all of the six points the Bulls ... Read More »

Sinfield hails “Warrior” Wellens

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Kevin Sinfield’s and Paul Wellens’ distinguished Rugby League careers have run almost in parallel. Eleven years ago, they were on opposite sides in one of the most iconic Challenge Cup ties of recent years. In the semi-final at Huddersfield that year, Sinfield’s last second touchline conversion sent the tie into extra-time, and the Rhinos prevailed over Wellens’ Saints. On Saturday, ... Read More »