Thursday, July 31, 2014
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Ciraldo injury holds up return home

Italy second rower Cameron Ciraldo suffered a lacerated pancreas in the game against Tonga at Halifax on Sunday night and is likely to require surgery before being allowed to travel home. Ciraldo is due to take up a position in coaching and development at the Penrith Panthers after having completed his World Cup duties with the Italian side. He was ... Read More »

Full Time Report: France 6 Samoa 22

England will play France in the quarter finals on Saturday evening at Wigan following Samoa’s 22-6 victory in Perpignan. The Samoans will face Fiji in Warrington on Sunday to complete the quarter final line-up. A superb individual try from fullback Anthony Milford set the Samoans on their way in the second half. France centre Jean-Philippe Baile went near in the ... Read More »

Half Time Report: France 6 Samoa 6

Samoa had Mose Maso sent to the sin bin in a first half against France that saw three other incidents placed on report. Skipper Daniel Vidot had given the Samoans an early lead after picking up a Ben Roberts pass that had bounced before reaching the winger, Anthony Milford kicking the touchline conversion. The Samoans then had Leeson Ah Mau ... Read More »

International panel hands down four suspensions

An International Match Review Panel has handed down the following sanctions following Rugby League World Cup 2013 fixtures at the weekend: Dale Ferguson (Scotland) – two-match suspension for Grade B Dangerous Contact in the 22nd minute v USA; Haveatama Luani (USA) – one-match suspension for Grade A Dangerous Throw in the 78th minute v Scotland; Korbin Sims (Fiji) -  two-match ... Read More »

The Headingley Experience

Visiting Headingley on Friday night to see the World Cup was a wonderful experience, and not just because the New Zealand team gave us a great exhibition of exciting Rugby League. At half-time they were leading 40-0, and their performance would make the Australians and the English sit up and take notice, with Sonny Bill Williams going over for three ... Read More »

Never to be forgotten

When news filtered through on Saturday that Steve Prescott’s incredible battle against terminal cancer had finally come to an end, I and a number of former players who had assembled at Hull to watch England’s World Cup match with Fiji were so sad. It might not have been entirely unexpected, but watching him fight on for seven years was absolutely ... Read More »

Rugby League in mourning

The early death of a former Rugby League star will always evoke sadness among many people, but the passing of Steve Prescott MBE in the early hours of Saturday morning was tremendously sad news. Thousands of tributes have already been made in print, on air and online, and the one word which is common to almost all of them is ... Read More »

L’Estrange leaves Bulls

Bradford Bulls have today agreed the release of hooker Heath L’Estrange on compassionate grounds. L’Estrange, along with wife Jessica, have recently celebrated the birth of their first child. And the 28-year-old has since expressed a desire to raise his new-born daughter in Australia, requesting to be acquitted from his current contract. L’Estrange had one year remaining on his deal at ... Read More »

France thrive off home advantage

Olivier Elima is excited about the prospect of France getting through to the Quarter-Finals of Rugby League World Cup 2013 but knows they have a tough test ahead of them as they play in-form at the Gilbert Brutus Stadium, Perpignan, tonight (8.00pm). The game is a must-win for France if they want to progress in the tournament but it is ... Read More »

Samoa have the belief

Samoa centre Antonio Winterstein believes that the Samoa squad have the talent to go far in Rugby League World Cup 2013, and wants his side to play to their full potential across the entire 80 minutes in their last Group B game against France at the Stade Gilbert Brutus, Perpignan tonight (8.00pm). Toa recorded their maiden win at RLWC2013 as ... Read More »

Full Time Report: Tonga 16 Italy 0

Scotland will play New Zealand at Headingley on Friday after Tonga defeated Italy in Halifax. The result leaves both Tonga and Italy eliminated from the tournament. Tonga’s victory was built on a solid defensive display as they constantly nullified the Italian attack and scored three second half tries of their own. James Tedesco was ruled to be held up two ... Read More »

Half Time Report: Tonga 2 Italy 0

Tonga and Italy looked set to produce a scoreless yet exciting first half at Halifax with the deadlock broken 20 seconds before the interval with a penalty goal from Tonga’s Sami Langi. Play went end to end throughout but defences were on top and scoring chances were at a premium. Italian second row Cameron Ciraldo broke from a Paul Vaughan ... Read More »

Full Time report: Wales 24 Cook Islands 28

The Cook Islands sealed their first-ever World Cup victory with this success over Wales in Neath. The Cook Islanders took command of the game heading into the half-time interval and soon added to their advantage with a try five minutes into the second half from second-row Dominic Peyroux. But they then had to hold their nerve as the Welsh hit ... Read More »

Half Time Report: Wales 4 Cook Islands 16

The Cook Islands took a firm grasp on this World Cup encounter at Neath outscoring the Welsh by three first-half tries to one. Constant early pressure from Cook Islands paid dividend with hooker Daniel Fepuleai sneaking over from dummy half, Chris Taripo converting. When the Welsh did get some possession they hit back with a smart try down the left ... Read More »

Full Time Report: England 34 Fiji 12

England delivered in the second half with a magical spell that saw Steve McNamara’s side score five tries in 26 minutes. After a competitive first half England took control straight from the second half restart, collecting their own kick and before Fiji had touched the ball Sam Burgess was scattering the Fijian defence from 10 metres out. Brett Ferres was ... Read More »