Thursday, November 27, 2014
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England not underestimating Samoa


We’re not taking Samoa lightly – that’s the message from England coach and captain ahead of the opening Four Nations fixture tomorrow, with coach Steve McNamara insisting it’s the press calling Samoa underdogs, not the England camp. The Samoans won a play-off against Tonga to get to the Four Nations, and with plenty of NRL and Super League experience in ... Read More »

How healthy is international Rugby League?


The Guardian newspaper published an article yesterday on its website entitled ‘Rugby league’s international failure is spectacular’. It was written by an Australian journalist, Nick Tedeschi, a freelance writer whose frustration with the state of international Rugby League was plain for everyone to see. “Rugby league and its devotion to the international game has always promised big and nearly always ... Read More »

England v Samoa preview

Josh Charnley RL winger

England will be looking to kick off their Four Nations campaign with a win tomorrow morning, as they tackle Samoa in Brisbane to kick off the tournament in earnest. The game – which is the first part of a double-header, with Australia v New Zealand following – sees four debutants for Steve McNamara’s side, as a new era begins following ... Read More »

European Championship Preview: Week Two

Danny Brough Scotland

After a pulsating opening weekend of action in the European Championship, the action continues at pace this weekend with the second round of fixtures – with two intriguing matches in store for Rugby League fans. Whilst most of the media spotlight will be on the first weekend of the Four Nations, Scotland, Ireland, Wales and France will continue on their ... Read More »

VIDEO: Sam Burgess after becoming International POTY

Sam Burgess. ©RLPhotos

Could this be Sam Burgess’ last ever interview as a Rugby League player? Perhaps not, but the rugby union-bound superstar spoke to the media this week before flying back to England to start his new career with Bath RU. Burgess was speaking just after claiming the International Player of the Year – becoming the first Englishman to pick up the ... Read More »

4N win would give England a boost, says Tomkins


England full-back Sam Tomkins believes that success for the nation in this year’s Four Nations tournament could lay a huge platform for years to come, and give Rugby League in this country an enormous shot in the arm. Tomkins, who has just finished his first season with NRL side New Zealand Warriors, believes that if England can triumph in the ... Read More »

Paul Gallen in social media storm with NRL

Paul Gallen

Cronulla Sharks and New South Wales captain Paul Gallen has issued a public apology, after being embroiled in a social media storm with the NRL earlier this week. Gallen – who was on holiday in Hawaii at the time – sent out the abusive tweet following the news of Steve Noyce’s departure from Cronulla, after he was made redundant on ... Read More »

Is George Burgess bound for RU too?


There could be more bad news on the horizon for English Rugby League, as Australian newspaper are reporting that another top English star is being courted by an English union side. After Sam Burgess’ high-profile transfer to Bath, the Daily Telegraph are reporting that fellow Premiership side Gloucester are interested in another Burgess boy – this time Souths prop forward ... Read More »

Sheffield Eagles sign Tony Tonks

Sheffield Celebrate

Sheffield Eagles have confirmed the signing of Halifax prop Tony Tonks. Tonks joins the club having established himself as one of the best forwards in the Championship during his time with Featherstone Rovers and Halifax. The 29-year-old has scored 19 tries in 141 appearances combined for the two West Yorkshire clubs, and becomes the Eagles’ seventh new signing, joining Blake ... Read More »

Two referee system to be trialled further in 2015

The RFL has been trialling two referee matches at academy level

Super League fixtures could see the two-referee system implemented on occasions next year, after the RFL revealed they will be trialling it in some Super League fixtures next year. The RFL is continuing to appraise the benefits and issues surrounding the adoption of a two-referee system in Super League fixtures, but has ruled out the move before 2016. The two-referee ... Read More »

RFL confirm major investment in match officials

Phil Bentham. ©RLPhotos

The RFL has confirmed that it is making a significant investment in its Match Officials department that will allow the sport’s referees and touch-judges to perform at their best in the exciting new league structures which come into place from 2015. The investment will include a comprehensive recruitment drive across all levels of the game and the implementation of development ... Read More »

VIDEO: Brilliant haka in Junior Kiwis v Junior Kangaroos


Although English eyes will be firmly on the opening game of the Four Nations at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium this Saturday, there is the small matter of an Australia v New Zealand clash to whet the appetite for afters. Tensions will surely be high as the two best teams in the world do battle in front of thousands of watching spectators, ... Read More »

Trio of dropped Samoan stars fined


The three Samoan players dropped for Saturday’s opening Four Nations Series match against England have each been fined £5,500 ($10,000 Australian dollars), the National Rugby League have announced. Reni Maitua, Tautau Moga and Sauaso Sue have been punished for their part in a nightclub incident in Brisbane last weekend. Nick Weeks, the NRL’s general manager of integrity, said: ‘These are ... Read More »