Sunday, September 21, 2014
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England relish playing to packed houses

Sam Tomkins is relishing the thought of playing in front of a huge crowd against Ireland at The John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield, on Saturday (2.30pm) after England’s encouraging performance against Australia in the Rugby League World Cup 2013 opener. The full-back, who is England’s all-time leading try-scorer, believes Steve McNamara’s team has what it takes to win RLWC2013, and is ... Read More »

Prince of Wales meets World Cup stars


Players and representatives from all 14 nations competing in Rugby League World Cup 2013 (RLWC2013) gained royal support on Tuesday as they met with His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales at Clarence House. HRH The Prince of Wales welcomed RLWC2013 Tournament Director Nigel Wood and RLWC2013 General Manager Sally Bolton along with representatives of all 14 nations including Australian ... Read More »

PNG’s Aiton wins appeal against suspension

An International Disciplinary Tribunal has cleared Paul Aiton to play in Papua New Guinea’s Rugby League World Cup Group B game against Samoa at Craven Park, Hull, on Monday November 4. Aiton successfully appealed the one-match suspension handed down by an International Match Review Panel for a careless high tackle on Morgan Escare of France in a fixture on Sunday ... Read More »

England uplifted by the nation’s backing

England half-back Rangi Chase has been stirred by the fantastic level of support the home nation has received so far during Rugby League World Cup 2013 and is looking forward to playing in front of a capacity crowd against Ireland at The John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield, on Saturday (2.30pm). The match was the first in the tournament to post the ... Read More »

Anasta predicts promising future for Greek Rugby League

NRL stalwart Braith Anasta has admitted that making his debut for the fledgling Greek national Rugby League side at the weekend was a highly significant moment in a glittering career. The Wests Tiger landed 46 points, courtesy of four tries and 15 goals from as many attempts, as the Greeks defeated novices Hungary 90-0 in the two nation’s first sanctioned ... Read More »

Full Time Report: Tonga 24 Scotland 26

Tonga had three second half try claims ruled out by video referee Ashley Klein in a pulsating period of play that saw Scotland hold out for a thrilling victory Brett Carter was deemed to have forced a goal line drop out before Jorge Taufua (tackled) and Ukuma Ta’ai (lost ball) had tries crossed off. Numerous other incidents were referred to ... Read More »

Half Time Report: Tonga 4 Scotland 20

Tries from rival fullbacks Glenn Fisi’iahi and Matthew Russell got this World Cup encounter off to an entertaining start at a wet Derwent Park in Workington. Fisi’iahi burst through a massive gap in the Scottish defence to open the scoring with an unconverted try in the ninth minute. Scotland replied five minutes later, Russell breaking out of a Siliva Havili ... Read More »

League Express Rugby League Yearbook 2013-2014

The 18th annual edition of the Rugby League Yearbook published by League Express covers the 2013 season and features chapters on the Super League, Kingstone Press Championships and the Tetley’s Challenge Cup plus a review of the Australian season, with hundreds of illustrations. Due for publication mid November. Reserve your copy now in the Shop at the strictly time ... Read More »

How the World Cup format was created

MARTYN SADLER explains his input into the format of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. Ah well, if I don’t blow my own trumpet, then no one else will. On the website forum, a thread has been opened praising the format of the World Cup, and hailing whoever thought of it as “a genius”. When praise of that order ... Read More »

Americans living the Rugby League dream

USA captain Joseph Paulo believes that the Tomahawks can be the catalysts for a Rugby League revolution in America, as his side embarks on their first-ever Rugby League World Cup against Cook Islands at the Memorial Stadium, Bristol, on Wednesday evening (8.00pm). Paulo, who plies his trade in the NRL for Parramatta Eels, wants to use Rugby League World Cup ... Read More »

Cooks want to embrace Bristol

Cook Islands captain Zeb Taia wants his squad to embrace the Bristol public as he aims to make the quarter finals of Rugby League World Cup 2013, starting with a match against the USA at the Memorial Stadium on Wednesday (8.00pm). The Cooks are based in Bristol for RLWC2013 and Taia, who plays for Catalan Dragons in Super League, wants ... Read More »

Full Time Report: Fiji 32 Ireland 14

Fiji overcame the first half sin-binning of Eloni Vunakece to register their opening win in Group A of the World Cup. Two second half tries gave winger Akuila Uate a hat-trick as the Fijians built from a 12-4 interval lead to lead 32-4 with three minutes remaining. The Irish scored late consolation tries through Damien Blanch and James Hasson but ... Read More »

Half Time Report: Fiji 12 Ireland 4

Fiji held the advantage at the half time interval of another pulsating encounter in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup thanks to two tries in the opening 13 minutes. With the Sims brothers driving the Fijian pack forward at every opportunity it took just nine minutes for their backs to take advantage with Akuila Uate crossing in the right corner. ... Read More »

Bulls confirm Winterstein signing

Bradford Bulls have confirmed the capture of Samoan international forward Frank Winterstein. Winterstein, who was with Widnes for the past two years, has signed a one year contract with the Bulls and will join up with his new colleagues when his World Cup commitments with Samoa are completed. “The Bulls have brought in some good signings and kept a couple ... Read More »

Plenty for England to build on

England’s performance against Australia was better than I expected, and there are many positives that can be drawn from the game. But I feel that Saturday’s result will still go down as a missed opportunity. Instead of getting the easier side of the draw and a semi-final against the fourth-ranked nation in the competition, England’s defeat to the Kangaroos mean ... Read More »