Thursday, December 18, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

Phil Bentham to referee New Zealand v England

Phil Bentham. ©RLPhotos

Super League’s top referee Phil Bentham has been selected to officiate Saturday’s crunch Four Nations clash between New Zealand and England. The 43-year-old is the latest official to take charge of matches involving the country of his birth after Gerard Sutton and Henry Perenara refereed Australia and New Zealand’s matches at the weekend. What do you think about this story? ... Read More »

Four Nations: Kangaroos name strong squad to protect record

Daly Cherry-Evans played with Sarina.

Australia have named a strong team to face Samoa on Sunday, knowing anything less than a heavy win could see them miss their first tournament final in 60 years. Beau Scott’s injury has forced coach Tim Sheens into switching Sam Thaiday from prop to second row and bringing in Josh Papalii in the front row, while Ben Hunt drops out ... Read More »

Four Nations: Leuluai and Eastwood back in New Zealand squad

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Former Super League duo Thomas Leuluai and Greg Eastwood have been recalled to the New Zealand team for Saturday’s crunch Four Nations clash with England. Coach Stephen Kearney has opted for experience on the bench by selecting the duo over Lewis Brown and Suaia Matagi respectively. Former Wigan star Leuluai will back-up first-choice hooker Issac Luke, while ex Leeds back-rower ... Read More »

Video: England arrive in Dunedin to traditional Haka

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Steve McNamara and his England team arrived in Dunedin earlier today ahead of Saturday’s do-or-die clash with New Zealand. In this video, kindly provided by England TV, a group of locals greet the national side with a traditional Haka welcome. One can’t help but think Saturday’s rendition will carry a touch more intensity (and probably be a little shorter!). What ... Read More »

Wounded England must crack on, says O’Loughlin

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England captain Sean O’Loughlin admits his side are still reeling from Sunday’s controversial loss to Australia but is confident they have what it takes to recover in time to take down New Zealand on Saturday morning. Steve McNamara’s squad arrived in Dunedin today to begin preparations for this weekend where a 10-point victory would guarantee a place in next week’s ... Read More »

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