QUARTER FINAL SQUADS NAMED

Captain Frank Pritchard and halfback Ben Roberts, who missed Saturday’s 14-14 draw with Scotland, will return to the Samoa side for Friday’s quarter-final against Australia in Darwin, while lock Leeson Ah Mau has been recalled to the starting line-up. Papua New Guinea coach Michael Marum has also named star five-eighth Ase Boas for Sunday’s quarter-final showdown with England in Melbourne…

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Valiant Bravehearts exit the World Cup with Samoa draw

Scotland may have been reeling earlier in the week from the impact of three players having been sent home, but they recovered their spirit to secure a 14-14 draw with Samoa in Cairns, outplaying Samoa for much of the game largely thanks to their playmaker Danny Addy. Sadly for the Scots, however, Samoa will progress to the quarter-finals with a…

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Smith: England are improving

Former England coach Tony Smith believes the national team is improving and a victory over Australia and New Zealand will come. England suffered close losses against both the Kangaroos and Kiwis in the recent Four Nations, missing out of the tournament’s final. Smith, who coached Great Britain in 2007 and led England at the 2008 World Cup, said England was…

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Australia sweep past Samoa to reach Four Nations Final

After beating Samoa 44-18 win in Wollongong, the Australians will take on the Kiwis on Saturday night at Wellington in a replay of last year’s World Cup Final. The Australians were too strong for the Pacific Islanders, scoring five first-half tries to lead 28-6 at half-time. And they were soon on the scoreboard as Greg Inglis created the space for…

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Kiwis survive Samoa Four Nations scare

Shaun Kenny-Dowall rescued New Zealand with a try four minutes from time, as the Kiwis scraped home 14-12 against a committed and enthusiastic Samoan team in Whangerei today. In front of an enthusiastic and noisy crowd of 16,912 spectators, the Samoans took an early lead when Tautau Moga,who had replaced Antonio Winterstein on the wing, intercepted a loose New Zealand pass…

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Comment: Glad to be over the Samoa banana skin

I always regarded the Samoa game on Saturday as a giant banana skin waiting to cause England serious problems. So I’m grateful for small mercies. The only thing that mattered was that England should win the game. The margin didn’t matter, and, to be fair, the manner of victory didn’t much matter either. The English team was playing just two…

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Four Nations: All the squads for this weekend’s matches

New Zealand v Samoa Saturday November 1, 4pm (local), Toll Stadium New Zealand 1 Peta Hiku 2 Jason Nightingale 3 Dean Whare 4 Shaun Kenny-Dowall 5 Manu Vatuvei 6 Kieran Foran 7 Shaun Johnson 8 Jesse Bromwich 9 Issac Luke 10 Adam Blair 11 Simon Mannering (c) 12 Kevin Proctor 13 Jason Taumalolo Substitutes 14 Lewis Brown 15 Suaia Matagi…

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