Aaron Bower

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Jan 08

Kato Ottio: Widnes Vikings and Papua New Guinea player dies at the age of 23

• Ottio was due to travel to UK this week after signing from Canberra• Widnes confirm player developed ‘sudden health issue’ in trainingWidnes have announced that their new signing, Kato Ottio, has died at the age of 23. Ottio was due to travel to the …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/08/widnes-vikings-signing-kato-ottio-dies-while-training

Jan 07

Super League clubs to be transformed to compete with rugby union, says Pearson

• Hull owner believes significant changes possible in the sport• ‘We are no longer prepared to be accepted as a poor relation’The Hull owner, Adam Pearson, has said that Super League clubs are set to approve some major changes in the coming months whic…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jan/07/super-league-clubs-transformed-adam-pearson-hull

Dec 17

Four north American cities interested in joining RFL, says CEO Nigel Wood

• Toronto’s success ‘leads to expressions of interest from three US concerns’• ‘No talks yet’ with Wayne Bennett about continuing as England coachFour more cities across north America have expressed an interest in joining the Rugby Football League in t…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/17/four-north-american-cities-rugby-league-nigel-wood

Dec 12

England’s Rugby League World Cup attracts venue interest from overseas

• 2021 tournament held in England after beating bid from US• Matches could be played in Perpignan, Avignon and LimerickThe organisers of the 2021 Rugby League World Cup have received 40 expressions of interest from potential host venues, including seve…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/12/2021-world-cup-interest-overseas-hosts

Dec 03

RFL must use England’s World Cup achievements to build towards 2021 | Aaron Bower

The national side needs to play more often if it is to become a force comparable to Australia when the tournament takes place on home soil in four yearsHistorically in English rugby league there are no shortage of instances of chest‑beating and confide…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/dec/03/england-build-next-rugby-league-world-cup

Dec 02

When the pain of defeat subsides England have much to be proud about | Aaron Bower

Pushing Australia so hard in the World Cup final shows the progress made under Wayne Bennett and should inspire great confidence for the futureIt’s the hope that kills you. If there is one overriding image which will remain with England fans for at lea…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/dec/02/rugby-league-world-cup-final-england-australia-brisbane-wayne-bennett

Dec 01

England’s Sam Burgess set to revel in Rugby League World Cup final spotlight

Australia will be well aware that the 28-year-old enjoys nothing more than a challenge and has supreme track record in the biggest gamesThere is nothing, you suspect, that Sam Burgess enjoys more than a challenge. After all, this is a man who stunned r…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/dec/01/england-captain-sam-burgess-world-cup-final

Nov 30

England’s nearly men from 1995 Rugby League World Cup hoping for more | Aaron Bower

Twenty-two years on from Australia’s Wembley win, those beaten narrowly that day such as Karl Harrison, Phil Clarke and Mick Cassidy have their fingers crossed for Saturday’s finalWhen England take to the field in Brisbane on Saturday for their first R…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/nov/30/england-1995-rugby-league-world-cup-australia

Nov 27

John Bateman’s final dream fulfilled as England prepare for Australia challenge

• Forward says team will have to be ‘bang on form’ to have any chance• England women’s campaign ends in crushing defeat by New ZealandEngland face a monumental task on Saturday to dethrone the world champions, Australia, and win the World Cup for the f…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/27/england-australia-john-bateman-world-cup-final

Nov 25

Wayne Bennett: ‘We kept turning up in defence. That won the game for us’

• England coach, asked if his side can beat Australia, says: ‘Probably not’• Bennett and Tonga coach disagree sharply over semi-final controversyWayne Bennett has admitted England have a lot of work to do if they are to beat Australia in Brisbane on Sa…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/25/wayne-bennett-england-australia-tonga-rugby-league-world-cup

Nov 25

England survive dramatic Tonga revival to reach Rugby League World Cup final

Tonga 18-20 EnglandTongan comeback falls just short as England book date with AustraliaThe world has changed a lot in 22 years. The last time England appeared in a Rugby League World Cup final, Britpop was in full swing, Coolio was top of the charts wi…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/25/england-survive-dramatic-tonga-revival-to-reach-rugby-league-world-cup-final

Nov 24

Tonga the last obstacle to England’s first World Cup final in 22 years

James Roby is approaching every World Cup game as if it is his last and is one of seven men in the team beaten by New Zealand in the 2013 semi-finalJames Roby is succinct and to the point when asked for his memories of England’s last World Cup semi-fin…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/24/tonga-england-rugby-league-world-cup-semi-final-james-roby-preview

Nov 22

A 2018 rugby league Six Nations on cards but Ireland not keen on England B

• ‘Provisional RLIF fixtures show a Six Nations next year,’ says Ireland chairman• ‘But if it’s an England B team, that doesn’t work for me,’ Richard Egan addsEngland are pencilled in to play Ireland in Dublin next autumn under the auspices of a new Si…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/22/rugby-league-six-nations-2018-ireland-england

Nov 18

England’s Jermaine McGillvary ready for World Cup bruises against PNG

Wing says Papua New Guinea have added talent and experience to their fervour and will be formidable opponents in the quarter-final in Melbourne on SundayFollowing a group stage of ups, downs and an overwhelming sense of room for improvement, the return…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/18/england-jermaine-mcgillvary-png-world-cup-rugby-league

Nov 15

England looking to blaze a trail at Women’s Rugby League World Cup

Danika Priim says impressing in Australia will put the sport on the map in the UK at a time when it is rapidly developing ‘from zero to hero’There was considerable outrage in New South Wales when the organisers of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup largel…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/15/england-blaze-trail-womens-rugby-league-world-cup-australia

Nov 13

World Cup climax can be the catalyst for rugby league to take new direction | Aaron Bower

The 2017 knockout stages could be the most exciting yet but the international game remains undervalued, particularly in the northern hemisphereAs the World Cup enters the knockout stages it is difficult to gauge the mood surrounding what should be the …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2017/nov/13/rugby-league-world-cup-quarter-finals-england-tonga