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Rugby League News

Nov 23

Easing eligibility rules would boost Samoa, says Tim Nanai-Williams

• Samoan urges following league’s example over dual-nationality players• League players not picked by tier-one nations can turn out for tier-two teamsTim Nanai-Williams believes Samoa could compete on an equal footing if rugby union’s authorities follo…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/23/easing-eligibility-would-give-samoa-boost-tim-nanai-williams

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 22

England go looking for their first World Cup final since 1995 – and a head coach

Wayne Bennett’s contract runs out after the World Cup. If he wants to bow out at the top, Leeds Rhinos and USA head coach Brian McDermott is ready for the jobBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkA couple of days b…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/no-helmets-required/2017/nov/22/england-rugby-league-world-cup-coach

Nov 19

Unconvincing England into Rugby League World Cup semi-final

England 36-6 PNG in MelbourneEnglish managed just 25 of 45 sets at 56% completionEngland have marched into a Rugby League World Cup semi-final showdown with Tonga after an unconvincing 36-6 win over Papua New Guinea in Melbourne. While winger Jermaine …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/19/unconvincing-england-into-rugby-league-world-cup-semi-final

Nov 19

Patchy England into Rugby League World Cup last four – as it happened

England 36-6 PNGEngland to face Tonga in semi-final; Australia to face Fiji 7.00am GMT It’s all over here at AAMI park with a convincing win to England over Papua New Guinea. They’ll now face Tonga in a semi-final, while Australia will play Fiji. Not s…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2017/nov/19/england-v-papua-new-guinea-rugby-league-world-cup-quarter-final-live

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 17

Valentine Holmes scores five tries as Australia trounce Samoa in Rugby League World Cup

Kangaroos demolish Samoa 46-0 in Darwin to reach semi-finalsRecords tumble as hosts ease into last fourHistory was made in Darwin on four separate accounts as Australia continued their perfect 2017 World Cup record, carrying out an outstanding 46-0 Dar…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/17/valentine-holmes-scores-five-as-australia-trounce-samoa-in-rugby-league-world-cup

Nov 17

Australia beat Samoa in Rugby League World Cup quarter-final – as it happened

Kangaroos advance with 46-0 win in DarwinValentine Holmes scores five as hosts ease into semi-finals 11.56am GMT Here’s our man in Darwin, John Davidson, with the match-report: Related: Valentine Holmes scores five as Australia trounce Samoa in Rugby L…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2017/nov/17/australia-v-samoa-rugby-league-world-cup-quarter-final-live

Nov 15

What next for the Celtic nations after early exits at Rugby League World Cup?

Five of the six European countries at the World Cup have been knocked out at the group stage. They need to develop more players in new territories to competeBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required, part of the Guardian Sport NetworkThere are some simp…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/no-helmets-required/2017/nov/15/rugby-league-world-cup-australia-england-scotland-wales-ireland

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

Nov 12

Rugby League World Cup has been snubbed in NRL-obsessed Australia

From NSW overlooked, to a lack of mid-week matches, Australia has not treated the World Cup with the respect it deservesThe Rugby League World Cup is in its fifteenth edition, with its first iteration in 1954. Yet, despite a history much longer than it…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/13/rugby-league-world-cup-has-been-snubbed-in-nrl-obsessed-australia

Nov 12

England fringe shines against France to set up Papua New Guinea quarter-final

• England 36-6 FranceIf this was an open audition for some of England’s fringe players to make an impression on Wayne Bennett before next week’s World Cup quarter-final with Papua New Guinea, then the England coach has certainly been given some food fo…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/12/england-france-rugby-league-world-cup-match-report

Nov 12

England 36-6 France: Rugby League World Cup 2017 – as it happened

England raced to a 26-0 lead after half an hour to make sure of a quarter-final place before France rallied as England lost their early fluency in an error-strewn second half 12.10pm GMT That’s it from me, but stay tuned for our match report. Thanks fo…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/live/2017/nov/12/england-v-france-rugby-league-world-cup-2017-live

Nov 11

Tonga edge thriller with New Zealand thanks to David Fusitu’a hat-trick

• New Zealand 22-28 Tonga• New Zealand face Fiji in quarters after finishing Group B runners-upTonga’s shock 28-22 defeat of New Zealand means the Kiwis, as the World Cup Group B runners-up, will face a quarter-final against Fiji while Tonga loom as En…

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/11/new-zealand-tonga-rugby-league-world-cup-match-report

Nov 11

Kangaroos see off Lebanon but Klemmer and Woods face nervous wait

Australia beat Lebanon 34-0 at Allianz StadiumFront row pair put on report in final Rugby League World Cup pool gameThe Kangaroos are facing a front-row crisis at the Rugby League World Cup after David Klemmer and Aaron Woods were put on report during …

Permanent link to this article: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2017/nov/11/kangaroos-see-off-lebanon-but-klemmer-and-woods-face-nervous-wait