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Thursday, 16 February 2017

Malta victorious over the Philippines

The Malta Knights emerged victorious over the Philippines Tamaraws in their recent international encounter at the New Era Stadium in Cabramatta.
Down 16 – 10 at half time, Malta were lucky not to have more points put on them with the amount of ball turned over.

Whilst calling the shots in the number 9 jersey for the Philippines, Hooker Luke Srama showed his experience in a physical opening encounter.

Two different teams emerged after the interval, as Malta Captain Jake Attard steadied the ship with his direction out of dummy-half. Rookie 19 year old Joel Bradford, who was called into the squad at the last minute, stood tall at fullback, offering great support play and safety under the high ball.

Fellow debutant, Luke Cauchi exploded onto the International scene bagging four tries in a memorable performance. Newcastle Knights back rower Ben Stone was used off the interchange bench and changed the game with his talk and defence, whilst two-time Malta Knight Nathan Falzon looked dangerous every time he touched the ball.

Knights were the dominant team in the final quarter of the match, running out 44 – 26 winners.

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Indigenous All-Stars War Cry 2017

I suppose this is meant as a response to the increasingly ridiculous NZ haka

It has been suggested, by Greg Inglis amongst others, that The Kangaroos should use this or possibly revive their War Cry.

I thought it was embarrassing

Wednesday, 23 November 2016


Victory in the Ladbrokes Four Nations tournament has elevated Australia back to number one in the world rugby league rankings released by the RLIF, leapfrogging New Zealand, who they defeated 34-8 in the final at Anfield, Liverpool.
The Kiwis had become the only other nation to head the chart when they took on the mantle after winning the Anzac Test between the nations in mid-2015.
Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga commented:
“It is nice to have the number one position now, we tend to talk about process in the build-up but it is satisfying; the pressure’s on us now to stay there and we are very confident we can handle it.
“We look in good shape for the World Cup next year.”
The biggest leap in the rankings is by Scotland, who became the first nation to take a point off a top-three ranked nation since Papua New Guinea in 1990, when the Bravehearts held New Zealand to an 18-all draw in Workington as part of the Four Nations.
The Scottish performances in the competition see them move from ninth to fourth in the rankings, the highest they have been.
“This is a very exciting moment for Scotland Rugby League,” said SRL chairman Keith Hogg.
“It is testament to the hard work that so many players, staff and volunteers have put into the establishment and development of our national team over many years, especially long-serving head coach Steve McCormack and skipper Danny Brough who provided so many fantastic memories during the Four Nations.
“This is a real boost for the sport in Scotland and everyone involved will be working hard to make the most of the increased exposure this landmark brings.”
For the first time USA and Canada, who have been jointly awarded the 2025 World Cup appear in the top 12 nations.
The 2016 international season has featured the most accredited international matches since the official rankings began.

Monday, 21 November 2016


Following the recommendation of the Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) Board to conditionally award the 2025 World Cup to North America the RLIF Congress, at its annual general meeting held in Liverpool on 17 November, endorsed the Board's recommendation.

RLIF Chairman Nigel Wood commented:

"The award of the 2025 World Cup to North America is a historic moment in the global development of Rugby League. The USA and Canada provides world class stadia allied to a significant multi cultural population which made the bid so persuasive. It is exciting that our sport is expanding into a new destination for our premier event the World Cup and we will work with our members in the USA and Canada and Moore Sports International to expand the presence of our sport in these countries during the lead in to the 2025 World Cup."

"The Board will now work with Moore Sports International to complete the due diligence and exchange of contracts to complete the award."

Thursday, 10 November 2016

Italy Claim Final RLWC2017 Place

Italy has claimed the 14th and final place in the Rugby League World Cup 2017 (RLWC2017) tournament draw, following their win in the Rugby League European Federation qualifier play-off this morning.
The Italian Azzurri defeated the Russian Bears in Leigh (England) to qualify for their second concessive Rugby League World Cup – the sport’s pinnacle international event.

RLWC2017 CEO, Andrew Hill, said the confirmation of Italy as the final team completes what is an exciting RLWC2017 line-up.

“I would like to congratulate Italy on their qualification for next year’s Rugby League World Cup.

“The European play-off concludes what was a fantastic 18 months of qualifying matches and the number of teams who competed reflects the growth of the international game.

“The 2017 tournament will feature the greatest rugby league players from across the world all aiming to win what will be the most competitive World Cup ever.

“Fans are in for a real treat and should not delay in securing their tickets for this exciting international event.”

The RLWC2017 will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, with three pool games in Papua New Guinea, from 27 October until 2 December 2017.

The fourteen competing nations are (alphabetical order): Australia, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, Italy, Lebanon, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Scotland, Tonga, USA and Wales

As the play-off winners, Italy will take position “EQ3” in Pool D of the RLWC2017 draw and will play matches in Cairns, Townsville and Canberra.
The 22-man Azzurri squad for the recent European qualifiers featured seven^ players who are currently attached to North Queensland-based teams, along with former Raiders’ great, Terry Campese – so should receive strong support during next year’s tournament.

Italy – RLWC2017 Pool D matches
v Ireland, Barlow Park on 29 October 2017
v USA, Townsville Stadium on 5 November 2017
v Fiji, Canberra Stadium on 10 November 2017