France and Lebanon got their campaigns underway at the Canberra Stadium as a French side consisting mainly of professional Catalans Dragons players took on the enthusiastic Lebanese amateurs.


France were slight favourites to secure an opening win to give themselves a chance in a tough group Group A where both sides would still have to take on Australia and England. But the Lebanon side were full of experience and not to be underestimated.


Today’s winners were likely to make the quarter final, the losers almost certainly wouldn’t.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 29th Oct 2017 10:27 AM | Views : 4078 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The much fancied Tonga opened their campaign against Scotland in the second of the double-header of matches in a sweltering Cairns.

All eyes would be on Andrew Fifita who had controversially decided to turn his back on Australia to represent his country of birth.

This wasn’t a matter of whether Tonga would win, it was just a question of by how many. It was an emotion charged opener for two passionate sides.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 29th Oct 2017 8:37 AM | Views : 4156 | Replies : 2 | READ MORE

A sweltering thirty-two degrees welcomed Ireland and Italy to the pitch at Barlow Park in Cairns for the pool C/D game with the blue of Italy being the favourites with the bookies to overcome the conditions and start their World Cup campaign with a victory.


The warm weather policy had been enacted with water breaks after twenty minutes of each half and an extended half time period to give the players more time to take on fluids.


The Irish won the coin toss and elected to take advantage of a strong wind at their backs in the first half.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 29th Oct 2017 6:05 AM | Views : 4824 | Replies : 10 | READ MORE

It was Mick Potter’s Fiji against the United States of America Tomahawks coached by Brian McDermott for Saturdays final game at the Townsville Stadium in Townsville, Queensland.


Those outside the two camps knew little about the sides although both included a smattering of NRL and Super League players. The bookies had made Fiji the favourites and even USA coach McDermott acknowledged that if Fiji were on form it could be a very long night.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 28th Oct 2017 12:32 PM | Views : 3661 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Mt Smart in Auckland played host to game three of the Rugby League World Cup as New Zealand entered the competition with a tough looking game against the men mountains of Samoa. The bookies favoured the Kiwis but Samoa were very experienced and fancied as outsiders by some pundits.


The last time that the two sides met was two years ago when New Zealand scrapes a 14-12 victory, the last time that the Kiwis played on home soil.


It was a mouthwatering prospect and a big crowd expected a bruiser.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 28th Oct 2017 10:26 AM | Views : 3833 | Replies : 2 | READ MORE

It was a full house at the Oil Search National Stadium in Port Moresby for game two of the 2017 World Cup as John Kear’s Wales had the toughest of openers against Papua New Guinea. 


The warm and humid conditions were perfect for Michael Marum’s  Kumuls but a long way removed from the conditions that the Welsh boys are used to. Both sides had a number of players familiar to Super League fans, but many unknown quantities.


Playing on their home soil PNG were massive favourites with the bookies with few commentators giving Wales any chance of taking the points.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 28th Oct 2017 8:00 AM | Views : 5179 | Replies : 11 | READ MORE

The story of one hundred and nine years of history, between the two oldest rugby league playing nations, turned the next page as Australia welcomed England to the opening game of the 2017 World Cup.


Mal Meninga’s cast iron Aussie favourites were up against Wayne Bennett’s cream of Super League with the hopes of both nations resting on their shoulders. 


The World Cup wouldn’t be won today, but the result would give us a clear indication of how competitive the latter stages of the competition would be.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 27th Oct 2017 12:02 PM | Views : 5629 | Replies : 19 | READ MORE

The month long spectacular that is the 2017 Rugby League World Cup gets underway on Friday morning when co-hosts Australia take on the old enemy, England at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.

 This is just the first of twenty-eight matches to be played over thirty-six days at twelve venues in three countries culminating in the World Cup Final on the 2nd December at the Brisbane Stadium.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 26th Oct 2017 11:18 AM | Views : 3911 | Replies : 1 | READ MORE

Australia and England have named their debut match squads for Fridays game in Melbourne

Both countries only have to provide a 21 man squad list at this stage with a final 17 on match day.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Tue 24th Oct 2017 8:50 AM | Views : 1334 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

All the teams and groups for the Rugby League World Cup 2017 Right here.....

We have put together a list of the team and the groups for the world cup starting on Friday.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 22nd Oct 2017 9:48 AM | Views : 1524 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Tournament CEO Andrew Hill, chairman Dr George Peponis, OAM, and Queensland Minister for Education and Minister for Tourism, Major Events and the Commonwealth Games, Kate Jones, were on hand to launch the 28-game series that culminates with the final in Brisbane on Saturday, December 2.

The 15th Rugby League World Cup, which was first played in France in 1954, will kick-off in Melbourne on Friday night with the clash of century-old rivals, England and Australia, coached by iconic Queensland league figures Wayne Bennett and Mal Meninga.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 22nd Oct 2017 9:07 AM | Views : 815 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE
It was always going to be a tough match for the Combined Affiliated States a mix bag of states outside of NSW and QLD .

In a match split into Quaters due to the evening temperature @ 24oC here are some highlights.

ENGLAND TRY 2 mins Luke Gale picks up a knock on and goes in for the try.
ENGLAND TRY 5 mins Elliot Kier comes off a great pass from Gareth Widdop and score under the sticks.
ENGLAND TRY 8mins Ryan Hall goes in at the corner
NO TRY 10 mins John Bateman Knock on over the line.
ENGLAND TRY 18 mins Germaine McGilvary.

Quarter time 0-22.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 20th Oct 2017 12:02 PM | Views : 3259 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE
Register online and watch via the Our League Website.

Affiliated States vs England

Friday October 20, nib Stadium, Perth, Kickoff 11:45 AM BST
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 20th Oct 2017 9:38 AM | Views : 815 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE
Today, not just the badge on the shirt changes but the whole ethos of what this famous old club is about.

Steeped in tradition and revered in history, the Red Devils has become one of the most talked about teams in the game and going forward from today the Club will embrace the ethic and attitude of this magnificent city of Salford.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Tue 17th Oct 2017 6:15 PM | Views : 1201 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE
Bennett has joined up with his players at their training camp in Perth, where they are preparing for their first group game against the defending champions in Melbourne on Friday, October 27.

England also play Lebanon and France, with three teams going through to the quarter-finals.

Speaking to OuRLeague, a membership scheme run by the Rugby Football League, Bennett appears to suggest his team might be better prepared to beat Australia later in the tournament.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Tue 17th Oct 2017 11:45 AM | Views : 941 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE
Wales Dragonhearts – made up of players from their domestic competition - and Germany have named their squads for the international this Saturday at Glamorgan Wanderers, Cardiff (kick-off 3pm).

The sides met in Germany last year, with the Welsh getting home 40-32 in a superb contest.

“It has been a very difficult selection process with everyone putting their hand up,” said Dragonhearts head coach Andrew Thorne. “We had a final session last weekend at Parc Y Scarlets and the effort from all the boys was outstanding.”
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Wed 11th Oct 2017 6:26 PM | Views : 2102 | Replies : 3 | READ MORE
WALES' 24-MAN SQUAD FOR RLWC2017: Courtney Davies, Steve Parry (both Gloucestershire All Golds), Chester Butler (Halifax), Danny Ansell (Hunslet), Sam Hopkins (Leigh Centurions), Michael Channing, Ben Evans, Dalton Grant, Elliot Kear, Rhys Williams (all London Broncos), Matty Barron (Newcastle Thunder), Joe Burke (Oldham), Gavin Bennion (Rochdale Hornets), Craig Kopczak (Salford Red Devils), Matty Fozard (Sheffield Eagles), Andrew Gay, Christiaan Roets (both South Wales Ironmen), Regan Grace, Morgan Knowles, Ben Morris (all St Helens), Rhodri Lloyd (Swinton Lions), Josh Ralph (Tweed Head Seagulls), Phil Joseph (Workington Town), Matty Seamark (Wynnum Manly Seagulls)

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Tue 10th Oct 2017 9:03 AM | Views : 1386 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE
The England squad to travel to Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guineap for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup was named at lunchtime today and came hot on the heels of the news that one of its bright stars, Castelford’s Zak Hardaker, was definitely out of the World Cup and facing an uncertain future after failing a drugs test.

England’s World Cup campaign kicks off with a game against the hosts Australia at 20:05 (UK) on Friday the 27th October at AAMI Park in Melbourne, followed by group games against Lebanon and France.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 9th Oct 2017 11:55 AM | Views : 33351 | Replies : 220 | READ MORE
A Rugby Football League Spokesperson, said: "The Rugby Football League can confirm that Zak Hardaker is provisionally suspended from all competition after it received notification from UK Anti-Doping that he had tested positive for a banned substance following a Super 8s game between Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos on September 8, 2017.

"He will therefore not be considered for the England Rugby League World Cup squad due to be announced today (Monday) at 12pm.

"The Rugby Football League will be making no further comment until the outcome of the case has been determined."

Zak Hardaker Suspended by RFL on Anti Doping grounds @ RFL
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 9th Oct 2017 9:22 AM | Views : 1492 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE
One hundred and fifty six games, twelve thousand four hundred and eighty minutes, and two nail-biting semi-finals had landed Super League 2017 at Old Trafford for the Grand Final between Castleford Tigers and the Leeds Rhinos.

Castleford were making their first ever appearance in the games flagship final, whereas for the Rhinos it was their tenth outing, seeking to lift the trophy for the eighth time.

The Tigers were the clear favourites with the bookies and unbeaten in the last eight against the Rhinos, but without the services of Club Player of the Year, Zak Hardaker, and with the Rhinos packed with big occasion players, including the last game for legends Rob Burrow and Danny McGuire, it was billed to be a classic final in front of a sell out crowd.
Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 7th Oct 2017 8:06 PM | Views : 3801 | Replies : 4 | READ MORE

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