Posts Tagged "2017 Rugby League World Cup"

The Rugby League World Cup has been an enormous success, showing that there is a genuine appetite for international rugby league.

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On Saturday evening I sat down to enjoy the final game of rugby league for 2017 thinking, “Well, England haven’t really been that impressive so far and will struggle against the mighty Australia”.

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Cooper Cronk has shaken the tectonic plates of rugby league after making the decision to retire from representative football following Australia’s Rugby League World Cup triumph.

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A little over a year ago the Rugby League International Federation made the decision to change the player eligibility rules.

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I don’t know about you, but that Tonga versus England game had me on the edge of my seat. The game had it all – rock-solid defence, blistering attack and controversy.

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Bravo to the Tongans and the Fijians for making it to the semi-finals of the World Cup and creating the greatest shot in the arm for the game since the NRL was instituted in 1997. But sadly for the Pacific Islanders, the honeymoon will be over this weekend.

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Depending on which side of the Pacific fence you are on, the last two rounds of the Rugby League World Cup have either been a cataclysmic breakthrough for international rugby league or an abysmal failure resulting in bringing a giant to its knees.

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As a proud and passionate supporter of the New Zealand rugby league team it pained me to see the Kiwis lose to Fiji in their quarter-final Match at Wellington.

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Former player now TV commentator Monty Betham made a statement during last night’s epic quarter-final clash in Wellington that summed up exactly the current state of international rugby league.

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And so to the big business end of this crackerjack Rugby League World Cup and a huge weekend of quarter-final action-Jackson looms. Can you feel the excitement?

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Australia are expected to trot out their best 17 in their Rugby League World Cup quarter-final against Samoa in Darwin on Friday night.

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The 2017 Rugby League World Cup will leave $7 million in the coffers of the Rugby League International Federation.

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Australia’s rugby league world cup campaign continues with a match against Lebanon. The match will be played at Sydney’s Allianz Stadium on Saturday, November 11 at 8pm (AEDT).

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Fijian tryscoring machine Suliasi Vunivalu has fired another warning shot to the rest of the Rugby League World Cup as the Bati aim for a third consecutive semi-finals appearance.

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How the final round of Rugby League World Cup pool games can play out:

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While there were no doubt financial and competitive reasons why the 2017 Rugby League World Cup was again limited to 14 countries, it seems an awkward number. So, many fans are looking ahead to the 2021 tournament, when the event will grow to 16 teams.

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One win, one draw and one loss was the outcome of Italy’s debut at the rugby league world cup four years ago.

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Mitchell Moses has promised a free-flowing style of football will prevail when he and Robbie Farah reignite their old Wests Tigers combination in the halves for Lebanon against France.

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Kangaroos coach Mal Meninga is poised to hand four players their Kangaroos debut when Australia meet France in their next Rugby League World Cup group match.

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Australia take on England in the all-important opening match of the Rugby League World Cup. This is The Roar‘s ultimate guide to streaming the match online and watching it on TV.

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