Posts Tagged "international rugby league"
During this current Rugby League World Cup, many critics and supporters of the game have criticised the competition with the majority stating “only two teams can win it” (Australia and New Zealand).
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If the NRL wants to have average crowds of well over 20,000, one of things they must do is improve NRL scheduling around State of Origin.
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Earlier this year, silky backrower Feleti Mateo switched allegiances from Tonga to Australia in a bid to finally break into the New South Wales State of Origin side.
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Now that State of Origin is finished for 2013, hopefully the rugby league world can afford the same hype and bombast to the game’s true pinnacle – the Rugby League World Cup.
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There are less than 100 days until the start of the Rugby League World Cup. We preview all the teams and what to expect. Can the Kiwis win back-to-back titles?
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Would you like to see Sonny Bill Williams play against NSW? Or how about Sam Burgess pitting his toughness against Queensland? Well here is an idea of mine on how that could come to fruition.
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There is a story going around that Origin is the toughest, fastest and most intense game of rugby league in the world.
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In Strathfield, 2004, a group of Maltese-Australians, including former Parramatta Harold Matthews coach Joe Grima and his assistant Tony Farr, hatched a plan to bring the greatest game of all to the islands of Malta.
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Rugby league needs an annual Pacific Nations Cup to foster the ever-growing and exciting Polynesian influence on the code.
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With no disrespect to the ANZAC Test players, there are two matches from rugby league’s standalone representative weekend just gone that are bound to dominate fan discussion this week, both for entirely different reasons.
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Tonga scored a stunning 36-4 win over fierce rivals Samoa, but their rugby league Test ended in chaos on Saturday night at Penrith’s Centrebet Stadium.
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The Rugby League representative season kicked off last night with two committed, gallant teams pitted against each other.
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There is a rugby league Test match on tonight and honestly, I think my beloved Kiwis can win.
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I know this is a little late in the game given that the new rugby league rep jerseys were announced a lot earlier, but today’s Sydney Morning Herald was the first time I’d seen what the new shirt would look like
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The stand alone representative matches this week and recently released international rugby league calendar of post-world cup fixtures have mostly satisfied fans, except for one minor detail.
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With the ANZAC Test looming it has got me thinking about the benefits such a Test could have, on both sides of the world, if we made just a few changes.
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With the ANZAC Test coming up on Friday night, I thought I would reminisce about some (not so) recent Test series and wonder why we have adopted the one-off format.
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NRL action takes a backseat this weekend as the first of the representative matches get underway.
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Right on cue, like the migration of a bird much better at flying than them, those crafty Kiwis have gone and pulled a swifty on Australia by naming a makeshift side to meet Australia in this Friday night’s rugby league test.
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New Zealand will be without returning rugby league star Sonny Bill Williams, but coach Stephen Kearney says there’s still plenty of talent in the 19-strong squad named on Sunday for Friday’s Test against Australia.
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