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2016 Four Nations draw revealed, rugby league headed to Anfield

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22nd April, 2016
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The draw for the end of the year Four Nations has been announced. England are set to host the event.

The tournament, which will feature Australia, New Zealand, England and Scotland, will be played over five weeks and will include a double header and a match at Anfield, the home of Premier League football club Liverpool.

The opening week of the tournament will see Australia up against Scotland at Hull while England will do battle with New Zealand in Huddersfield after the Lions trounced the Kiwis last year to win the Baskerville Shield.

Coventry will then host a double header as England and Scotland to go head-to-head while New Zealand and Australia will renew their rivalry.

New Zealand will play Scotland at Workington in the final week as England will face off against Australia at the Olympic Stadium in London.

The tournament final will be held at Anfield in Liverpool.

It leaves Scotland with no home games which has some rugby league fans scratching their heads.

In the past, European qualifying nations have hosted fixtures with France playing New Zealand at Toulouse in front of 12,000 fans in 2009 as well as in Paris against Australia.

2011 saw Wales do battle with Australia in Wrexham with the Bravehearts this year being denied the opportunity to grow the game in their own country.

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The event is expected to be closer than ever with the big three nations building strongly toward the tournament. Scotland are expected to feature NRL stars Peter Wallace and Euan Aitken with skipper Danny Brough also tipped to run around again for the Bravehearts in 2016.

2016 Rugby League Four Nations fixtures
Australia versus Scotland at KC Lightstream Stadium, Hull (Friday, October 28, 8pm)
England versus New Zealand at The John Smith’s Stadium, Huddersfield (Saturday, October 29, 2:30pm)

England versus Scotland at Ricoh Arena, Coventry (Saturday, November 5, 5:30pm)
New Zealand versus Australia at Ricoh Arena, Coventry (Saturday, November 5, 8pm)

New Zealand versus Scotland at The Zebra Claims Stadium, Workington (Friday, November 11, 8pm)
England versus Australia at Olympic Stadium, London (Sunday, November 13, 3:30pm)

Final at Anfield, Liverpool (Sunday, November 20, 2:30pm)

Lebanon continue to build toward 2017 Rugby League World Cup
Rugby league continues to grow in Lebanon with the Cedars set to face off with the Cook Islands on May 8 at Belmore Sportsground in preparation for next year’s world cup.

Lebanon have received a big boost with the 2016 college rugby league season ending with Balamand defeating LAU Varsity 17-10 in the grand final.

The fixture was close fought with Kevin Sassine helping the home side to a victory with a double while five-eighth Joey Aslan kicked a field goal late in the game to win the title for the University of Balamand.

Women’s game on the rise ahead of Trans-Tasman Test
The Australian Jillaroos and New Zealand Kiwi Ferns will face off in a curtain-raiser to the Anzac Test in a fortnight’s time at Hunter Stadium.

The Jillaroos are beginning to make their mark with the national team securing Jetstar as a team sponsor.

The airline company join Harvey Norman as sponsors of the Jillaroos with the team mentored by former Bulldogs coach Steve Folkes to receive plenty of exposure as their match will be broadcast on the Nine Network following the Anzac Test.

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