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The final game of a great tournament, the last competitive game of the 2022 season, and the World Cup Final, pitched the hottest of hot favourites Australia against rank outsiders, underdogs, and surprise finalists Samoa.


Australia were unchanged from the side which beat New Zealand in the semi-final while Samoa made a number of enforced and tactical changes as they looked to peak in the most important game of their lives.


Australia had been handicapped by fourteen points on the coupon, but it would be a foolish person who underestimated a Samoan side that was packed full of NRL superstars, all of whom were dedicated and determined to spring one of the biggest rugby league surprises of all time.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 19th Nov 2022 5:39 PM | Views : 9045 | Replies : 2 | READ MORE

The first of the World Cup double header at Old Trafford in Manchester saw a lunchtime kick-off between Australia and New Zealand as New Zealand looked to overcome their narrow two-point loss in the group stages and claim a fourth World title after being defeated by Australia on the last two occasions.


Both sides made changes to their semi-final line-ups, Australia´s being wholesale while the Ferns switched just two of their players who defeated England in the semi-final.


It was a game between the sides ranked as first and second in the World, the bookies favouring a Jillaroos win and the first part of a Saturday afternoon Aussie double, but the Kiwi Ferns would give everything that they had to lift the trophy.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 19th Nov 2022 2:59 PM | Views : 4502 | Replies : 1 | READ MORE

The best two sides in the Wheelchair World Cup had mad it to the final for an eagerly anticipated showdown at Manchester Central in front of a sell-out crowd as England took on the old enemy France for the games ultimate prize.


The top two rated sides met for the eighteenth time, France with the lion share of the victories but England having won the last meeting between the two in June of this year in a friendly match. The bookies couldn´t choose between the two sides, offering both at 10/11. France and England have faced of in the two previous World Cup finals, France winning on both occasions by narrow margins and looking for three in a row.


The atmosphere was electric, the stage was set for a thriller, the home nations only hope of a trophy at the end of an exceptional jamboree of rugby league.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 18th Nov 2022 9:22 PM | Views : 6250 | Replies : 2 | READ MORE

With an Old Trafford World Cup Final against Australia awaiting the winners of tonight’s game between England and New Zealand, both sides came into the match knowing that as well as getting the win they needed to send a clear message to the Jillaroos that they would be in for a competitive competition finale.


England had been installed as slight favourites by the bookies as they were handicapped by two points on the coupon, but there was very little to choose between the sides ranked second and third in the world.


A nation hoped that the women could go one better than the men, who exited their competition at the same stage on Saturday, and reach their first ever World Cup Final.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Mon 14th Nov 2022 9:15 PM | Views : 5279 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

It was a Down Under derby at York's LNER Stadium as the women's World Cup semi-finals got underway  this evening: Australia's Jilleroos taking on the Papua New Guinea Orchids.


Australian captain Ali Brigginshaw warned her team not to underestimate the opposition, many of whom play in the NRLW as they run out for the first time in a World Cup semi. The Jilleroos, on the other hand, have their sights on lifting the Cup for the third time in a row at Old Trafford next week.


A win – and a trip to Manchester – for the Orchids would continue a history-making series: their first ever World Cup win came in the opening round of this tournament, when they beat Canada's Ravens.


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England faced off against Samoa for the second time in the tournament after the hosts thrashed their opponents in the opening group game. But Samoa showed a different side to their game in their unexpected win over Tonga in the quarter final.


The only change for Shaun Wane from the side which beat Samoa last time out was to bring in John Bateman (suspended for the opening game) as replacement for Mike McMeeken in the starting line-up, the Catalans Dragons man dropping to the bench in place of the omitted Matty Lees.


England were installed as favourites, handicapped by ten points on the coupon, as the two sides vied to take on Australia at Old Trafford next Saturday in the tournament final. It was Samoa´s first ever appearance in a Semi-Final, England looking for their second consecutive appearance in World Club Final. After last nights game at Elland Road second semi had a lot to live up to.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 12th Nov 2022 4:36 PM | Views : 6895 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The World Cup was scheduled to catch fire with the battle of the Antipodes as Australia took on New Zealand in the first semi-final at Elland Road in Leeds. Australia were overall favourites to win the World Cup, but New Zealand came into the game ranked number one in the world.


New Zealand were given a fourteen point start on the handicap coupon for the Remembrance Day clash after they struggled to come through their semi-final against Fiji, whereas Australia thrashed Lebanon to reach the semi-finals.


The sides were eighty minutes away from Old Trafford and a World Cup Final meeting with either England or Tonga who were scheduled to settle their differences on Saturday afternoon. It was the one hundred and forty-second meeting between the two sides, New Zealand only having won on thirty-four occasions.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 11th Nov 2022 9:30 PM | Views : 9163 | Replies : 3 | READ MORE

Australia and New Zealand; the Jillaroos and the Kiwi Ferns: the top two teams teams in Group B and  most fans favourites to contest the finals ended the group stages of the rugby league women’s World Cup when they met in in the last pool game at York’s LNER Community Stadium.


Both teams had yet to lose a game in the competition, but that would change for one of them, who would then face England in the semi-finals, while the winner would face Papua New Guinea.


The Ferns kicked off and got first use of the ball, after Australia let it bounce out of the field, and then promptly gave up possession with a faulty play-the-ball.


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Posted by tb on Thu 10th Nov 2022 9:20 PM | Views : 5890 | Replies : 1 | READ MORE

Neither France nor the Cook Islands could qualify for the semi-finals of the Women´s World Cup as they met in the opening fixture of a double header at the LNER Stadium in York, but there was still plenty to play for as both sides looked to end their campaign with a victory and two points.


France haven´t managed a single point so far in this year’s competition while the Cook Islands have just a single try to their name in their two games. France have conceded more against Australia and New Zealand totalling 138 while The Moana have leaked 104.


The Cook Islands were the favourites with the bookies, France being given a sixteen point start on the coupon, but with France hosting the next competition in three years’ time they were looking for a big confidence boost.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 10th Nov 2022 6:51 PM | Views : 6395 | Replies : 2 | READ MORE

England Head Coach Shaun Wane has named the 19-man squad for Saturday’s RLWC2021 Semi Final against Samoa at London’s Emirates Stadium (2:30pm kick-off).


The Canterbury Bulldogs front-row Luke Thompson, who has not played since England’s second group game against France last month, returns to the 19 in place of his former St Helens team-mate Matty Lees, in the only change to the squad named for last Saturday’s Quarter Final against Papua New Guinea.


It will be England’s 200th full international, but only their fifth against Samoa – the teams having met for the first time in a Rugby League World Cup in the opening game of this year’s tournament four weeks ago.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 10th Nov 2022 12:27 PM | Views : 15872 | Replies : 132 | READ MORE

The reigning Betfred Super League champions, St Helens, will travel to Australia in February 2023 to face NRL champions, Penrith Panthers, for the World Club Challenge in what will be new head coach, Paul Wellens’ first competitive fixture.


The match will take place at the home of the Panthers, the BlueBet Stadium on Saturday 18 February, 2023 (6pm KO local/ 7am UK).


In what will be a first for fans in the UK, the World Club Challenge will be broadcast free-to-air by Channel 4 and will be part of double header by the broadcaster that day with the Betfred Super League clash between Hull KR and Wigan Warriors live at 1pm.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 10th Nov 2022 8:10 AM | Views : 3356 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The two unbeaten sides in group A of the Womens World Cup met to determine who would finish top of the pile and go on to take on the runners up in Group B in the semi-finals. England have impressed so far in the tournament but so have the women from Papua New Guinea as the two met for the second match of a double header at Emerald Headingley after the stage had been set with an exciting game between the Canada Ravens and Brazil.


Tomorrow night will see Australia and New Zealand play to settle their group, each defending a one-hundred-percent record so far in the competition with the knowledge as to who will face England or PNG depending on the outcome.


England were firm favourites for tonight’s match, handicapped by twenty-two points on the coupon but the Orchids were backing themselves to spring the upset and repeating their victory from 2019 when the won the second of a two-test series in Port Moresby.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Wed 9th Nov 2022 9:22 PM | Views : 5613 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The Canada Ravens and Brazil shared a single aim when they clashed in their final group game: to bow out of the tournament with their first win.


For the Ravens, that would be their first World Cup win since losing the in the semi-final on their debut in the 2017 version of the competition. For the Amazonas, it would be their first win since beating Argentina that same year to qualify and debut in this tournament.


The pre-match favourites were definitely the experienced Canadian team, ranked fifth in the world before this tournament.


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Posted by tb on Wed 9th Nov 2022 6:47 PM | Views : 5296 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Australia scored a massive win over the Cook Islands in their opening round while their opponents tonight France were comprehensively beaten by New Zealand. A win for Australia in tonight’s game at the LNER Stadium in York would guarantee their progress into the semi-finals and set up a mouth-watering game against the Kiwi´s on Wednesday to see who would top the group.


Australia are ranked World number one in the women´s game while the French are fifth, the bookies giving France a sixty-eight point start on the handicap coupon as they predicted a massacre, despite the Aussies giving three debuts.


The paying public, and those watching on TV, were hoping that the French would be able to give the Jillaroos a game, but expectations were low.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 6th Nov 2022 9:17 PM | Views : 7426 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The second placed Kiwi Ferns took on bottom team Cook Islands in the first match of a Group B double header in the women’s World Cup at York’s LNER Community Stadium.


The Kukis lost 74-0 to Australia last time out, which made New Zealand the clear favourites in this encounter that saw Cooks players Karaitiana and Terehia Matua  both named to line up against their aunt Krystal Rota, who captained the Ferns.


The Kukis took to the field knowing they had never beaten the Ferns, the four-time World Cup champions.


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Posted by tb on Sun 6th Nov 2022 7:04 PM | Views : 6145 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

As soon as the draw for the World Cup was made the standout game of the quarter finals looked as though it might be the meeting of Tonga and Samoa, should Tonga win their group and Samoa complete theirs as runners up to England. And so it came to pass, the most eagerly anticipated game of the tournament so far.


The prize on offer was a semi-final encounter against England next Saturday afternoon as the two sides met for the nineteenth time with Tonga the slight favourites to pick up the win as world ranked number two against a Samoa side ranked as seventh.


Samoa had only been given a four point start on the coupon and everything pointed to a close encounter between the two, Polynesian rugby league mad countries.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 6th Nov 2022 4:13 PM | Views : 9089 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

New Zealand - ranked No 1 in the world - took on Fiji in the third rugby league World Cup quarter final of this weekend, with the winner facing Australia in the semis.


The Black and Whites were clear favourites, despite the Bati’s famous 2017 win at the same stage, that dumped the Kiwis out of the competition that year, and their own failure to convincingly gell as a team in the tournament so far.


New Zealand kicked the game off, after both teams initially went to the wrong ends. Both teams exchanged steady opening sets, with the the Kiwis making slightly more territory - and promptly surrendering that advantage by being caught offside.


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Posted by tb on Sat 5th Nov 2022 9:22 PM | Views : 7861 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Papua New Guinea’s men had a shock against England in Wigan, but no-one expected the Orchids women’s team to do anything other than march over newcomers Brazil in the first game of the Hull double header - despite having no World Cup win to their credit before this tournament.


It was the women from PNG who had been the newcomers in the last World Cup, back in 2017, but their 34-12 win of Canada - semi finalists in ’17 tournament - in the last round.


After a baptism of fire against England in the  first round, the Amazonas made a number of changes, bringing in new players to the match day 17 and  moved others around, particularly looking at strengthening their edge defence.


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Posted by tb on Sat 5th Nov 2022 6:42 PM | Views : 5495 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Following a comprehensive win for the Women over Canada in their group match it was the turn of the men to impress on the great surface at the DW Stadium as they took on Papua New Guinea in their quarter final match with the prize on offer a semi-final against either Tonga or Samoa.


It was Papua New Guinea´s fifth game against England with them having lost on every previous occasion, PNG did however beat a Great Britain Lions side in 2019 when they met them in Port Moresby in a tour match.


England were big favourites for the win, The Kumuls getting a twenty-four-point lead on the coupon, but Shaun Wane wasn´t taking the challenge lightly. An England loss was surely unthinkable.


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 5th Nov 2022 4:19 PM | Views : 6403 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

In the first match of an England double header at the DW Stadium in Wigan it was the England Women who took on Canada in the opening round two match of the Women´s World Cup. England were looking for a second victory to almost guarantee their progression to the semi-finals, Canada needed the victory to keep their hopes alive after losing to Papua New Guinea in the opening round.


The hosts are ranked as World number three side while the Ravens are sixth, but the bookies and pundits were predicting a walkover for England as they were handicapped by forty-six points on the coupon, Canada 25/1 for the win with England an unbackable 1/500.


 


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Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 5th Nov 2022 1:46 PM | Views : 5330 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE


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