2014 Rugby League Four Nations
2014 RUGBY LEAGUE FOUR-NATIONS OVERVIEW
Host Nations - Australia and New Zealand
Number of Teams - 4
2014 Four-Nations Snapshot - The 2014 Four-Nations is the 4th instalment of the highly successful rugby league competition. With the ongoing improvement of 2nd tier nations, and the 2013 Rugby League World Cup being hosted in the UK. The Four-Nations will take place in Australia and New Zealand in October / November 2014 with the Final to be held in Wellington, New Zealand.
Kicking off with a double header at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane, each team will play each other once in the pool rounds with the top two nations contesting the final at Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand. The Four Nations will run over four weeks. The format will be much like the early World Cup competitions.
The Four Nations tournament has seen France, Papua New Guinea and Wales all take part against the big three since its inception. There has been many mixed messages from the RLIF in the lead up to the 2013 RLWC about who would be the 4th team. It was originally going to be a play-off between the top to finishing Pacific nations in the RLWC. Then it was changed to the highest finishing nation. With Australia racking up a big scoreline against Fiji in the 2013 World Cup Semi final it seems that there has been a back flip of sorts with a play-off between the top two finishing Pacific nations Samoa and Fiji taking place to secure a Four Nations place.
The play-off match between Fiji and Samoa for a place in the 2014 Four Nations took place on the 3rd of May at Penrith Stadium. Samoa ran away with the game in the 2nd half of the test defeating Fiji 32 - 16 and securing their Four Nations berth. Click here for more info on the Samoa v Fiji International
In April 2013 on the back of announcing broadcasting arrangements for the 2013 RLWC the BBC were confirmed as UK broadcasting partners for the 2014 Rugby League Four Nations. Broadcasting Partner in Australia is still to be announced but it is hoped channel 7 continue their relationship with International Rugby League.
With Sydney hosting the ANZAC test earlier in the year, Sydney siders will miss out on the Four Nations with no games scheduled for Sydney. The closest game will be held 1 hour from Sydney when Australia take on Samoa at WIN Stadium, Wollongong.
The 2014 Four Nations is shaping up to be the most successful Four Nations tournament staged to date and will continue with the Rugby League International Federation's (RLIF) plans to strengthen the international game at the top level.
Tickets have gone on sale for the 2014 Rugby League Four Nations. Ticketing and fixture details can be view by clicking on the appropriate game below.
The 2014 Four Nations schedule and kick-off times are in full is as follows: (Click here for kick-off time zones)
Saturday October 25th – England v Samoa (Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane) Double Header 4.30pm kick-off (Local time) - Click here for team and fixture details
Saturday October 25th – Australia v New Zealand (Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane) Double Header 6.30pm kick-off (Local time) - Click here for team and fixture details
Saturday November 1st - New Zealand v Samoa (Toll Stadium, Whangarei) 4pm kick-off (Local time) - Click here for team and fixture details
Sunday November 2nd – Australia v England (AAMI Park, Melbourne) 4pm kick-off (Local time) - Click here for team and fixture details
Saturday November 8th - New Zealand v England (Forsyth Barr Stadium, Dunedin) 7.30pm kick-off (Local time) Click here for team and fixture details
Sunday November 9th – Australia v Samoa (WIN Stadium, Wollongong) 4pm kick-off (Local time) Click here for team and fixture details
Saturday November 15th – Final (Westpac Stadium, Wellington) 8.45pm kick-off (Local time) Click here for team and fixture details
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