Lastest Rugby League World Rankings - Australia's position under threat

Date: 30/11/14

For the first time since the rugby league world rankings were introduced, Australia’s position at the head of them is under threat.

Should New Zealand - who beat the Kangaroos in the recent Four Nations final in Christchurch to pick up their first-ever trophy on home soil - defeat the Green and Gold’s in next year’s Anzac Test and England on their three match autumn tour, they will go into top spot.

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Rugby League International Board predicts bright future & USARL now Affiliate Members of the RLIF

Date: 1/11/14

As Rugby League prepares for an exceptional weekend of international competition with crucial games in both hemispheres, the Chairman of the RLIF, Nigel Wood took some time to reflect upon the recent RLIF Board Meeting held in Brisbane.

"There was a clear determination by all around the table to progress the cause of international rugby league. It was a very constructive and progressive meeting"

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Big international line-up announced as 2016 Cabramatta 9s draw released

 

Date: 28/1/16

Former NRL coach Brian Smith will lead Serbia at this year’s Cabramatta Nines in a bid to help the nation qualify for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

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Perth to host clash between Australia and New Zealand on October 15th 2016

Date: 27/1/16

Perth will host its first ever Rugby League international in 2016 - a clash between Australia and New Zealand on October 15.

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Trans-Tasman Test Hosted In Newcastle

Date: 25/1/16

The NZ Kiwis will defend the Bill Kelly Cup and their #1 world ranking against the Australian Kangaroos at Newcastle’s Hunter Stadium on May 6.

As part of an international weekend of rugby league, the Kiwi Fern women will also face the world champion Jillaroo in the curtainraiser to the men’s showdown, while the Junior Kiwis take on the Junior Kangaroos the following day at Parramatta’s Pirtek Stadium, as the opening act to a Pacific doubleheader.

In the corresponding 2015 fixtures, the Kiwis created history with their third consecutive win over Australia and their first Anzac Test victory in 17 years, capturing the top ranking in the process. Both the women and juniors were narrowly defeated, having edged their rivals the previous year.

“Last year’s tests in Brisbane and the Gold Coast really connected the threads of our high performance programme,” says NZ Rugby League acting chief executive Alex Hayton. “Having our three premier national sides together as part of the same jersey presentation ceremony was certainly a very special occasion.

“The logistics of that may prove challenging for us this year, but the schedule still provides a unique opportunity to showcase our talent over a single weekend.”

The Kiwis have played twice in Newcastle in recent years, beating England there during the 2008 World Cup and losing to Australia in an end-of-year outing in 2011.

“Hunter Stadium is a great boutique stadium, where the crowd is close to the pitch, so there’s a great atmosphere,” says Hayton. “And Novacastrians love their league.

“We really cherish the chance to measure ourselves against Australia, and these games will take on added significance with the respective men’s and women’s World Cups little more than 12 months away.”

The men’s encounter will also mark the Kangaroos coaching debut of Australian league legend Mal Meninga.

“International rugby league is a real priority for us and this representative round will feature some great match-ups,” says NRL head of football Todd Greenberg.
The 2016 NRL representative schedule is:

May 6
Hunter Stadium, Newcastle
NZ Kiwi Ferns v Australia
NZ Kiwis v Australia

May 7
Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta
NZ Junior Kiwis v Junior Kangaroos
Pacific Doubleheader (Samoa, Tonga, Fiji & Papua New Guinea)

May 8
Scully Park, Tamworth
Country v City

2016 ANZAC Test and Pacific Double Header dates venues announced

Date: 25/1/16

International Rugby League will move to Newcastle’s Hunter Stadium in 2016 as part of Representative Round in May.

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Christmas news and messages from around the Rugby League World

Date: 24/12/15

Message from Nigel Wood, Chairman of RLIF

It has been a significant year for international rugby league, one that has seen considerable progress; providing a base for genuine, sustainable development.

Papua New Guinea was confirmed as joint-hosts of the next World Cup in 2017, which Tonga, Lebanon and the United States have qualified for; many congratulations to them.

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Rugby League European Federation receives massive financial and support boost

Date: 23/12/15

Rugby league in Europe has received a record-breaking financial boost to end what has been a pioneering season for the sport on the continent.

The RLEF has been awarded a biggest-ever grant of €466.000 from the European Union’s Erasmus+ programme - one of only 22 projects selected for funding from over 330 eligible applications - for a three year scheme which includes 21 nations.

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Rugby League World Rankings - Kiwis still number one

 

Date: 18/12/15

The new World Rankings, issued by the Rugby League International Federation, have set up the 2016 international season perfectly.

The Four Nations tournament, to be played in the UK next autumn, will offer England, Australia and New Zealand the opportunity of going in to the 2017 World Cup as the number one ranked nation, a position currently held by the Kiwis.

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