Rugby League International Board predicts bright future & USARL now Affiliate Members of the RLIF
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"
2014 a year of growth for International Rugby League
In the week leading up to the Four Nations final, RLIF chairman Nigel Wood checked on the pulse of the game in the Pacific Islands.
His first stop was to meet rugby league officials in the Cook Islands before travelling to Samoa, who have lit up the Four Nations with their thrilling performances and vociferous, colourful support.
He was greeted in Apia by the Prime Minister of Samoa, Tuilaepa Aiono Sailele Malielegaoi.
2015 World Club Series tickets now on sale
Tickets to see the best Rugby League players from the northern and southern hemispheres do battle in the 2015 World Club Series are now on sale.
The eagerly-anticipated tournament has already been billed the ‘Ryder Cup of Rugby League’ and sees the top three clubs from the First Utility Super League, St Helens, Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves face NRL clubs South Sydney Rabbitohs, Brisbane Broncos and St George-Illawarra Dragons over three compelling days next February.
Should the RLIF and NRL bankroll a Pacific NRL team?
Did you see the crowd for the Australia vs Samoa game on Sunday? What a great advertisement for international rugby league. Samoan flags flying everywhere on a sunny Sunday afternoon in Wollongong. Arrrrrrrr boom was the cry when some of the big Samoan forwards took the ball up into the Australian defence.
Australia were at their best on Sunday and Samoa left their worse game for their final match of the tournament. Too many penalties against a side like Australia is always going to make the afternoon a hard slog for Samoa. In the end the score didn’t matter it was the occasion that stole the day.
Is it time for Rugby League to move to a 6 Nations Tournament?
The 2014 Rugby League Four Nations has been by far the best 4 Nations tournament to date and we are only half way through.
In week one Toa Samoa narrowly lost to England by 6 points. Then Australia copped a hiding from New Zealand 30 - 12 and really turned the rugby league world order up-side-down.
Rugby League European Championship Game 6 – Wales 14 Ireland 46 – Report
Ireland came desperately close to winning the 2014 European Cup at The Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium, Wrexham and with it passage to the 2016 Four Nations and World Cup qualification for the following year.
Needing to win by a margin of 41 points, they led 46-10 and were pressing on the Welsh line looking for the decisive score in the closing minute when home full back Tom Hughes swooped on a loose ball and went the length of the field to ensure that Scotland are champions for the first time.
Scotland have one hand on their first ever European crown despite loss to France 22 - 38
A sensational climax saw Scotland stay in contention for their first-ever European crown despite going down 38-22 to France at Galashiels.
Steve McCormack’s men needed to avoid defeat by 17 points to end France’s hopes and trailed by the half time score of 38-6 with only 17 minutes to go.
Rugby League European Championship Game 6 – Wales v Ireland – Preview and Teams
For the first time this year, there are no debutants in the Welsh squad as they face Ireland on Sunday in the final game of the European Championship, at the Glyndwr University Racecourse Stadium in Wrexham (kick-off 2.30pm).
A 17-point win for John Kear’s men will deny them the wooden spoon after defeats to Scotland and France while, should the French triumph in Galashiels tonight, a large win for Ireland could give them the title, bringing 2016 Four Nations and 2017 Rugby League World Cup qualification.
Rugby League European Championship Game 5 –Scotland v France – Preview and Teams
Avoiding defeat at Netherdale, Galashiels against France on Friday night will secure Scotland their first-ever rugby league title and qualification for the 2016 Four Nations tournament.
Steve McCormack’s men, who have convincingly beaten Wales and Ireland, have even more reason to celebrate, the Halloween encounter marking the 20th anniversary of the formation of the Bravehearts and the tenth year of the coach being at the helm.
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