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

Rugby League International Fereration

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"


Rugby League European Championship Game 6 – Wales v Ireland – Preview and Teams

2014 Rugby League European Championship

Date: 31/10/14

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

2014 Rugby League European Championship

Date: 30/10/14

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.


Scotland close to booking in 2016 Rugby League Four Nations berth with win over Ireland

2014 Rugby League European Championship

Date: 27/10/14

Scotland are within touching distance of their first ever European crown going into their home game with France on Friday, after beating Ireland 25-4 in Tallaght Dublin.

Avoiding defeat in Galashiels will see Steve McCormack’s side win a place in the 2016 Four Nations, while defeat could open the door for the French or Ireland, if they claim a big win over Wales in Wrexham next Sunday.


France 42 overcome inexperienced Wales 22 in Rugby League European Championship match

2014 Rugby League European Championship

By Ian Golden in Albi, Date: 26/10/14

Wales gave a good impression of themselves in Albi against a strong French side and the inexperienced Welsh will go away with a lot of credit and plenty of memorable moments despite a 42-22 defeat which sees them unable to win the European Championship.

Scotland are now in pole position to win the title after a 25-4 win over Ireland today but France will overtake them if they win by 18 points against the Scots next week. If they do that, all will rest on the Irish against Wales in Wrexham next Sunday. They currently have a points difference of minus 11 so they will need a large win to overtake both of their rivals.


Rugby League European Championship Game 4 – Ireland v Scotland – Preview and Teams

2014 Rugby League European Championship

Date: 24/10/14

Ireland Head Coach Mark Aston is keen to build on his side’s superb 22-12 victory over France in the opening round of the European Championship, when Scotland visit the Tallaght Stadium, Dublin this Saturday.

Aston has made two changes to the twenty man squad with Stuart Littler and James Toole coming in.


18 Rugby League nations share in the RLIF Player awards

Rugby League International Federation

Date: 23/10/14

Sam Burgess has taken out the 2014 Rugby League International Federation (RLIF) Player of the year award at a function in Brisbane today.

The heroics displayed by Burgess in the NRL Grand Final for South Sydney where he played with a Fractured eye socket and check bone really set him apart from other players in 2014. Burgess is going to be a big loss for rugby league as he goes off to the other code to play for Bath and potentially England.


Rugby League European Championship Game 3 – France v Wales – Preview and Teams

2014 Rugby League European Championship

Date: 23/10/14

France coach Richard Agar has made five changes in his 20-man squad for Saturday’s ‘must win’ game against Wales in Albi in the European Championship.

The French, favourites for the competition - which will see the winners gain a place in the 2016 Four Nations, suffered a shock 22-12 defeat in Ireland last week.


RLIF Chairman hails outstanding International Rugby League weekend

Tonga Rugby League

Date: 20/10/14

Rugby League International Federation chairman Nigel Wood was in Dublin on Saturday afternoon to witness Ireland’s shock 22-12 triumph in the second match of the 2014 European Championship.

“It was a wonderful showcase for international rugby league,” he said.