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

Rugby League International Federation

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

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"

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England Academy 28 score top marks against Australian Schoolboys 14

Ted Chapelhow tackling Jacob Liddle (Photo by SWpix)

By Joe Smith, Date: 13/12/14

England Academy secured a memorable victory over the Australian Schoolboys at Leigh Sports Village, ensuring that they shared the two-Test 2014 Autumn International Academy Series.

The fiery encounter in Leigh ended with both sides stood arm-in-arm when presented the shared honours, though it was the home side that were the happiest after beating an old foe for the first time since 2010.

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England Academy and Australian Schoolboys name teams for final Test

 England Rugby League Academy Side (Photo by SWpix)

Date: 12/12/14

England Academy coach Richard Marshall and Australian Schoolboys coach Brian Battese have named their 17-man squads for the final game of the 2014 Autumn Academy International Series.

The game takes place at Leigh Sports Village on Friday with kick-off at 7.00pm.

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Rugby League on show at EU Sports Forum 2014

Rugby League European Federation

Date: 9/12/14

The European Commission organised its sixth EU Sport Forum in Milan recently, an event attended by more than 260 delegates from all across Europe.

The RLEF was represented by Jovan Vujosevic, the Regional Director for Central and East Europe and Tiziano Franchini, vice president of the Federazione Italiana Rugby League.

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Australian Schoolboys triumph in tough first Test

England Academy Callum Lancaster

By Joe Smith, Date: 8/12/14

Ultimately, just two kicks separated England Academy and the Australian Schoolboys in the first match of the 2014 Autumn International Academy Series.

In a fiercely-fought and physical encounter, both sides recorded four tries, with a player from each team scoring a brace – Oliver Gildart crossed twice for the Academy whilst Latrell Mitchell grabbed two first-half scores for the Schoolboys – though it was the visitors, converting three tries to England’s one, who were ultimately victorious.

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England Academy and Australian Schoolboys name teams for first Test

Date: 6/12/14

England Academy coach Richard Marshall and Australian Schoolboys coach Brian Battese have named their 17-man squads for the first game of the 2014 Autumn Academy International Series.

The game takes place at Leigh Sports Village Saturday with a 2.00pm kick-off.

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Rugby League’s new development Tool - Euro Touch & Tag

By Matthew Brown, Date: 29/11/14

Rugby league has numerous variations apart from the full 13 a side game. It can be played under Touch, Tag, Masters, 7s and 9 a side rules. These variations can be beneficially for regular players to play socially, keep their fitness levels up during the off season or participate in Rugby League in some form.

These variants of the game have been used to help new people develop their skills before they participate in full 13 a side match. In new markets where Rugby League is trying to get started, groups will often use one of these game types to help advance the player’s abilities before a proper 13 a side competition can commence. An individual who has come up with a steady, logical pathway from social to full 13 a side Rugby League is Des Foy.

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2014 a year of growth for International Rugby League

Nigel Wood Visits Cook Islands Rugby League

Date: 17/11/14

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.

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