By Shaun Cumming, Date: 30/6/13
Welcome to another issue of International magazine. It’s hard to believe that in four monthsâ€™ time, Cardiff will host the opening ceremony of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup. 14 Nations will be vying for the silverware, which England’s Jamie Jones-Buchanan is displaying on the front cover.
But before we turn our attention to the October and November tournament, the month of June has been chock full of news surrounding the international game.
The European Shield is in full swing, with Russia almost certain of securing the winner’s tag. In the division below, the European Bowl squads have been announced. Ukraine may head into the tournament as favourites, biut the Czech Republic will be hard to match. For the third team in the competition, Norway is somewhat of a surprise package. We await the results of the Bowl, with the winner progressing to the 2014 European Shield.
All your favourites are back for this June issue if International. Mark takes a look at player off-field behaviour while Shamrock turns his attention to State of Origin, albeit not as you know it. Sam takes a look at Italy’s road to the world cup and takes a peak at rugby league in the USA.
To round it all off, Louise has an intriguing interview with former Irish international Gareth Haggerty
Here’s hoping you enjoy the April issue of International.