England's players surely need no more motivation than just the idea of winning the Rugby World Cup on their home soil. Just in case, though, reports are that the players face a bonus of some £100,000 per player if they manage to lift the trophy in October at Twickenham.
With October fast approaching New Zealand will get many benefits with being co-hosts of the Rugby League World Cup.
Gaming companies sponsoring Rugby Teams is common these days. People now expect that kind of thing with football teams, but it seems that they are going to have to start expecting it with rugby teams as well. Gaming companies are now sponsoring a wide range of different sports teams because it makes sense for them to do so, and the exact sport really doesn't matter for the gaming companies. One sports team is as good as any other. The gaming companies are able to get the exposure and the marketing that they want and need. The sports teams are able to get the funding that they need. It is a genuinely good situation for everyone involved.
The Cameroon Rugby League, admitted as observer members to the RLEF last November, has announced details of its first season, which will start next month and include a domestic competition and a series of 9s tournaments at junior and senior level.
Albania has become the 39th member nation of the RLEF after they were granted Observer status, further strengthening the sport in the Balkans.