If you were missing your rugby league don't worry, The Rugby League Four Nations Double Header kicks off this Saturday afternoon. For those of us in Australia who can't make it to Suncorp Stadium the games are being covered by GEM and Channel 9. So fill the fridge with beer get the swear jar ready and strap yourself in for what is going to be a very brutal 4 Hours of International Rugby League.
Supporters are being encouraged to ensure the 2014 Four Nations is the best-attended Four Nations ever with a strong showing in the final between New Zealand and Australia in Wellington on Saturday night.
This year’s tournament, which will conclude with the final at Westpac Stadium, can already lay claim to the highest aggregate attendance for the group stages. The six pool matches involving New Zealand, Australia, England and Samoa recorded an aggregate attendance of 119,603, beating the previous record of 101,207 in 2010.
On November 15, NZ Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney hopes to stand on the Westpac Stadium pitch with his big hands wrapped around the hallowed Four Nations trophy.
Wellington mayor Celia Wade-Brown hopes her city will have shown its ability to host future rugby league blockbusters by filling the 30,000-seat facility for the tournament final.
By John Davidson, 2/11/14
A late try to Shaun Kenny-Dowall has saved New Zealand’s blushes and earned a two-point win over Samoa in the Four Nations.
The Kiwis were below par, well below what they dished up against Australia last weekend, but the loss will be heart-breaking for the Samoans. The Pacific Islanders led for large parts of the match in a very impressive display and looked home with five minutes left.
The 2014 Rugby League Four Nations will see Samoa join the big three Australia, New Zealand and England in the top level international rugby league competition.
The games will be played across Australia and New Zealand with a Double Header kicking-off the Tournament in Brisbane.
By Richard Cowley, Date: 4/5/2014
Toa Samoa have broken their Fiji Bati hoodoo in front of 9,663 passionate fans at Penrith Stadium to secure a place in the end of year Rugby League Four Nations.
With Four Nations fever about to hit New Zealand, the year's premier international rugby league event offers an early chance for corporates to get a foot in the door for the 2017 World Cup.
In November, NZ Rugby League will host three games in a series that brings together probably the four best league nations in the world right now - Australia, New Zealand, England and Samoa.
By John Davidson. Date: 8/11/14
England will be preying for a Samoa win over Australia after New Zealand secured a great two-point victory in Dunedin.
The European side threw everything but the kitchen sink at the Kiwis but couldn’t get the vital result it needed to ensure their place in the Four Nations final. If Samoa can upset the Kangaroos then England will advance to the decider.
Performances from Kiwi recording stars Dave Dallas and Tahuna Breaks will set the stage for the NZ Kiwis and Australia at Saturday's Four Nations rugby league final at Wellington's Westpac Stadium.
While the sporting archrivals are set for a rematch of last year's World Cup final in the main feature, tournament organisers have also secured a couple of musical heavy hitters to get the crowd pumped up for the main event.
England captain Sean O’Loughlin will miss the opening match of the 2014 Four Nations against Samoa at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane on Saturday October 25 (kick off 4.00pm local).