England coach Steve McNamara has named a 34-man squad for the mid-season training camp at Loughborough University from June 15-17 in preparation for the 2014 Four Nations in Australia and New Zealand.
The players are drawn from eight First Utility Super League clubs and comprises the nucleus of the 2013 Rugby League World Cup squad, with the addition of players from the England Knights programme.
Junior Kiwi Joseph Tapine's elevation to the Newcastle Knights' first-grade line-up has captured the attention of Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney over the past couple of weeks.
New Zealand Rugby League chief executive Phil Holden will visit Whangarei’s Toll Stadium next Monday to check out preparations for the NZ Kiwis first visit to the Far North later this year.
It means, most likely, you won't get to dress for the game. You'll be watching powerless from the stands, as your brothers bleed for the cause.
But if you're a Kiwis fan, #18 is about as close as you can get to the real action.
The NZ Kiwis want their fans to be our #18 during the upcoming Four Nations tournament.
England coach Steve McNamara has told the players who played in Rugby League World Cup 2013 that they have the ability to determine whether they will be involved in this year’s Four Nations tournament.
McNamara has also thrown down the gauntlet to every English player in the First Utility Super League to play their way into his plans for the tournament in Australia and New Zealand this autumn, details of which were announced today (Thursday).
2014 RUGBY LEAGUE FOUR-NATIONS OVERVIEW
Host Nations - Australia and New Zealand
Total Attendance - 144,786
Average Crowd - 20,684
Number of Teams - 4
2014 Four-Nations Snapshot - The 2014 Four-Nations is the 4th instalment of the highly successful rugby league competition. With the ongoing improvement of 2nd tier nations, and the 2013 Rugby League World Cup being hosted in the UK. The Four-Nations took take place in Australia and New Zealand in October / November 2014 with the Final being held in Wellington, New Zealand.
Well it’s amazing what can happen in a week of rugby league. We just witnessed one of the all-time classic rugby league games where in the 1st Semi-Final New Zealand pulled a rabbit out of their hat with 20 seconds on the clock and pulled the World Cup rug out from under the English rugby league team. The game will be talked about for years to come.