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Category: England rugby league team

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Key workers to be given 20,021 free tickets to Rugby League World Cup

Frontline staff will be thanked for their dedication during the coronavirus pandemic at the tournament in England next yearBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredThe decision to move the Olympics and the European Championship to 2021 could have Jon Du…

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What next for the Super League, Challenge Cup and England fixtures?

The coronavirus pandemic could lead to a complete reboot of how rugby league is organised – starting next yearBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredWhen the time comes that rugby league can shape a fixture list for the rest of 2020, they will have to…

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Rugby league’s new eligibility rules affect England and the Man of Steel

The ‘very patriotic’ England boss Shaun Wane has picked his first squad and it is not good news for Jackson HastingsBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredIf new England coach Shaun Wane gets to meet his squad for the first time next Monday at Old Tra…

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Wigan’s Zak Hardaker puts bad times in the past and targets World Cup role

Full-back is rejuvenated at Wigan after ban and arrest had put career in doubt having found happiness away from rugbyAnyone who has seen Zak Hardaker perform during the opening month of the new Super League season will know there is a swagger to his ga…

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Shaun Wane is appointed as new England rugby league head coach

• Former Wigan coach Wane succeeds Wayne Bennett• RFL rugby director Kevin Sinfield resigns from postThe former England captain Kevin Sinfield has quit the Rugby Football League following the appointment of Shaun Wane as the new head coach.Wane, the 55…

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Natalie Harrowell, England rugby league international, dies aged 29

Featherstone Rovers forward won Woman of Steel 2019Tributes come from clubs and RFL chief executiveThe Featherstone Rovers Ladies and England international rugby league forward Natalie Harrowell has died, aged 29.Harrowell won three caps for her countr…

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Rugby league has become competitive – but only in the southern hemisphere

While the rise of Samoa, Fiji and Papua New Guinea is brilliant, the wealthiest investors are in Europe and North AmericaBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets Required“You all need to have a good look at what’s happened with the international game over the l…

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Wayne Bennett has failed as Great Britain Lions coach

Three straight defeats in New Zealand is bad enough, but Bennett has not even grasped what make the Lions specialBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredThere is no shame in losing to the Kiwis in New Zealand. It has happened to the last 11 British int…

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Wayne Bennett has failed as Great Britain Lions coach

Three straight defeats in New Zealand is bad enough, but Bennett has not even grasped what make the Lions specialBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredThere is no shame in losing to the Kiwis in New Zealand. It has happened to the last 11 British int…

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Great Britain’s tour reaches new lows with heavy loss to New Zealand

Kiwis win 23-8 to keep Lions winless on South Pacific tourHooker Josh Hodgson scores GB’s only try of the matchWe are expanding our coverage of New Zealand. Please help us by supporting our independent journalismThere can no longer be any reasonable ar…

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Kiwis hold on for dramatic victory against Great Britain

New Zealand 12-8 Great BritainLions suffer their second defeat in a row in southern hemisphere tourGreat Britain’s tour to the southern hemisphere has gone from bad to worse, going down 12-8 to New Zealand in a scrappy encounter at Eden Park for their …

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Ultimate warrior Sam Burgess retires as one of England’s best rugby league exports | Nick Tedeschi

The Rabbitohs forward was fearless in everything he did on the field, an enforcer from what seems like a bygone eraIt was a true testament to Sam Burgess’ authenticity that he remained as popular and respected in the game amongst both players and fans …

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Japan and New Zealand have higher goals after showcase weekend | Robert Kitson

Hosts and World Cup favourites eye semi-final spots while England and Wales also have their tails up for the quarter-finalsFor many years one of the staples of family entertainment on television was the art of plate spinning. The most impressive exampl…

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Jodie Cunningham: ‘Rugby league has made my life better a million times’

The St Helens and England full-back on the future of women’s rugby league, the 2021 World Cup and the art of punditryBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredJodie Cunningham is rather busy. As well as playing full-back for St Helens and England, the 27…

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England end Test series on sour note with thrashing by New Zealand

• England 0-34 New Zealand• Kodi Nikorima orchestrates six-try victory in final TestThis has been a year of encouraging, perhaps unprecedented, progress for England but this was a firm reminder the job is far from complete in terms of desire to become …

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Golden Boot is now on the other foot for Tommy Makinson

England wing enjoys his award following a hat-trick against New Zealand after injury had nearly ruined career“It’s all a bit mad this, isn’t it?” says Tommy Makinson as he tries to make sense of the latest outstanding moment in one of game’s more remar…

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Sinfield wants England’s new mentality to demand NZ series whitewash

• To be where we want to be, it’s got to be 3-0’ he says • England hopeful over 2020 home series against AustraliaKevin Sinfield has called on England to underline their changing mentality and complete a whitewash series victory over New Zealand on Sun…

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This is an exciting new era for the England rugby league team

Not only have England beaten New Zealand but they have done so with a group of youngsters who can hit even greater heightsBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredMuch has been made of the star names who missed England’s 20-14 win over New Zealand at An…

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England’s Tommy Makinson joins world elite by winning Golden Boot

• St Helens winger only fifth Englishman to win accolade• Australia centre Isabelle Kelly is women’s winnerTommy Makinson has become only the fifth Englishman to receive rugby league’s highest individual accolade, the Golden Boot award.The England and …

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Tommy Makinson hat-trick carries England to series win over New Zealand

• England 20-14 New Zealand• St Helens wing Makinson is standout performer in second TestTommy Makinson’s outstanding hat-trick ensured a series victory for England over New Zealand with a game to spare in a thrilling Test match at Anfield.Arguably the…