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Category: England rugby league team

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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…

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Jermaine McGillvary will feel at home when England run out at Anfield

The Huddersfield wing has a particular reason to be looking forward to facing New Zealand in LiverpoolFor all of England’s squad, the bright lights and big stage Liverpool and Anfield provide makes Sunday’s second Test against New Zealand extra special…

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Sam Tomkins still has ‘plenty of rugby left’ as England face Kiwis at Anfield

• Wigan full-back never gave up on England after four-year exile• England won first match of three-Test series against KiwisSam Tomkins has said he never feared his England career was over during his four-year exile from the national team as Wayne Benn…

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The more England beat New Zealand, the less they fear NRL players

England have overcome their inferiority complex about the NRL. Their next task is to demolish Australia’s unbeatable auraBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredHaving won their last two games against New Zealand, England should have no inferiority com…

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England temper crowd estimate for Sunday’s New Zealand Test at Anfield

• I would hope we would be over 25,000, says Ralph Rimmer• International federation to meet this week and finalise GB tourRalph Rimmer, the Rugby Football League chief executive, has conceded the governing body has work to do to maximise the potential …

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Oliver Gildart strikes late to give England victory over New Zealand

• England 18-16 New Zealand• Gildart scores magnificent late try on England debutOliver Gildart’s late try ensured victory for England in the opening Test against New Zealand in Hull, following a pulsating affair which suggests the remainder of this th…

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Sam Tomkins set for England return at half-back in first Test with New Zealand

• Tomkins selected in unusual role after four-year absence• Hull’s Jake Connor preferred to Mark Percival at centreWigan full-back Sam Tomkins will make his England return after a four-year absence against New Zealand – at half-back, alongside club tea…

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South Sydney Rabbitohs to sign England head coach Wayne Bennett

• Bennett set to join Rabbitohs from 2020• Souths will not stop Bennett from continuing England roleSouth Sydney Rabbitohs will not stand in Wayne Bennett’s way if he wants to continue his role as England coach alongside his club duties after confirmin…

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England can make statement against New Zealand, says James Graham

• Tourists arrive for series on back of beating Australia• Graham says international game is in best of healthJames Graham believes international rugby league is in its rudest health for some time and wants a new-look England side to underline their cr…

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Tom Johnstone puts marker down for Test series in England stroll past France

• England 44-6 France• Debutant winger Johnstone scores hat-trick before NZ seriesIt was not so much a Test, more a walk in the park for England as Wayne Bennett’s side sauntered through an understrength France team in their only warm-up game before th…