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Category: New Zealand rugby league

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Top players likely to switch allegiance to compete in Rugby League World Cup

Australia and New Zealand stars can play for tier two nationsNeither country is sending a squad to the 2021 tournamentThe prospect of some of Australia’s and New Zealand’s best players switching allegiance to play for other nations if this year’s World…

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International rugby league on life support due to self-interest of Australian clubs

Australia and New Zealand pulling out of the World Cup under the smokescreen of Covid concerns betrays the self-interest of southern hemisphere powerbrokersIt has been the overused catch-cry of the Rugby League Twitterati of late that the game is dead …

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Australia’s and New Zealand’s World Cup myopia threatens crisis for rugby league | Aaron Bower

Decision to pull out reflects administrators’ shortsighted prioritisation of the NRL but hope could lie in a revolt by playersFor anyone with even a brief knowledge of rugby league’s recent history, the only surprise about the announcement that Austral…

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‘Ten feet tall and bulletproof’: how Olsen Filipaina impressed the great Wally Lewis | Patrick Skene

In an extract from his new book, Patrick Skene chronicles how the Kiwi rugby league pioneer left an indelible impression in the 1980sOn a crisp afternoon on Sunday, 30 June 1985, the Kiwis players erupted onto Carlaw Park for the second Test against th…

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Future of Great Britain Lions in grave doubt after disastrous tour | Aaron Bower

After the failure of a largely English squad, doubts have been raised about whether the Lions’ coach Wayne Bennett should be replaced in his England role for the home World Cup in 2021No matter who you speak to, the general consensus will be that the r…

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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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GB’s Alex Walmsley: ‘There’s a point you know you’re done, but I wasn’t’

St Helens prop has recovered from serious injury and must now help Great Britain bounce back against New ZealandBack-to-back defeats to start their tour of the southern hemisphere means there is a certain sense of adversity surrounding Great Britain at…

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GB’s Alex Walmsley: ‘There’s a point you know you’re done, but I wasn’t’

St Helens prop has recovered from serious injury and must now help Great Britain bounce back against New ZealandBack-to-back defeats to start their tour of the southern hemisphere means there is a certain sense of adversity surrounding Great Britain at…

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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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Jake Connor seeks redemption on Great Britain debut against New Zealand

Centre gets call up after domestic season to forgetLions looking to put Tonga defeat behind themAfter defeat by Tonga last weekend, it is safe to assume that every member of the Great Britain side that faces New Zealand on Saturday has some wrongs to r…

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The Great Britain Lions go into New Zealand Test bruised and beaten

The Lions and New Zealand both lost at the weekend. Who will respond better when they meet in Auckland on Saturday?By Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredIt is not often British rugby league can be grateful to the England rugby union team, but Saturda…

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Inexperienced Australia dismantle New Zealand in rugby league Test

Kangaroos beat Kiwis 26-4 in WollongongHosts field five debutants but ease to victoryAustralia’s next generation of rugby league stars landed their first blow against New Zealand, bouncing the Kiwis 26-4 in Wollongong. Fielding their least experienced …

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Inexperienced Australia dismantle New Zealand in rugby league Test

Kangaroos beat Kiwis 26-4 in WollongongHosts field five debutants but ease to victoryAustralia’s next generation of rugby league stars landed their first blow against New Zealand, bouncing the Kiwis 26-4 in Wollongong. Fielding their least experienced …

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Super League should take NRL’s lead and promote international matches

International rugby league will only grow when it is given respect, resources and room. Super League should help outBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredThere were five senior men’s internationals played at the weekend, but British readers may have …

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Quentin Pongia, former New Zealand rugby league captain, dies aged 48

Pongia played 35 Tests and 137 NRL games ‘An icon of the game,’ says New Zealand Rugby LeagueTributes are flowing in for former Canberra and New Zealand forward Quentin Pongia, who has died from cancer aged 48.Pongia played 137 NRL games and 35 Tests f…

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What can we expect from the league Lions tour to New Zealand next year?

The Great Britain and Irish Lions are back after a 12-year hiatus to face Tonga, New Zealand, Fiji, Samoa and Papua New GuineaBy Gavin Willacy for No Helmets RequiredSo farewell England, welcome back Great Britain – or maybe the Great Britain and Irela…

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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…