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Category: New Zealand rugby league

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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…

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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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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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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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Rugby league: New Zealand end Australia’s winning streak

Kangaroos suffer first Test loss under coach Mal MeningaKiwis’ first win over Australia since 2015 Anzac TestA Joey Manu-inspired New Zealand have brought Australia crashing back to earth with a 26-24 upset in their rugby league Test at Mt Smart stadiu…

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Rugby league: New Zealand end Australia’s winning streak

Kangaroos suffer first Test loss under coach Mal MeningaKiwis’ first win over Australia since 2015 Anzac TestA Joey Manu-inspired New Zealand have brought Australia crashing back to earth with a 26-24 upset in their rugby league Test at Mt Smart stadiu…

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England show best of rugby league in dazzling Denver defeat of New Zealand

• Colorado contest a shot in the arm for the game• American audience treated as England showcase their talentFor once the result was not necessarily the priority for England in Denver on Saturday night. While the performance and the 36-18 victory over …

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England rally to beat New Zealand and hail Denver fixture as a success

England 36-18 New ZealandCrowd of 19,320 at Mile High StadiumEngland fought back from 12-0 down to beat New Zealand 36-18 in their groundbreaking Test match in Denver, Colorado.An encouraging crowd of 19,320 at Mile High Stadium witnessed an impressive…

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Sam Burgess urges England to showcase rugby league in Denver

• England face New Zealand at Mile High Stadium• Burgess calls on England to do the sport justice in AmericaSam Burgess urged his England teammates to “do the sport justice” when they face New Zealand on Saturday in a Denver showcase for international …