Mark Aston’s Ireland were unchanged from the side which beat Italy, against the odds, last week as they came up against a Papua New Guinea side at a partisan Port Moresby. PNG tinkered with their own line-up but the lack of changes illustrated the importance that both coaches gave to the game.


The Kumuls were strong favourites with the bookies whose physicality was expected to be too much for a brave Ireland side.


The atmosphere at kick off was electric, an eighteenth man for the Papua New Guinea side.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 5th Nov 2017 8:15 AM | Views : 5627 | Replies : 4 | READ MORE

England came into tonight’s game in Sydney with some trepidation against an almost unknown Lebanon side who had performed so brilliantly last week in their win over France.


The injury to Sam Burgess meant that Ben Currie was in the starting line up with Alex Walmsley, now recovered from a virus, given a position on the bench. Giving more of his squad some game time, coach Bennett brought in Ratchford for Lomax in the starting line up, and Williams for Roby on the bench.


It was a carnival like atmosphere as a massive Lebanese following hoped to cheer Brad Fittler’s side to one of the all-time World Cup upsets.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 4th Nov 2017 11:01 AM | Views : 5344 | Replies : 3 | READ MORE

Looking through the group stages fixtures many people will have picked out today’s clash between Samoa and Tonga as one of the must-see games. Two massive sides battling it out in the heat of Hamilton as an intense rivalry hit the World Cup.


Tonga were big favourites after their win in the opening round to beat a Samoa side who lost to New Zealand in their opening World Cup fixture.


The tension between the two neighbouring islands had been building all week and reached a crescendo at kick-off after some amazing pre-match cultural exchanges.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 4th Nov 2017 8:35 AM | Views : 4403 | Replies : 1 | READ MORE

There were plenty of changes for New Zealand as they took to the field at the Christchurch Stadium with the aspiration of sealing their quarter final place against a Scotland side who were well beaten by Tonga last weekend.


Steve McCormack’s Bravehearts side were in danger of early elimination in a tough group where a loss today would see them needing a victory over their final opponents next weekend, Samoa.


Despite these two sides drawing 18-18 the last time they met in the Four Nations last year, the Kiwis were massive favourites for a big win after their confident victory against Samoa over the opening weekend.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 4th Nov 2017 5:55 AM | Views : 5084 | Replies : 7 | READ MORE

Australia started the game as 1000/1 on favourites to beat a France side who were taken apart by an impressive Lebanon in the opening round. Mal Meninga rested a number of players including Cooper Cronk and Dane Gagai, and James Maloney was a late withdrawal due to a ‘personal matter’.


The expected loss for France wouldn’t end their quarter final aspirations, so long as England beat Lebanon tomorrow, but they would then need to beat England next weekend.


There were over 12,000 in the Canberra Stadium to cheer on their heroes.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 3rd Nov 2017 10:57 AM | Views : 5017 | Replies : 1 | READ MORE

The Betfred Super League Fixtures have today been released by the RFL for the 2018 season which will kick off on the 1st February when the Champions, the Leeds Rhinos will face Warrington Wolves in a match to be played at the wolves home, the Halliwell-Jones Stadium.  

All Thursday and Friday night televised matches will kick-off at 19:45 with SKY showing two games per week. 

Round two will see Super League on the road in Australia for the first time with Wigan Warriors facing Hull FC at the WIN Stadium in Wollongong.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Wed 1st Nov 2017 8:19 AM | Views : 11985 | Replies : 52 | READ MORE

France and Lebanon got their campaigns underway at the Canberra Stadium as a French side consisting mainly of professional Catalans Dragons players took on the enthusiastic Lebanese amateurs.


France were slight favourites to secure an opening win to give themselves a chance in a tough group Group A where both sides would still have to take on Australia and England. But the Lebanon side were full of experience and not to be underestimated.


Today’s winners were likely to make the quarter final, the losers almost certainly wouldn’t.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 29th Oct 2017 10:27 AM | Views : 5918 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

The much fancied Tonga opened their campaign against Scotland in the second of the double-header of matches in a sweltering Cairns.

All eyes would be on Andrew Fifita who had controversially decided to turn his back on Australia to represent his country of birth.

This wasn’t a matter of whether Tonga would win, it was just a question of by how many. It was an emotion charged opener for two passionate sides.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 29th Oct 2017 8:37 AM | Views : 5888 | Replies : 2 | READ MORE

A sweltering thirty-two degrees welcomed Ireland and Italy to the pitch at Barlow Park in Cairns for the pool C/D game with the blue of Italy being the favourites with the bookies to overcome the conditions and start their World Cup campaign with a victory.


The warm weather policy had been enacted with water breaks after twenty minutes of each half and an extended half time period to give the players more time to take on fluids.


The Irish won the coin toss and elected to take advantage of a strong wind at their backs in the first half.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sun 29th Oct 2017 6:05 AM | Views : 6777 | Replies : 10 | READ MORE

It was Mick Potter’s Fiji against the United States of America Tomahawks coached by Brian McDermott for Saturdays final game at the Townsville Stadium in Townsville, Queensland.


Those outside the two camps knew little about the sides although both included a smattering of NRL and Super League players. The bookies had made Fiji the favourites and even USA coach McDermott acknowledged that if Fiji were on form it could be a very long night.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 28th Oct 2017 12:32 PM | Views : 5906 | Replies : 0 | READ MORE

Mt Smart in Auckland played host to game three of the Rugby League World Cup as New Zealand entered the competition with a tough looking game against the men mountains of Samoa. The bookies favoured the Kiwis but Samoa were very experienced and fancied as outsiders by some pundits.


The last time that the two sides met was two years ago when New Zealand scrapes a 14-12 victory, the last time that the Kiwis played on home soil.


It was a mouthwatering prospect and a big crowd expected a bruiser.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 28th Oct 2017 10:26 AM | Views : 5796 | Replies : 2 | READ MORE

It was a full house at the Oil Search National Stadium in Port Moresby for game two of the 2017 World Cup as John Kear’s Wales had the toughest of openers against Papua New Guinea. 


The warm and humid conditions were perfect for Michael Marum’s  Kumuls but a long way removed from the conditions that the Welsh boys are used to. Both sides had a number of players familiar to Super League fans, but many unknown quantities.


Playing on their home soil PNG were massive favourites with the bookies with few commentators giving Wales any chance of taking the points.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Sat 28th Oct 2017 8:00 AM | Views : 8496 | Replies : 17 | READ MORE

The story of one hundred and nine years of history, between the two oldest rugby league playing nations, turned the next page as Australia welcomed England to the opening game of the 2017 World Cup.


Mal Meninga’s cast iron Aussie favourites were up against Wayne Bennett’s cream of Super League with the hopes of both nations resting on their shoulders. 


The World Cup wouldn’t be won today, but the result would give us a clear indication of how competitive the latter stages of the competition would be.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Fri 27th Oct 2017 12:02 PM | Views : 7756 | Replies : 19 | READ MORE

The month long spectacular that is the 2017 Rugby League World Cup gets underway on Friday morning when co-hosts Australia take on the old enemy, England at the Melbourne Rectangular Stadium.

 This is just the first of twenty-eight matches to be played over thirty-six days at twelve venues in three countries culminating in the World Cup Final on the 2nd December at the Brisbane Stadium.

Posted by RLFANS News Hound on Thu 26th Oct 2017 11:18 AM | Views : 5834 | Replies : 1 | READ MORE

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