Kangaroos to face Fiji and PNG in Suva

Friday May 26, 2017 by  

The Australian Kangaroos will face Fiji and PNG in an historic contest in Suva ahead of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

The innovative format of the match will see all three teams face each other on October 14, at Suva’s ANZ Stadium.

Fiji will face PNG before Australia takes on both PNG and finally Fiji. All three match-ups will last 40 minutes. Read more

Canberra to host 2017 ANZAC Test

Monday February 13, 2017 by  

Canberra will host the 2017 ANZAC Test between Australia and New Zealand, on Friday May 5.

The announcement was made today at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra by Deputy Chief Minister Yvette Berry, alongside Canberra Raiders’ representative players Shannon Boyd and Jordan Rapana, as well as NRL Ambassador Alan Tongue.

NRL Head of Football Brian Canavan said GIO Stadium would be a fitting venue for the 2017 ANZAC Test. Read more

Meninga appointed Kangaroos Coach

Thursday December 3, 2015 by  

The ARL Commission has appointed Mal Meninga as dedicated Kangaroos coach through to the end of 2019.

One of the most decorated players and coaches of his generation, Meninga officially begins his term with the Kangaroos today after a successful stint with the Queensland Maroons.

NRL Head of Football Todd Greenberg said Meninga would also be based in Sydney and would provide an ambassadorial role for the game, in addition to his coaching role. Read more

Sam Burgess crowned RLIF Player of the Year

Thursday October 23, 2014 by  

Clive Churchill Medal winner Sam Burgess has become the first English winner of the RLIF International Player of the Year Award at a function in Brisbane.

Burgess held off a group of nominees which included fellow English international James Graham, Dally M Medal winners Johnathan Thurston and Jarryd Hayne, as well as Man of Steel winner Daryl Clark, to win the prestigious award at the Royal International Convention Centre, Brisbane.

“Sam was wonderful for England in the World Cup last year and his performances for South Sydney through the NRL season were first-class, all the way to his Clive Churchill Medal effort in the grand final against Canterbury-Bankstown,” RLIF chairman Nigel Wood said. Read more

Kangaroos strengthen grip as world No 1

Tuesday December 3, 2013 by  

World champions Australia have cemented their status as the best nation in international Rugby League following their 34-2 victory over New Zealand in the final of Rugby League World Cup 2013 at Old Trafford, Manchester, on Saturday.

New Zealand, England and France remain in positions two to four, respectively, in the rankings, which also take into consideration results from other international competitions in recent months, including the European Bowl.

Fiji, who reached a World Cup semi-final for the second time in succession, have climbed from seventh to fifth spot in the rankings. The islanders have overtaken Wales and Papua New Guinea, who have both dropped a place following their disappointing efforts in RLWC2013. Read more

Sheens re-appointed as Kangaroos coach

Sunday December 2, 2012 by  

Tim Sheens has been re-appointed Kangaroos Coach for a fifth term.

While preparing Australia for the 2013 World Cup in the UK, Tim will also assist with the national high performance program.

Sheens has accepted the new role for a 12-month term that could see Australia play up to seven games if they make the World Cup Final in November 2013. Read more

Internationals returns to Wembley

Friday July 1, 2011 by  

International Rugby League will return to Wembley Stadium for the first time since 1997 when the second round of fixtures in the 2011 Gillette Four Nations series take place at the national stadium this autumn.

On Saturday, November 5, the RFL will stage a double-header of International Rugby League, which will see hosts England taking on Australia, kicking off at 3:30pm and Wales, who will be making their Four Nations debut, facing current Four Nations and World Champions New Zealand in the first of the two games, kick off 1:00pm.

The last international at Wembley was between Great Britain and Australia 14 years ago and England have not played at the national stadium since the 1995 World Cup final when Australia were the victors in front of a 66,540 crowd. Read more

Kangaroos prevail on the back of Kiwis generosity

Friday May 6, 2011 by  

The Kangaroos’ dominance of the Anzac Test continued as they stayed in the grind and eventually prevailed on the back of the Kiwis’ generosity to win an often enthralling battle 20-10 at Skilled Park in Robina on Friday night.

Tries to Billy Slater and debutant Jamal Idris inside the last 12 minutes blew the score-line out somewhat after 68 minutes of blood and thunder football.

After Kiwi winger Matthew Duffie had scored on debut in the 26th minute the two sides kept going at each other without either wilting. For 42 minutes, the score remained 10-6 in Australia’s favour, both defending resolutely, if not bravely, in the face of constant fire. This was Test football of the classic variety. Read more

Aussies and Kiwis to battle in Newcastle

Wednesday April 27, 2011 by  

The new-look Hunter Stadium in Newcastle will host an end-of-season Test between Australia and New Zealand on October 16 in an exciting prelude to the 2011 Four Nations tournament in the United Kingdom.

The Australian Rugby League and New Zealand Rugby League today confirmed the Newcastle Test, which will mark a new chapter in the oldest rivalry in Rugby League and showcase the strength of Trans-Tasman battles for the Bill Kelly Cup.

“The rivalry between Australia and New Zealand has never been stronger and a two-Test format will really showcase the prestige and excitement of international Rugby League,” ARL Chief Executive, Mr Geoff Carr, said today. Read more

Anzac Test venue change

Friday March 4, 2011 by  

New Zealand Rugby League Chief Executive, Mr Jim Doyle, has today confirmed the May 6 Test between New Zealand and Australia will move to the Gold Coast’s Skilled Park as Christchurch works to recover from the devastation of February’s earthquake.

The NZRL and the ARL have made a firm commitment to return the match to Christchurch in 2012 when AMI stadium and the city itself can capitalise on the benefits of hosting the international.

“Our thoughts are with the people of Christchurch and the Canterbury region at this time,” Mr Doyle said. Read more