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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

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

PM’s XIII hold off Kumuls late charge

Sunday September 26, 2010 by  

The ARL Prime Ministers XIII has today defeated the PNG Kumuls 30-18 holding off a late comeback by the locals which included a second half double to hard-running Kumuls backrower Nickson Kolo.

Thousands of local fans lined the road into Lloyd Robson Oval for the arrival of both teams before a ten thousand strong crowd saw the Kumuls welcome the Australians with some brutal defence early in the match.

However a piece of brilliance from Akuila Uate and some hard running from Cronulla Sharks front row partners Kade Snowden and Luke Douglas eventually gave the Prime Minister’s side the impetus to pull away early in the second half. Read more

Prime Minister’s XIII team announced

Tuesday September 14, 2010 by  

The Australian Rugby League has today announced Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s first Prime Minister’s XIII to play Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby on Sunday, September 26, as part of a three-day visit to highlight the strong partnership between the two countries and deliver critical health messages to the local community.

The match, at Lloyd Robson Oval, is the culmination of a series of activities in conjunction with AusAID and the Papua New Guinea Rugby League that will bring the Prime Minister’s XIII and PNG Kumuls together with the community to talk about the importance of staying safe on and off the field.

In a country which has the highest rate of HIV and AIDS in the Pacific – about 2% of the population is living with HIV – the visit will take the Prime Minister’s XIII out into the community to deliver critical messages to locals about being fit and healthy including protecting themselves from HIV and AIDS and protecting women from violence. Read more

Four Nations Final confirmed for Brisbane

Thursday February 4, 2010 by  

The schedule for the 2010 Four Nations series has been confirmed with Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium securing the final on November 13.

Tournament series partners the Australian Rugby League, the New Zealand Rugby League and England’s Rugby Football League have announced a seven-match schedule including a ‘double-header’ at Auckland’s re-developed Eden Park Stadium.

Parramatta Stadium will host the first of three Australian events with the Kangaroos taking on one of the star teams of the 2008 World Cup and the reigning Pacific Cup winner Papua New Guinea.

Melbourne will also host the Kangaroos when they take on England, during one of the great international sporting festivals – the Spring Racing Carnival. The stadium for this match is still to be confirmed. Read more

Kumuls book spot in 2010 Four Nations

Sunday November 1, 2009 by  

Papua New Guinea have won the inaugural Pacific Cup tournament and booked themselves a spot in the 2010 Four Nations with a 42-14 win over the Cook Islands in Port Moresby today.

The Kumuls thrilled a packed Lloyd Robson Oval crowd of more than 10,000 in what was a spirited tournament final, running in eight tries with man-of-the-match David Mead bagging a hat trick.

The win sees the PNG Kumuls advance to the 2010 Four Nations where they will take on league heavyweights Australia, New Zealand and England.

“It means so much to all our boys and everyone here in this country,” PNG Kumuls captain John Wilshere said. Read more

Kumuls show potential despite defeat

Sunday September 27, 2009 by  

Port Moresby fan favourite David Williams in action against PNG.

Port Moresby fan favourite David Williams in action against PNG.

The Papua New Guinea Kumuls have put their Pacific Cup rivals on notice today despite going down 42-18 to the ARL Prime Minister’s XIII side in Port Moresby.

Thousands of local fans lined the road into Lloyd Robson Oval for the arrival of both teams before a 10,000 strong crowd saw the Kumuls welcome the Australians with brutal defence early in the match.

However a hat-trick of tries to Michael Jennings and a terrific performance from crowd favourite and captain Johnathan Thurston saw the Australian side pull away late in the second half.

On Saturday, the Prime Minister’s XIII side joined the Kumuls to promote critical health messages at various locations including the children’s ward of Port Moresby General Hospital, Tubusereia Village and Boera Village. Read more

Ashes off the agenda for Four Nations

Monday September 14, 2009 by  

The historical significance of the Rugby League Ashes has persuaded the RFL and ARL to reject calls for England and Australia to contest the sport’s most prestigious trophy when they meet in the Four Nations next month.

The two governing bodies had been considering suggestions from current and former Test players for the Ashes Trophy to be played for in the international at Wigan on Saturday October 31.

However after listening to supporters and opponents of the plan, the sheer logistics of transforming the history of the Ashes concept from a three-match series to a one-off match has led to the plan being shelved.

“It was an idea born out of a great sporting rivalry and it is to the credit of the Australians that they were prepared to consider the move,” said RFL Chairman Richard Lewis. Read more