The long wait is over and the fixtures for the 2016 Four Nations have been released. The tournament kicks off on the 28th October in Hull and finishes on the 20th November in Liverpool.
It's a little disappointing not to have a game in Scotland, but Workington became the home of Scotland in the last World Cup, so they should get a decent following there. The clash of the double header in Coventry with the RLWC qualification playoff in Leigh is disappointing on a personal note, but you can't have everything.
In other news, Cook Islands will be playing a game against Lebanon on the 8th May in Sydney, Australia.
All the fixtures are listed on the main page
The Philippines have just defeated Serbia 18-12 in Cabramatta, Australia after leading at half time in the first meeting between the two nations.
Canada will face the USA home and away over 2 legs for the Colonial Cup (with dates still TBC) and will take on South Wales Scorpions U20s at the start of October. There is also something special planned for 23rd July, which will be announced in the near future
Just a quick update, firstly to say congratulations to Latin Heat for their 54-16 victory over Thailand, and secondly, the USA v Leeds Rhinos match will be livestreamed at the following link: https://youtu.be/lvZHuOSh4AM
Highlights of both matches will be posted in the coming days
Just a quick update to say that I've moved the 2015 fixtures into an archive page in order to bring more prominence to the 2016 fixtures that are coming up. The details I currently have are fairly sparse, but that's all I can find at the moment.
I've also added links to the Africa United and Lebanon Youth RL crowdfunding campaigns to the main page. Please have a look at these campaigns and seriously consider putting some money into them
This weekend will see the Grand Finals of the Norwegian and Serbian domestic leagues.
The Serbian GF will see Dorcol Spiders taking on Partizan Belgrade on 14th Nov 2015 at 14.15 CET at https://ginicam.com/event/qwNR83oiu5l2yZmvU2mmsaM
The Norwegian GF is being streamed for the first time since 2012 and kicks off at 16:00 local time (straight after England v NZ) and is available at http://www.nrk.no/nordland/
Preparations for the England v New Zealand test series commenced in very different ways, with New Zealand facing a much tougher battle in their 34-12 victory over Leeds Rhinos than England had to in their 84-4 win over a weakened France team.
With France facing England, Wales played against Keighley Cougars in the Danny Jones Memorial match, with a 36-20 win, while the European Championships continued in their absence with Ireland just edging Scotland 24-22.
World Cup qualification began for the MEA region, with the first of 2 matches between South Africa and Lebanon taking place and seeing Lebanon win 40-12, leaving South Africa needing to win the return fixture next weekend by 29 points or more.
In site news, a few more match reports have been added and there is now a link to the full replay of the France v Ireland match on the main page
Chile ran out winners of the inaugural Latino Rugby League Sevens tournament this weekend, defeating El Salvador and Uruguay in their pool matches before beating Peru 14-10 in the final. Peru had only conceded 4 points in the group stages against Ecuador and Colombia, but were not quite strong enough to take victory over the pre-tournament favourites, despite the half time scores being level at 10-10.
Ecuador and El Salvador managed wins in their group matches against Colombia and Uruguay respectively.
Hopefully all the countries can build upon this tournament for their upcoming tour to Mexico and the US
Full report here.
Vamos Latin Heat!
It's been a very busy weekend for international fixtures, with 7 fixtures being played as well as the Latin 7s (which I'll discuss in a later post)
It started off on Thursday (stretching the definition of weekend slightly) with Thailand seeing off Japan 30-6 bringing the Asian Cup to one win apiece, but Japan winning on aggregate 58-46
Friday saw the European Championship A tournament kick off with Wales coming out 18-12 winners over Scotland, but France's 31-14 victory over Ireland the following day sees France move to the top of the group.
Elsewhere in Europe, Norway came back with a vengeance in the last 20 minutes of their Nordic Cup game against Sweden, losing 10-20 but scoring 4 tries at the end to run out 30-20 victors putting them second behind Denmark in the Cup.
Tonga will start their preparations next year for the 2017 World Cup after defeating Cook Islands 28-8, and Spain will progress to the next phase of World Cup qualification, with 2 victories in European Championship C after running riot of Greece, coming out 76-4 victors.
Canada take an 8 point lead into today's Colonial Cup match against the USA, and a win for either team will put them in good stead for World Cup qualification this December
Apologies for not being the quickest with the updates recently, but I'm up to date on all the results now (and even have tomorrow's result listed!
There have been wins for Russia and Serbia against Italy and Ukraine respectively in European Championship B, while Spain managed to defeat Malta 40-30 in European Championship C. Greece's inability to travel tomorrow has granted Malta a 30-0 win, meaning that Spain will need to defeat Greece next weekend to earn a place in next year's RLWC qualifiers
There have been a fair few upsets with Canada defeating USA 36-28 in the first leg of the Colonial Cup, while Niue beat Cook Islands and Czech Republic recorded their second ever win, overturning Belgium 14-4. In the unofficial (non-test) matches, Spain beat Italy B and Papua New Guinea fell to Australia's PMXIII.
I now have listed match reports for most of the matches, and there are full replays of USA v Canada and Northern Ireland v Republic of Ireland (thanks to Steve from NIRL for the latter)
There's nothing like a last minute change of date and venue for a match, but the Colonial Cup fixtures between USA and Canada have been changed, with them both being moved a day later to the Sundays (20/09 and 18/10). The venue for both has been set as the AA Garthwaite Stadium in Conshohocken, PA (the September match originally scheduled to be played in Toronto.
This leaves Canada without a home international this year (barring the England Lionhearts visit), which is a shame considering the attendances that they have been attracting.
Thailand v Japan in Bangkok has also been rescheduled, moving from the 17th to the 15th of October.
And congratulations to Ireland after their 34-22 win over Malta, which now means that not only are they the country playing the most fixtures this year, they also have won every game in the build up to the European Championships in October.
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