2017 Rugby League World Cup

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    2017 RLWC DRAW AND POOLS

    POOLS

    Pool A: Australia, England, France, Lebanon
    Pool B: New Zealand, Samoa, Scotland, Tonga
    Pool C: Papua New Guinea, Wales, Ireland
    Pool D: Fiji, USA, Italy

    2017 RLWC POOL MATCHES

    Oct. 27: Australia vs. England at AAMI Park, Melbourne
    Oct. 28: PNG v Wales at National Football Stadium, Port Moresby
    Oct. 28: New Zealand vs. Samoa at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland
    Oct. 28: Fiji vs. USA at 1300SMILES Stadium, Townsville
    Oct. 29: Scotland vs. Tonga at Barlow Park, Cairns
    Oct. 29: Ireland vs. Italy at Barlow Park, Cairns
    Oct. 29: France vs. Lebanon at GIO Stadium, Canberra
    Nov. 03: Australia vs. France at GIO Stadium, Canberra
    Nov. 04: New Zealand vs. Scotland at AMI Stadium, Christchurch
    Nov. 04: Samoa vs. Tonga at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
    Nov. 04: England vs. Lebanon at Allianz Stadium, Sydney
    Nov. 05: PNG vs. Ireland at National Football Stadium, Port Moresby
    Nov. 05: Italy vs. USA at 1300SMILES Stadium, Townsville
    Nov. 05: Fiji vs. Wales at 1300SMILES Stadium, Townsville
    Nov. 10: Fiji vs. Italy at GIO Stadium, Canberra
    Nov. 11: Samoa vs. Scotland at Barlow Park, Cairns
    Nov. 11: New Zealand vs. Tonga at Waikato Stadium, Hamilton
    Nov. 11: Australia vs. Lebanon at Allianz Stadium, Sydney
    Nov. 12: PNG vs. USA at National Football Stadium, Port Moresby
    Nov. 12: Wales vs. Ireland at nib Stadium, Perth
    Nov. 12: England vs. France at nib Stadium, Perth

    2017 RLWC FINALS MATCHES

    Nov. 17: Quarter-Final (1st Pool A vs. 3rd Pool B) at Marrara Oval, Darwin
    Nov. 18: Quarter-Final (2nd Pool B vs. 1st Pool D) at AMI Stadium, Christchurch
    Nov. 18: Quarter-Final (1st Pool B vs. 3rd Pool A) at Westpac Stadium, Wellington
    Nov. 19: Quarter Final (2nd Pool A vs. 1st Pool C) at AAMI Park, Melbourne
    Nov. 24: Semi-Final (Winner QF 1 vs Winner QF 2) at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
    Nov. 25: Semi-Final (Winner QF 3 vs Winner QF 4) at Mt Smart Stadium, Auckland
    Dec 2: Final at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane


    2017 RLWC SQUADS

    AUSTRALIA



    ENGLAND



    FIJI



    FRANCE



    IRELAND



    ITALY



    LEBANON

    Mark Daoud, Jamie Clark, Ahmad Ellaz, Abraham el Zakhem, Elie el Zakhem, Adnan el Zbaidieh, Mario Boustani, Chris Saab, Nick Kassis, Kayne Kalache, Michael Lichaa, Raymond Moujalli, Imad Chidiac, Ben Chahoud, Wael Harb, Raymond Sabat, Bilal Maarbani, Abbas Miski, Anthony Layoun, Tim Mannah, Mitchell Moses, Adam Doueihi, Robbie Farah, Ali Abou Arabi, Danny Barakat, Mitchell Mammary, Tarek el Masri, Elias Sukkar, Alex Twal, Bernard Kairouz, Jaleel Seve Derbas, Christian Yassmin, James Elias, Toufic el Hage

    NEW ZEALAND



    PNG



    SAMOA



    SCOTLAND

    Danny Addy, Euan Aitken, Ryan Brierley, Sam Brooks, Danny Brough, Brett Carter, Lewis Clarke, Lachlan Coote, Davie Dixon, Luke Douglas, Liam Faughlan, Dale Ferguson, Ben Hellewell, Liam Hood, Ben Kavanagh, Kane Linnett, Frankie Mariano, Joe McClean, Ryan Maneely, Kieran Moran, Will Oakes, Brett Phillips, Calum Phillips, Scott Plumridge, Sheldon Powe-Hobbs, Matthew Russell, David Scott, Lachlan Stein, Oscar Thomas, Lewis Tierney, Adam Walker, Alex Walker, Jonathan Walker, Peter Wallace, Joe Wardle, Brandan Wilkinson

    TONGA



    USA

    Jonathan Taylor Alley, Ryan Burroughs, Charles ‘CJ' Cortalano, Joseph Eichner, Bureta Faraimo, Gabriel Farley, Kristian Freed, Daniel Howard, Stephen Howard, Martwain Johnston, Andrew Kneisly, Corey Makelim, Fotukava ‘Hiko' Malu, David Marando, Nicholas Newlin, Mark Offerdahl, Edward Pettybourne, Joshua Rice, Matthew Shipway, Samuel Tochtermann-Talbott, David Ulch, Taioalo Junior Vaivai, Matthew Walsh

    WALES

    Craig Kopczak (c), Larne Patrick, Zak Williams, Courtney Davies, Steve Parry, Lewis Reece, Danny Ansell, Sam Hopkins, Michael Channing, Ben Evans, Dalton Grant, Elliot Kear, Rhys Williams, Josh Ralph, Matty Barron, Joe Burke, Caleb Aekins, Daniel Brown, Ant Walke, Matty Fozard, Morgan Evans, Connor Farrer, Andrew Gay, Christiaan Roets, Regan Grace, Elliot Jenkins, Morgan Knowles, Ben Morris, Calvin Wellington, Rhodri Lloyd, Jake Emmitt, Dan Fleming, Rhys Evans, Gil Dudson, Lloyd White, Phil Joseph, Matt Seamark

    PREVIOUS WORLD CUP WINNERS

    1954 - Great Britain
    1957 - Australia
    1960 - Great Britain
    1968 - Australia
    1970 - Australia
    1972 - Great Britain
    1975 - Australia
    1977 - Australia
    1985 - Australia*
    1989 - Australia*
    1995 - Australia
    2000 - Australia
    2008 - New Zealand
    2013 - Australia

    * Format changed so the World Cup ran over 3 years (85-88 and 89-92)

    2017 WOMENS RLWC DRAW AND POOLS

    POOLS

    Pool A: Australia, England, Cook Islands
    Pool B: New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Canada

    2017 WOMENS RLWC POOL MATCHES


    Nov. 16: New Zealand vs. Canada at Southern Cross Group Stadium, Sydney
    Nov. 16: England vs. PNG at Southern Cross Group Stadium, Sydney
    Nov. 16: Australia vs. Cook Islands at Southern Cross Group Stadium, Sydney

    Nov. 19: PNG vs. Canada at Southern Cross Group Stadium, Sydney
    Nov. 19: New Zealand vs. Cook Islands at Southern Cross Group Stadium, Sydney
    Nov. 19: Australia vs. England at Southern Cross Group Stadium, Sydney
    Nov. 22: England vs. Cook Islands at Southern Cross Group Stadium, Sydney
    Nov. 22: Australia vs. Canada at Southern Cross Group Stadium, Sydney
    Nov. 22: New Zealand vs. PNG at Southern Cross Group Stadium, Sydney

    2017 WOMENS RLWC FINALS MATCHES

    Nov. 26: Semi-Final (1st Pool B vs. 2nd Pool A) at Southern Cross Group Stadium, Sydney
    Nov. 26: Semi-Final (1st Pool A vs. 2nd Pool B) at Southern Cross Group Stadium, Sydney
    Dec 2: Final at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane


    2017 WOMENS RLWC SQUADS

    AUSTRALIA

    Sam Bremner, Kezie Apps, Ruan Sims, Ruby Ewe, Allana Ferguson, Rebecca Riley, Isabelle Kelly, Simaima Taufa, Caitlin Moran, Rebecca Young, Maddie Studdon, Elianna Walton, Corban McGregor, Vanessa Foliaki, Nakia Davis-Welsh, Jessica Sergis, Talesha Quinn, Lavina O’Mealey, Simone Smith, Amelia Kuk, Zahara Temara, Kody House, Chelsea Baker, Annette Brander, Ali Brigginshaw, Jenni-Sue Hoepper, Sasha Mahuika, Asipau Mafi, Chelsea Lenarduzzi, Heather Ballinger, Brittany Breayley, Steph Hancock, Renae Kunst, Karina Brown, Sarah Walker, Oneata Schwalger, Meg Ward, Maddison Bennett, Asiova Karpini, Lucy Lockart

    CANADA

    Hayley Drewniak, Paige Ferries, Janai Haupapa, Michelle Helmeczi, Brittany Jones, Kelcey Leavitt, Jade Menin, Krisrty Sargent, Liz Steele, Cheryl Armitage, Maira Acevedo, Gillian Boag, Andrea Burk, Christina Burnham, Katie Grudzinski, Lousia Hadley, Natalie King, Mandy Marchak, Aliyah Rodomoninski, Stevi Schnoor, Natasha Smith, Sya Trafford, Barbara Waddell, Nina Bui, Mackanie Fane, Fedelia Omaghan, Megan Pakulis, Sara Svaboda, Natalie Tam, Tiera Thomas-Reynolds, Petra Woods, Kathleen Keller

    COOK ISLANDS



    ENGLAND




    NEW ZEALAND



    PNG



    PREVIOUS WOMENS WORLD CUP WINNERS

    2000 - New Zealand
    2005 - New Zealand
    2008 - New Zealand
    2013 - Australia
     
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    I was really hoping they would host the game in South Africa, crowd numbers aside it would be a massive boost for the game, plus an experience and a half for all the participating players.

    South Africa has a massive pool of talented juniors that all go to Union, would really boost the game over there!
     
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    PNG to co-host Rugby League World Cup


    Thu 08 Oct, 2015, 1:41pm
    By Darren Walton, AAP


    Papua New Guinea is promising to help stage the most exciting Rugby League World Cup yet after being awarded 2017 co-hosting rights with Australia and New Zealand.

    In a first for the rugby league-mad nation, PNG will host three pool matches in Port Moresby after the country's government poured $1.4 billion into establishing state-of-the-art facilities, including three brand new stadiums and several hotels.

    "Our aim is to make this Rugby League World Cup the most accessible and fan-friendly ever," said RLWC local organising committee chief Michael Brown.

    In addition to the government's investment, the PNGRL has contributed $2 million to the 14-team tournament.

    "The investment that the government and capital city has put in will get 10 times more back when it comes to the promotion of our city, our country and our national sport of rugby league," said PNG Minister for Sports, Justin Tkatchenko.

    "We've created history here today and the stadiums will be packed at every game, probably more than here.

    "We look forward to making this the best World Cup ever."

    Mr Tkatchenko dismissed security concerns, saying the successful hosting of this year's Pacific Games proved the World Cup will be safe.

    "Our police at the Pacific Games were unarmed. That shows the respect our people have for the uniform and the law," he said.

    Mr Tkatchenko said the biggest problem will be allocating tickets, with all games in PNG set to be a sellout even at the city's newest and largest stadium that will seat 26,000 fans.

    The 28-game tournament will feature two three-team pools and two four-team pools.

    PNG will be in a three-team pool and play both other sides from their group as well as another from the second three-team pool.

    Australia and New Zealand will head the other four-team pools, with the draw not to be done until qualifying is complete next year.

    As well as co-hosting the Rugby League World Cup, PNG will stage the FIFA under-20s women's World Cup next year in another coup for the country.


    http://www.nrl.com/png-to-co-host-rugby-league-world-cup/tabid/10874/newsid/90477/default.aspx
     
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    Two years to go until RLWC2017


    Wed 02 Dec, 2015, 9:30am
    RLIF, Media Release


    There are just two years to go before the world’s best Rugby League teams play in the Final of the Rugby League World Cup 2017.

    To mark the two year milestone Rugby League World Cup 2017 Chief Executive Officer, Michael Brown, revealed the new Tournament logo today with current and future Rugby League stars at a South Sydney Rabbitohs community clinic.

    In New Zealand, Kiwi stars joined players at a local Rugby League clinic in Auckland to celebrate the milestone.

    “Rugby League has never been stronger in Australia, New Zealand and around the world with more people watching and playing the game than ever before,” Mr Brown said.

    “We want the Rugby League World Cup to be a great celebration – not just for the players but we want to celebrate the diversity of the countries and cultures playing the game.

    “It is important we give fans of all the nations playing in the Rugby League World Cup the opportunity to be part of a great experience and we want them to bring their culture, their heritage and their passion to the games.

    “The logo we have revealed today represents the diversity of the hosting partners – Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea and also represents the speed and movement of the game.

    “The Rugby League World Cup is the pinnacle event on the international calendar and I know players are passionate about representing their country on the world stage.” Mr Brown said.

    The RLWC2017 logo was designed in consultation with Australian, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea cultural leaders.

    It represents the movement, agility and power of the sport and blends together the trophy as the ultimate prize of the event, the colours of the host nations and their cultures.

    The RLWC2017 will be officially co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand from October to December in 2017 with the world’s best players from the world’s best 14 nations competing to become world champions.

    There will be 28 matches in the Tournament played across three countries. Three Pool Matches will be played in Port Moresby, while the remaining matches in the Tournament will be allocated following consultation with potential Host Cities in Australia and New Zealand.

    “To make this Tournament a true celebration of diversity, we also want to play the Women’s World Cup at the same time as the men’s.

    “With more than 180,000 women and girls now playing and over 2.1 million female fans following the game in Australia alone, there is no better time to celebrate the women’s game,” Mr Brown said.

    Mr Brown also welcomed the appointment of two new RLWC2017 Board members with Dr George Peponis appointed as Chairman and Andrew Fraser joining as the second ARLC representative.

    “I am delighted both Dr Peponis and Andrew Fraser have agreed to join the 2017 Rugby League World Cup Board.

    “They will bring with them an exceptional understanding of the game and great administrative experience that will help us to deliver a successful Tournament in 2017.”

    Dr Peponis is a former Captain of the Kangaroos and currently Chairman of Canterbury League Club and NSWRL.

    Andrew Fraser is the former Deputy Premier and Treasurer of Queensland and is currently NRL Head of Strategy and Investment as ARLC nominated Director.

    The full RLWC2017 Board consists of:

    Dr George Peponis (Chairman)
    Andrew Fraser (NRL Head of Strategy and Investment)
    Garry Fissenden (NZRL Chairman)
    John Bishop (NZRL Director)
    David Collier (RLIF CEO)
    Nigel Wood (RLIF Chairman)

    Register your interest and get ticket information at www.RLWC2017.com


    http://www.nrl.com/two-years-to-go-until-rlwc2017/tabid/10874/newsid/91074/default.aspx
     
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    US qualify for Rugby League World Cup


    Sun 13 Dec, 2015, 12:25pm
    AAP, AAP



    The United States became the 11th team to qualify for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup with a 34-24 win over Canada in Florida on Saturday.

    Danny Howard, who plays for Sydney club Wentworthville in the NSW Cup, scored three of his side's eight tries in Jacksonville.

    It confirmed the Hawks' place at the tournament in Australia and New Zealand following their success at the 2013 World Cup in which they were surprise quarter-finalists before going down 62-0 to the Kangaroos.

    Howard and brother Stephen were born in Los Angeles before their family moved back to Canberra when they were young.

    The US had lost twice to the Canadians in the 2015 Colonial Cup but Saturday's triumph rounded off a spectacularly successful year for their new part-time head coach Brian McDermott, who guided Leeds Rhinos to the domestic treble of Challenge Cup, Super League leaders' shield and grand final.


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    Michael Brown resignation


    Fri 22 Jul, 2016, 4:00pm
    Media Release, NRL.com



    The Chief Executive Officer of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, Michael Brown has resigned from the post.

    Mr Brown has also resigned from his role as Chief Commercial Officer for the NRL.

    He said today he was reluctant to move on from the roles, especially with the World Cup still 15 months away.

    "However, the task of taking on two such senior roles – especially away from my home town of Melbourne – has been particularly stressful," he said.

    "The World Cup preparations are well advanced and I am very confident the foundations are in place for a successful tournament.

    "The NRL has also put together a strong commercial team to take the game forward so this an appropriate time to step aside."

    NRL CEO Todd Greenberg and World Cup Chairman Dr George Peponis said they understood Mr Brown's positon and had accepted his resignation.

    The Board of the 2017 World Cup will consider plans to replace Mr Brown.

    RLWC Chief Operating Officer, Maria Sykes will be acting CEO in the interim.

    The NRL's Head of Commercial, Andrew Abdo will report directly to Mr Greenberg.



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    Andrew Hill appointed CEO Rugby League World Cup 2017


    Wed 10 Aug, 2016, 1:30pm
    NRL.com



    Respected and experienced Rugby League administrator, Andrew Hill, has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Rugby League World Cup 2017 (RLWC2017) Organising Committee.

    The RLWC2017 Chairman, Dr George Peponis, announced the appointment today following the recent resignation of former Chief Executive Officer Michael Brown.

    "We are delighted Andrew has accepted the role of Chief Executive Officer for the Rugby League World Cup 2017," Dr Peponis said.

    "Andrew has a great connection with the game from the grassroots through to the international stage. He brings with him a technical understanding as well as vision for the strategic direction of the game not just in Australia, New Zealand and the region but around the world.

    "Andrew's experience in working at the club level, as a senior executive with the NRL and the international federation brings a unique outlook to the game.

    "It's this all-of-game perspective that we think is important in leading the Rugby League World Cup and will complement the skills of those already serving on the organising committee.

    "I'd like to thank Maria Sykes for standing in as interim Chief Executive Officer while the Board finalised its position and am pleased she will continue in her role as Chief Operating Officer."

    Hill has agreed to terms with the NRL that will allow him to stand aside from his position as General Manager League Integration and Game Development.

    "Rugby League is well placed both domestically and internationally to experience growth in participation and popularity in the coming years and I see the Rugby League World Cup in 2017 as the ideal platform for us achieving this," Hill said.

    "I am extremely honoured and proud to be involved in the tournament and am keen to build on the strong foundation that is in place.

    "We will take next year's tournament to more fans than ever before and deliver the greatest Rugby League World Cup that will inspire communities and create a lasting legacy for the sport."

    Andrew Hill will officially start his role with the RLWC2017 on 29 August 2016.


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    Ireland, Wales qualify for Rugby League World Cup 2017


    Sun 30 Oct, 2016, 8:04am
    Media Release, RLWC 2017



    Ireland and Wales will contest the Rugby League World Cup 2017 (RLWC2017) after both countries topped their respective Rugby League European Federation (RLEF) qualifying groups with victories overnight.

    As RLEF qualifying Group A winners, Wales, will take position "EQ1" in Pool C of the RLWC2017 tournament draw, with Ireland taking the place of "EQ2" as Group B winners.

    RLWC2017 CEO, Andrew Hill, welcomed the addition of both teams to the sport's pinnacle international event which will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, with three pool games in Papua New Guinea, from 27 October until 2 December 2017.

    "I'd like to congratulate both Ireland and Wales on qualifying for next year's Rugby League World Cup.

    "With large expat communities in Australia, we know these two teams will receive strong support and win over a legion of new fans during their respective campaigns.

    "With less than 12 months to go until the tournament kicks-off on Friday 27 October 2017, we look forward to confirming the 14th and final team after the final qualifying match between Italy and Russia to be played on Friday 4 November.

    "The organising committee is preparing to welcome all competing countries and their supporters to what will be the greatest Rugby League World Cup."

    The 2017 tournament will be the first time the Welsh Dragons have featured in a Rugby League World Cup played in the Southern Hemisphere since 1975, and the fourth consecutive appearance for Irish Wolfhounds.

    Wales RLWC2017 pool matches

    v Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby on 28 October 2017
    v Fiji, Townsville Stadium on 5 November 2017
    v Ireland, Perth Rectangular Stadium on 12 November 2017

    Ireland RLWC2017 pool matches

    v EQ3, Barlow Park on 29 October 2017
    v Papua New Guinea, Port Moresby on 5 November 2017
    v Wales, Perth Rectangular Stadium on 12 November 2017

    The fourteen and final spot in the men's RLWC2017 draw will be filled by the victor of Italy and Russia who will battle it out in the RLEF European Qualifier play-off on Friday 4 November in Leigh, England.

    The winner of this play-off will become "EQ3" in Pool D of the RLWC2017 draw.

    "EQ3" (winner of Italy and Russia) RLWC2017 pool matches

    v Ireland, Barlow Park on 29 October 2017
    v USA, Townsville Stadium on 5 November 2017
    v Fiji, Canberra Stadium on 10 November 2017

    Fans will be able to watch the greatest rugby league players from across the world for as little as $10 kids/concessions, $20 adults and $45 for a family of four.

    Tickets* for all 28 games of the five week tournament are now on sale from RLWC2017.com.

    *Booking and transactions fees will apply


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    Italy are 46-0 up over Russia at halftime, so it looks like Italy will be the last qualifier.
     
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    Italy claim final place in RLWC draw


    Sat 05 Nov, 2016, 11:20am
    Media Release



    Italy has claimed the 14th and final place in the Rugby League World Cup 2017 (RLWC2017) tournament draw, following their win in the Rugby League European Federation qualifier play-off this morning.

    The Italian Azzurri defeated the Russian Bears in Leigh (England) to qualify for their second concessive Rugby League World Cup – the sport’s pinnacle international event.

    RLWC2017 CEO, Andrew Hill, said the confirmation of Italy as the final team completes what is an exciting RLWC2017 line-up.

    "I would like to congratulate Italy on their qualification for next year’s Rugby League World Cup.

    "The European play-off concludes what was a fantastic 18 months of qualifying matches and the number of teams who competed reflects the growth of the international game.

    "The 2017 tournament will feature the greatest rugby league players from across the world all aiming to win what will be the most competitive World Cup ever.

    "Fans are in for a real treat and should not delay in securing their tickets for this exciting international event."

    The RLWC2017 will be co-hosted by Australia and New Zealand, with three pool games in Papua New Guinea, from 27 October until 2 December 2017.

    The fourteen competing nations are (alphabetical order): Australia, England, Fiji, France, Ireland, Italy, Lebanon, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Scotland, Tonga, USA and Wales

    As the play-off winners, Italy will take position "EQ3" in Pool D of the RLWC2017 draw and will play matches in Cairns, Townsville and Canberra.

    The 22-man Azzurri squad for the recent European qualifiers featured seven players who are currently attached to North Queensland-based teams, along with former Raiders’ great, Terry Campese – so should receive strong support during next year’s tournament.

    Italy – RLWC2017 Pool D matches

    v Ireland, Barlow Park on 29 October 2017
    v USA, Townsville Stadium on 5 November 2017
    v Fiji, Canberra Stadium on 10 November 2017

    Fans will be able to watch the greatest rugby league players from across the world for as little as $10 kids/concessions, $20 adults and $45 for a family of four.

    Tickets for all 28 games of the five week tournament are now on sale from RLWC2017.com.


    http://www.nrl.com/italy-claim-final-place-in-rlwc-draw/tabid/10874/newsid/102413/default.aspx
     
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    Should be a good World Cup, with 14 teams eligible to have NRL players in them with the new eligibility rules.
     
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    Lebanon are going to be the surprize team of the WC.
    They are taking it very seriously and have had players from Lebanon playing and training in Sydney already.
    They get to play some of the big sides in the early rounds including France and England.
    I think they'll beat France, and give England an awful scare in Sydney, which is basically a home game for them.
     
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    Women’s Rugby League World Cup will be broadcast live on free-to-air


    Paul Malone, The Courier-Mail
    May 17, 2017 8:00pm



    RUGBY league has struck back in the accelerated contest to get female team sports on to free-to-air television by securing live Channel 7 broadcasts of the women’s World Cup.

    Off the pace in national teams competitions in comparison with cricket, Australian football and netball, league will have all 12 matches of the women’s World Cup live on one of Seven’s channels.

    This month’s women’s league trans-Tasman Test on Channel 9 was telecast on a delayed basis after a live broadcast of the men’s Test.

    “To broadcast every match across Australia is a significant step forward for rugby league, providing a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate the skills and competitiveness of the women’s game,’’ RLWC chief executive Andrew Hill said.

    “It will inspire further growth of the game from grassroots to the elite level. Female participation is one of the fastest growing areas of the sport.’’

    The highly condensed 12-match women’s tournament culminates with a December 2 final at Suncorp Stadium as a curtain-raiser to the men’s final.

    The round-robin matches will all be played as triple-headers at Cronulla NRL club’s ground, with the two semi-finals being played there as a double-header on November 26.

    Australia’s pool matches are against Cook Islands on November 16, England on November 19 and Canada on November 22.

    The AFL this week announced plans for expansion in 2019 of its women’s competition, which drew good television audiences and attendances at open-gate matches, especially early in its season and for the final at Carrara.


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    Lebanon name World Cup train-on squad


    Fri 04 Aug, 2017, 2:15pm
    Media Release, Lebanese Rugby League Federation



    The Lebanese Rugby League Federation has selected a 40-man train-on squad for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup held in Australia, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea.

    The squad features a host of NRL players, Australian-based Lebanese players and five domestic Lebanese players.

    The Cedars successfully qualified for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup beating South Africa in October 2015.

    The Cedars will take on France, Australia, and England in their return to the World Cup following a 17-year absence from the pinnacle rugby league tournament.

    Cedars Head Coach, NRL Legend Brad Fittler, said: "With the NRL season nearing its completion, the players and staff understand the challenge and tough encounters ahead, but having NRL players in the squad will add extra flavour and experience to the squad.

    "Lebanon's strong community support will provide the squad with great confidence in the World Cup."

    The squad will begin preparations in early October, with an international warm-up fixture against Niue scheduled for 14 October in Sydney at Leichhardt Oval.

    At least one domestic Lebanese player will be selected for the final 24-man World Cup squad, which highlights the importance that the LRLF places integrating its domestic players into the elite Cedar squad.

    Cedars 40-man squad

    Mark Daoud (Asquith), Jamie Clark, Ahmad Ellaz, Abraham el Zakhem, Elie el Zakhem, Adnan el Zbaidieh (Auburn Warriors), Mario Boustani, Chris Saab, Nick Kassis (Blacktown Workers), Kayne Kalache, Michael Lichaa, Raymond Moujalli (Canterbury Bankstown), Imad Chidiac (Jounieh RLFC), Ben Chahoud (Hills Bulls), Wael Harb, Raymond Sabat (Lycans FC), Bilal Maarbani (Manly Sea Eagles), Abbas Miski (North Sydney), Anthony Layoun, Tim Mannah, Mitchell Moses (Parramatta), Adam Doueihi, Robbie Farah (South Sydney), Ali Abou Arabi (Tripoli RLFC), Danny Barakat, Mitchell Mammary, Tarek el Masri, Elias Sukkar (Wentworthville), Alex Twal, Bernard Kairouz, Jaleel Seve Derbas, Christian Yassmin (Wests Tigers), James Elias (West Newcastle), Toufic el Hage (Wolves RLFC)

    The squad does not include Josh Mansour, Raymond Maroun (Penrith Panthers), Reece Robinson, Jason Wehbe (unattached), Travis Robinson (Newtown) who are finalising their clearances, Fittler said further players could be added or selected for the World Cup.


    http://www.nrl.com/lebanon-name-world-cup-train-on-squad/tabid/10874/newsid/110698/default.aspx
     
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    @Billy wanted to hear your thoughts on James Elias who has been named in the squad above
     
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    James is a very similar player to Braden Robson. He is a small forward or centre.
    He has always been a really good defender and filled in a bit for us as hooker in reserve grade for short minutes last year and the year before.
    I believe he played hooker for Lebanon in their qualifying games, but obviously Robbie farah will try to play 80 minutes, so James will have to try to be a backup hooker and second row I suppose.
    He was a great junior for us and was a key player in the under 18s side that won a national title that also featured Clydsdale, Pat Mat, Kurt Mann etc.
    He played 3 seasons of reserve grade I think, and had a firstgrade off season too (unless I'm mixing him up with Robson - who looks very similar)
     
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    Scotland name provisional World Cup squad


    Fri 04 Aug, 2017, 4:03pm
    Media Release, Scotland Rugby League



    Scotland have announced their provisional squad ahead pf the Rugby League World Cup 2017 down under this autumn. Head coach Steve McCormack has stuck with his tried and trusted Bravehearts who took Scotland to the quarter-finals in 2013, won the 2014 European Championship and drew with then world-number one nation New Zealand last November.

    The squad is led as ever by joint record-appearance-maker Danny Brough, who has played in 23 internationals for Scotland since McCormack handed him his debut in his first game in charge back in 2004.

    “Danny played in my first game and has been virtually ever-present since,” explains McCormack.

    “It would be very easy for Danny, a top professional, former Man of Steel, to have four weeks off at the end of every season and go on holiday but people like Danny, and those other players, make a firm commitment to us every year.

    “It’s tough on their families and its tough on their bodies but that’s the beauty of what we’ve got at Scotland: a really strong bunch, totally committed to the cause.”

    Other regulars for the last few years included are Brough’s Huddersfield team-mate Dale Ferguson, Hull KR duo Danny Addy and Ben Kavanagh, and Wakefield prop Adam Walker, all of whom have 14 caps, and London Broncos’ centre Ben Hellewell, who has played 15 times.

    “They’ve not only been reliable but have always played well in big tournaments against the best in the world,” says McCormack. “Last year they were sensational. They won’t be intimidated about playing the likes of Tonga and New Zealand as we’ve played them before and matched them.”

    The pool includes 22 of those in the Scotland squad at the Four Nations last year, with NRL stars Lachlan Coote, Kane Linnett and Euan Aitken named, while Peter Wallace and Joe Wardle, who missed the Four Nations through injury, are back to take the NRL contingent to five.

    There are seven uncapped players in the provisional squad, all of most of whom have been involved with Scotland before. Rochdale hooker Ryan Maneely and forward Kieran Moran, on loan at York City Knights from Hull KR this season, were both members of the Scotland squad at the Four Nations last season but only played the warm-up fixture at Barrow.

    Keighley’s Davie Dixon and Brandan Wilkinson of Bradford Bulls came through the Under-19s while Australian-based Liam Faughlan played for the Students in the recent Universities World Cup and had a trial for Glasgow Warriors rugby union club earlier this year.

    The new names are both young outside backs: 21-year-old Lachlan Stein from NRL giants Penrith Panthers and 18-year-old Will Oakes, who has broken into the Hull KR first team.

    The provisional squad also includes two former Edinburgh Eagles players who have progressed through the SRL player pathway to earn two full caps each during the 2015 European Championships who are now testing themselves in the tough Australian club competitions: 22-year-old half-back Lewis Clarke from Galashiels, who is now at Moore Park Broncos in South Sydney, and Glaswegian second rower Scott Plumridge, 21, who is with Mittagong Lions.

    “I’ve said to the players: selection will be based on performances,” says McCormack. “It doesn’t matter whether you are in the NRL, Super League or bottom of the Championship. I know a lot about these players, know I can trust them and just hope they can perform over these next seven or eight weeks and get on that plane.

    “We’ve had our first team meeting and there is a fall-out programme that players will join as their club season ends, once they have gone on holiday for a break to recharge ahead of the World Cup.

    “We might add two or three more to this group as we get nearer the tournament: this not a definitive list so there is time for other players to force their way in.”

    Scotland RLWC2017 Provisional Squad

    Player – 2017 club – Scotland appearances

    Danny Addy - Hull KR – 14
    Euan Aitken - St George Illawarra Dragons - 3
    Ryan Brierley - Toronto Wolfpack - 2
    Sam Brooks - Featherstone Rovers - 3
    Danny Brough - Huddersfield Giants – 23
    Brett Carter - Barrow Raiders - 6
    Lewis Clarke - Moore Park Broncos - 2
    Lachlan Coote - North Queensland Cowboys - 3
    Davie Dixon - Keighley Cougars - 0
    Luke Douglas - St Helens - 8
    Liam Faughlan - Maitland Pickers - 0
    Dale Ferguson - Huddersfield Giants - 14
    Ben Hellewell - London Broncos – 15
    Liam Hood - Leigh Centurions - 7
    Ben Kavanagh - Hull KR - 14
    Kane Linnett - North Queensland Cowboys - 7
    Frankie Mariano - Featherstone Rovers - 2
    Joe McClean - Gloucestershire All Golds - 4
    Ryan Maneely - Rochdale Hornets - 0
    Kieran Moran – Hull KR+ - 0
    Will Oakes - Hull KR - 0
    Brett Phillips - Workington Town - 9
    Calum Phillips - Workington Town - 5
    Scott Plumridge - Mittagong Lions - 2
    Sheldon Powe-Hobbs - Northern Pride - 1
    Matthew Russell - Warrington Wolves - 8
    David Scott - Batley Bulldogs - 13
    Lachlan Stein - Penrith Panthers - 0
    Oscar Thomas - London Broncos - 6
    Lewis Tierney - Wigan Warriors* - 3
    Adam Walker - Wakefield Trinity - 14
    Alex Walker - London Broncos - 3
    Jonathan Walker - Darlington Point Roosters - 6
    Peter Wallace - Penrith Panthers - 4
    Joe Wardle - Newcastle Knights - 6
    Brandan Wilkinson - Bradford Bulls – 0

    *on loan at Catalans Dragons
    + on loan at York City Knights

    The Bravehearts have been drawn in Pool B of this year’s Rugby League World Cup and will play New Zealand, Samoa and Tonga during the pool stages, with the top three teams progressing to the Quarter-Finals:

    Scotland vs Tonga, 29 October 2017, Barlow Park (Cairns)
    Scotland vs New Zealand, 4 November 2017, Christchurch Stadium
    Scotland vs Samoa, 11 November 2017, Barlow Park (Cairns)


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    Elias won't be playing hooker when Farah and Lichaa will be there.

    Will probably be in the backrow.
     

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