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Widdop, Graham named in England RLWC squad
Mon 9th October, 10:00PM
Picture by Alex Whitehead/SWpix.com - 29/10/16 - Rugby League - 2016 Ladbrokes Four Nations - England v New Zealand - The John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield, England - Gareth Widdop.
St George Illawarra skipper Gareth Widdop and 2018 Dragons recruit James Graham have been named in England's 2017 Rugby League World Cup squad.
Named by England coach Wayne Bennett in the 24-man squad, Widdop and Graham are joined by South Sydney Rabbitohs duo Sam and Tom Burgess as well as Sharks veteran Chris Heighington and Raiders forwards Josh Hodgson and Elliot Whitehead.
Wigan trio John Bateman, Sean O'Loughlin and George Williams and Hull FC prop Scott Taylor will also make the trip to Australia for the RLWC – before they feature against one another in a Super League fixture set for WIN Stadium, Wollongong in early 2018.
England 2017 Rugby League World Cup squad:
· John Bateman (Wigan Warriors)
· Kevin Brown (Warrington Wolves)
· Sam Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
· Thomas Burgess (South Sydney Rabbitohs)
· Ben Currie (Warrington Wolves)
· Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers)
· James Graham (Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs)
· Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos)
· Chris Heighington (Cronulla Sharks)
· Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves)
· Josh Hodgson (Canberra Raiders)
· Jonny Lomax (St Helens)
· Jermaine McGillvary (Huddersfield Giants)
· Mike McMeeken (Castleford Tigers)
· Sean O’Loughlin (Wigan Warriors)
· Mark Percival (St Helens)
· Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves)
· James Roby (St Helens)
· Scott Taylor (Hull FC)
· Alex Walmsley (St Helens)
· Kallum Watkins (Leeds Rhinos)
· Elliott Whitehead (Canberra Raiders)
· Gareth Widdop (St George Illawarra Dragons)
· George Williams (Wigan Warriors)
Become a 2018 Red V Member by 31 October, 2017 to be in the running to win one of 20 double passes to a RLWC match.
· 10x double passes to England v Lebanon, Sydney Football Stadium, Saturday, November 4, 2017
· 10x double passes to Australia v Lebanon, Sydney Football Stadium, Saturday, November 11, 2017.
Dragons signing Graham to lead England World Cup charge
10 Oct 2017, 9:37 a.m.
Thumbs up: James Graham. Picture: AAP Image/Daniel Munoz
James Graham has already slayed the Dragons to end their NRL finals dream.
Now he’ll wear the cross of St George, intent on bringing down Australia in what will almost certainly be his last shot at winning a World Cup.
Yet to wear the Red V after signing a three-year deal, the former Bulldogs captain is the most experienced member of England’s squad announced on Tuesday.
The 32-year-old will combine with St George Illawarra captain Gareth Widdop and England coach Wayne Bennett, with their opening game against the Kangaroos in Melbourne on October 27.
After missing out on the final four years ago, England are looming as Australia’s biggest threat, after Jason Taumalolo, Manu Ma'u, David Fusita and Sio Siua Taukeiaho declared allegiance to Tonga, instead of New Zealand. England are also motivated by missing out on last year’s four Nations final, won by Australia.
“The competitiveness of Super League and NRL and knowing the goal of playing for your country in a World Cup has made many raise their game and become better athletes,” Bennett said. “The England program has been very active leading into this tournament and having the squad meet up on regular occasions – on and off the field – has put us in a positive place before everyone gets into camp.
“We had to put the disappointment of the Four Nations behind us quickly and the meetings that followed that tournament set out what was required to be successful in the World Cup. Everyone has fully bought into this and we can’t wait to get started.”
Needing to win in the final round to play finals, the Dragons went down 26-20 to Canterbury in Graham’s farewell game. Incoming Dragons playmaker Ben Hunt, forward Tyson Frizell and Cronulla-bound fullback and centre Josh Dugan are part of the Australian squad.
England's James Graham sits dejected amongst New Zealand players at the end of their Four Nations semi-final last year. Picture: Dave Howarth / PA via AP
Enjoy the international rules comp instead.
You sound as though you cant shake your fear of other codes and their 100,000 crowds.
Why the envy?
That's not fair. They do have an international game in AFL. It's the one where they travel to Ireland to play a bastardised version of Gaelic football that neither country gives a shit about. So there.
Frizell primed for Australia RLWC defence
Wed 11th October, 03:00PM
St George Illawarra Tyson Frizell has opened up on his selection in Australia's 2017 Rugby League World Cup squad, confirming his injury woes throughout the NRL season won't impact him.
Having represented Wales at the previous RLWC, Frizell also discusses his experience playing in Papua New Guinea for the Prime Minister's XIII recently and the Kangaroos' upcoming tri-nations trial against Fiji and the Kumuls.
Dragons dozen selected for 2017 RLWC
Fri 13th October, 12:00PM
Competition - Tonga V Samoa Test Round - N/A Teams â Tonga V Samoa Date â 7th of May 2016 Venue â Pirtek Stadium, Parramatta Photographer â Mark Nolan Description â
12 St George Illawarra players, two Dragons Ambassadors and two 2018 recruits have been selected to represent their respective nations in the upcoming 2017 Rugby League World Cup.
Australia (Tyson Frizell, Josh Dugan and 2018 recruit Ben Hunt)
New Zealand (Jason Nightingale and Russell Packer)
England (Gareth Widdop and 2018 recruit James Graham)
Jillaroos (Kezie Apps and Sam Bremner)
Papua New Guinea (Nene Macdonald)
Italy (Paul Vaughan)
Fiji (Joe Lovodua and Taane Milne)
Tonga (Siliva Havili)
Samoa (Leeson Ah Mau and Tim Lafai)
Good to see a large portion of layers choosing their heritage over cash. Supporting their heritage must be special for their families and makes for a fairer and IMO, regardless of the result, a far more Competitve and interesting competition, and a much truer reflection of the respective nations capabilities than we have ever seen before. Let's hope it sets a precedence and is seen as a turning point in international League. Can't wait!
I think Australia, Tonga, Samoa, NZLD and England are all capable of winning. Fiji won't be easy beats either.
That article said Moga was replaced by the in form Lafai? Is there another Lafai? I only know the shit one that plays for us.....
Ben Hunt played very well as hooker in the tri-nations in Suva..
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