Fiji Player profile: Kamikamica, “I’m Proud To Be A Bati”

Towering Melbourne Storm prop Tui Kamikamica is eager to make his debut at the Rugby League World Cup in Australia, which starts on October 27. The Somosomo, Taveuni native was among the 23 overseas based- Fijian players named in the 25-member Vodafone Fiji Bati squad for the World Cup. “I got a call from the […]

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Lebanon Announce RLWC2017 Squad

The Lebanese Rugby League Federation have announced their squad for the upcoming Rugby League World Cup, with an exciting mix of players selected by Head Coach Brad Fittler for the campaign. The Cedars will come up against Australia, England and France in their pool matches, with experienced South Sydney Rabbitohs hooker Robbie Farah set to […]

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France Coach profile: Aurélien Cologni

France coach Aurélien Cologni knows there is a lot of pressure on his team to perform at the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. With rugby league still very much in the shadow of soccer and rugby union, getting past the group stage is important to attract interest from the French public and government. “The goal […]

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Fiji Team News- Bati know what needs to be fixed

The Fiji Bati finalised preparations in Suva over the weekend with a World Cup trial against both Australia and Papua New Guinea. The match was played in thirds with each team having an 80-minute hit-out. Whilst the Bati had gone through a number of training sessions earlier in the week, captain Kevin Naiqama knows there […]

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Fiji Player Profile: Montoya to cap off stellar 2017 with Fiji

Marcelo Montoya is a young gun on the rise and to cap off a stellar season where he made his debut, the 21-year-old will run out representing his country of birth, Fiji. Born in Lautoka, Montoya will represent his mother’s side of the family, with his father actually being born in Chile. “Mum has a […]

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Italy General news: Italians in Rugby League World Cup call to Joel Riethmuller

FORMER NRL player Joel ¬Riethmuller’s experience on and off the field is set to prove a vital part in Italy’s bid for back-to-back Rugby League World Cup qualification. The 31-year-old, who famously cut short a Cowboys contract to return to the Far North, insists he’s had his time in the sun but has put his […]

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Italy Player profile: Jack Johns

One of the more intriguing selections in Italy’s 24-man train-on squad was Jack Johns, the son of NRL and Kangaroos legend Matthew Johns. The young Johns, who can play at five-eighth or fullback, was as surprised as anybody at being called up by Italy coach Cameron Ciraldo. “I didn’t know I was going to be […]

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Italy Legend Profile: Anthony Laffranchi: I did it for my Dad

Former Italian and Australian representative Anthony Laffranchi remembers his 2013 World Cup experience as part of the Italian side like it was yesterday, as it was for the main man in his life and something that brings back so many memories. The back rower unfortunately lost his father the day before his Australian World Cup […]

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Italy Team News: ‘United we stand’

Approximately 850 people gathered together to help the F.I.R.L. Rugby League World Cup squad officially launch their campaign at Sydney’s Doltone House Darling Island Wharf. What an amazing night it was! From the FIRL president, players, coaching staff and team management, Matty Johns, Mark Winterbottom, Jim Wilson and other special guests, the food, singers, entertainment, […]

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France Player / Legend profile: Proud family to get behind Baiteri

It’s a name instilled in world rugby league but it will be a different Baiteri showing us what he’s made of for the French national side in the World Cup. Jason Baiteri, son of former Panthers and Bulldogs forward Tas, has been named in the French World Cup squad for the upcoming tournament in Australia. […]

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