NRL suspend Auckland Nines
It was revealed yesterday that the NRL season curtain-raiser Auckland Nines tournament will not be played in 2018.
With the World Cup not finishing until December 2, league chiefs are concerned with player welfare in what is a crammed two-year schedule in Rugby League.
Interest and crowd attendance has waned in recent years, however NRL bossed have not ruled out a return to the competition in 2019, although it is unlikely that the event will return to Auckland.
More on the story on the Daily Telegraphe website.
Prince Harry makes first Rugby League engagement
HRH Prince Harry carried out his first official engagement as patron of the Rugby Football League on Thursday, as he visited Headingley Stadium in Leeds to take part in the day’s Sky Try event.
Rugby Football League director Kevin Sinfield MBE introduced the Prince to children taking part in the activities and he chatted and joined in with the session.
Sinfield said: “He was very impressed with the hard work everyone is doing in the sport to reach out to new players and new supporters as we aim to grow the game.”
Earlier in the day, Prince Harry visited the Leeds Community Foundation where he spoke to Leeds Rhinos forward Stevie Ward who shared how his experience with depression had inspired him to set up Mantality Magazine.
Rhinos heroes complete Leeds 10K
Barrie McDermott was joined by former Leeds favourites Chev Walker and Leroy Rivett for the ‘Run with the Rhinos’ team at today’s Leeds 10K.
The Sky Sports pundit, who played for Leeds almost 300 times, was joined by his son Billie, Ronnie the Rhino and many Rhinos fans as they took on the 10K in warm conditions to raise money for the Leeds Rhinos Foundation.
First Canadian plays for Toronto
Saturday saw a big landmark in Canadian Rugby League as Toronto Wolfpack featured their first home-grown player; Quinn Ngawati.
The 18-year-old was thrown on mid-way through the second half of their 62-6 Kingstone Press League 1 win over University of Gloucestershire All Golds, and within minutes had assisted Greg Worthington for a try.
Quinn Ngawati has come on to cheers from the Wolfpack faithful and a couple of great touches and a great tackle. He's worked up! #COYWP✨🤘🇨🇦— Toronto Wolfpack (@TOwolfpack) July 8, 2017
Wolfpack’s ultimate ambitions are to bring through a whole host of Canadian talent into their first team, and Ngawati’s involvement, marks the start of that journey.
More on this story on The Star website.
Mixed fortunes for England Students
England students began their Student World Cup campaign with a heavy 54-10 loss to Australia students in a cross-pool game on Friday.
James Mason and Dom Bryan both scored second half tries for England but Australia were comfortable winners. In the opening round of fixtures Scotland Universities recorded a 48-16 win over Wales Students.
However there was more success in the second pool game earlier today as England enjoyed a 22-4 win over Wales.
Jordan Bass scored a brace, with Matt Ross and Aaron Hall also on the scoresheet for England, who will take on unbeaten Scotland in the final pool game on Wednesday, with the Scots beating Ireland today.
UK Armed Forces open with defeats
United Kingdom kicked off their Armed Forces World Cup campaign with a 40-20 defeat to Fiji’s Defence Force in their opening game of the competition in Sydney on Friday.
Simon Wray, David Hankinson, Ryan Matthews and Joroan Andrade all scored tries for GB but it wasn’t enough as a rampant Fiji side scored six in reply.
There was also defeat for the UK in game two, as they fell to a 38-12 loss at the hands of Australian Armed forces earlier today.
The UK’s last group stage game takes place on Wednesday, when they face New Zealand at the Windsor Sports Complex. The two will then meet again on Friday in the third-place play-off, with New Zealand also having lost both of their fixtures so far.
Find out more about the Armed Forces World Cup here.