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#RFL125 | This week in Rugby League

#RFL125 | This week in Rugby League

England and Great Britain have enjoyed their fair share of internationals during this week in Rugby League history. 

On the 15th January 1927, England beat New Zealand 32-17 at Headingley Stadium, Leeds. Charlie Carr crossed for a hat-trick for England while Jim Bacon notched a brace and Harold Bowman, Jack Evans and Billo Rees were also on the scoresheet. 

Three years later, England enjoyed the narrowest of victories over Australia in Rochdale as Stanley Smith’s solitary score sealed a 3-0 victory.  

As for Great Britain, they have had mixed results on this week in Rugby League history. In 1974 on 20th January, they earned a dominant 24-5 against France with winger Keith Fielding scoring three tries. However, eight years prior, Great Britain suffered a shock defeat to France at the Stade Gilbert Brutus, 13-18. 

Australia have spent time on tour in Great Britain during this week and have actually suffered defeats to Oldham (15-5 - 16th Jan 1922), Welsh XIII (13-14 - 19th Jan 1909) and Wigan (8-16 – 20th Jan 1908). However, they did end their 1921-22 Kangaroos tour with a 5-16 victory over St. Helens Recreation on 21st January 1922. 

In 1883, Albert Baskerville was born and was the man behind the first-ever Kiwi tour of Great Britain in 1907-08. Subsequently, he has been commemorated by the naming of the Baskerville Shield, the trophy awarded when England or Great Britain meet New Zealand in a test series.  

On the same day, 104 years later, Australian Rugby League legend Greg Inglis was born. Inglis won the Rugby League World Cup with the Kangaroos in 2013, making 39 appearances on the international stage and scoring 31 tries. He also represented Queensland on 32 occasions, scoring 18 tries and was triumphant in the NRL Grand Final with both Melbourne Storm and South Sydney Rabbitohs. 

There are also a few Great Britain greats who have celebrated their birthdays this week with Henderson Gill turning 59 on 16th January while Mal Reilly turned 72 and Phil Lowe celebrated his 70th birthday on 19th January. 

On the 15th January last year, Warrington Wolves announced the signing of England half-back Gareth Widdop for the 2020 Betfred Super League season.  

Did you know?

January 15: In 1987, Australian Rugby League legend Greg Inglis was born. Inglis made 39 appearances for Australia and represented Queensland on 32 occasions. Inglis won the Rugby League World Cup with Australia, the NRL Grand Final with Melbourne Storm and South Sydney Rabbitohs and was handed the Golden Boot Award in 2009.  

January 16: In 1994,the Rugby Football League announces it is going to stamp out profanity and derogative in the game towards the players. 

January 17: In 1908, the team for the first English Test Match against New Zealand was composed today, deciding that players in the Test matches were to be paid £2 per match. This would equate to £236.60 in today’s currency.  

January 18: In 1963, Rugby League suffered from a ‘Blank Day’, causing a total of 82 matches needing to be re-arranging. This was down to the ‘Big Freeze’ of 1962-63.

January 19: In 1948, The player and coach Malcolm ‘Mal’ Reilly was born. He coached the Great Britain Rugby League Lions between 1987 and 1994, as well as playing at club level for Castleford Tigers and Manly-Warringah Sea Eagles.

January 20: In 1926, the Rugby League Council wrote their regrets to the Cumberland Commission at the number of players which were being sent off the field and suggested ‘that longer terms of suspension should be imposed’.

January 21: In 1922, the Kangaroos held their last game of the 1921-22 tour against St. Helens Recreation, or ‘Recs’, winning 16-5. The St. Helens ‘Recs’ was the second professional Rugby League club that St Helens had at the time, up until 1939, when they closed down.

Born on this day: 

January 15: Albert Baskerville (Former New Zealand International), Barrie-Jon Mather (Former Great Britain and England International), Danny Brough (Wakefield Trinity and Scotland), Greg Inglis (Former Australia International), Danny Addy (Leigh Centurions and Scotland), Ben Reynolds (Leigh Centurions), Adam Rooks (Bradford Bulls)

January 16: Henderson Gill (Former Great Britain and England International), Neil Cowie (Former Great Britain International), Cameron Murray (Australia International) 

January 17: Darren Wright (Former Great Britain International), Ukuma Ta’ai (Huddersfield Giants and Tonga), Lee Mossop (Salford Red Devils) 

January 18: Gregory Mounis (Former France International), Aaron Jones-Bishop (Oldham and Jamaica), Cheyse Blair (Castleford Tigers), Jack Blagbrough (York City Knights), Connor Bower (Doncaster)

January 19: Mal Reilly (Former Great Britain International and Head Coach), Phil Lowe (Former Great Britain International)

January 20: Richard Agar (Leeds Rhinos Head Coach), Keith Mason (Former Wales International), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (Sydney Roosters and New Zealand), Matt Whitley (Catalans Dragons) 

January 21: Clive Churchill (Former Australia International), Ruben Wiki (Former New Zealand International), Joe Vagana (Former New Zealand International), Ritchie Hawkyard (Keighley Cougars and Scotland), Wayne Reittie (Batley and Jamaica), Alex Sutcliffe (Leeds Rhinos)