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The 2010 Four Nations tournament will be played in Australia and New Zealand during October and November. The tournament will be the second time the Four Nations has been held, following on from the 2009 edition held in England and France.
The series will be contested between Australia, England, New Zealand and winners of the 2009 Pacific Cup, Papua New Guinea, after they defeated the Cook Islands 42-14.
The 2010 series is the second of three Four Nations series planned before the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, with the venues rotating between the Northern & Southern hemispheres. The 2011 Four Nations will be held in Europe and teams competing for a spot will feature in the 2010 European Cup which features France, Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. The competition is in a "mini-league" format, each team will play each other once, with the top two teams making the final.
The following competition points system shall apply: two competition points shall be awarded for a win; one competition point for a draw, and no competition points for a defeat. The 2 Participants at the top of the Tournament table shall compete in the Final.
Equal Points – Round Games
If two or more Participants finish equal on competition points after completion of the pool games their relative positions in the Tournament table shall be determined as follows:
• the team having the greater points difference shall be placed above a team with a lesser points difference (points difference is calculated by subtracting the match points scored against a team from the match points scored by the team); if the teams are still equal then
• the team having the greater points percentage shall be placed above a team with a lesser points percentage (points percentage is calculated by dividing the number of points scored by a team by the number of points it concedes and multiplying by 100);
if the teams are still equal then
• the team who has scored the most tries in all the round games will be placed above a team who has scored less tries; if the teams are still equal then
• the team who has kicked the most goals in all the round games will be placed above a team who has kicked less goals; if the teams are still equal then
• the team who has kicked the most drop goals will be placed above a team who has kicked less drop goals; if the teams are still equal then
• as between two teams, the team who won the match between the relevant two teams shall be placed above the other team; if the teams are still equal then
• the team (s) to go through will be decided on the toss of a coin. If three countries are involved all three countries will toss a coin and the country with the only head or tail will go through (i.e. if two countries have a head and one has a tail the country with a tail will go through). If all three countries have a head or a tail this process will be repeated until one country has the only head or tail. If or when only two countries are equal then the toss will be made by the Tournament Organiser with the first country alphabetically having the right to call "heads or tails", if that country predicts the toss successfully it shall proceed to the final and if it fails to predict successfully the other team shall proceed to the final, if a country fails to send a representative to the toss then the Tournament Organiser shall nominate somebody to represent that country at the toss.
Drawn Match - Final
If the Final is tied after 80 minutes play then the game will go to Golden Point whereby the first scorer of any point or points will be declared the winner.
The Referee will coordinate a coin toss, with the winner electing either a preferred choice of end or the right to kick off. The first period of extra time will be 5 minutes maximum after which each team will change ends and the receiving team from the first period will kick off the next period. Play will continue until a point or points are scored. The Referee will blow full time immediately after any point is scored. If the Golden Point is a try, there will be no conversion attempt.
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The Australian national rugby league team have represented Australia in rugby league football since the inception of that sport in Australia in 1908. They are the most successful team in Rugby League World Cup history, winning 9 out of 13 tournaments contested, and failing to reach the final only once, in the first tournament in 1954. Since 7 July 1994 the team's official nickname has been the Kangaroos, though they had been referred to unofficially as that for a long time. The team is administered by the Australian Rugby League.
Previously, the Australian team was only referred to as the Kangaroos when on tours of Great Britain or France. In 1997 Australia was also represented by a Super League Australia team, drawing on players from that year's Super League competition.
The Kangaroo's ranking in the RLIF World Rankings is world number 1, even though they were runners up in the 2008 Rugby League World Cup. Australia has won all but one of their games in the RLIF Rankings period, and thus is still ranked first.
The England national rugby league team represent England in international rugby league football tournaments. The team has now seen a revival, having largely formed from the Great Britain team, who also represented Wales, Scotland and Ireland. The team is run under the auspices of the Rugby Football League. From 2008 the team will participate in all World Cups, Tri-Nations, and test matches.
The team dates back to 1904 when they played against a mixture of Welsh and Scottish players in Wigan. Since then, and right up until the 1950s, they regularly toured Australia and New Zealand and played both home and away matches against neighbours Wales and France. But when it was decided that Great Britain would tour the Southern Hemisphere instead of England, France and Wales became the only regular opponents.
Even then though, there are some long periods where England barely played any matches. Their first appearance in the Rugby League World Cup was in 1975, and since then they have become runners-up in 1975 and 1995, the latter tournament being held in England. In 2008 they competed in the 2008 World Cup in Australia. For many years England also competed in the European Nations Cup and in 2006, an England 'A' team, competed for the Federation Shield. In the past England's main rivals have been Wales and France, with the rivalry stretching back to 1908 and 1934 respectively. However now England's main rivals would be Australia, New Zealand and to a lesser extent, France.
Traditionally a predominantly white kit is worn including white shorts and socks. However the shirt usually features some form of red, like red stripes, crosses or chevrons. These colours are similar to other English sporting teams and are the colours used on the national flag. In 2008 a new kit was introduced featuring a red cross on the front and red strips down the sides of the shirt, shorts and socks were white too with red strips.
Currently the team are ranked third in the world behind Australia and New Zealand. But they are ranked first in Europe, ahead of France and Ireland.
Australian Tony Smith, who has since taken out British citizenship, became the new head coach in 2007 and Jamie Peacock is captain, having played for England since 2000.
The New Zealand national rugby league side represents New Zealand in the sport of rugby league. They are commonly known as the Kiwis, after the native bird of that name. They are administered by the New Zealand Rugby League. The Kiwis are the current Rugby League world champions.
The Kiwis have a proud World Cup history and have appeared in the final three times, winning in 2008. In 1988, New Zealand just pipped Great Britain for a place in the final against Australia. Played at Eden Park in Auckland, it was the most hyped game in the history of rugby league in New Zealand, and the crowd of 47,363 was the biggest ever for a game in Auckland. Sadly for the Kiwis, the final proved to be a huge anti-climax and they were outplayed by the Aussies.
New Zealand almost got their revenge on Australia in the 1995 World Cup semi-final when, with the scores level at 20-20, a last minute drop-goal attempt by skipper Matthew Ridge brushed the wrong side of the post, allowing the game to go into extra-time. From there, Australia went on to win.
New Zealand claimed their maiden World Cup when they beat Australia in the Final of the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane.
The Australian Squad
The Papua New Guinea Squad
Jessy Joe Parker
The New Zealand Squad
The England Squad
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NZ beat England in game 1
Australia smashed PNG 42-0 in game 2
Aussies should of won that game 80 to nil. A rusty start for the Kangaroos but they will get better each game.
New Zealand beat England 24-10
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the 2011 Four Nations starts soon - im not sure of when though, but i think its soons as i there was a story on the news earlier this week about the competition
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