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2016 Rugby League Four Nations
2016 (2016) Four Nations  ()
Host country England
Winner Australia

Matches played7
Attendance132,655 (18,951 per match)
Points scored259 (37 per match)
Tries scored47 (6.71 per match)
Top scorerAustralia Johnathan Thurston (32)
Top try scorerAustralia Blake Ferguson
Australia Josh Dugan
(4 Tries Each)
 < 2014
2018

The 2016 Rugby League Four Nations tournament (also known as the 2016 Ladbrokes Rugby League Four Nations)[1] was the fifth staging of the Rugby League Four Nations tournament and was played in England in October and November. The series was contested by Australia, England, New Zealand and Scotland, who qualified for their first Four Nations by winning the 2014 European Cup.[2] It was won by Australia, who defeated New Zealand in the final.

History

The 2016 tournament is the fifth Four Nations series to be planned before the 2017 Rugby League World Cup, with the venues rotating between Europe and the South Pacific.

In addition to automatic inclusions Australia, England and New Zealand, Scotland qualified for the tournament by defeating France in the final of the 2014 European Cup.

England have previously co-hosted tournaments with other European nations and the Rugby Football League (RFL) planned to take a game up into Scotland but backed down and decided to take games to other venues.[3]

The redeveloped 54,074 capacity Anfield Stadium hosted the Four Nations Final. This was the first time in 19 years the venue had held a rugby league match. Three rugby league games have been played at Anfield before. The final was the first ever international rugby league match held at the venue.[4]

Venues

The games were played at the following venues in England. The tournament final was played at Anfield.

Match officials

Referees Touch judges Video Referees
Australia Ben Cummins England James Child Australia Bernard Sutton
England Robert Hicks England Joe Cobb England Ben Thaler
Australia Gerard Sutton England Mick Craven
England Ben Thaler New Zealand Anthony Elliot
England Chris Kendall

Teams

Country Previous appearances in tournament Continent
 Australia 4 (2009*, 2010, 2011*, 2014) Oceania
 England 4 (2009, 2010, 2011, 2014) Europe
 New Zealand 4 (2009, 2010*, 2011, 2014*) Oceania
 Scotland 0 (Debut) Europe

* Denotes winner of tournament event.

Standings

Team Pld W D L PF PA PD Pts
1  Australia W 3 3 0 0 104 38 +66 6
2  New Zealand 3 1 1 1 43 48 -5 3
3  England 3 1 0 2 72 65 +7 2
4  Scotland 3 0 1 2 42 110 -68 1
  • By holding New Zealand to an 18-18 draw in the third round, Scotland became the first 'fourth nation' to score a championship point in the history of the tournament.

Results

Round 1

Friday, 28 October
8:00pm (UTC)
Australia  54-12  Scotland
Tries:
Cronk (10', 15') 2
Mansour (26', 35') 2
Ferguson (6') 1
Maloney (13') 1
Dugan (44') 1
Frizell (66') 1
Morgan (69') 1
Trbojevic (79') 1
Goals:
Maloney 7/10
(11', 14', 16', 45', 67', 70', 80')
1st: 30 - 6
2nd: 24 - 6
Report
Tries:
1 (39') Brierley
1 (59') Kavanagh
Goals:
2/2 Brough
(40', 60')
KC Lightstream Stadium, Hull[5]
Attendance: 5,337
Referee: England Ben Thaler
Man of the Match: Australian colours.svg Matt Moylan
Australia
Scotland

Touch Judges:
England Jack Smith
England Mick Craven
Video Referee:
Australia Bernard Sutton
Reserve Referee:
Australia Gerard Sutton

Saturday, 29 October
2:30pm (UTC)
England  16-17  New Zealand
Tries:
McGillvary (48') 1
Hall (61') 1
Goals:
Widdop 4/4
(3' pen, 11' pen, 49', 62')
1st: 4 - 6
2nd: 12 - 11
Report
Tries:
2 (35', 56') Rapana
1 (42') Johnson
Goals:
2/4 Kahu
(31' pen, 43')
Field Goals:
1 (65') Johnson
John Smith's Stadium, Huddersfield[5]
Attendance: 24,070
Referee: England Robert Hicks
Man of the Match: New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg Shaun Johnson
England
New Zealand

Touch Judges:
England James Child
New Zealand Anthony Elliott
Video Referee:
Australia Bernard Sutton
Reserve Referee:
Australia Ben Cummins

Round 2

Saturday, 5 November
5:30pm (BST)
England  38-12  Scotland
Tries:
Whitehead (27', 36') 2
Percival (50') 1
Hall (54') 1
McGillvary (58') 1
Gale (64') 1
Farrell (80') 1
Goals:
Gale 5/7
(28', 37', 55', 65', 80')
1st: 12 - 8
2nd: 26 - 4
Report
Tries:
1 (6') Linnett
1 (24') Russell
1 (70') Ferguson
Goals:
0/3 Brough
Sin Bin:
Brough Temporarily suspended from 58' to 68' 58 to 68
Ricoh Arena, Coventry[5]
Attendance: 21,009
Referee: Australia Gerard Sutton
Man of the Match: England colours.svg George Williams
England
Scotland

Touch Judges:
England Mick Craven
England Chris Kendall
Video Referee:
England Ben Thaler
Reserve Referee:
England Robert Hicks

Saturday, 5 November
8:00pm (BST)
New Zealand  8-14  Australia
Tries:
Kata (49') 1
Rapana (77') 1
Goals:
Johnson 0/2
1st: 0 - 10
2nd: 8 - 4
Report
Tries:
1 (10') Ferguson
1 (15') Thurston
Goals:
3/4 Thurston
(16', 55' pen, 71' pen)
Ricoh Arena, Coventry[5]
Attendance: 21,009
Referee: Australia Ben Cummins
Man of the Match: Australian colours.svg Blake Ferguson
New Zealand
Australia

Touch Judges:
New Zealand Anthony Elliott
England Joe Cobb
Video Referee:
Australia Bernard Sutton
Reserve Referee:
England Robert Hicks

Round 3

Friday, 11 November
8:00pm (BST)
New Zealand  18-18  Scotland
Tries:
Fusitu'a (24', 55') 2
Beale (73', 76') 2
Goals:
Luke 1/4
(25')
1st: 6 - 4
2nd: 12 - 14
Report
Tries:
1 (27') Tierney
1 (67') Hellewelll
1 (79') Aitken
Goals:
3/4 Brough
(68', 70' pen, 80')
The Zebra Claims Stadium, Workington[5]
Attendance: 6,628
Referee: Australia Ben Cummins
Man of the Match: New Zealand Kiwis colours.svg Shaun Johnson
New Zealand
Scotland

Touch Judges:
England James Child
England Chris Kendall
Video Referee:
England Ben Thaler
Reserve Referee:
Australia Gerard Sutton

Sunday, 13 November
2:00pm (BST)
England  18-36  Australia
Tries:
McGillvary (26') 1
Widdop (67') 1
Hall (76') 1
Goals:
Widdop 3/4
(12' pen, 68', 77')
1st: 6 - 10
2nd: 12 - 26
Report
Tries:
1 (36') Ferguson
1 (47') Inglis
1 (57') Scott
1 (59') Dugan
1 (72') Gillett
1 (79') Holmes
Goals:
6/8 Thurston
(18' pen, 37', 40' pen, 49', 58', 60')
London Stadium, London[5]
Attendance: 35,569
Referee: England Robert Hicks
Man of the Match: Australian colours.svg Cooper Cronk
England
Australia
Australia celebrate beating the Kiwis at Anfield

The match was originally scheduled to kick-off at 3:30pm BST, however on 22 September the RFL changed the kick-off time to 2:00pm BST.

Touch Judges:
New Zealand Anthony Elliott
England Mick Craven
Video Referee:
Australia Bernard Sutton
Reserve Referee:
Australia Ben Cummins

Final

Sunday, 20 November
2:30pm (BST)
Australia  34-8  New Zealand
Tries:
Dugan (10', 24') 2
Ferguson (3') 1
Merrin (21') 1
D Boyd (45') 1
Cordner (74') 1
Goals:
5/8 Thurston
(4', 18' pen, 22', 29' pen, 75')
1st: 24 - 0
2nd: 10 - 8
Report
Tries:
2 (56', 69') Kahu
Goals:
Anfield, Liverpool[5]
Attendance: 40,042
Referee: Australia Ben Cummins
Man of the Match: Australian colours.svg Darius Boyd
Australia
New Zealand

Player statistics

Player of the Tournament

Pre-tournament matches

Before the series, Australia and New Zealand organised to play the first ever International rugby league test-match in Perth, Scotland took on a Cumbrian rugby league team and England took on France in Avignon.[6][7][8]

Australia vs New Zealand

Saturday, 15 October
5:15pm (AWST)
Australia  26-6  New Zealand
Tries:
Inglis (15', 68') 2
D Boyd (9') 1
Holmes (44') 1
Cordner (78') 1
Goals:
Thurston 3/5
(45', 69', 79')
1st: 8 - 6
2nd: 18 - 0
Report
Tries:
1 (21') Proctor
Goals:
1/1 Luke
(22')
nib Stadium, Perth
Attendance: 20,283
Referee: Australia Matt Cecchin
Man of the Match: Australian colours.svg Greg Inglis
Australia
New Zealand

Cumbria Select XIII vs Scotland

The Cumbria Select XIII was a Cumbrian-based team selected by retiring Barrow Raiders player Liam Harrison.[9] The Cumbrian side featured Scottish internationals Oliver Wilkes and Shane Toal.

Friday, 21 October
Cumbria Select XIII Western Suburbs colours.svg 16-48  Scotland
Tries:
Fleming (37', 45') 2
Fieldhouse (26') 1
Goals:
Hankinson 2/3
(27', 38')
Report Tries:
2 (3', 22') Scott
1 (16') C Phillips
1 (19') Mariano
1 (33') Brierley
1 (58') Walker
1 (69') Cassel
1 (78') Tierney
Goals:
5/8 Brierley
(4', 17', 34', 59', 80')
Craven Park, Barrow-in-Furness
Attendance: 1,048
Cumbria XIII
Scotland

France vs England

Saturday, 22 October
6:30pm (CET)
France  6-40  England
Tries:
Pélissier (19') 1
Goals:
Gigot 1/1
(20')
Report Tries:
2 (26', 40') Hall
1 (30') Clark
1 (35') T Burgess
1 (68') Brown
1 (71') McGillvary
1 (76') Widdop
Goals:
6/7 Widdop
(27', 31', 36', 69', 72', 77')
Parc des Sports, Avignon
Attendance: 14,276
Referee: England Phil Bentham
France
England

Broadcasting

Premier Sports was the host broadcaster for every match of the tournament.[10]

Country Broadcaster Matches
 England Premier Sports Every match live[10]
BBC Every England match, Australia v New Zealand, and the final live[11]
 Australia Nine Network Every match live[12]
 New Zealand Sky Sport Every match live[13]
 France beIN Sports Every match live[]

References

  1. ^ "Ladbrokes announced as title sponsor of Four Nations". SportsPro. 19 September 2016.
  2. ^ "Rugby League - Scots close in on Four Nations spot". Yahoo Eurosport UK. 25 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Anfield being lined up to host 2016 Four Nations Series final". dailymail.co.uk. 23 April 2016.
  4. ^ "Four Nations 2016: Liverpool FC's Anfield to host final". BBC Sport. 23 April 2016.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g "2016 Four Nations Schedule". rugby-league.com. Retrieved 2016.
  6. ^ "Perth to host October Test match". nrl.com. 23 April 2016.
  7. ^ "GRAND FINAL HERO AMONG NEW-LOOK BRAVEHEARTS". SCOTLAND RUGBY LEAGUE. 11 October 2016.
  8. ^ "Bennett to test England with clash against France ahead of Four Nations". RUGBY LEAGUE PLANET. 5 August 2016.
  9. ^ "WATCH: NRL stars Coote and Linnett among Scotland's big names for Liam Harrison's testimonial". NORTH-WEST EVENING MAIL. 12 October 2016.
  10. ^ a b "RUGBY LEAGUE FOUR NATIONS ON TV". rugby-league.com. Retrieved 2016.
  11. ^ "BBC offers more rugby league coverage than ever before". BBC. 29 January 2016.
  12. ^ "Ultimate guide to the 2016 Rugby League Four Nations". Fox Sports. Fox Sports Pty Limited. 12 October 2016. Retrieved 2016.
  13. ^ "League: Your ultimate guide to November's 2016 Four Nations tournament". nzherald.co.nz. 20 October 2016. Retrieved 2016.


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