Almanac Rugby League – Pacific Championships Wrap: Kangaroos humiliated in Hamilton, Kumuls comeback in Port Moresby

Here’s a wrap on the the Cup and Bowl Finals in the Pacific Championships from our rugby league editor Ian Hauser. And, as far as the season goes, th-th-that’s all, folks!

Almanac Rugby League – Pacific Championships Finals: No, it’s not a repeat, just a rematch!

The inaugural Pacific Championships concludes this weekend with the Pool A Cup Final to be played in Hamilton between the Kangaroos and the Kiwis while the Pool B Bowl Final will be played in Port Moresby between the Kumuls and the Bati.

Almanac Rugby League – Pacific Championships Week 3: The one we’ve been waiting for (sort of)

The Kangaroos clash with the Kiwis and the Jillaroos take on the Ferns – this is the weekend we’ve been waiting for! Then the Kumuls and the Bati meet on Sunday.

Almanac Rugby League -The Pacific Championships

The inaugural Pacific Championships begins this weekend with matches in Port Moresby and Townsville. Read more about the tournament here.

Almanac Rugby League: International rugby league gets a shot in the arm!

International rugby league received its biggest boost in decades yesterday with the announcement of a new Pacific Championships to be played in 2023 and 2024.

Almanac Rugby League – 2021/22 World Cup Wrap: The Roos hot to trot!

The Jillaroos and Kangaroos produced powerful performances to dominate their respective finals of the 2021/22 rugby league World Cup. Ian Hauser offers his wrap of the tournament.

Almanac Rugby League: 2021/22 World Cup Finals Preview

The 2021/22 Rugby League World Cup reaches its climax this weekend. Ian Hauser brings you up to date with the finalists.

Almanac Rugby League: 2021/22 World Cup Update

We’re getting to the pointy end of the 2021/22 Rugby League World Cup competitions. Ian Hauser brings you up to date.

Almanac Rugby League: 2021/22 World Cup update, and farewell Josh Jackson

The 2021/22 rugby league World Cup continues in the Old Dart. Ian Hauser brings us up to date as the men’s competition enters the quarter-finals and the women’s competition gets under way.

Almanac Rugby League – 2021/22 World Cup: Rounds 1 and 2

It’s all going pretty much to plan at the Rugby League World Cup after the first two rounds of pool matches. Ian Hauser provides an update.

Almanac Rugby League: The complete World Cup schedule

The postponed 2021 Rugby League World Cup finally comes to fruition this weekend with the start of the month-long tournament in England. It features women’s, men’s and wheelchair competitions. See the full schedule of matches here.

Almanac (International) Rugby League: A day of passion!

Rugby league is alive and well if Saturday’s international matches featuring the Pacific nations is anything to go by. It was a day of unbridled passion.

Almanac Rugby League – 2022 Representative Round: It’s all happening!

Regular NRL fixtures take a break this weekend to be replaced by possibly the biggest weekend of representative matches in memory. Ian Hauser previews a packed four days of interstate and international clashes.

Almanac Rugby League: Vale Olsen Filipaina, trailblazer

The sadness in the rugby league community continues with the news today of the death of Kiwi legend Olsen Filipaina. The Footy Almanac pays tribute to a universally admired and respected player who was a trailblazer for Polynesian footballers seeking to play in the bigger leagues of New Zealand and Australia.

Almanac Rugby League: Vale Johnny ‘Chook’ Raper

Johnny Raper, chosen as one of the original Immortals of rugby league, has passed away at the age of 82 after a long illness. Ian Hauser pays tribute to a player who revolutionised the position of lock forward.

Almanac Rugby League: Vale Johnny Gleeson, Kangaroo No. 391

Rugby League in Queensland (and Australia) is mourning the passing of Johnny Gleeson, a true champion of the 1950s and 60s.

Almanac Rugby League: The code evolves beyond the Super League in Europe

Rugby league is looking to expand its base in the UK and Europe. The latest development is the introduction of The Championship which kicked off over the Easter weekend.

Almanac Rugby League: The view from Cumbria

Kevin Haney lives in Cumbria, England, but that doesn’t stop him from being an Almanacker. He recently joined our group of rugby league supporters and sent us this background. Extended videos included.

Almanac Rugby League – Vale Noel Kelly: one of the greats and a true hard man of the code

The world of rugby league is in mourning following the death on Sunday of Noel Kelly, one of the game’s real hard men. Kelly was named as hooker in the ARL’s Team of the Century, a reflection of his standing in the code. The Footy Almanac pays tribute to one of Ipswich’s greatest sons.

Almanac Book Review – ‘The Big O: the life and times of Olsen Filipaina’ by Patrick Skene

Ian Hauser reviews Patrick Skene’s new book, ‘The Big O: the life and times of Olsen Filipaina’ – a significant addition to the (all too) limited literature of rugby league.