in Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia.
in Central Coast, New South Wales, Australia.
1. Wales national rugby league team – The Wales national rugby league team represents Wales in international rugby league football matches. Currently the team is eighth in the RLIF World Rankings, the team was run under the auspices of the Rugby Football League, but an independent body, Wales Rugby League, now runs the team from Cardiff. A total of three Welsh players have entered into the Rugby League Hall Of Fame. Similar to many other Welsh national sporting teams, Wales strip has been primarily red for many years, however, in their last World Cup campaign in 2000 they did wear a shirt featuring the Welsh flag, adding a touch of green and white. The team is known as The Dragons and so the logo on the shirt is a red dragon. The team date back to 1907, making them the third oldest national side after England, and it was a touring New Zealand side that Wales first played against in 1908, winning 9–8 at Aberdare. For 26 years Wales competed against their two biggest rivals, England and France, in the European Nations Cup, winning the four times. Wales have also competed in the World Cup on four occasions, in 1995 and 2000 they had their most successful tournaments to date, surprisingly making the Semi-Finals on both occasions before being beaten by England and Australia respectively. Wales failed to qualify for the 2008 World Cup, being the second highest ranked side not to do so, having lost to Scotland on points difference over two matches. In 2014 former England and France coach John Kear became the new coach after Iestyn Harris left the post to concentrate on his new job as head coach at Salford Red Devils. On 5 April 1904, England played a match against the Other Nationalities. Of the twelve players who played for the Other Nationalities team, as it was a 12-a-side game, after 80 minutes however, the Other Nationalities had beaten England 9–3. Nevertheless, this carried on for another two years, playing England annually in 1905 and 1906, losing 26–11 and drawing 3–3 respectively. From 1905 to 1910 Rugby League as a sport enjoyed growth, not just in Wales and England, the Welsh rugby league team were contesting their first national fixture, and managed to beat the touring Kiwis 9–8 in Aberdare in front of 20,000 spectators. At the end of 1908 Wales played their third and final fixture of the decade, playing England again, but this time in Broughton, Lancashire. However, in 1909 another victory was to occur for Welsh Rugby League, in the years before the outbreak of the war, Wales regularly played England. The two national teams played each other every year, including 1914. On the 7 October 1911 Wales played Australia for the first time, the match, held at Ebbw Vale again, drew 7,000 people to watch Wales go down 20–28
2. Rugby league – Rugby league football, usually called rugby league, is a full contact sport played by two teams of thirteen players on a rectangular field. One of the two codes of football, it originated in England in 1895 as a split from the Rugby Football Union over the issue of payments to players. Its rules gradually changed with the aim of producing a faster, in rugby league, points are scored by carrying the ball and touching it to the ground beyond the opposing teams goal line, this is called a try, and is the primary method of scoring. The opposing team attempts to stop the side scoring points by tackling the player carrying the ball. In addition to tries, points can be scored by kicking goals, after each try, the scoring team gains a free kick to try at goal with a conversion for further points. Kicks at goal may also be awarded for penalties, and field goals can be attempted at any time. Rugby league is a sport in Northern England, the states of Queensland and New South Wales in Australia, New Zealand. The European Super League and Australasian National Rugby League are the club competitions. Rugby league is played internationally, predominantly by European, Australasian and Pacific Island countries, the first Rugby League World Cup was held in France in 1954, the current holders are Australia. The first of these, the Northern Rugby Football Union, was established in 1895 as a faction of Englands Rugby Football Union. Similar breakaway factions split from RFU-affiliated unions in Australia and New Zealand in 1907 and 1908, renaming themselves rugby football leagues, in 1922, the Northern Union also changed its name to the Rugby Football League and thus over time the sport itself became known as rugby league football. In 1895, a schism in Rugby football resulted in the formation of the Northern Rugby Football Union, within fifteen years of that first meeting in Huddersfield, more than 200 RFU clubs had left to join the rugby revolution. In 1897, the line-out was abolished and in 1898 professionalism introduced, in 1906, the Northern Union changed its rules, reducing teams from 15 to 13 a side and replacing the ruck formed after every tackle with the play the ball. A similar schism to that which occurred in England took place in Sydney, There, on 8 August 1907 the New South Wales Rugby Football League was founded at Batemans Hotel in George Street. Rugby league then went on to rugby union as the primary football code in New South Wales. On 5 May 1954 over 100,000 spectators watched the 1953–54 Challenge Cup Final at Odsal Stadium, Bradford, England, also in 1954 the Rugby League World Cup, the first for either code of rugby, was formed at the instigation of the French. In 1966, the International Board introduced a rule that a team in possession was allowed three play-the-balls and on the tackle a scrum was to be formed. This was increased to six tackles in 1972 and in 1983 the scrum was replaced by a handover,1967 saw the first professional Sunday matches of rugby league played
3. Fullback (rugby league) – Fullback is one of the positions in a rugby league football team. Typically wearing jersey number 1, the fullback is a member of the teams back-line, the positions name comes from their duty of standing the furthest back in defence, behind the forwards, half backs and the three-quarter backs. Fullbacks are therefore the last line of defence, having to tackle any opposition players and it is for this reason that the fullback is also referred to as the sweeper or custodian. Being able to secure high bomb kicks is a sought after quality in fullbacks, fullback is also one of the most important positions in attack, handling the ball nearly every set of six and often running into open space on the field. Therefore, together with the two half backs and hooker, fullback is one of the four key positions that make up what is referred to as a teams spine. Because the fullback makes the most support runs, players in the role complete more very high-intensity running than any other position, the Rugby League International Federations Laws of the Game state that the fullback is to be numbered 1. However, traditionally players jersey numbers have varied, and in the modern Super League, fullbacks who feature in their respective nations rugby league halls of fame are Frances Puig Aubert, Australias Clive Churchill and Charles Fraser, Wales Jim Sullivan and New Zealands Des White. Churchills attacking flair as a player in the 1950s is credited with having changed the role of the fullback, Rugby league positions Rugby league gameplay
4. Central Coast (New South Wales) – The Central Coast is a peri-urban region in the Australian state of New South Wales, located on the Tasman Sea coast north of Sydney and south of Lake Macquarie. The Central Coast has an population of 325,082 as of June 2015, growing at 1% pa. making it the third largest urban area in New South Wales. Politically, it is administered by the Central Coast Council as of 12 May 2016, subsequently, a new junior ministerial post was created in State Parliament, this was downgraded to a joint parliamentary secretary position in March 2015. As of April 2015, the secretary for the Hunter. In November 2015 both Gosford and Wyong councils controversially voted to merge under allegations of bullying as part of the state governments Fit for the Future plans, amalgamation into a single Central Coast local government area has now passed all administrative and legislative requirements. The region has been inhabited for thousands of years by Aboriginal people, the local Guringai and Darkinjung people were some of the first Aboriginal people to come in contact with British settlers. An Aboriginal man from the region named Bungaree became one of the most prominent people of the settlement of New South Wales. He was one of the first Aboriginal people to learn English and befriended the early governors Phillip, King, Macquarie later declared Bungaree The King of the Broken Bay Tribes. Post settlement disease and disruption greatly reduced the numbers of Aboriginal people, in 1811, the Governor of New South Wales, Lachlan Macquarie, gave the first land grant in the region to William Nash, a former marine of the First Fleet. No further grants were made in the area until 1821, the region is a network of towns that have been linked in recent years by expanding suburban development. The main urban cluster of the region surrounds the northern shore of Brisbane Water and includes the Coasts largest population centre, Gosford, other major commercial centres on the Coast are Wyong, Tuggerah, Lakehaven, The Entrance, Terrigal, and Woy Woy. Large numbers of people who live in the part of the region commute daily to work in Sydney. The Central Coast is also a popular tourist destination and an area for retirement. The Central Coast has significant employment including services, tourism, manufacturing, finance, building, retail and industrial. As a result, the identity of the region is distinct from that of the large and diverse metropolis of Sydney as well as from the Hunter region with its mining, heavy industry. On 2 December 2005, the Central Coast was officially recognised as a stand-alone region rather than an extension of Sydney or the Hunter Valley, the Central Coast has a humid subtropical climate, with warm humid summers and mild winters. Rainfall is spread evenly throughout the year, but is slightly more frequent during autumn. The Australian Bureau of Statistics publishes population census data and regular population estimates on the Central Coast under a Significant Urban Area, as at June 2015 the estimated population of this region was 325,082
5. 2011 Rugby League Four Nations – The 2011 Rugby League Four Nations tournament was the third staging of the Rugby League Four Nations tournament and was played in England and Wales during October and November 2011. The series was contested by regular contestants Australia, England and New Zealand, in addition to Wales, the tournament saw the return of international rugby league to Londons Wembley Stadium for the first time since 1997, with a double-header played on 5 November 2011. Australia won the tournament, defeating England in the final at Elland Road, Leeds, the match was the last of the 17-year professional career of Australias captain Darren Lockyer. The 2011 tournament was the third of three Four Nations series planned before the 2013 Rugby League World Cup, with the venues rotating between Europe and the South Pacific, there was no Four Nations in 2012 due to teams preparing for the World Cup. In addition to automatic inclusions Australia, England and New Zealand,1 Replaced originally selected Brett Stewart who withdrew due to injury. 2 Replaced originally selected David Taylor who withdrew due to injury,3 Replaced originally selected Glenn Stewart who withdrew for compasionate reasons. The England squad for the 2011 Four Nations, Of the twenty four players, coach, Steve McNamara The Kiwis announced their 23-man touring squad on 4 October. Of the twenty three players, eighteen were New Zealand born while four were Australian born and one Tongan born, coach, Stephen Kearney 1 Replaced original replacement Krisnan Inu who withdrew for family reasons. He replaced originally selected Steve Matai who withdrew due to injury,2 Replaced originally selected Manu Vatuvei who withdrew due to injury. 3 Replaced originally selected Shaun Johnson who withdrew due to injury, the Welsh training squad was named on 14 September. Of the twenty three players, nine were English born while eight were Welsh born and five Australian borns, coach, Iestyn Harris Gareth Thomas was originally selected in the squad, but retired with immediate effect in the week leading up to the tournament. The games were played at venues in England and Wales, the tournament final was played in Leeds. Johnathan Thurston broke the record for most points in a tournament with his 56-point haul. The previous record of 42 was set in 2005 by New Zealands Stacey Jones, before the series, England played a Test match against France, New Zealand and Australia played a test in Newcastle before heading to Great Britain, and Wales played Ireland in Neath. New Zealand were originally scheduled to play a Test match against the Cook Islands on 7 October, however this was called off due to the unavailability of 29 frontline players
6. Lee Briers – Lee Briers, is a retired professional rugby league player who played for Warrington in the Super League. He previously played for St. Helens, and at international level he won 23 caps for Wales, Briers signed for hometown club St Helens and broke into their first team as a teenager, standing in for the suspended captain Bobbie Goulding. His performances helped guide Saints through to the 1997 Challenge Cup Final, however, the return of Goulding meant Briers was dropped to the reserves, missing out on an appearance in the final. In addition to being dropped for the final, Briers was not taken to be fitted for a Cup Final suit and was not taken with the squad down to Wembley, much to his – and his team mates – chagrin. Local rivals Warrington stepped in to secure his signature in a £65,000 move, Briers made an instant impact at his new club. His presence at scrum half added an edge to the Warrington team. He went on to become the primary playmaker of the side, during that time Briers became well known for his excellent kicking skills and his ability to successfully convert drop goals. He currently holds the Super League record, and jointly Warrington all-time record, Lee Briers Testimonial match at Warrington took place in 2007 and he stepped down as captain at the end of the season. Briers played for Warrington in the 2010 Challenge Cup Final victory over Leeds, during this season he broke a number of club records including top all-time points scorer, having overtaken club greats Brian Bevan and Steve Hesford. He broke the record during a Challenge Cup home 112–0 demolition of Swinton and this match also saw Briers break his own club record for points in a match, with 44 points, from 16 goals and three tries. In 2012, with the goal to make Warrington Wolves a lasting legacy, Lee, in 2013, during the second match of the season against Wigan Warriors, Lee suffered a neck injury which saw the Warrington ace out for 13 games. He returned for a Tetleys Challenge Cup fifth round tie against Salford City Reds in which he not only a try scoring return. In November 2013, although Briers had a year remaining on his contract and he played 425 games for Warrington, scoring a club record 2,586 points. Shortly before announcing his retirement, Briers released his autobiography, Off the Cuff, Briers was capped by Great Britain v France in their 4212 win on 26 October 2001. Having made his Wales debut in 1998, Briers went on to make 23 appearances for his country, following the teams failure to qualify for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, Briers announced his international retirement. However he came out of retirement to represent Wales in the 2010 European Cup and he went on to captain Wales in the 2011 Four Nations, before once again retiring from international rugby league at the tournaments end. 2001 Ashes profile Great Britain Statistics at englandrl. co. uk Statistics at rugbyleagueproject. org Warrington’s World Cup heroes – Lee Briers