Rugby League Four Nations

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Four Nations
Current season or competition:
2014 Rugby League Four Nations
Four Nations logo
Sport Rugby league football
Instituted 2008(1999 as Tri-Nations)
Inaugural season 2009(1999 as Tri-Nations)
Number of teams 4
Region  England
 Australia
 New Zealand
 Scotland (2016) (RLIF)
Champions  New Zealand (2nd title)
Most titles  Australia
 New Zealand
(2 titles)
Website www.rlfournations.com
Broadcast partner Nine Network (Australia)
Sky Sport (New Zealand)
BBC Sport (United Kingdom)
Qualification Fourth participant for
2010 from 2009 Pacific Cup
2011 from 2010 European Cup
2014 from 2014 Pacific Rugby League International
2016 from 2014 European Cup
Related competition Tri-Nations

The Rugby League Four Nations is an annual rugby league football tournament run in partnership between the Australian Rugby League Commission, Rugby Football League and New Zealand Rugby League representing the top three nations in the sport: Australia, England and New Zealand.[1] The tournament replaced the previous Tri-Nations format by including a fourth nation that qualifies by winning their respective regional competition in a rotation between Europe and the South Pacific. France accepted an invitation to play in the inaugural tournament in 2009.[1] The tournament is sponsored by Gillette and therefore officially known as the Gillette Four Nations.[2] No tournament was contested in 2012 to allow teams to prepare for the 2013 Rugby League World Cup.[3]

Format[edit]

The tournament is organised in round-robin format. Each team play the others once, before the top two teams play each other in a tournament final. The top two teams are calculated using a league table. Teams receive:

  • 2 points for a win
  • 1 point for a draw
  • 0 points for a loss

For and against then separates teams on equal points.

Qualification[edit]

In 2009 a qualifying tournament was held, the Pacific Cup, involving Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga, Fiji and the Cook Islands. The winners, Papua New Guinea, qualified for the 2010 Four Nations. Likewise in 2010, the European Nations Cup decided the fourth participant in the 2011 tournament, Wales.[3]

Year Competition Qualifier
2009 2005 European Nations Cup  France
2010 2009 Pacific Cup  Papua New Guinea
2011 2010 European Nations Cup  Wales
2014 2014 Pacific Qualifier  Samoa
2016 2014 European Nations Cup  Scotland

Results[edit]

Tournaments[edit]

Year Host nation(s) Winner Score Runner-Up Fourth Nation
2009  England
 France
 Australia 46 – 16  England  France
2010  Australia
 New Zealand
 New Zealand 16 – 12  Australia  Papua New Guinea
2011  England
 Wales
 Australia 30 – 8  England  Wales
2014  Australia
 New Zealand
 New Zealand 22 – 18  Australia  Samoa
2016  England
 Scotland
 Scotland

Team Results[edit]

Rank Country Appearances Wins Runners-Up
1  Australia 4 2 (2011, 2009) 2 (2010, 2014)
2  New Zealand 4 2 (2010, 2014) 0
3  England 4 0 2 (2011, 2009)
4  France 1 0 0
5  Papua New Guinea 1 0 0
6  Samoa 1 0 0
7  Wales 1 0 0

Statistics[edit]

(as of 18 November 2014)

Overall Four Nations Tournament Try-Scorers[edit]

Tries scored Name
11 Jason Nightingale (New Zealand)
10 Greg Inglis (Australia)
9 Brett Morris (Australia)
8 Billy Slater (Australia), Ryan Hall (England)
7 Cooper Cronk (Australia)
6 Sam Tomkins (England), Sam Perrett (New Zealand), Junior Sa'u (New Zealand)
5 Michael Jennings (Australia), Lance Hohaia (New Zealand)
4 Darius Boyd (Australia), Luke Lewis (Australia), Cameron Smith (Australia), Brent Tate (Australia), Johnathan Thurston (Australia), Sam Burgess (England), Tony Clubb (England), Shaun Kenny-Dowall (New Zealand)
3 Darren Lockyer (Australia), Josh Morris (Australia), Willie Tonga (Australia), Peter Fox (England), Luke Robinson (England), Sika Manu (New Zealand), Manu Vatuvei (New Zealand)
2 Daly Cherry-Evans (Australia), Ben Hunt (Australia), Chris Lawrence (Australia), Tony Williams (Australia), Jharal Yow Yeh (Australia)

Tom Briscoe (England), Chris Heighington (England), Richard Myler (England), Jack Reed (England), Lee Smith (England), Kallum Watkins (England), Gareth Widdop (England)

Gerard Beale (New Zealand), Nathan Fien (New Zealand), Bryson Goodwin (New Zealand), Shaun Johnson (New Zealand), Benji Marshall (New Zealand), Frank-Paul Nuuausala (New Zealand), Frank Pritchard (New Zealand), Jeremy Smith (New Zealand), Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (New Zealand)

Glen Nami (Papua New Guinea), Pita Godinet (Samoa), Daniel Vidot (Samoa), Elliot Kear (Wales)

1 Paul Gallen (Australia), Jarryd Hayne (Australia), David Klemmer (Australia), Josh Mansour (Australia), Sione Mata'utia (Australia), Josh Papalii (Australia), Beau Scott (Australia), Matthew Scott, Sam Thaiday (Australia), Lote Tuqiri (Australia), Akuila Uate (Australia)

Josh Charnley (England), Kyle Eastmond (England), Gareth Ellis (England), Liam Farrell (England), James Roby (England), James Graham (England), Michael Shenton (England), Kevin Sinfield (England), Joel Tomkins (England), Kirk Yeaman (England)

Kane Bentley (France), Vincent Duport (France), Olivier Elima (France), Sébastien Martins (France), James Wynne (France)

Lewis Brown (New Zealand), Greg Eastwood (New Zealand), Kalifa Faifai Loa (New Zealand), Kieran Foran (New Zealand), Issac Luke (New Zealand), Kevin Locke, Simon Mannering (New Zealand), Ben Matulino (New Zealand), Kevin Proctor (New Zealand), Dean Whare (New Zealand)

Macali Aizue (Papua New Guinea), Emmanuel Yere (Papua New Guinea)

David Fa'alogo (Samoa), Joseph Leilua (Samoa), Isaac Liu (Samoa), Tautau Moga (Samoa), Ben Roberts, Tim Simona (Samoa)

Jordan James (Wales), Rhys Williams (Wales)

Top pointscorers[edit]

Overall Four Nations Tournament Top Point-Scorers
Player Team T G FG Pts
1 Johnathan Thurston  Australia 4 39 0 94
2 Cameron Smith  Australia 4 26 0 68
3 Benji Marshall  New Zealand 2 25 0 58
4 Jason Nightingale  New Zealand 11 0 0 44
5 Kevin Sinfield  England 1 19 0 42
6 Greg Inglis  Australia 10 0 0 40
7 Brett Morris  Australia 9 0 0 36
8 Bryson Goodwin  New Zealand 2 13 0 34
9 Billy Slater  Australia 8 0 0 32
= Ryan Hall  England 8 0 0 32
11 Cooper Cronk  Australia 7 0 0 28
12 Sam Tomkins  England 6 0 0 24
= Sam Perrett  New Zealand 6 0 0 24
= Junior Sau  New Zealand 6 0 0 24
15 Michael Jennings  Australia 5 0 0 20
= Lance Hohaia  New Zealand 5 0 0 20

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dean Ritchie (2009-02-24). "UK stuff-up in league of its own". news.com.au. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 
  2. ^ PA (2009-07-12). "Gillette to sponsor Four Nations". Sporting Life. Retrieved 2009-07-13. 
  3. ^ a b NRL (2008-11-22). "RLIF unveils expanded Test schedule". NRL Partnership. Retrieved 2009-04-17. 

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