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    First 15,000 tickets sold for London match.

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    Great news for this year's Test Series between EnglandRL and the New Zealand Kiwis with all three matches to be televised on BBC.
    England will also launch their jersey for this year's Test Series on Tuesday, June 30.

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    Parramatta-bound Kieran Foran is the latest superstar to withdraw from New Zealand's upcoming tour of England. "He has a ligament in an elbow that has been giving him trouble since the start of the year," Foran's agent, Paul Sutton, told Set of Six. "He went to Parramatta for a look at it and they thought it was best that it was seen to." An official announcement is anticipated this week. The withdrawal of Foran surely means St George Illawarra's Benji Marshall will get a call-up but the fact Foran has been struggling with it for the whole season - and played on - raises serious questions about the primacy of international football. Other star withdrawals inclide Manu Vatuvei, Shaun Johnson, Jared Warea-Hargreaves and Thomas Leuluai.

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    The countdown is on with just 50 days to go until England’s first game of the international series against New Zealand at the KC Stadium, Hull on Sunday November 1

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    WHITEHEAD DOUBLE EARNS SERIES-CLINCHING WIN FOR ENGLAND

    Two tries from second-rower Elliott Whitehead helped England to a tense 20-14 victory over New Zealand in Wigan to complete a 2-1 series win.

    England were forced to withstand a late onslaught by the Kiwis, who scored two tries in the last seven minutes, before they could celebrate a first series triumph since the 2007 New Zealanders were thrashed 3-0 by Great Britain.

    Steve McNamara responded to the 9-2 second-Test defeat by giving a debut to winger Jermaine McGillvary and a recall to scrum-half Matty Smith.

    Smith, on the receiving end of England's heart-breaking defeats by the Kiwis in both the 2013 World Cup and last year's Four Nations Series, was named man of the match on his return while skipper Sean O'Loughlin also impressed on his home ground to take the man-of-the-series award.

    O'Loughlin put the finishing touches to the victory with England's third try, which meant the backs went through the series without scoring but that merely demonstrated the current strength of the side.

    From the start, defences were once more on top but, unlike in the second Test, there was much more to entertain the crowd.

    For the second successive week Gareth Widdop opened the scoring with an early penalty and the Kiwis' defence was subjected to a pummelling as England began brightly.

    However, New Zealand were again the more inventive team as they defied the steady rain to take their offload game to their opponents and left winger Jason Nightingale saw more ball in the first 20 minutes than in the whole of the first two Tests.

    The best of his three early chances came after a clean break by hooker Issac Luke but England scrambled magnificently to keep their line intact and ended a scoreless period when Whitehead pounced on Smith's grubber kick for his first score.

    Widdop's conversion made it 8-0 but England's defence eventually cracked five minutes before half-time when Nightingale produced an acrobatic finish to elude the flying tackle of full-back Zak Hardaker. Luke's touchline goal cut the deficit to just two points.

    With makeshift half-backs Peta Hiku and Kodi Nikorima a constant threat, the Kiwis had the momentum for most of the third quarter as England clung on to their lead.

    The pivotal moment came on the hour when Whitehead, the Catalans Dragons forward who will ply his trade in the NRL with Canberra next season, was taken high by Jordan Kahu and the relieving penalty enabled England to turn defence into attack.

    Moments later Whitehead got on the end of some neat passing from James Graham and Smith to force his way over for his second try and Widdop's third goal put two scores between the teams.

    The victory was effectively sealed on 71 minutes when O'Loughlin summoned enough strength to tear his way through a jaded defence for a third try and Widdop maintained his 100 per cent record with the boot to make it 20-6.

    The celebrations clearly began prematurely as England relaxed and late tries from full-back Roger Tuivasa-Sheck and Kahu meant they had to endure an anxious few moments before Whitehead booted a loose ball into touch to bring an absorbing series to a memorable close.

    England
    1. Zak Hardaker
    2. Jermaine McGillvary
    3. Kallum Watkins
    4. John Bateman
    5. Ryan Hall
    6. Gareth Widdop
    7. Matty Smith
    8. James Graham
    9. Josh Hodgson
    10. Chris Hill
    11. Elliott Whitehead
    12. Liam Farrell
    13. Sean O'Loughlin
    Interchange
    14. James Roby
    15. Thomas Burgess
    16. Mike Cooper
    17. Brett Ferres

    New Zealand
    1 Roger Tuivasa-Sheck
    2 Jason Nightingale
    3 Jordan Kahu
    4 Dean Whare
    5 Shaun Kenny-Dowall
    6 Peta Hiku
    7 Kodi Nikorima
    8 Jesse Bromwich
    9 Issac Luke
    10 Sam Moa
    11 Kevin Proctor
    12 Tohu Harris
    13 Adam Blair

    Interchange
    14 Lewis Brown
    15 Martin Taupau
    16 Ben Matulino
    17 Alex Glenn

    England 20 (T: Whitehead 2, O'Loughlin; G: Widdop 4 ) New Zealand 14 (T: Nightingale, Tuivasa-Sheck, Kahu; G: Luke)

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    England claim dramatic win
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    Those were the gut-level reactions after England survived a late New Zealand blitz to win their first series in eight years by taking out the Third Test 20-14 at Wigan's DW Stadium.

    Steve McNamara's side looked safe when man of the series and home town hero Sean O'Loughlin crossed for a powerful converted 72nd minute try to make it 20-6.

    But like Ben Hunt during extra time in the NRL grand final, Canterbury's Graham fumbled the restart.

    "Why did I drop the ball?" Graham told NRL.com.

    "That kick-off, I've fluffed my lines a bit there and I was pretty determined to try and help the boys as much as I could there.

    "But that's what Test matches are all about. That's what these games are all about. We gave ourselves an opportunity to win and we hung in there."

    Within minutes of the error, winger Jason Nightingale had put fullback Roger Tuivasa-Sheck over for a try witha glorious flick pass.

    Two minutes later, Kodi Nikorima kicked - after the ball was kept alive in dazzling fashion - and his Brisbane team-mate Jordan Kahu raced after it to score. Even though Issac Luke missed both conversions, a draw was on the cards.

    With 10 seconds to go, 2015 Golden Boot nominee Roger Tuivasa-Sheck had the ball in his hands and the game on the line.

    "So many things were going through my head," he said. "I tried to throw the long ball, hopefully, to see what the boys were doing.

    "But the defence was up. I was stuck just trying to maybe put [Jason] Nightingale back under to head back to the middle.

    "But it didn't work this time. We didn't have the magic Thurston in our team."

    For a Kiwi side without Kieran Foran, Shaun Johnson, Jason Taumalolo, Simon Mannering, Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Manu Vatevei, it was a defiant end to a tightly contested series.

    In a game preceded by an impeccably observed minute's silence for the Paris victims and played amid rain and wind, New Zealand turned out their best attack of the series.

    But when they dominated possession just after halftime and England led by just two, the Kiwis could not score.

    Instead, Canberra-bound Elliott Whitehead got tries in the 20th and 68th minutes to be an unlikely star.

    "When Elliott first came into our system, he might have been disappointed he didn't get more game time," said coach Steve McNamara.

    "But he's come on very well. I'm really interested to see how he goes in the NRL. Canberra are getting a good player."

    McNamara is now off contract with England – he recently re-signed with the Roosters – and again refused to comment on his future.

    But halfback Matty Smith, who came into the side for Wigan club-mate George Williams, said: "I don't see a reason why we need to change the coach now when we had a good World Cup – just fell short, could have gone either way.

    "The Four Nations was the same. We're building nicely. He's kept that team together. Everyone wants to play for him.

    "We've won something this year. Why change it?"

    Kiwis coach Stephen Kearney said his side put too much pressure on itself with errors.

    Asked if former Golden Boot winner Benji Marshall, who was overlooked for selection, would have made a difference, he said: "I'm not going to answer that question because he's not in the team that I picked.

    "I thought we performed pretty well. Did we need help? I can't tell you."

    ENGLAND 20 (Elliott Whitehead 2, Sean O'Loughlin tries; Gareth Widdop 3 goals) defeated NEW ZEALAND 14 (Jason Nightingale, Roger Tuivasa-Sheck, Jordan Kahu tries; Issac Luke goal) at DW Stadium. Referee: Ben Thaler (England).

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    The Poms beat a very weak Kiwi team so they shouldn't get too excited
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    Quote Originally Posted by TITAN PETE View Post
    The Poms beat a very weak Kiwi team so they shouldn't get too excited
    I heard that over 2million people watched the game on BBC and it even beat the EPL.

    But I have to say, that they need to ban jersey swapping before trophy presentations and team photos.

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