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Next Game: The Season has finished
England skipper wants NRL to grow game
29 Mar 2018
England skipper Sean O'Loughlin says the NRL has a duty to promote the international game and hopes they can field a strong side against the Kiwis in Denver.

England captain Sean O'Loughlin has joined the debate over the Test against the Kiwis in Denver, arguing that the NRL has a duty to promote the international game.

The contentious match on June 23 has been sanctioned by the Rugby League International Federation, having been scheduled for the NRL's mid-season break.

However, some NRL clubs who are threatening to not release players, who they say will find the travel and altitude of the venue too physically demanding.

England coach Wayne Bennett and his eight NRL-based players have issued a statement confirming their support for the fixture at Denver's Mile High Stadium.

"I hope all the NRL boys get the nod," O'Loughlin said.

"I know the NRL are dragging their feet a bit.

"I'm not up to speed with all that's happening behind the scenes but I'm just hoping Wayne has the pick of everyone and it can be our strongest side that goes out there."

O'Loughlin says the international game needs to keep a strong foothold, while acknowledging the importance of the NRL club competition.

"The NRL are the biggest generators of income - they're a lot more successful money-wise than Super League and probably the international game - so they're holding the cards a little bit at the minute.

"But I still think they have a certain responsibility to promote the international game. We in Super League always want that to happen."

O'Loughlin welcomed the statement from his Australia-based teammates, arguing the importance of the mid-season fixture in the wake of England's World Cup campaign, in which they lost a tense final to Australia.

"It's big for the national side from our perspective that we back the World Cup up and get a win," said the Wigan back-rower.

"The atmosphere created during the camp was one of the best I've been involved in so I've no doubt all those players want to be part of it but it's probably down to the clubs and the NRL now."

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Last Game: The Kiwis lost against the Australia Roo's 10 - 28 at WestpacTrust Stadium, New Zealand (6131 days ago)  game results here
 New Zealand Kiwis Season 0 Stats (All games)
 Total Games Played
 Away Games
    Away Wins 0 
 Home Games
    Home Wins
 Total Tries:
 Total Goals:
 Total Field Goals:
 Total Points For:
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 Leagues the New Zealand Kiwis are in
1998 International Test Series - Australia, 1998 International Test Series - Great Britain, 1999 Anzac Test - Australia vs New Zealand, 1999 International Tri-Series, 1999 International Test - Tonga, 1999 International Tri-Series, 2000 Anzac Test - Australia vs New Zealand, 2000 World Cup - Group 2, 2000 World Cup - Quarter Finals, 2000 World Cup - Semi Finals, 2000 World Cup - Final, 2001 France tour of New Zealand, 2001 International Test Series - Australia, 2002 KENO Test - Australia vs New Zealand,

 Players in 2001
Ali Lauitiiti, C Smith, Clinton Toopi, David Solomona, David Vaealiki, Francis Meli, Henry Faafili, Henry Paul, Henry Perenara, Jerry Seuseu, Logan Swann, Matt Rua, Monty Betham, Motu Tony, Nathan Cayless, Nigel Vagana, Richard Swain, Robert Paul, Ruben Wiki, Stacey Jones, Stephen Kearney, Tesesa Lavea, Willie Talau,

 Players in 2000
Brian Jellick, Craig Smith, Craig Smith, David Kidwell, Jason Lowrie, Joe Vagana, Lesley Vainikolo, Quentin Pongia, Richard Barnett, Richie Blackmore, Tasesa Lavea, Tonie Carroll, Tony Puletua, Tyran Smith,

 Players in 1999
Gene Ngamu, Jarrard McCracken, Jason Lowrie, Sean Hoppe, Terry Hermannson,

 Players in 1998
Daryl Halligan, Joe Galuvao, John Lomax, Kevin Iro, Matthew Ridge, Syd Eru, Tony Iro,
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Last Results

Friday, 13 Jul, 2001
Australia 28
New Zealand 10

Sunday, 10 Jun, 2001
New Zealand 36
France 0

Sunday, 26 Nov, 2000
World Cup Final
Australia 40
New Zealand 12

Sunday, 19 Nov, 2000
World Cup Semi
New Zealand 49
England 6

Monday, 13 Nov, 2000
World Cup Qtr
New Zealand 54
France 6

Monday, 6 Nov, 2000
New Zealand 58
Wales 18

Friday, 3 Nov, 2000
New Zealand 84
Cook Islands 10

Monday, 30 Oct, 2000
New Zealand 64
Lebanon 0

Friday, 21 Apr, 2000
Australia 52
New Zealand 0

Friday, 5 Nov, 1999
Australia 22
New Zealand 20

Round 1
November 12nd - 13rd
Pos  Team Name  P
 1   Australia   2 
 2   New Zealand   2 
 3   Wales   2 
 4   England   2 
 5   Ireland   0 
 6   PNG   0 
 7   France   0 
 8   Samoa   0 
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