All you need to know about the Rugby League Four Nations
The Rugby League Four Nations is a tournament that runs two-yearly. It is between the Rugby Football League, New Zealand Rugby League and the Australian Rugby League Commission, each of whom is representing a nation considered in the top three in the sport. The fourth member of the tournament is introduced by qualifying in a regional competition which rotates between Europe and the South Pacific.
The 2016 Four Nations tournament will mark the fifth staging of the competition, and will be hosted by England in October and November. The qualifying fourth nation this year is Scotland (their first time entering the Four Nations), securing their place by winning the 2014 European Cup.
The Anfield Stadium will be the home of the tournament’s final, holding 54,000 fans at full capacity, and will be the first time in 19 years that this venue will have hosted a rugby league match. This will also be the first ever International Rugby League match ever held at the venue. Other stadiums hosting games consist of the KC Lightstream Stadium in Hull, the Ricoh Arena in Coventry and the Olympic Park Stadium in London to name a few.
So who’s the favourite? New Zealand are currently ranked number 1 in the world with Australia 2nd, England 3rd and Scotland in 9th. However, in terms of Four Nations tournament dominance Australia leads the way with four appearances in the final. Twice as winners (2009, 2011) and twice runners up (2010, 2014). New Zealand have also won the tournament twice (2010, 2014) defeating Australia in the most recent final. England have managed the runners up spot on two occasions (2011, 2009) and as tournament hosts can they take advantage of home support and make 2016 their winning year?
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