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Tri-Nations: Fien ineligible? Aussie news

NEW Zealand is in danger of being stripped of its two Tri-Nations competition points as the row over the eligibility of Queensland-born Kiwi Nathan Fien escalated today.

USA 54 Japan 18

THE United States moved a step closer to qualification for the 2008 World Cup by beating Atlantic Group rivals Japan 54-18 in Aston, Delaware on Saturday.

Lebanon 22 Russia 8

LEBANON'S 2008 World Cup qualifying campaign eventually got under way in north London on Saturday after kick off was put back an hour. This initial delay, though, seemed not to have affected the Lebanese team, which leapt straight onto the attack against a massive Russian side. After just 9 minutes, strong running Wests centre Frank Samia went in from fifteen metres out, with fullback Samer El Masri converting with a well taken kick eight metres in from touch.

England 40 Tonga 18

ENGLAND stayed on course for a place in the Federation Shield final with an impressive seven-try win over Tonga.

Greece 44 Serbia 26

RUGBY League made its way to Athens when Greece held out a determined and much improved Serbia to win 44-26.

Wash-up from Game III

COACH Brian Noble insists Great Britain will be better prepared for next week's Tri-Nations clash with Australia after making a losing start to its campaign last night.

Tonga v Cumbria scorers, teams

TOUR match held on 25 October 2006 at Derwent Park, Whitehaven.Cumbria 28 (Gardner, Sice, Calvert, Finch tries, Rudd 6 goals) defeated Tonga 16 (Koloi, Mateo, Makisi tries, Mateo 2 goals). Attendance: 1,639. Weather: heavy rain. Half-time Cumbria 20-12. Cumbria: Wilson, Calvert, Eilbeck, Harrison, Gardner, Rudd, Finch, Jackson, Mattinson, Vaughan, Whitehead, McDermott, McAvoy. Replacements: Sice, Burgess, Beaumont, HillTonga: Sinisa, Richer, Makisi, Pangai, Koloi, Mateo, Foliaki, Cocker, Fukofuka, Moa, Falemaka, Moimoi, Faaoso. Replacements: Hansen, Kingi, Halepio, Liku. (Martin Marsella injured an ankle in training.)Source: http://www.timesandstar.co.uk/sport/viewarticle.aspx?id=427646

Engalnd v Tonga preview

ENGLAND play Tonga at 3pm at the Twickenham Stoop on Sunday 29th October, in the second round of the Federation Shield.

USA v Japan preview

THE Atlantic Group qualifying for the Rugby League World Cup comes down to one game this Saturday, when the USA Tomahawks take on the Japan Samurais with the winner progressing to next year?s repecharge round to decide the remaining tenth spot in the 2008 World Cup finals.

Lebanon v Russia preview

LEBANON and Russia meet on neutral soil on Saturday in London to play the latest game in the European Group qualifiers for the 2008 World Cup Finals. This Lebanon home game was transferred due to recent hostilities in that country and will be played at 1:00pm at New River Stadium, home of National League Two team London Skolars. The return match will be hosted by Russia in October 2007.

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