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Zak Hardaker and Joe Philbin are the latest players to be ruled out as Great Britain's tour of New Zealand and Papua New Guinea hits an injury crisis.

Four Lions player have been sidelined this week, with Ryan Hall and Oliver Gildart out with serious injuries.

Just 20 fit players remain on tour, including one specialist outside back.

For Saturday's second test against New Zealand, stand-off Blake Austin will play on the wing, with second rower Jack Hughes at centre.
 

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Kiwis holding down a lot, as they did last week. That aside, better refereeing than last week. NZ were pretty good, Johnson and Marshall ran the show. and GB were awful. No ideas in attack at all, players out of position...

Exactly as I expected, in fact.
 

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J Graham tried hard, chased everything and tired to tackle anything in black but sadly like a few players his best days seem to be behind him.
Widdop didn't have much impact either and the poms didn't get to much chance to use their wingers in the face of very solid Kiwi defence.
Good result for the kiwis
 

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Wayne Bennett's future as England and Great Britain coach should not just be judged on the performances of the 2019 Lions tour, says Rugby Football League rugby director Kevin Sinfield.

Bennett, 69, is out of contract at the end of the current series in New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

Three straight defeats, against Tonga and then twice against the Kiwis, have raised the pressure on the veteran.
 

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Wayne Bennett's future as England and Great Britain coach should not just be judged on the performances of the 2019 Lions tour, says Rugby Football League rugby director Kevin Sinfield.

Bennett, 69, is out of contract at the end of the current series in New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.

Three straight defeats, against Tonga and then twice against the Kiwis, have raised the pressure on the veteran.
They have to ask themselves if Wayne is the man to coach them at the next World Cup. If the answer is no, then it is time to go with someone else as coach.
 

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Great Britain coach Wayne Bennett says he is "not interested" in criticism of his tenure despite three straight defeats during the Lions' 2019 tour.

Amazing how his age always gets a mention now !
 

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Coach Craig Taylor has named a squad of 23 for Wales women's rugby league's match with England Lions in St Helens on Saturday (16:00 GMT).

It will be the second game played by the newly-created Wales women's team following their 30-6 defeat by GB Teachers on 26 October.
The Lions are a community rugby representative team.

"It's an historic day ... whatever the result, women's rugby league will be the winner," Taylor said.

England women's senior team is currently touring Papua New Guinea, and play PNG Orchids in the second test on Saturday, 16 November (05:00 GMT).

The Wales team has been set up with the long-term aim of qualifying for the 2021 Women's Rugby League World Cup.

Wales (from): Kathryn Salter (vc) (Cardiff Blue Dragons, East Wales), Zoe Lewis (Rhondda Outlaws, East Wales), Rafiuke Taylor (c) (Cardiff Blue Dragons, West Wales), Seren Gough-Walters (Cardiff Blue Dragons), Savannah Ledsam (Cardiff Blue Dragons, West Wales), Shaunni Davies (Rhondda Outlaws, East Wales), Leanne Burnell (Cardiff Blue Dragons, West Wales), Emily Hughes (Cardiff Blue Dragons), Jess Wallington (Cardiff Blue Dragons), Vicky Lea (British Army, GB Armed Forces), Lauren Aitken (Cardiff Blue Dragons, West Wales), Rebecca Llewellyn Ennis (Cardiff Blue Dragons, West Wales), Ffion Owen (Rhondda Outlaws, East Wales), Kim Jones (Cardiff Blue Dragons, East Wales), Charlie Mundy (Cardiff Blue Dragons, East Wales), Joeann McGuire (Rhondda Outlaws, East Wales), Megan Oaten (Rhondda Outlaws), Rhian Stephens (Rhondda Outlaws, West Wales), Stacey Wright (Rhondda Outlaws, East Wales), Laura Keeble (Cardiff Blue Dragons, West Wales), Karla Benjamin (Rhondda Outlaws, East Wales), Sara Prosser (Rhondda Outlaws, East Wales), Harriet Cooksey (Cardiff Blue Dragons, West Wales
 

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Well apparently he is going now, and the sooner the better. This tour has been a disgrace.
 

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Well apparently he is going now, and the sooner the better. This tour has been a disgrace.
He hasn't had the cattle. Tonga and NZ are stronger teams. The Pommy players need a good hard look at themselves. They are letting Wayne down!
 

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The BBC will show live coverage of England Women's second Test match against Papua New Guinea on Saturday. England won their first Test in PNG on 9 November, with captain Emily Rudge scoring four tries in a 24-10 victory.

Saturday's game will be played at the Oil Search Stadium in Papua New Guinea's capital, Port Moresby. Kick off is at 05:00 GMT and the match will be shown on the BBC Red Button, iPlayer, and the BBC Sport website, alongside live text coverage.

The match forms part of a double-header of rugby league on the BBC on Saturday, with Great Britain's men's team playing a Test against Papua New Guinea at 07:30 GMT.

BBC Two and online text coverage will begin at 07:00 GMT, with repeats of both matches on the Red Button at 09:30 GMT.
 

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He hasn't had the cattle. Tonga and NZ are stronger teams. The Pommy players need a good hard look at themselves. They are letting Wayne down!

Tonga and NZ at full strength are good sides, but today GB were outplayed by players from League 1 (two levels below SL). No kicking game, no tactical nous, and a half-back playing on the wing (after flying a specialist winger out to the other side of the world, and then not playing him anyway!). Bennett has used the Lions tour as a cynical training exercise for England, he doesn't give a damn about the Lions, and should never have given the job.
 

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Tonga and NZ at full strength are good sides, but today GB were outplayed by players from League 1 (two levels below SL). No kicking game, no tactical nous, and a half-back playing on the wing (after flying a specialist winger out to the other side of the world, and then not playing him anyway!). Bennett has used the Lions tour as a cynical training exercise for England, he doesn't give a damn about the Lions, and should never have given the job.
They probably should replace Wayne now but most of those Pommy players should have played much better.