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The 2014 European Cup was an international rugby league football tournament. The tournament took place in England, Wales, France, Ireland and Scotland between 17 October and 2 November. It was announced beforehand that the winner of the tournament would qualify for the 2016 Four Nations,[1] and also that if Ireland or Wales won tournament, they will automatically qualify for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup (due to the World Cup qualifying tournament taking place at the same time as the 2016 Four Nations).[2] France and Scotland had already qualified for that tournament.

2014 (2014) European Cup  ()
Number of teams4
Host countries England
 Ireland
 France
 Scotland
 Wales
Winner Scotland (1st title)

Matches played5
Attendance11,414 (2,283 per match)
Points scored307 (61.4 per match)
Tries scored57 (11.4 per match)
Top scorerFrance Remy Marginet (48)
Top try scorerFrance Remy Marginet (5)
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The England Knights were defending Champions but they did not compete in this year's tournament. Four teams competed in the 2014 event; Scotland, Ireland, France and Wales.[3] Scotland were crowned champions on points differential, and subsequently won their first European Cup title. Scotland therefore qualified for the 2016 Four Nations, which will be their first appearance in a Four Nations tournament.

TeamsEdit

SquadsEdit

FranceEdit

Head Coach:   Richard Agar

Player Games Points Position 2014 Club
Tony Maurel 1 4 FB   Toulouse Olympique
Mathias Pala 3 8 WG   AS Saint Estève
Frédéric Vaccari 3 0 WG   Palau Broncos
Clément Soubeyras 1 4 WG   AS Carcassonne
Damien Cardace 3 0 CE   Catalans Dragons
Jean-Philippe Baile 3 4 CE   AS Saint Estève
Aurélien Decarnin 2 4 CE   Villeneuve Leopards
Benjamin Jullien 0 0 CE   SO Avignon
Théo Fages 3 4 SO   Salford Red Devils
Anthony Carrere 0 0 SO   Lézignan Sangliers
William Barthau 1 0 SH   Catalans Dragons
Rémy Marginet 3 48 SH   Palau Broncos
Julian Bousquet 3 0 PR   Catalans Dragons
Mickaël Simon 3 0 PR   AS Saint Estève
Jamal Fakir 3 0 PR   Lézignan Sangliers
Aaron Wood 3 0 PR   Toulouse Olympique
Éloi Pélissier 3 4 HK   Catalans Dragons
John Boudebza 1 0 HK   Lézignan Sangliers
Kevin Larroyer 3 4 SR   Hull Kingston Rovers
Benjamin Garcia 3 0 SR   Catalans Dragons
Antoni Maria 2 0 SR   Catalans Dragons
Jason Baitieri (C) 3 4 LF   Catalans Dragons
Thibaut Margalet 0 0 LF   AS Saint Estève

IrelandEdit

Head Coach:   Mark Aston

  • On 10 October, Mark Aston named the following 29 players as part of a train-on squad in preparation for the tournament.[6]
  • On 16 October, Mark Aston added Halifax halfback Ben Johnston to his squad for the tournament.[7]
  • Liam Finn was a late addition for the Irish team. He arrived just in time to play for Ireland in their final tournament match against Wales.
Player Games Points Position 2014 Club
Shannon McDonnell 3 8 FB   St. Helens
Michael Platt 1 0 FB   Leigh Centurions
Callum Mulkeen 2 0 WG   Oxford Rugby League
James Toole 2 4 WG   Tweed Heads Seagulls
Casey Dunne 3 6 WG   Athboy Longhorns
Elliot Cosgrove 1 0 WG   Keighley Cougars
Stuart Littler 2 0 CE   Leigh Centurions
Joshua Toole 3 0 CE   North Sydney Bears
Bradley Hargreaves 1 12 CE   Wigan St Patricks
Graham O’Keefe 1 0 CE   Treaty City Titans
Apirana Pewhairangi 0 0 SO   Parramatta Eels
Pat Smith 0 0 SO   York City Knights
Ben Johnston 2 0 SH   Halifax
Gregg McNally 0 0 SH   Leigh Centurions
Brendan Guilfoyle 0 0 PR   Treaty City Titans
Matty Hadden 3 0 PR   Antrim Eels
Sean Hesketh 3 0 PR   Batley Bulldogs
Luke Ambler 3 4 PR   Halifax
Colton Roche 0 0 PR   York City Knights
Robbie Mulhern 3 0 PR   Leeds Rhinos
Michael Russell 0 0 HK   Barnhall Butchers
Sean Casey 0 0 HK   Rochdale Hornets
Wayne Kelly 2 0 HK   Belfast Met Scholars
Danny Bridge 0 0 SR   Warrington Wolves
Will Hope 3 4 SR   Sheffield Eagles
Jobe Murphy 3 4 SR   Dewsbury Rams
Haydn Peacock 3 12 SR   AS Carcassonne
Lemeki Vaipulu 0 0 SR   Treaty City Titans
Bob Beswick (C) 3 0 LF   Leigh Centurions
Callum Casey 3 0 LF   Halifax

ScotlandEdit

Head Coach:   Steve McCormack

  • On 10 October, Steve McCormack named the following 31 players as part of a train-on squad in preparation for the tournament.[8][9]
Player Games Points Position 2014 Club
Brett Carter 0 0 FB   Workington Town
Alex Hurst 3 4 FB   Tweed Heads Seagulls
Nathan Massey 3 0 FB   Canterbury Bulldogs
Alex Walker 0 0 FB   London Broncos
Gregor Ramsey 0 0 FB   Easterhouse Panthers
Harvey Burnett 1 0 WG   London Broncos
Richard Harris 0 0 WG   Warrington Wolves
Lee Paterson 0 0 WG   York City Knights
David Scott 3 8 WG   Doncaster
Jack Stewart 0 0 WG   Hull Kingston Rovers
Ben Hellewell 3 4 CE   London Broncos
Shane Toal 0 0 CE   Barrow Raiders
Joe Wardle 3 0 CE   Huddersfield Giants
Danny Brough (C) 3 29 SO   Huddersfield Giants
Oscar Thomas 3 8 SO   London Broncos
Louis Senter 3 0 SO   Halifax
Callum Phillips 3 8 SH   Workington Town
Finn Murphy 0 0 SH   Edinburgh Eagles
Sam Barlow 0 0 PR   Leigh Centurions
Ben Kavanagh 3 4 PR   Widnes Vikings
Iain Morrison 0 0 PR   York City Knights
Adam Walker 3 4 PR   Hull Kingston Rovers
Jonathan Walker 2 8 PR   Leigh Centurions
Josh Barlow 3 0 HK   Swinton Lions
Ryan Maneely 0 0 HK   Warrington Wolves
Lewis Clarke 0 0 HK   Edinburgh Eagles
Brett Phillips 2 4 SR   Workington Town
Sonny Esslemont 3 0 SR   Hull Kingston Rovers
Corbyn Kilday 3 4 SR   Wakefield Trinity Wildcats
Joe McClean 1 0 SR   Gloucestershire All Golds
Danny Addy 3 4 LF   Bradford Bulls

WalesEdit

Head Coach:   John Kear[10]

  • On 7 October, John Kear named the following 25 players as part of his squad in preparation for the tournament.[11]
  • On 9 October, John Kear brought in four new players to the team to add to his train-on squad after withdrawals from Garreth Carvell and Rob Massam. Carvell withdrew due to injury while Massam cited work commitments.[12] The four new players Kear brought in are: Tom Hughes, Morgan Evans, Lewis Reece and Owain Griffiths.
Player Games Points Position 2014 Club
Elliot Kear 0 0 FB   Bradford Bulls
Lewis Reece 3 10 FB   Toowoomba Clydesdales
Jordan Sheridan 0 0 FB   South Wales Scorpions
Tom Hughes 3 4 FB   Coventry Bears
Dalton Grant 2 4 WG   Barrow Raiders
Rhys Williams 3 12 WG   Central Queensland Capras
Ashley Bateman 2 0 WG   South Wales Scorpions
Christiaan Roets 3 8 CE   North Wales Crusaders
Yannic Parker 1 0 CE   Oxford Rugby League
Kyle Scrivens 2 0 CE   South Wales Scorpions
Paul Emanuelli 2 0 SO   South Wales Scorpions
Ollie Olds 3 0 SH   Ipswich Jets
Jacob Emmitt 0 0 PR   Leigh Centurions
Joe Burke 2 0 PR   Barrow Raiders
Dan Fleming 3 4 PR   Castleford Tigers
Izaak Duffy 2 0 PR   Gloucestershire All Golds
Phil Carleton 1 0 PR   South Wales Scorpions
Morgan Evans 3 0 PR   South Wales Scorpions
Connor Farrer 3 8 HK   South Wales Scorpions
Matty Fozard 2 4 HK   St. Helens
Owain Griffiths 1 0 HK   North Wales Crusaders
Byron Smith 1 0 SR   Batley Bulldogs
Matt Barron 3 0 SR   Gateshead Thunder
Ricky Hough 3 0 SR   Gateshead Thunder
Peter Lupton (C) 3 0 LF   Workington Town

VenuesEdit

The games will be played at the following venues in England, Ireland, France, Scotland and Wales.

Workington Dublin Albi Galashiels Wrexham
Derwent Park Tallaght Stadium Stadium Municipal d'Albi Netherdale Racecourse Ground
Capacity: 10,000 Capacity: 6,000 Capacity: 13,058 Capacity: 4,000 Capacity: 10,771
         

StandingsEdit

Team Played Won Drew Lost For Ag. Diff Points
  Scotland 3 2 0 1 89 60 +29 4
  France 3 2 0 1 92 66 +26 4
  Ireland 3 2 0 1 72 51 +21 4
  Wales 3 0 0 3 54 130 –76 0

FixturesEdit

Round 1Edit

17 October 2014
Scotland   42–18   Wales
Derwent Park, Workington
18 October 2014
Ireland   22–12   France

Round 2Edit

25 October 2014
Ireland   4–25   Scotland
25 October 2014
France   42–22   Wales

Round 3Edit

31 October 2014
Scotland   22–38   France
Netherdale, Galashiels
2 November 2014
Wales   14–46   Ireland

Matches detailsEdit

All times are local: UTC+0/GMT in English venues. UTC+1/CET in French venues. UTC+0/WET in Irish venues. UTC+0/GMT in Welsh venues. UTC+0/GMT in Scottish venues.

Scotland vs WalesEdit

17 October 2014
20:00
Scotland   42 – 18   Wales
Try: Brough 12' c
Thomas 17'
Kilday 28' c
J Walker 46' c
Scott (2) 49' c, 62'
C Phillips 51'
B Phillips 70' c
Goal: Brough (5/8) 13', 29', 47', 50', 71'
Report Try: Williams 10'
Roets 39'
Farrer (2) 44' c, 76'
Goal: Hough (0/2)
Reece (1/2) 45'
Derwent Park, Workington
Attendance: 2,036
Referee: James Child
Man of the Match: Danny Brough (Scotland)
FB 1   Oscar Thomas
RW 2   David Scott
RC 3   Ben Hellewell
LC 4   Joe Wardle
LW 5   Alex Hurst
SO 6   Danny Brough (c)
SH 7   Nathan Massey
PR 8   Adam Walker
HK 9   Danny Addy
PR 10   Ben Kavanagh
SR 11   Brett Phillips
SR 12   Corbyn Kilday
LF 13   Sonny Esslemont
Substitutions:
IC 14   Callum Phillips
IC 15   Josh Barlow
IC 16   Jonathan Walker
IC 17   Louis Senter
Coach:
  Steve McCormack
FB 1   Tom Hughes
RW 3   Yannic Parker
RC 8   Kyle Scrivens
LC 11   Christiaan Roets
LW 19   Rhys Williams
SO 6   Ollie Olds
SH 10   Peter Lupton (c)
PR 13   Daniel Fleming
HK 16   Ricky Hough
PR 12   Matt Barron
SR 9   Phil Carleton
SR 7   Ashley Bateman
LF 22   Joe Burke
Substitutions:
IC 14   Connor Farrer
IC 15   Izaak Duffy
IC 17   Lewis Reece
IC 18   Morgan Evans
Coach:
  John Kear

Ireland vs FranceEdit

18 October 2014
14:00
Ireland   22 – 12   France
Try: McDonnell (2) 7', 46'
Peacock (2) 30', 53'
Murphy 79' c
Goal: Dunne (1/5) 80'
Report Try: Larroyer 58' c
Pélissier 70' c
Goal: Marginet (2/2) 61', 71'
Tallaght Stadium, Dublin
Attendance: 1,428
Referee: Tim Roby
Man of the Match: Josh Toole (Ireland)
FB 1   Shannon McDonnell
RW 2   Callum Mulkeen
RC 3   Haydn Peacock
LC 4   Michael Platt
LW 5   Casey Dunne
SO 6   Callum Casey
SH 7   Ben Johnston
PR 8   Robbie Mulhern
HK 9   Bob Beswick (c)
PR 10   Luke Ambler
SR 11   Elliot Cosgrove
SR 12   Josh Toole
LF 13   Will Hope
Substitutes
IC 14   Jobe Murphy
IC 15   Sean Hesketh
IC 16   Wayne Kelly
IC 17   Matty Hadden
Coach:
  Mark Aston
FB 1   Tony Maurel
RW 2   Mathias Pala
RC 3   Jean-Philippe Baile
LC 4   Damien Cardace
LW 5   Frédéric Vaccari
SO 6   Théo Fages
SH 7   William Barthau
PR 8   Jamal Fakir
HK 9   Éloi Pélissier
PR 10   Michael Simon
SR 11   Kevin Larroyer
SR 12   Benjamin Garcia
LF 13   Jason Baitieri (c)
Substitutes
IC 14   Rémy Marginet
IC 15   Aaron Wood
IC 16   Julian Bousquet
IC 17   Antoni Maria
Coach:
  Richard Agar

Ireland vs ScotlandEdit

25 October 2014
14:00
Ireland   4 – 25   Scotland
Try: James Toole 73'
Goal: Dunne (0/1)
Report Try: C Phillips 39' c
Hurst 48' c
Addy 57' c
Thomas 77'
Goal: Brough (3/4) 40', 49', 58'
Drop Goal: Brough (1/1) 63'
FB 1   Shannon McDonnell
RW 2   Callum Mulkeen
RC 3   Haydn Peacock
LC 4   Stuart Littler
LW 5   Casey Dunne
SO 6   Callum Casey
SH 7   James Toole
PR 8   Robbie Mulhern
HK 9   Bob Beswick (c)
PR 10   Luke Ambler
SR 11   Jobe Murphy
SR 12   Josh Toole
LF 13   Will Hope
Substitutes
IC 14   Wayne Kelly
IC 15   Sean Hesketh
IC 16   Graham O'Keefe
IC 17   Matty Hadden
Coach:
  Mark Aston
FB 1   Oscar Thomas
RW 2   David Scott
RC 3   Ben Hellewell
LC 4   Joe Wardle
LW 5   Alex Hurst
SO 6   Danny Brough (c)
SH 7   Nathan Massey
PR 8   Adam Walker
HK 9   Danny Addy
PR 10   Ben Kavanagh
SR 11   Brett Phillips
SR 12   Corbyn Kilday
LF 13   Sonny Esslemont
Substitutions:
IC 14   Callum Phillips
IC 15   Josh Barlow
IC 16   Joe McClean
IC 17   Louis Senter
Coach:
  Steve McCormack

France vs WalesEdit

25 October 2014
15:00
France   42 – 22   Wales
Try: Soubeyras 7' c
Fages 20' c
Baile 34' c
Pala (2) 39' c, 52'c
Marginet (2) 41' c, 55' c
Goal: Marginet 7/7
Report Try: Fleming 10' c
Fozard 47'c
Williams 64' c
Roets 68'
Goal: Reece 3/4
Stadium Municipal d'Albi, Albi
Attendance: 5,225
Referee: Tim Roby
FB 1   Mathias Pala
RW 2   Clément Soubeyras
RC 3   Aurélien Decarnin
LC 4   Damien Cardace
LW 5   Frédéric Vaccari
SO 6   Théo Fages
SH 7   Rémy Marginet
PR 8   Jamal Fakir
HK 9   John Boudebza
PR 10   Michael Simon
SR 11   Kevin Larroyer
SR 12   Benjamin Garcia
LF 13   Jason Baitieri (c)
Substitutes
IC 14   Éloi Pélissier
IC 15   Jean-Philippe Baile
IC 16   Julian Bousquet
IC 17   Aaron Wood
Coach:
  Richard Agar
FB 1   Tom Hughes
RW 3   Dalton Grant
RC 8   Kyle Scrivens
LC 11   Christiaan Roets
LW 19   Rhys Williams
SO 6   Ollie Olds
SH 10   Peter Lupton (c)
PR 13   Daniel Fleming
HK 5   Connor Farrer
PR 12   Matt Barron
SR 21   Lewis Reece
SR 16   Ricky Hough
LF 7   Matty Fozard
Substitutes
IC 14   Owain Griffiths
IC 15   Izaak Duffy
IC 17   Paul Emanuelli
IC 24   Morgan Evans
Coach:
  John Kear

Scotland vs FranceEdit

31 September 2014
19:30
Scotland   22 – 38   France
Try: Kavanagh 3' c
Hellewell 63'
A Walker 75' c
J Walker 77' c
Goal: Brough (3/4) 4', 76', 78'
Report Try: Marginet (3) 14' c, 22', 28' c
Baitieri 19' c
Pélissier 24'
Decarnin 34' c
Gigot 38' c
Goal: Marginet (5/7) 15', 20', 29', 35', 39'
Netherdale, Galashiels
Attendance: 1,432
Referee: Richard Silverwood
Man of the Match: Rémy Marginet (France)
FB 1   Oscar Thomas
RW 2   David Scott
RC 3   Ben Hellewell
LC 4   Joe Wardle
LW 5   Alex Hurst
SO 6   Danny Brough (c)
SH 7   Nathan Massey
PR 8   Adam Walker
HK 9   Danny Addy
PR 10   Jonathan Walker
SR 11   Sonny Esslemont
SR 12   Corbyn Kilday
LK 13   Ben Kavanagh
Substitutions:
IC 14   Callum Phillips
IC 15   Josh Barlow
IC 16   Harvey Burnett
IC 17   Louis Senter
Coach:
  Steve McCormack
FB 1   Mathias Pala
RW 2   Tony Gigot
RC 3   Aurélien Decarnin
LC 4   Damien Cardace
LW 5   Frédéric Vaccari
SO 6   Théo Fages
SH 7   Rémy Marginet
PR 8   Jamal Fakir
HK 9   Antoni Maria
PR 10   Michael Simon
SR 11   Kevin Larroyer
SR 12   Benjamin Garcia
LF 13   Jason Baitieri (c)
Substitutes
IC 14   Éloi Pélissier
IC 15   Jean-Philippe Baile
IC 16   Julian Bousquet
IC 17   Aaron Wood
Coach:
  Richard Agar

Wales vs IrelandEdit

2 November 2014
14:30
Wales   14 – 46   Ireland
Try: Williams 46' c
Grant 62'
Hughes 79'
Goal: Reece (1/2) 47'
Emanuelli (0/1)
Report Try: Hope 4' c
Hargreaves (3) 12', 30' c, 50' c
Ambler 18' c
Finn 38' c
Peacock 72' c
Dunne 78' c
Goal: Finn (7/8) 5', 19', 31', 39', 51', 73', 79'
Racecourse Ground, Wrexham
Attendance: 1,293
Referee: Ben Thaler
FB 1   Tom Hughes
RW 3   Dalton Grant
RC 21   Lewis Reece
LC 11   Christiaan Roets
LW 19   Rhys Williams
SO 6   Ollie Olds
SH 10   Peter Lupton (c)
PR 34   Byron Smith
HK 18   Matty Fozard
PR 12   Matt Barron
SR 31   Ricky Hough
SR 7   Ashley Bateman
LF 13   Daniel Fleming
Substitutes
IC 22   Joe Burke
IC 5   Connor Farrer
IC 24   Morgan Evans
IC 17   Paul Emanuelli
Coach:
  John Kear
FB 1   Shannon McDonnell
RW 2   Brad Hargreaves
RC 3   Haydn Peacock
LC 4   Stuart Littler
LW 5   Casey Dunne
SO 6   Ben Johnston
SH 7   Liam Finn
PR 8   Robbie Mulhern
HK 9   Bob Beswick (c)
PR 10   Luke Ambler
SR 11   Will Hope
SR 12   Josh Toole
LF 13   Callum Casey
Substitutions:
IC 14   Jobe Murphy
IC 15   Sean Hesketh
IC 16   James Toole
IC 17   Matty Hadden
Coach:
  Mark Aston

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ http://asia.eurosport.com/rugby-league/four-nations-spot-for-euro-winners_sto4345490/story.shtml
  2. ^ http://rlif.com/rugby-league-international-news/article/1492/extra-incentive-for-wales-
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  6. ^ http://www.totalrl.com/ireland-announce-train-squad-euro-championships/
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  11. ^ http://www.walesrugbyleague.co.uk/article/12454/four-more-players-called-up
  12. ^ http://www1.skysports.com/rugby-league/news/12040/9507938/garreth-carvell-withdraws-from-wales-squad-for-european-cup