Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Sam Burgess wins International Player of the Year award

Sam Burgess

Rugby union-bound Sam Burgess capped off a successful season by winning rugby league’s International Player of the Year award. In his final match before defecting to the 15-man game with Bath, Burgess courageously guided the South Sydney Rabbitohs to their first NRL title in 43 years. The Englishman played the entire grand final against the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs with a fractured ... Read More »

Sam Burgess hands out England caps

Sam Burgess Caps

It has become traditional in sport – particularly Rugby League – for high-profile sporting figures to hand out international caps to those who are making their debut in an upcoming game. Even before the Super League Grand Final, both clubs have made a habit out of getting influential figures to present the players with their shirts – Wigan had Jonny ... Read More »

Hull FC signing to arrive late for pre-season

Lee-Radford

New Hull FC signing Steve Michaels will not be joining up with the club in time for the start of pre-season, after it was revealed a delay in his application to enter the country means he will miss the first fortnight of training in preparation for the 2015 season. It is believed that there are no issues with Michaels’ visa ... Read More »

Sheffield Eagles confirm Owlerton exit

Sheffield Celebrate

Sheffield Eagles have confirmed today that they are leaving they current home, Owlerton Stadium, due to new Rugby Football League ground regulations. The Eagles moved to Owlerton for the 2014 season after it was announced that their former home, Don Valley Stadium, was going to be demolished.  The Eagles were determined to stay within the city of Sheffield and were ... Read More »

Wheeler signs for Warrington

Warrington Wolves can confirm the signing of St Helens halfback Gary Wheeler ahead of the 2015 season. Wheeler, 25, has agreed a one-year deal with the club. He is recognised as a classic number six although he has also been known to step into the centres and on the wing making him a versatile member of any squad. Wheeler progressed ... Read More »

Scotland name 20-man squad for Ireland trip

Danny Brough Scotland

Scotland have named their 20-man squad ahead of their second European Championship clash this weekend – as they cross the Irish Sea to take on fellow opening day victors, Mark Aston’s Ireland. The winner of this game will head into the final round of fixtures knowing that avoiding defeat in the last weekend will see them crowned European Champions, and ... Read More »

Printable club-by-club fixtures from all three tiers

All the fixtures you need for next season can be found below. Simply click on the team of your choice, download the PDF, and print it off. It couldn't be simpler.

The new Rugby League season will begin on Thursday 5 February, when Widnes Vikings host Wigan Warriors in a televised game at the Select Security Stadium. That will be the first of the opening round of First Utility Super League fixtures. The following night St Helens will host the Catalan Dragons at Langtree Park, and there will be four other ... Read More »

Could Nathan Brown be heading to Manly Sea Eagles?

Nathan-Brown

After Nathan Brown’s decision to leave St Helens and head home to Australia for family reasons, his name is beginning to be touted around with various coaching positions in the NRL. He was heavily linked with the Wests Tigers job, before missing out to Jason Taylor in the race to be the new boss. But, per reports in the Australian ... Read More »

Sam Tomkins: Don’t worry about the debutants

Tomkins in his Wigan days. ©RLPhotos

Sam Tomkins has backed England’s young squad to go the Four Nations and make a huge impact, and has quashed suggestions that a lack of experience will cost them dear during the tournament. With nine uncapped players in the 24-man squad, Tomkins is a relative elder statesman at international level, having made his England debut in 2009. Daryl Clark, Josh ... Read More »

Shenton a “more well-rounded” player in 2014

Michael Shenton

Castleford Tigers and England centre Michael Shenton believes that he is a more “well-rounded” player than he was four years ago, and believes that will stand him in good stead for England’s assault on the Four Nations this month. Shenton last played for England in 2010, when his tour came to a premature end after suffering an elbow injury in ... Read More »

Brown to Cronulla cools as Sharks circle Brisbane’s Barba

Kevin-Brown-Cronulla

Kevin Brown’s rumoured move to the NRL with Cronulla took another step back today after reports emerged linking the Sharks with Brisbane utility Ben Barba. Cronulla are in the market for a half-back to replace disgraced Todd Carney and new Broncos coach Wayne Bennett has reportedly given the green light for rival clubs to negotiate with several of his side’s ... Read More »

RFL comfortable with punching stance

Ellis-Grix-fight

The RFL won’t be reviewing its policy on punching and has no plans to introduce an NRL-style ‘no-punching’ stance next season. The NRL brought in an edict that players would be automatically sent to the sin-bin for punching following Paul Gallen’s attack on Nate Myles in the opening game of State of Origin in 2013. NRL referees boss Daniel Anderson ... Read More »

Opinion: We need to get out and sell the European Championship

This week's League Express has full reports of both European Championship matches.  Go to http://totalrl.com/le to download a copy.

Ireland’s shock victory over France in Dublin last week, coupled with a virtuoso performance by Danny Brough for Scotland against Wales in Workington, should have been enough to get everyone talking about the European Championship. But as the games were not televised nor widely reported by a media for which barely seven days ago Rugby League was the hottest topic ... Read More »