Tuesday, October 21, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

Brian Noble: England have a great chance to win 4N


Former Great Britain coach Brian Noble believes England have a “great chance” to win the Four Nations, which kicks off this Saturday when Steve McNamara’s men face Samoa in Brisbane. Noble believes the half-back pairing of Matty Smith and Gareth Widdop is key, as is ensuring the debutants perform. The 53-year-old told the T&A: “I think they [England] have a ... Read More »

Masoe and Godinet to face England on Saturday

St Helens' Mose Masoe scoring against Catalan Dragons in their Super League play-off semi-final

Super League Samoans Mose Masoe and Pita Godinet have been named in Matt Parish’s squad to face England on Saturday. Both St Helens prop Masoe and Wakefield half-back Godinet are on the bench for the clash, while new Castleford signing Ben Roberts starts at stand-off. Parish’s side has been rocked by the news that expected first-teamers Reni Maitua, Tautau Moga ... Read More »

Noble: I’m over how things ended at Salford

Where did it all go wrong? Red Devils owner Dr Marwan Koukash lost patience with Noble after only three wins in eight games. ©RLPhotos

Former Great Britain coach Brian Noble insists he is “over the way things ended at Salford” and is hoping to be back working in Rugby League by the start of next season. The 53-year-old told the T&A: “I think there is definitely a place for me in the game somewhere next year. I’ve had a couple of conversations with a ... Read More »

Josh Charnley: We need to stay in the arm wrestle

Josh Charnley RL winger

England winger Josh Charnley is feeling confident ahead of Saturday’s Four Nations opener against Samoa but is wary of the Pacific Islanders’ size and power. In this video, kindly provided by Super League TV, the Wigan flyer discusses how the side are gelling, while NRL-bound Josh Hodgson talks about his battle for the number nine shirt with Daryl Clark. If ... Read More »

Steve McNamara: England must dictate, be patient


England coach Steve McNamara has selected his 17-man team for Saturday’s Four Nations opener against Samoa. In this video, kindly provided by Super League TV, the national boss discusses his selections, Sean O’Loughlin’s injury, and how he plans to overcome Samoa at the Suncorp Stadium this weekend. If the above video fails to load, click this link: http://youtu.be/CMcwCyavvY8 What do you ... Read More »

O’Loughlin out of 4N opener


England captain Sean O’Loughlin will miss the opening match of the 2014 Four Nations against Samoa at Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane on Saturday October 25 (kick off 4.00pm local). The Wigan Warriors forward has a problem with his quad sustained in the First Utility Super League Grand Final 11 days ago and has been unable to recover in time for the ... Read More »

Reports: Hull KR to sign Warrington’s Richie Myler on loan

Gareth O'Brien (left) and Richie Myler (right)

Warrington Wolves half-back Richie Myler could join Hull Kingston Rovers on loan next season, according to the Hull Daily Mail. The 24-year-old was in and out of Tony Smith’s side in 2014 and ultimately fell down the Wolves’ pecking order behind Stefan Ratchford and Chris Bridge. That, along with the emergence of Gareth O’Brien, has put the former England international ... Read More »

Wakefield sign Richard Owen from Castleford


Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have completed the permanent signing of Castleford Tigers winger Richard Owen. The 24-year-old played in the last 14 matches of the season after joining the Wildcats on loan in May and has now signed a three-year contract. “Rich was really good for us in the back half of last season,” said Wakefield coach James Webster. “He fitted ... Read More »

Cunningham: Wane and Powell have already been in touch

Shaun Wane. ©JoeWhitley

Keiron Cunningham says Wigan Warriors boss Shaun Wane was among the first to congratulate him on his appointment as St Helens’ new head coach. The two were arch rivals nine days ago when Saints beat the Warriors 14-6 in a Grand Final marred by the dismissal of Ben Flower for punching Lance Hohaia, but Cunningham revealed the friendship which exists ... Read More »

Seven reasons to read this week’s League Express


1. It comes with free pull-out posters of all 2015’s professional fixtures – Super League, Championship and League One Click here to download the digital version of League Express newspaper to the device of your choice 2. It features in-depth reports from both European Championship matches last week – Ireland v France and Scotland v Wales Click here to download ... Read More »

Giants snap up Bulls starlet Roberts

Oliver Roberts (far left) ©JoeWhitley

Huddersfield Giants have signed Bradford Bulls’ England Academy backrow forward Oliver Roberts on a two-year contract. Roberts, 19, has made six Super League appearances for the Bulls but missed most of last season after suffering a broken leg against Wigan. The Giants have agreed to pay the Bulls an undisclosed fee for the 6’1” forward in accordance with RFL regulations. ... Read More »

Saints chairman: Cunningham “ready” to take the helm

Keiron Cunningham

St Helens chairman Eamonn McManus believes new coach Keiron Cunningham is ready for the task of leading the team. The former hooker was unveiled as the new boss of the Grand Final winners at a press conference this morning. In a statement, McManus said: “Keiron is ready for this professionally and totally committed to the task ahead of him. He ... Read More »

Keiron Cunningham named St Helens coach

Cunningham 2010

Super League champions St Helens have named former hooker Keiron Cunningham as their new head coach after the departure of Nathan Brown. Their win over Wigan Warriors in the Grand Final at Old Trafford was Brown’s last match with Saints after two seasons at the helm. The club allowed the 41-year-old to leave a year early and return to Australia. ... Read More »

Championship: 2015 fixture list unveiled

Will 2015 be Leigh's year?

 A full-colour poster of this entire fixture list is free with every copy of tomorrow’s League Express newspaper, available to download at 11pm tonight and in all good newsagents from Monday morning ROUND ONE Friday February 13 Dewsbury Rams v Sheffield Eagles 8.00pm Sunday February 15 Batley Bulldogs v Workington Town 3.00pm Featherstone Rovers v Hunslet Hawks 3.00pm Leigh Centurions v Bradford ... Read More »