Friday, July 25, 2014
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Rooney Returns to Rovers

Jamie-Rooney

Featherstone Rovers have confirmed that their former player Jamie Rooney has re-joined the club until the end of the season. Featherstone born Rooney joins his home town club from Gateshead and will be in the squad on Sunday for the trip to Whitehaven in the Kingstone Press Championship. Rooney made his first debut in 1998 at the Recreation Ground as ... Read More »

State of Origin comes to Ireland

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Tomorrow at 2pm in Dromore Rugby Club County Down an historic event in Irish Rugby League will take place when Northern Ireland host the Republic of Ireland for the first time in the newly structured State of Origin Series. Previously the series had been competed for by Leinster, Ulster and Munster but from 2014 Northern Ireland and the Republic of ... Read More »

The Heat Is On

Kingstone Press Championship

GARETH WALKER of League Express The Kingstone Press Championship is hotting up – and not just in terms of the weather. With so much at stake in the Championship this season, we expected some fine margins between success and failure. But few could have anticipated them being as fine as the ones that are developing now. Going into this weekend’s ... Read More »

Rugby League crowds: Up or down? We investigate

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One of the biggest talking points this season has been the apparent dwindling of crowds all across Super League. After the huge euphoric high of the Rugby League World Cup, there has been a random drop in crowds that seems unexplainable. However, are crowds actually down, or is it just another unsubstantiated rumour amongst Rugby League fans? We’re aiming to ... Read More »

Sutcliffe’s big chance is now, says Leeds Rhinos boss

Sutcliffe

“Obviously Kev isn’t there, and Mitch Achurch won’t make it either with his injury. Other than that, Andy Yates is our only other long-term injury, so we’ve got a relatively consistent team there which is something we haven’t had for weeks and weeks, so in that it’s a huge positive,” McDermott said. “It’s an option for Liam Sutcliffe to come ... Read More »

Preview: Our exclusive chat with RFL’s Ralph Rimmer

RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer. ©RLPhotos

In Monday’s League Express, we speak one-on-one with RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer regarding the highly controversial restructure of the game from 2015. After the plans were announced in more detail at a meeting this past Thursday, League Express sat down with Rimmer and asked him about the big decisions moving forward in the game. You can read that ... Read More »

New Rugby League structure revealed by RFL

RFL Chief Operating Officer Ralph Rimmer. ©RLPhotos

Full details of the exciting new league structure that will come into operation in 2015 for Rugby League’s professional and semi-professional competitions have been outlined today. From next season the First Utility Super League and Kingstone Press Championship will both feature 12 clubs, whilst Kingstone Press Championship One will be renamed as Kingstone Press League 1 and comprise 14 clubs. ... Read More »

Sweden continues its Rugby League progress

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As they prepare to make their entry in this season’s Nordic Cup, with a match against Denmark in Copenhagen on 16th August, holders Sweden are hoping continued domestic progress will help them become the first Scandinavian nation to win the trophy twice. The formation of the Pan-Scandinavian Club Championship in 2013, consisting of one side from Denmark, Copenhagen Black Swans and ... Read More »

Thursday XIII: Cream of the Championship crop

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For this week’s alternative look at a handpicked Rugby League squad, we’re dropping out of Super League and heading into the Championship. Next year will see the return of England’s second tier to our TV screens after a one-year hiatus, and there will be plenty of talent on show to look out for. Bradford and London will have a real ... Read More »

NRL announces new player insurance scheme

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The NRL and the 16 clubs today unanimously confirmed their commitment to developing a new player insurance scheme which will significantly increase payments for career ending injuries. NRL players will be eligible for payouts of up to $1 million if they suffer career ending injuries under an interim insurance policy currently under consideration by players. The NRL, the clubs and ... Read More »

Huddersfield Giants hooker close to return

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Huddersfield Giants are set to be handed a major injury boost this weekend, as hooker Shaun Lunt could potentially return to action for their clash against Catalan Dragons. Lunt – who was included in the Super League Dream Team last season after a fantastic 2013 campaign – has been on the sidelines for almost two months with a calf injury, ... Read More »