Wednesday, July 30, 2014
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Noble: Element of “unknown” will be exciting

Brian Noble

Former Great Britain boss Brian Noble believes an element of “unknown” in the new League restructure planned for 2015 will add a new dimension of excitement. In the new plans (click here for more detail), Super League and Championship clubs will play 23 games in two divisions of 12 before splitting into three pools of eight to decide promotion, relegation ... Read More »

Hull KR tie down promising academy products

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Hull Kingston Rovers have awarded two-year contract extensions to young back row forwards Aaron Ollett and Steven Holker. Ollett has made 10 appearances for the Robins since his debut midway through last season whilst 18-year-old Holker is yet to feature for the first team. The duo join fellow academy graduates Macauley Hallett, James Green and Jordan Cox in pledging their ... Read More »

Shannon McDonnell set to make Saints debut

Former Hull FC full-back Shannon McDonnell. ©RLPhotos

St Helens full-back Shannon McDonnell looks certain to make his debut for the club this week after a string of injuries has stretched Nathan Brown’s squad. Luke Walsh broke his leg against Widnes last week and is out for the rest of the season while coach Nathan Brown said news on Jon Wilkin’s injury “isn’t ideal”. Add into the equation ... Read More »

Luke Walsh out for the season with broken leg

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St Helens playmaker Luke Walsh is out for the rest of the season after breaking a bone in his lower leg. The Australian, 27, is set for five months on the sidelines. “He’s basically snapped his fibula.” said coach Nathan Brown. “He’s had surgery with the plate and bolts and all the type of things that go in and he’ll ... Read More »

Watts pens new three-year deal at Hull FC

Liam Watts

Hull FC front-rower Liam Watts has signed a new three-year deal with the black and whites that will keep him at the club until the end of 2018. The 24-year-old says the desire of the club to succeed in the future, and the marquee signings of Leon Pryce and Marc Sneyd, were more than enough to convince him to stay ... Read More »

Hull FC forward Tuson forced to retire

Chris-Tuson

Hull FC forward Chris Tuson has taken the difficult decision to retire from the sport with immediate effect after suffering a recurrence of a back injury. The 26-year-old joined the Black and Whites from Wigan Warriors ahead of this season, but suffered a freak spinal injury during a routine pre-season training session. Having taken no risks with the injury, which ... Read More »

Joel Tomkins in Wigan Warriors squad

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The waiting could be over for Wigan Warriors fans this Thursday – as Joel Tomkins looks set to make his second-debut for the club against Salford Red Devils. Tomkins has been working his way back to full fitness since signing for the Warriors again last month. But after defeat against already-relegated Bradford last time out, coach Shaun Wane has decided ... Read More »

Catalans won’t sign Todd Carney… Just yet

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Catalan Dragons have distanced themselves from a move for controversial Australian stand-off Todd Carney. Dragons coach Laurent Frayssinous hinted his club could throw a career lifeline to the 28-year-old former international player of the year after he was suspended by his NRL club Cronulla following the circulation of a lewd photograph on social media. But Frayssinous insists the move never ... Read More »

Championships: Ridyard and Emanuelli voted players of the week

Martyn Ridyard. ©RLPhotos

Leigh Centurions stand-off Martyn Ridyard and South Wales Scorpions stand-off Paul Emanuelli have been voted Kingstone Press Players of the Week. Ridyard was a central figure in Leigh’s 72-22 victory over Rochdale Hornets, while Emanuelli landed the decisive drop goal to seal only South Wales’s second win of the season – a 19-18 triumph over London Skolars. Every week each ... Read More »

Centurions: Martin Aspinwall signs full-time extension

Martin-Aspinwall

Leigh Centurions have announced that Martin Aspinwall has agreed to extend his career with the club and has signed a one-year full-time contract that will commence on December 1, 2014. Aspinwall, 32, has made a successful transition from the three-quarters to the front-row and has a wealth of top flight and international experience. After beginning his career with home town ... Read More »

Westerman: “Fortunately Sneyd is with us next year”

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Hull FC loose forward Joe Westerman believes Castleford stand-off Marc Sneyd provided the main threat for the Tigers in their draw last week, and is understandably excited by the news he will join the Black and Whites next season. The 23-year-old pivot was man of the match in the thrilling round 22 clash on Thursday, despite missing a conversion to ... Read More »

Crowd Watch: Super League fixture analysis, Round 22

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Welcome to our weekly look at the crowd figures across Super League, as we examine the attendance stats for Round 22. After our piece which detailed just how clubs were doing in terms of overall average attendances, we’ve decided to go one better and look at each fixture from the previous round – comparing it to the 2013 equivalent. We’ll ... Read More »