Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

St Helens star Walsh to offset Hohaia injury

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St Helens half-back Luke Walsh will return to the fray this weekend, with the Australian set to feature for the Saints in their huge clash against Widnes Vikings. The return of Walsh is good news for Saints, at a time when they have just lost another overseas half-back for the remainder of the regular season. Lance Hohaia faces two months ... Read More »

Newcastle Knights star suffering with depression

Newcastle Knights fullback Darius Boyd has been admitted to a mental health clinic in order to seek treatment for depression, with coach Wayne Bennett admitting he may not play again this season. The Queensland and Australia star has been in the spotlight after being investigated for an incident in which $1500 worth of damage was done to a room in ... Read More »

Hull FC: Ellis back in squad after injury

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Hull FC captain Gareth Ellis has been passed fit enough to be included in Lee Radford’s 19-man swum to face Castleford Tigers on Thursday evening. The former Wests Tigers and Leeds Rhinos star has seemingly shrugged off the back problem that saw him miss his side’s two previous fixtures. *YOU CAN DOWNLOAD THIS WEEK’S LEAGUE EXPRESS ONTO YOUR COMPUTER, SMARTPHONE ... Read More »

Flanagan keen to stay a Saint

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St Helens forward Mark Flanagan admits he would be keen to play for the club for a “very long time” in order to put an end to a career of serious club-hopping. Flanagan, 26, made his 100th career appearance on Saturday in Saints’ heavy win over London. But his century has involved six different clubs. However, the former Wests Tigers ... Read More »

Wildcats: Lauitiiti likely to extend Wakefield stay

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Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have opened talks with Ali Lauitiiti about the veteran second-rower staying with the club for another year. Lauitiiti suffered a serious knee injury earlier in the season, but returned to the field against Widnes recently and made a strong contribution. The former Kiwi international, who turned 35 last week, joined Wakefield from Leeds in 2012. He is ... Read More »

Matty Bowen: I’m not Sam Tomkins!

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Matty Bowen has reiterated that he isn’t trying to emulate Sam Tomkins on the field for Wigan, after taking up the option of a second year with the Warriors to remain with the club in 2015. Bowen arrived on an initial one-year deal from North Queensland Cowboys to replace the outgoing Tomkins, and he was quick to tell this week’s ... Read More »

International: John Kear relishing Welsh challenge

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New Wales coach John Kear is confident he can help the side to an improved showing in the next World Cup, after succeeding Iestyn Harris last week. Wales were one of the major disappointments of last year’s competition, after failing to get out of their group, despite their home advantage. Kear, 59, has previously coached at international level with both ... Read More »

Academy: Rhinos hit out at new rating

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The Rugby Football League has issued its annual assessment of the Academies run by Super League clubs and the governing body claims that they are “performing at an all-time high”. However, Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington has questioned the audit after his club, which was rated as a Grade 1 Academy in 2013, saw its rating drop to 3 ... Read More »

Bulls relegation a “disgrace”, says Lowes

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Bradford coach James Lowes has described the circumstances to blame for the Bull’s recent relegation a “disgrace”. After losing to Huddersfield on Sunday, the Odsal club dropped down a tier for the first time in their history. Yet another string of financial problems led to them being deducted six points in February and they never recovered. “What’s happened with the ... Read More »

News: Weekly Championship awards revealed

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Halifax stand-off Scott Murrell and York City Knights scrum-half Ben Reynolds have been voted Championship players of the week. Murrell was outstanding in Halifax’s 52-12 win over Whitehaven, while Reynolds dominated play in York’s 54-12 victory against Oldham. Every week each coach in both Kingstone Press Championship competitions is contacted to help produce the awards. Kingstone Press Championship Player of ... Read More »

St Helens: Academy starlet Ashworth signs three-year deal

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Promising St Helens youngster Jack Ashworth, 19, has signed a three-year contract with the club. A product of Rochdale’s Service Area Programme, he spent time at the Warrington Wolves before injury curtailed his scholarship. Saints’ Academy Head Coach Derek Traynor said: “Jack has worked really hard since he has been at the club and we have high hopes for him. ... Read More »

Promising Greenwood pens new Saints deal

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St Helens youngster Joe Greenwood has put pen to paper on a three-year contract extension at the club. Coach Nathan Brown said: “This is great news for both the club and Joe. He is a one of a host of younger players who have had a reasonable amount of experience over the past few years and have done well. “He ... Read More »

Manuokafoa: I want to be playing top flight

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Bradford prop forward Manase Manuokafoa is on the lookout for another Super League club after the Bulls were officially relegated from the top flight on Sunday. The 29-year-old, who signed from Parramatta Eels in 2012, is yet to speak to any rival clubs but is keen to get the ball rolling so he and his family can make the necessary ... Read More »