Friday, July 25, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

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 »

Halifax player’s ban extended

An independent Operational Rules Appeals Tribunal has suspended Halifax player Rob Worrincy for nine months after finding him guilty of breaching the sport’s rules relating to betting. Worrincy appealed against a six-month suspension handed down in March, when the player admitted placing a series of bets, including bets on matches in which he played, between May 2012 and September 2013. ... Read More »

Nigel Wood: Rugby League popularity at an all-time high

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The popularity of Rugby League is at an all-time high, RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood told the sport’s Annual General Meeting today. Wood reported a huge increase in the number of people who watched the sport in 2013, healthy growth in participation numbers, more commercial partners coming to the game and new structures that will make every minute matter for ... Read More »

Koukash looking to stage Dubai RL tournament

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Marwan Koukash has revealed he is in talks to stage a nines tournament featuring both Super League and NRL teams, as he looks to continue his widening interest in Rugby League. Koukash is believed to be interested in adding an Australian club to his portfolio, and he told the Sydney Morning Herland he is looking to stage something similar to ... Read More »