Thursday, July 24, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

New Rugby League structure revealed by RFL

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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 »

Steve Prescott autobiography to launch at Wembley

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One in a Million – the autobiography of Rugby League legend Steve Prescott – will be officially launched at the 2014 Tetley’s Challenge Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Saturday August 23. Prescott, the former St Helens, Hull FC, Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Lancashire, England and Ireland full-back, began writing his life story in 2007 while battling cancer and had completed the ... Read More »

RFL replace Maurice Watkins with Simon Johnson

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The RFL has announced the appointment of Simon Johnson as a Non-Executive member of the sport’s independent Board of Directors. Mr Johnson’s appointment was confirmed at the Rugby League Council AGM held at Langtree Park, St Helens today. He replaces Maurice Watkins CBE, who has stepped down from the Board after three four-year terms as an RFL director. RFL Chairman ... Read More »

Broncos: Manly back-rower Harrison signs for 2015

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London Broncos have secured the services of Manly Sea Eagles backrower Daniel Harrison to boost their bid for promotion back into Super League next season. A Manly junior who played in the Under-20s with the Bulldogs, Harrison made his NRL debut for the Sea Eagles in 2011. He joined Parramatta in 2013 after 19 games for Manly, but rejoined the ... Read More »