Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

Why did the John Smith’s Stadium blackout last week?

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The managing director of the consultancy firm responsible for Huddersfield’s John Smith’s Stadium has released a statement addressing the partial black-out during the Giants’ play-off loss to Catalan Dragons on Friday. KSDL’s Gareth Davies said: “The disruption caused to supporters of the Giants on Friday night is extremely regrettable. I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to all ... Read More »

Four Burgess brothers named in Grand Final squad

Sam Burgess

All four Burgess brothers have been named in South Sydney Rabbitohs’ 20-man squad to face Canterbury Bulldogs in Sunday’s NRL Grand Final. George and Sam look set to start at prop and loose forward respectively, while Tom and Luke have a spot on the bench to fight for. The Souths would have been at full strength had hooker Issac Luke ... Read More »

Issac Luke to miss NRL Grand Final

Issac Luke (middle) taking on the Australian defence at RLWC2013. ©RLPhotos

South Sydney and New Zealand hooker Issac Luke will miss Sunday’s NRL Grand Final after picking up a one-match suspension for an illegal throw on Sonny Bill Williams of Sydney Roosters. Many pundits thought Luke had a chance of dodging a ban altogether, but the NRL’s match review committee slapped the 27-year-old with a two-game suspension. Williams, who was playing ... Read More »

Hull KR: Chester wants better behaviour

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Hull KR coach Chris Chester says he will not tolerate ill-discipline from his players next season. The Robins boss doesn’t want a repeat of 2014, when off-field issues plagued his side and contributed heavily to a disappointing ninth-place finish. Jonny Walker and Wayne Ulugia were released due to off-field incidents while Adam Walker and Greg Eden were subject to disciplinary ... Read More »

Remi Casty returns to Catalan Dragons

Remi Casty

Catalans Dragons have re-signed Rémi Casty on a four-year deal from the start of the 2015 season. The club struck up an agreement with the Sydney Roosters to release the former Dragons captain from his current contract at the end of this season, enabling him to return to France. The French international prop – who was named in the 2012 ... Read More »

Rugby League: Highlights of the week

Gareth O'Brien

September 22-28, 2014 Try: Gareth O’Brien scored a fine try for Warrington last Thursday night, shortly after Castleford had close the gap to two points. It came from a Stefan Ratchford break, supported by Richie Myler and O’Brien finished it superbly. Team: Hunslet Hawks travelled to York on Sunday and earned a 24-32 victory to eliminate their hosts from the ... Read More »

Dally M Medal: Thurston and Hayne named joint winners

Johnathan Thurston

North Queensland Cowboys stand-off Johnathan Thurston and Parramatta Eels full-back Jarryd Hayne have been named joint-winners of the prestigious Dally M Player of the Year Medal. Never before has the NRL’s most prestigious award been shared. It’s the third time Thurston has won the accolade (something only Andrew Johns has accomplished) and the second time Hayne has pocketed the medal. ... Read More »

NRL Grand Final becomes Battle of Britain

Sam Burgess and James Graham clashing in 2013. ©ColWhelan/ActionPhotographics

The Battle of Britain! That is how the Australian media is already describing next Sunday’s NRL Grand Final. In the blue corner former St Helens prop James Graham. In the red (and green) corner the Burgess brothers, led by soon-to-defect Sam. This follows the victories by Canterbury and South Sydney at the weekend for a place in the Homebush encounter ... Read More »

Leigh and Featherstone to contest Championship Grand Final

Leigh celebrate winning the 2013 Northern Rail Cup

Leigh Centurions and Featherstone Rovers will do battle in the Kingstone Press Championship Grand Finals after they both defeated their opponents Dewsbury Rams and Sheffield Eagles respectively on Sunday. The Centurions beat Dewsbury 33-22 at Leigh Sports Village, while Featherstone held off Sheffield Eagles 21-12 at the BigFellas Stadium. The Grand Final will be held at Headingley on Sunday (ko ... Read More »

Cast your vote: Who should win Man of Steel?

Roby

The four-man shortlist for this year’s Steve Prescott Man of Steel award has been released. Four different clubs are represented, with evergreen Jamie Peacock of Leeds Rhinos headlining the bill alongside St Helens stalwart James Roby. Exciting Castleford youngster Daryl Clark and barnstorming Warrington prop Chris Hill make up the quartet. Who deserves to win the award most? Let us ... Read More »

Competition: Win a pair of tickets to Wigan v Warrington

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We’ve teamed up with ALCATEL ONETOUCH to give away two pairs of tickets to Friday’s play-off semi-final between Wigan Warriors and Warrington Wolves. CLICK HERE TO ENTER THIS FREE COMPETITION To enter, which is free, simply subscribe to the Total Rugby League newsletter. Two subscribers will be picked out at random on Thursday afternoon and will have their tickets waiting ... Read More »

Peacock and Roby head Man of Steel shortlist

Jamie-Peacock

Four Super League players have been shortlisted for the Steve Prescott Man of Steel award. Castleford Tigers hooker Daryl Clark, Warrington Wolves prop Chris Hill, Leeds Rhinos prop Jamie Peacock and St Helens hooker James Roby have all made the four-man shortlist. Peacock and Roby are both former winners – Peacock in 2003 and Roby in 2009, while Clark and ... Read More »

Karl Harrison joins Bradford backroom staff

Karl-Harrison

Bradford Bulls boss James Lowes has appointed former Halifax coach Karl Harrison as his new assistant. Harrison parted company with Halifax earlier this month, and he admits he is delighted to be returning to Odsal, where he was once Brian Noble’s assistant coach. “This is a fantastic opportunity for me,” said Harrison. “Everybody within the game expects Bradford to be ... Read More »