Friday, October 31, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

RLIF board predicts bright future

Nigel Wood

As Rugby League prepares for an exceptional weekend of international competition with crucial games in both hemispheres, the Chairman of the RLIF, Nigel Wood took some time to reflect upon the recent RLIF Board Meeting held in Brisbane. “There was a clear determination by all around the table to progress the cause of international rugby league. It was a very ... Read More »

Cummings attacks Four Nations board on ref choices

Phil Bentham will not be officiating this weekend. ©RLPhotos

Former Super League referee and former director of match officials Stuart Cummings has launched a scathing attack on the Four Nations board after their controversial refereeing selections this weekend – stating that “we have gone backwards” in terms of appointing match officials. Cummings was on the three-man panel that oversaw the match official appointments at last year’s World Cup – ... Read More »

Cronulla coach Flanagan cleared to return to club

Shane Flanagan

One of the longest-running sagas in recent Rugby League history has been brought to an end, after it was today confirmed that Cronulla Sharks coach Shane Flanagan has been cleared to return to the club in time for pre-season training on Monday. Flanagan was stood down by the NRL in December last year, in relation to the Sharks’ controversial 2011 ... Read More »

Miles Greenwood returns to Halifax for 2015

Miles Greenwood

Halifax have confirmed the re-signing of their former full-back Miles Greenwood for 2015, as new head coach Richard Marshall continues to assemble his squad for the Championship next season. Greenwood spent 2014 with Batley Bulldogs, scoring an impressive 22 tries in 25 games as the Bulldogs made the Championship play-offs again under the stewardship of John Kear. However, Fax have ... Read More »

Hunslet Hawks sign half-back Gale

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Hunslet have further bolstered their squad for the 2015 season, after completing the signing of Bradford Bulls youngster Jordan Gale on a one-year contract. Gale, who is a former Leeds Rhinos scholarship star, has been playing for the Bulls’ academy side in 2015, and is the cousin of current Super League star Luke Gale, who has just signed for Castleford ... Read More »

England expecting O’Loughlin to play

Sean-O'Loughlin

England could be set for a major boost ahead of Sunday’s Four Nations thriller against Australia, after boss Steve McNamara revealed he was expecting captain Sean O’Loughlin to feature in the game at Melbourne’s AAMI Park. O’Loughlin missed England’s opening weekend win against Samoa due to injury, and wasn’t named in Steve McNamara’s initial 17-man squad for the game earlier ... Read More »

McNamara unmoved by referee appointment

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England head coach Steve McNamara has attempted to distance himself from the controversy surrounding the appointment of NRL referee Gerard Sutton for this Sunday’s huge clash between England and Australia at Melbourne’s AAMI Park. The appointments for the second round of Four Nations games have been under the spotlight this week, after Australian official Sutton was tasked with the game ... Read More »

Ryan Bailey signs for Hull KR

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Hull Kingston Rovers have snapped up Leeds Rhinos forward Ryan Bailey on a two-year contract as the club continues to bolster its squad for the 2015 season. A former England and Great Britain international, the prop is one of the most decorated players in Super League having won six Grand Finals, three World Club Challenge titles and one Challenge Cup ... Read More »

Four Nations exciting, but don’t forget the European Cup

Danny Brough Scotland

After a near 12-month sabbatical, all eyes will be on international Rugby League in this country again this weekend, as England aim to create a little piece of history by dumping Australia out of the Four Nations. Should Steve McNamara’s men win, it would be the first time since 1954 that the Australians fail to make a major international final ... Read More »

Finn to return for Ireland against Wales

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Ireland have been handed a major boost ahead of their final European Championship fixture this weekend, after it was revealed that last year’s World Cup captain Liam Finn will return for their showdown against Wales in Wrexham. The Wolfhounds can still lift the trophy this weekend, providing Scotland lose to France in Galashiels this evening and the Irish post a ... Read More »

Neville Costigan leaves Hull KR

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Hull Kingston Rovers have confirmed that Neville Costigan has resigned from his contract with the club and will remain in Australia for personal reasons. Costigan signed a two-year deal with the Robins last year, playing 22 games in his first season with the club. He had previously played for Papua New Guinea in last year’s World Cup, captaining the side throughout ... Read More »

O’Loughlin nearing England return

Sean-O'Loughlin

England captain Sean O’Loughlin is inching closer to his return from injury – and could even be fit to face Australia this Sunday, according to Wigan teammate Matty Smith. O’Loughlin missed the opener against Samoa last time out due to a niggling injury, and wasn’t named in Steve McNamara’s initial team for the game earlier this week. However, Smith says ... Read More »