Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Giants sign Tigers utility Jamie Ellis

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Huddersfield Giants have announced the signing of utility Jamie Ellis who arrives on a two-year deal from Castleford Tigers. “Moving to the Huddersfield Giants is a good challenge for me. When a big club like Huddersfield come in for you it is a big opportunity and its one you can’t really turn down to be honest. “There is an opportunity ... Read More »

Wane: Smith deserved to make Man of Steel shortlist

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Wigan coach Shaun Wane thinks it is “pretty strange” not to have a Warriors player on the Man of Steel shortlist and believes Matty Smith was more than deserving of such recognition. Super League revealed the four candidates for its prestigious award – Jamie Peacock (Leeds Rhinos), James Roby (St Helens), Daryl Clark (Castleford Tigers) and Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves) ... Read More »

Interview: JJB meets Widnes captain Jon Clarke

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Leeds Rhinos forward and Rugby League World journalist Jamie Jones-Buchanan hears the remarkable life story of retiring Widnes Vikings captain Jon Clarke… Having been a BMX junior champion, spent time in prison and being one of Super League’s top hookers for over a decade, Jon Clarke has quite a life story. Now at 35, he is about to embark on ... Read More »

All-Golds star gets two-year ban for doping breach

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A National Anti-Doping Panel has imposed a two-year suspension on Gloucestershire All Golds player Frankie Foster after he was found to be in breach of the RFL’s anti-doping regulations. Foster, 18, tested positive for clomiphene, a hormone or metabolic modulator on the WADA prohibited list, after providing a sample following a match against Oldham on July 13. The suspension applies ... Read More »

Interview: The story of Leigh coach Paul Rowley

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Rugby League World writer Neil Barraclough hears how Paul Rowley’s steely determination has shaped his blossoming coaching career… It is a story that dates back more than a quarter of a century, to when a 13-year-old lad from Leigh first walked into a club with which he was to become synonymous. Now, as he leads his team to yet another ... Read More »

Rest has re-energised Saints, says Amor

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Kyle Amor believes Old Trafford is in touching distance for St Helens after their week off allowed for much-needed rest and recuperation. Saints take on Catalan Dragons on Thursday night for a place in the Grand Final – a full 13 days after dispatching Castleford Tigers in week one of the play-offs. The Dragons have played twice in that time ... Read More »

James Graham hoping to end Grand Final hoodoo

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Canterbury and England prop James Graham is hoping to end his Grand Final losing streak when he faces Sam Burgess’ South Sydney in the NRL’s season-ending spectacle on Sunday. The 29-year-old has played in seven Grand Finals in the last eight years, but has won just once, in 2006. Since then he’s lost six in a row. “The sole [win] ... Read More »

Oldfield: Dragons have timed run to perfection

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Catalan winger Michael Oldfield says he knew from the beginning of the season that the Dragons could go all the way to the Grand Final. The French outfit are just 80 minutes away from a prized place in the Old Trafford title decider on Saturday October 11 (6.00pm) with St Helens standing between them and an historic first Grand Final. ... Read More »

Paul Anderson: Changes are coming

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Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson insists the Giants will make several changes – both on the field and off it – after they crashed out of the play-offs at the hands of Catalan Dragons last week. The Giants’ 18-16 defeat ensured their season has ended early once again, and they announced that David Faiumu will leave the club to return to ... Read More »

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

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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

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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 »