Wednesday, August 20, 2014
Rugby League News

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Gareth Ellis signs new Hull FC deal

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Hull FC captain Gareth Ellis has signed a contract extension that will keep him at the KC Stadium until the end of 2016. The 33-year-old former England international had the pick of First Utility Super League clubs when he decided to return from the NRL three years ago and opted to pen a three-year deal with the Airlie Birds. Although ... Read More »

Sheffield to host Challenge Cup replay if needed

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Bramall Lane, Sheffield, will host the replay of the 2014 Tetley’s Challenge Cup final on Wednesday September 3 (8.00pm) should the scores be level at full-time in Saturday’s showpiece between Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos at Wembley Stadium. The Challenge Cup final is the only Rugby League final that goes to a replay rather than be decided on the day ... Read More »

Gallery: Wigan Warriors train with Bath RU

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As we mentioned earlier today, Wigan Warriors have used their week off to undergo a different kind of training, as they collided with Bath Rugby Union in a novel move between the two clubs. It’s rare that both codes come together in such a manner, and both clubs have spoken of how positive an experience the session has been. The ... Read More »

Codes collide as Wigan and Bath train together

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Two rugby codes collided this week as Wigan Rugby League travelled to Bath Rugby Union for some dual-training in the South West. Whilst the two sides are at different stages of their season – Wigan have just three fixtures left of their regular First Utility Super League campaign whilst Bath will kick-off their Aviva Premiership campaign away to Sale Sharks ... Read More »

Jones-Buchanan hoping to peak in final

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Jamie Jones-Buchanan is confident that the “genius” of coach Brian McDermott will go a long way to preparing Leeds Rhinos for their Tetley’s Challenge Cup final against Castleford Tigers on Saturday August 23 (3.00pm). The forward believes that a very competitive league campaign has better-prepared sides for knockout competition, whilst McDermott’s expertise has been the extra impetus to ensure the ... Read More »

Video highlights: Warrington Wolves v Castleford Tigers

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Extensive video highlights from Friday’s Super League round 24 clash between Warrington Wolves and Castleford Tigers at the Halliwell-Jones Stadium. What do you think about this match? Discuss this and much more on our free fans’ forum. For more Rugby League news and features, subscribe to League Express newspaper and Rugby League World magazine. You can also connect with us ... Read More »

Championship: Sharp and Backhouse players of the week

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Featherstone Rovers full-back Will Sharp and York City Knights second-row Ryan Backhouse have been voted Championship Players of the Week. Both players had key roles in their side’s important wins over Halifax and Hunslet Hawks respectively. Every week each coach in both the Kingstone Press Championship and Championship One is contacted to help decide the awards. Kingstone Press Player of ... Read More »

Featherstone unlikely to go full-time, says chairman

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Featherstone Rovers chairman Mark Campbell says the club are unlikely to go full-time next year, despite being favourites to finish second in the Championship this season and pocket the £450,000 prize money. Speaking after the Rovers’ convincing 20-4 victory over their rivals for second spot Halifax at the weekend, Campbell blamed the departure of a raft of investors earlier in ... Read More »

Halifax chairman: Featherstone red hot favourites for second

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Halifax chairman Michael Steele has admitted Featherstone Rovers are now big favourites to finish second in the Championship and take the extra £250,000  in RFL central funding that comes with the runner-up spot. Fax were beaten 4-20 at home on Sunday and are now two points behind their West Yorkshire rivals in third place. “It’s not over until the final ... Read More »

Challenge Cup: The Rhinos’ run to the final

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In preparation for this weekend’s Challenge Cup final, we’re taking a look at both Leeds and Castleford’s incredible runs to the showpiece Wembley event, with the Rhinos first up in the spotlight. Leeds have had it far from easy on their run to Wembley, facing high quality opposition in each and every round they’ve played in this year’s cup. So ... Read More »

Vote: Who will win Saturday’s Challenge Cup final?

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Every week in League Express we ask our readers to give us their predictions or opinions on some of the game’s hottest topics or talking points. This week, we’re asking you to predict a winner from Saturday’s Challenge Cup final. Will Castleford conquer the Rhinos or will Leeds get their hands on the game’s most prestigious trophy? What do you ... Read More »

Shannon McDonnell keen on extending Saints stay

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St Helens full-back Shannon McDonnell wants to make his deal with the Super League leaders a permanent one after impressing on his debut last week. The 27-year-old Australian penned a short-term deal in July to cover injuries after finding himself without a club. It expires at the end of this season. On his Saints debut last week, he scored two ... Read More »

Vikings take out League Express advert to apologise to Tigers

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Widnes Vikings purchased a full-page advertisement in this week’s League Express newspaper to apologise to Castleford Tigers for their fans’ involvement in a disgraceful pitch invasion following their semi-final defeat to the West Yorkshire club. The page read: “Congratulations, Castleford Tigers. “Widnes Vikings would like to take this opportunity to apologise to each and every person or organisation with a ... Read More »

Challenge Cup: Phil Bentham to referee final

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Phil Bentham will referee Saturday’s Challenge Cup final between Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers, the RFL have announced today. It will be Bentham’s third Wembley appearance following his Challenge Cup final debut in 2011 and last year’s final. He will be assisted by touch-judges Joe Cobb and Robert Hicks, while Ben Thaler will be the video referee alongside video referee ... Read More »