Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

I believe I’m good enough, says Rankin

Jordan-Rankin

Hull FC half-back Jordan Rankin insists he is good enough to force his way into Lee Radford’s first team squad – and says that as well as challenging for half-back, he can compete in a number of other positions, too. Rankin enjoyed a strong first season at the Black and Whites, missing only a handful of games after arriving at ... Read More »

Burgess to make Bath debut this Friday

Sam-Burgess

Sam Burgess could be set to make his Bath debut this weekend, after it was revealed he could be named amongst their replacements for their Aviva Premiership game against Harlequins this Friday. The 25-year-old has only just started training with Bath after that horrific facial injury suffered in the NRL Grand Final whilst playing for South Sydney Rabbitohs. However, Bath ... Read More »

Pitch invasion fine: Widnes and RFL release statement

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The RFL and Widnes Vikings have accepted the decision of an independent Tribunal to fine the club £20,000 for serious breaches of the sport’s Operational Rules at the end of a Challenge Cup semi-final at Leigh Sports Village in August. The governing body and Widnes Vikings are continuing to work with all relevant agencies to bring to account the individuals ... Read More »

Oxford sign two force internationals for 2015

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Oxford RL’s recruitment drive continues with the double signing of Jordan Andrade and Jamie Milburn, both forces internationals. Jordan had the special honour of carrying out the famous Challenge Cup at Wembley, ahead of this year’s final between Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos. The 22-year-old who can either play as a back rower or as a prop, has served as ... Read More »

RFL manager wins national award

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RFL National Coach Education and Learning Programmes Manager Linda Low was last week named Coach Developer of the Year at the 2014 UK Coaching Awards in Glasgow. The awards are intended to raise the profile of coaches and the role they play in encouraging participation, performance and excellence. Previous winners include the coaches behind Rebecca Adlington, Maggie Alphonsi, Sir Ben ... Read More »

Widnes Vikings fined £20,000 for Challenge Cup pitch invasion

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Widnes Vikings have been fined £20,000 after an independent tribunal found them guilty of serious breaches of RFL Operational Rules following crowd disturbances at the end of a Challenge Cup semi-final against Castleford Tigers played at Leigh Sports Village played on Sunday August 10. Widnes were found to be in breach of Operational Rule D1.8c (improper conduct), D1.10b (safety/misconduct of ... Read More »

Wolves roster full, says Tony Smith

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Warrington coach Tony Smith has revealed the Wolves don’t expect to make any more pre-season signings. The eight-time Challenge Cup winners have brought in three high-profile names for 2015 – St Helens’ Gary Wheeler, Ashton Sims from North Queensland and Castleford’s Daryl Clark – and will only dip into the market again if their hand is forced. “We’re pretty full, ... Read More »

Warrington want more from Roy Asotasi

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Warrington head coach Tony Smith is hoping to see more from Roy Asotasi next season, although he admits that 2014 has been tough for the Kiwi prop. Asotasi joined the Wolves on a two-year contract at the start of the season after a 13-year career in the NRL with Canterbury and South Sydney. The front-rower won an NRL Grand Final ... Read More »

James Feather pays himself out of Hawks contract

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James Feather has paid an undisclosed fee to release himself from his contract with Hunslet and re-sign with Keighley. The 30-year-old agreed to join the Hawks and link up with former boss Barry Eaton in early October, when the Cougars were relegated from the Championship and Hunslet won the Championship One Grand Final. However, he had a change of heart ... Read More »

Salford Red Devils post £5,000,000 loss

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Salford Red Devils have recently lodged their financial report and accounts at Companies House – and the figures don’t make good reading. For the year to 31 January 2014 Salford City Reds (2013) Limited lost a total of £5,142,778, which is almost certainly the greatest loss ever suffered by a Rugby League club. The club’s turnover was just £2,298,378. This ... Read More »

Ethiopia Rugby League awarded observer status

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Following three years of development work in the state of Tigray, Ethiopia has been awarded official observer status by the RLEF, becoming the sixth African nation to be recognised. Centred around the Nicholas Robinson School in Mekelle, the sport is regularly taught to 1,300 children, aged between 7 and 17. The school’s senior sports teacher, Abebuker Ahmed Tadesse, is the ... Read More »

Tony Benson appointed as Belgium Rugby League sport director

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Former Leigh and Oxford head coach Tony Benson has been appointed Belgium Rugby League’s newly-created Sport Director. His duties will start in 2015 with Benson’s main targets to build a Rugby League culture in the country at youth level and set up an elite program in order to for the national side to enter European Championship C in 2016. “The appointment ... Read More »

Salford sign Cory Paterson

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Salford have added another signing to their growing squad for 2015, after confirming the signature of former Hull KR forward Cory Paterson. The forward – who quit Rugby League at the end of the 2014 season to pursue a career in professional boxing – has been lured back to the game by the Red Devils, with the former Wests man ... Read More »

Wigan renew Workington dual registration partnership

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Wigan Warriors have announced they will again partner with Championship side Workington Town during 2015. The agreement will see members of Shaun Wane’s first team squad head to Workington throughout the season to gain experience on dual registration duty. Last year several Wigan players including Greg Burke, Connor Farrell and Lewis Tierney spent time at the Cumbria club. “We are ... Read More »