Tuesday, September 30, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

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

Michael-Oldfield

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

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 »