Wednesday, October 22, 2014
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The McCarthy column: The year that was down under

Tyrone-McCarthy

Former Warrington forward Tyrone McCarthy starts his new TotalRL column by looking backing on his 12 months playing in Australia… As I was waiting to go in to surgery after a tough campaign, I was sat reflecting on what a difference a year makes. This time last year I decided to leave my hometown club Warrington Wolves and go on ... Read More »

Salford Red Devils sign million-pound kit deal

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Salford Red Devils have signed a lucrative deal with sportswear giants Under Armour reported to be worth a million pounds. The performance brand, best known for popularising the compression shirt, is taking off across the world in team sports and currently supplies Tottenham Hotspur football club and the Welsh national rugby union team. “We are both delighted and excited to ... Read More »

Total RL world’s second biggest Rugby League website, say stats

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Total Rugby League is the world’s second biggest dedicated Rugby League website, according to traffic measuring specialists Alexa.com. The online arm of League Express newspaper and Rugby League World magazine is now recognised as a one-stop-shop for any discerning Rugby League fan thanks to its constant stream of news, features, interviews and its popular forum. With well over five million ... Read More »

Jonathan Walker picks up one-match international ban

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Scotland front-rower Jonathan Walker has been handed a one-match suspension after being found guilty of a reckless high tackle against Wales in the European Championship last week. The former Hull Kingston Rovers prop will miss this week’s clash with Ireland in Dublin, but will be free to face France in his side’s final game of the tournament. What do you think ... Read More »

Hull KR sign French hooker John Boudezba

Chris Chester

Hull Kingston Rovers have signed French international hooker John Boudezba on a one-year contract from Lezignan. The 24-year-old is Robins boss Chris Chester’s ninth signing for 2015. “Moving to the Super League is a new challenge for me and I’m looking forward to coming over there,” he said. “An opportunity was offered to me at Rovers and after talking with ... Read More »

Feature: A player who could have been a contender

Ashurst playing at Wembley in 1979

League Express editor Martyn Sadler reviews ‘Tries and Prayers – A Rugby League Journey’ by former Wigan, Penrith, Wakefield and Runcorn utility Bill Ashurst How often have we seen talented sportsmen whose achievements don’t match their talents? It’s a story that is as old as the hills, and we’ve seen it in countless films, including the great 1950s classic film ‘On ... Read More »

Shaun Johnson wishes Australia were at full strength

Shaun Johnson stretches over to score for New Zealand Warriors in the Auckland Nines. ©FairfaxMedia

New Zealand half-back Shaun Johnson has admitted he would prefer Saturday’s Four Nations opponents Australia to be at full strength, but insists they will be tough to beat regardless. The Kangaroos have a raft of high profile players missing the Four Nations, including Billy Slater, Paul Gallen, the Morris brothers, and Golden Boot winner Johnathan Thurston. Dally M winner Jarryd Hayne is ... Read More »

Hicks, Bentham and Smith to officiate 4N opener

Phil Bentham. ©RLPhotos

Leigh-born Super League referee Phil Bentham will take charge of Saturday’s Four Nations clash between Australia and New Zealand. The 42-year-old will be joined by Oldham duo Robert Hicks and Ian Smith, who will operate as touch judge and video referee respectively. What do you think about this story? Discuss this and much more on or free fans’ forum. For more ... Read More »

Inglis, Smith and Cronk to start as Australia name squad

Greg Inglis starts at full-back for just the third time in his international career

Australia have named their squad to face New Zealand in Saturday’s Four Nations opener – and despite their injury problems it still looks extremely strong. Indeed, even without the likes of Johnathan Thurston, Paul Gallen, Jarryd Hayne, Billy Slater, Brett Morris, Josh Morris, and Andrew Fifita, they are still odds-on favourites to win the tournament. Australia’s squad to face New ... Read More »

Brian Noble: England have a great chance to win 4N

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Former Great Britain coach Brian Noble believes England have a “great chance” to win the Four Nations, which kicks off this Saturday when Steve McNamara’s men face Samoa in Brisbane. Noble believes the half-back pairing of Matty Smith and Gareth Widdop is key, as is ensuring the debutants perform. The 53-year-old told the T&A: “I think they [England] have a ... Read More »

Masoe and Godinet to face England on Saturday

St Helens' Mose Masoe scoring against Catalan Dragons in their Super League play-off semi-final

Super League Samoans Mose Masoe and Pita Godinet have been named in Matt Parish’s squad to face England on Saturday. Both St Helens prop Masoe and Wakefield half-back Godinet are on the bench for the clash, while new Castleford signing Ben Roberts starts at stand-off. Parish’s side has been rocked by the news that expected first-teamers Reni Maitua, Tautau Moga ... Read More »

Noble: I’m over how things ended at Salford

Where did it all go wrong? Red Devils owner Dr Marwan Koukash lost patience with Noble after only three wins in eight games. ©RLPhotos

Former Great Britain coach Brian Noble insists he is “over the way things ended at Salford” and is hoping to be back working in Rugby League by the start of next season. The 53-year-old told the T&A: “I think there is definitely a place for me in the game somewhere next year. I’ve had a couple of conversations with a ... Read More »

Josh Charnley: We need to stay in the arm wrestle

Josh Charnley RL winger

England winger Josh Charnley is feeling confident ahead of Saturday’s Four Nations opener against Samoa but is wary of the Pacific Islanders’ size and power. In this video, kindly provided by Super League TV, the Wigan flyer discusses how the side are gelling, while NRL-bound Josh Hodgson talks about his battle for the number nine shirt with Daryl Clark. If ... Read More »

Steve McNamara: England must dictate, be patient

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England coach Steve McNamara has selected his 17-man team for Saturday’s Four Nations opener against Samoa. In this video, kindly provided by Super League TV, the national boss discusses his selections, Sean O’Loughlin’s injury, and how he plans to overcome Samoa at the Suncorp Stadium this weekend. If the above video fails to load, click this link: http://youtu.be/CMcwCyavvY8 What do you ... Read More »