Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

Kevin Sinfield receives MBE from Prince William

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Leeds Rhinos captain Kevin Sinfield has dedicated his MBE honour to the club, after he accepted the award at a Buckingham Palace investiture ceremony on Wednesday. Sinfield was given the honour by Prince William, who honoured the man that has become the most successful captain in the history of Leeds Rhinos, captaining them to every domestic honour available since his ... Read More »

Second New Zealand NRL team could be in by 2017

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The consortium behind the bid for a second New Zealand-based NRL franchise says the team would be ready to play by 2017. Bid spokesman Robert Picone revealed yesterday that a coach had been sounded out, player agents spoken to and finances are in place to launch a club from scratch. Picone is due to meet with NRL management within the ... Read More »

England Regional Academy team named

England Combined Regional Academy have named an 18-man squad for the opening match of the Australian Schoolboys’ tour at Derwent Park, Workington on Wednesday November 26 (6.30pm). The England squad is drawn from players involved with the RFL’s three regional Academies in Cumbria, the North East and the Midlands, many of whom have already secured contracts with First Utility Super ... Read More »

Burrow aiming to be fit for start of 2015 season

Rob Burrow

Leeds Rhinos utility Rob Burrow has revealed that he has undergone “therapy” to correct an injury problem which plagued him during the latter part of last season – but has insisted that he will be right for the beginning of the 2015 campaign. Burrow played a crucial role in Leeds’ run to Challenge Cup glory, before their season ended prematurely ... Read More »

I believe I’m good enough, says Rankin

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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 »