Friday, August 29, 2014
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Rugby League News

Carney and Huby miss out for Castleford Tigers

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Castleford Tigers will be without both Justin Carney and Craig Huby for this weekend’s clash against Bradford, with both left out of Daryl Powell’s 19-man squad due to injury. Carney left Wembley on crutches after last weekend’s Challenge Cup final defeat to Leeds, and is likely to miss the remainder of the regular season due to injury. That means a ... Read More »

NRL referee apologises for blunder in Brisbane v St George

Ben Cummins

NRL referee Ben Cummins reportedly apologised on the field to Brisbane’s Matt Gillett – after bizarrely issuing him with a yellow card during the Broncos’ NRL victory against St George-Illawarra Dragons on Friday. The Broncos, who were leading by 20 points at the time after a stunning first-half performance, were left stunned when Gillett was sinbinned for a professional foul ... Read More »

Wilkin: Work-life balance essential for good mental health

Jon Wilkin

St Helens and England star Jon Wilkin believes that achieving balance in life is crucial to a Rugby League player’s mental health. Speaking ahead of his side’s top-of-the-table clash against Challenge Cup winners Leeds Rhinos at Headingley Stadium this evening (8.00pm) in a First Utility Super League round dedicated to State of Mind, Wilkin highlights that obsession can have negative ... Read More »

Leeds Rhinos winger toasted at Lance Todd ceremony

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Ryan Hall joined an elite band of players to lift Rugby League’s most coveted man of the match award on Wednesday evening when he was presented with the Lance Todd Trophy. The Leeds Rhinos winger secured the award with an outstanding two-try display in his club’s 23-10 victory over Castleford Tigers at Wembley Stadium last Saturday and received the Lance ... Read More »

What if: Super League had a bonus points system in 2014?

Wigan celebrate their Super League Grand Final victory

Ahead of the huge restructuring of Rugby League in the United Kingdom next year, there have been a whole host of talking points regarding the future of the game. However, one point which has been brought up more than any is the possibility of the bonus points system being introduced across the board next season. Championship and Championship One has ... Read More »

There was flu in camp – but it’s no excuse, says Wolves boss

Tony-Smith

Warrington Wolves boss Tony Smith revealed after his side’s 24-24 draw with Huddersfield that the camp was plagued with sickness all week – but refused to make it an excuse for their failure to claim two precious competition points. The Wolves were leading 24-23 with seconds remaining after fighting back from 23-6 down, but Danny Brough’s late drop-goal ensured both ... Read More »

Feature: TotalRL.com readers pick their England team

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All week on TotalRL.com’s world famous forum, we’ve been asking our readers for their opinion on how England should line up in this year’s Four Nations tournament. After all, the event is only a couple of months away now, and speculation is starting to build over the men who should be on the plane. To that end, we comprised all ... Read More »

Gallen ruled ineligible for State of Origin medal

Paul-Gallen

After his well-documented suspension for his involvement in the Cronulla Sharks’ controversial supplements program of 2011, the New South Wales Rugby League board (NSWRL) have ruled Blues captain Paul Gallen ineligible for the prestigious Brad Fittler Medal. Gallen – who is suspended until late November – was ruled out of the running for the Dally M representative player of the ... Read More »

Podcast: Rebuilding the Broncos

London Broncos coach Joey Grima

In this week’s Rugby League Down South podcast, Ian Ramsdale talks to London Broncos coach Joey Grima, plus features on Leigh Academy from Dartford in Kent who have successfully defended their Champion Schools title, and Valley Cougars as they head into the Conference National play-offs. This week’s interviews and where to find them 01:00 FEATURE INTERVIEW with LONDON BRONCOS head ... Read More »

Happy 119th birthday, Rugby League!

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Mention the year 1895 to any Rugby League fan, and they’ll immediately tell you the significance of it. However, did you know that today – 29th August 2014 – is the 119th birthday of the greatest game? That’s right; it was exactly 119 years ago on this very date that Rugby League was born – and we think that’s something ... Read More »

Wigan Warriors star played on with broken arm

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Wigan Warriors hooker Michael McIlorum returns from his two-month injury lay-off against Widnes tonight, hoping to avoid a repeat of what happened the last time he played against the Vikings. Ironically, Widnes were the team that McIlorum last pulled a jersey on to play against, suffering a broken arm in that game and missing a hefty chunk of the season. ... Read More »

NRL side fined over concussion guideline breaches

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NRL side North Queensland Cowboys have been fined $20,000 after becoming the latest Australian side to breach concussion guidelines – sending a warning to NRL clubs ahead of the play-off series. Wests Tigers and Canterbury have incurred fines already the season for breaching the rules, and the Cowboys have followed suit after an investigation into an incident involving Tariq Sims ... Read More »