Wigan confirm Zak Hardaker’s playing comeback against Salford on Sunday

Zak Hardaker will officially resume his playing career this Sunday. Wigan have confirmed that the fullback will feature for the first time since testing positive for cocaine in September 2017 this weekend, when they travel across Lancashire to face Super League rivals Salford Red Devils. The reigning Super League champions have two friendlies this weekend, with Adrian Lam’s side playing…

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Wigan will play ‘casual’ reserve games despite not entering league, says Kris Radlinski

Wigan Warriors owner Ian Lenagan has revealed that the reigning Super League champions do intend to play some reserve figures in 2019 – despite not formally entering the reserve competition itself. Wakefield, Hull FC, Featherstone, Bradford and Keighley are all scheduled to be in the RFL’s reserve league, with the Warriors revealing late last year they had decided against taking…

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The biggest signing since Tommy Raudonikis! Former Leeds man Eastwood heads for NSW Cup

It has been labelled the biggest signing since Tommy Raudonikis – former Leeds Rhinos forward Greg Eastwood has joined New South Wales Cup side Newtown Jets! The Jets have lured the former Leeds, Canterbury and Warriors forward into the Intrust Super Premiership for 2019, with the 31-year-old agreeing to play for Newtown for the 2019 season. The legendary Raudonikis played…

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Elstone talks: Super League Nines, marquee allowances, reserve grade … and Brexit

On Wednesday, Super League chief executive Robert Elstone met with the media to look ahead to the start of the new season, which is now only than a fortnight away. Here are the main issues covered – from the prospect of Nines rugby all the way to the Brexit implications on Catalans Dragons. On Gareth Widdop’s arrival in 2020: “It’s…

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Wakefield’s David Fifita calls for reduction in games to bring best out of Super League

Wakefield forward David Fifita believes that if Super League truly wants to align itself via the NRL via rule changes, then they have missed the most important change of all for 2019 – reducing the number of games players are forced to endure. Fifita admits he’s looking forward to the speed of Super League games increasing this season, having experienced…

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Kris Radlinski backs Zak Hardaker to return to the top of the game after ‘clearing hurdles’

Zak Hardaker still has the potential to become the best player in Super League again, according to the man who put his reputation on the line to sign him for Wigan as Zak prepares to resume his career this weekend. Hardaker will play for Wigan in one of their two friendlies this week (they play London Skolars on Friday and…

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Castleford set to agree swap deal with Huddersfield to plug Gale gap

Castleford are on the verge of completing a swap deal with Super League rivals Huddersfield Giants that will see utility Jordan Rankin head to the Tigers – with Joe Wardle returning to his former club in the process. After Luke Gale suffered a ruptured achilles in training last weekend, and has subsequently been ruled out for the entire 2019 campaign,…

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Kirmond refusing to guarantee 2019 will be his last year ahead of testimonial on Sunday

Danny Kirmond insists there are no guarantees that 2019 could be his final season as a player – saying he’s got plenty left in the talk as he prepares for his testimonial match this weekend. The long-serving Wakefield forward’s career will be honoured on Sunday when Trinity face Hull in a game that will double up as both Kirmond’s, and…

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Thomas Minns given 16-month ban after testing positive for cocaine last year

Former Hull KR and Leeds centre Thomas Minns has been handed a backdated 16-month ban for taking cocaine. Minns tested positive following an in-competition test last March, after Hull KR played against Huddersfield. Minns later revealed he took the substance on Mother’s Day, having struggled to cope with the death of his mother. And he has now discovered his fate…

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