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

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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 »

Hull FC prop Paea wants to end Rovers’ season

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Hull FC prop Mickey Paea insists there’s nothing he’d like more than to end the play-off hopes of former side Hull Kingston Rovers tonight – by inflicting their first derby defeat of 2014. The Robins have won the two previous meetings this year, and are going in search of an elusive whitewash of victories against their bitter rivals. And Paea ... 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 »

Wakefield Trinity Wildcats sign Lopini Paea

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Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have continued to strengthen their pack ahead of the 2015 season, as the West Yorkshire club have today confirmed the signing of Lopini Paea. The Catalan Dragons forward has agreed to head across the Channel to become James Webster’s latest signing – following in the footsteps of fellow Catalan forward Mickael Simon, who will also play for ... Read More »

Four more sign up at Bradford Bulls

Sam-Bates

Bradford Bulls have confirmed four more signings for the 2015 season – as James Lowes has tied down four of the club’s hottest academy prospects. Alex Mellor and Nathan Conroy have both signed one-year extensions to remain with the club in 2015, whilst forward Sam Bates and half-back Adam Brook have penned two year deals to stay with the Bulls ... Read More »

RLEF hold successful annual council meeting

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Twenty-four nations from three regions – the Americas, Europe and Middle East-Africa – attended the twelfth Annual Council Meeting and fifth RLEF Conference in London. “The Council meeting was certainly the most energetic yet,” said Maurice Watkins, RLEF chairman. “The membership is increasingly involved and contributing in a very practical way to the direction in which the RLEF travels.” “Participation ... Read More »