SQUAD WATCH: All the team news for Friday’s Super League games

Castleford v Huddersfield (7:45pm, Mend-A-Hose Jungle, Sky Sports) Castleford make three changes to their squad – with a potential debut for youngster Lewis Peachey on the horizon. Jamie Ellis, Nathan Massey and Peachey are in – while Joe Wardle, Gadwin Springer and Tuoyo Egodo are the ones who miss out. Meanwhile, Simon Woolford makes one change to his Huddersfield squad;…

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OPINION: Rugby league needs stronger governance than ever before.. good luck Ralph

So, the decision has, finally, been made. After months of waiting, the verdict is … erm … the guy who was keeping the chair warm is actually the right man to fill it permanently. No matter what you think of Ralph Rimmer’s appointment as permanent chief executive of the RFL, the fact is that he’s got the gig. Ask people…

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Castleford in talks with QLT over new deal to remain at the Tigers in 2019

Castleford coach Daryl Powell has revealed the Tigers are in talks with Quentin Laulu-Togaga’e over a new contract. The fullback has been a revelation since joining from Championship side Halifax earlier this season, and appears to be the answer to their season-long problem at fullback. And the 33-year-old’s form looks set to earn him a new deal with the Tigers…

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Leigh’s Jamie Acton handed seven-match ban by RFL disciplinary panel

Leigh Centurions forward Jamie Acton has been handed a lengthy seven-match ban by the RFL’s disciplinary panel. Acton was handed the punishment after pleading guilty to a Grade E charge of intentional striking with the elbow during their recent Championship match against Batley Bulldogs. It means he will miss their final two games of the regular-season – and if Leigh…

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Ralph Rimmer officially confirmed as new CEO of Rugby Football League

The Rugby Football League today has confirmed that Ralph Rimmer has been appointed as the new CEO of the organisation with immediate effect. Rimmer has been acting as the governing body’s interim CEO since January – and has now won the race to permanently succeed Nigel Wood, it has been announced. The Chairman of the Rugby Football League, Brian Barwick…

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Powell admits run-in is glorious chance for Castleford to cement play-off status

Castleford coach Daryl Powell has warned his players against complacency in their run-in to the Super 8s – but admits their final three games represent a glorious opportunity to solidify their position inside the top four. With the rest of the top five still to play one another at some stage before the split, Castleford have games against Huddersfield and…

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Sinfield admits Leeds have lost their direction ahead of huge clash with Wakefield

Leeds director of rugby Kevin Sinfield believes his squad has lost the values of what it requires to play for the reigning Super League champions as they prepare for a clash which could define their season tonight. Defeat to Wakefield would all-but ensure Qualifiers rugby for the Rhinos for the second time in three seasons – and guarantee Trinity’s position…

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Hull must win remaining games before Super 8s to stand play-off chance, says Taylor

Hull prop Scott Taylor believes the Black and Whites may need to win all three of their remaining games before the Super 8s to avoid falling out of play-off contention this season. Lee Radford’s side have won two of their last five games, and they are now five points behind fourth-placed Castleford following last Thursday’s defeat to Huddersfield. Games against…

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