Structure strife an embarrassment – do we need to trust Super League?

It’s difficult to know where to start as one of the most decisive days in British rugby league’s recent history looms large on the horizon. Make no mistake, changing or keeping the league structure does not solve the wider problems in the game. Far from it. But after months of squabbling, in-fighting and statements aplenty, it is time the game…

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SQUAD WATCH: Team news for Friday’s Super League & Qualifiers games

Wigan v Warrington (7:45pm, DW Stadium, Sky Sports) Taulima Tautai and Liam Paisley come into the squad for Wigan’s clash with Warrington on Friday. They replace Joe Greenwood, who is suspended, and captain Sean O’Loughlin, who has a calf problem. There could be a Super League debut for Warrington youngster Luis Johnson on Friday night – while key forward Ben…

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United Hull clubs warn against rejecting Super League proposal ahead of EGMs

The owners of both rugby league clubs in Hull have united ahead of Friday’s EGM to determine the future of the sport’s professional league structure – warning the game outside of Super League of a bleak future if top-flight proposals for change are rejected. Adam Pearson and Neil Hudgell have been two of the most outspoken figures in the game…

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Bill Tupou should be in contention for Man of Steel award, insists Tom Johnstone

Wakefield winger Tom Johnstone has insisted centre and partner-in-crime Bill Tupou belongs on the shortlist for this year’s Man of Steel: but admits he may not get that far due to playing for the unfashionable Trinity. Tupou is in sensational form this year – form Johnstone believes should be recognised with inclusion in the Super League Dream Team at the…

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Albert Kelly hopeful of full recovery from concussion layoff in time for 2019 pre-season

Hull FC half-back Albert Kelly has expressed his frustration over a difficult 2018 spent battling concussion – but he insists he is hopeful of being fit and raring to go for pre-season training for the 2019 campaign. Kelly has not played since July after suffering a third concussion of the year, which subsequently meant he was unable to play again…

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Zak Hardaker can help Wigan in bid for Grand Final glory despite ban, insists Shaun Wane

He may not be able to return to playing until November but Shaun Wane has insisted that Zak Hardaker’s influence, while training with his new side Wigan, can play a part in their bid for Super League success this season. The former Man of Steel began training with his new club this week after being forced to sit out almost…

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Players union working with RFL on recognition agreement to give players a voice

Professional players in this country will soon have a voice in the sport’s biggest issues. That’s the hope of Garreth Carvell, head of the players’ union in Britain which has seen numbers skyrocket since its inauguration late last year. Carvell and the union have been in talks with the RFL for several months – and while those talks will reach…

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Hughes aiming to continue record run of appearances for a good while yet

Super League’s marathon man Jack Hughes admits he’s got no intention of seeing his record run of consecutive appearances come to an end any time soon. Last week’s victory over Hull was Hughes’ 81st consecutive appearance in all competitions in a Warrington shirt – the longest unbroken streak of any player currently playing in Super League. Hughes still has some…

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Castleford unlikely to recruit Jake Webster replacement for 2019, admits Daryl Powell

Castleford coach Daryl Powell has indicated that Greg Minikin, rather than a new recruit, is the favourite to fill the centre spot which will be vacated by Jake Webster for 2019. Webster is heading to Bradford on a two-year deal, and though the Tigers have tried to strengthen their backline – League Express revealed earlier this year they were interested…

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Wane warns Wigan to ‘expect the unexpected’ against Wakefield Trinity

Wigan Warriors coach has admitted his side need to expect the unexpected against Wakefield Trinity tonight. Unlike the Warriors, who can strengthen their grip on second spot with victory, Wakefield have nothing left to play for this season in regards to a late play-off push. However, that has not stopped Wane from being wary of a Wakefield side who have…

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