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Rhinos pitch being aided by cannabis ‘factory’ lights!

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Rugby League is well known for its unusual stories – but on the eve of Super League XX, this one will surely take some beating in 2015. In a bid to ensure some of the worn areas of their pitch is spot on for the big Super League kick-off, Leeds Rhinos are using lighting equipment seized from a cannabis farm ... Read More »

Challenge Cup First Round preview

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Forty clubs hit the trophy trail this weekend – January 31 and February 1 – as the first round of Rugby League’s oldest and most prestigious competition, the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup, is staged across the country. Twenty first-round ties featuring clubs drawn from the community game, Armed Forces, police and University Rugby League mark the start of a competition which, ... Read More »

Hull FC to scrap all friendlies except one in 2016

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Hull FC owner Adam Pearson has branded the club’s batch of friendlies as ‘pointless’, and says the club will play only one trial match in 2016 – against bitter rivals Hull Kingston Rovers. FC have had a mixed pre-season; losing fixtures to Super League sides such as Rovers and Wakefield ahead of their season opener at Huddersfield next Sunday. And ... Read More »

Second Kiwi NRL team bid gathers momentum

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The charge for a second team from New Zealand to enter the NRL has stepped up a gear, after it was announced that the consortium involved have signed a multi-million dollar deal with Christchurch-based Celebration Lions Sports Trust to enter a feeder team in the NSW or Queensland Cup. Consortium spokesman Robert Picone said the A$10 million 10-year deal, which ... Read More »

London Broncos release Luke Adamson

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London Broncos have released one of their new recruits for 2015, after former Halifax man Luke Adamson was released from his contract by mutual consent. The Broncos say that family issues played a role in Adamson’s release, with the former Fax prop expressing a desire to return back to the North with immediate effect. In a short statement on their ... Read More »

Hardaker to make first appearance of pre-season

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Leeds Rhinos travel to the Keepmoat Stadium this Sunday to take on Doncaster in their final pre-season game ahead of the 2015 First Utility Super League season. Zak Hardaker has been named in the starting line-up, having missed the games against USA Pioneers and Bradford Bulls. The side includes a number of experienced first team players such as Liam Sutcliffe, ... Read More »

Several fixtures fall foul to snow

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The snow storms that have been ravaging parts of Northern England have taken their toll on the Rugby League fixtures this weekend, with several games now postponed due to adverse weather. Chief amongst them is Super League champions St Helens’ final pre-season clash ahead of the big Super League opener next Friday. Their fixture against Rochdale Hornets, which was supposed ... Read More »

Langtree Park sells out for WCC

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The new home of St Helens, Langtree Park, has sold out its 18,000 capacity more than three weeks ahead of the finale to the inaugural expanded World Club Series, being the World Club Final between Super League Champions St Helens and NRL Champions South Sydney on 22 February. Saints Chairman Eamonn McManus stated: “It’s no exaggeration to say that this ... Read More »

Aiton still in dark with ASADA situation

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Leeds Rhinos hooker Paul Aiton has admitted he is still unsure over his current situation with the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority – as several of his former Cronulla teammates reach the end of their suspensions from the organization. Stars like Sharks captain Paul Gallen were given backdated bans which struck them off from featuring in the end of the Sharks’ ... Read More »

Queensland to host stand-alone weekend of internationals

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The Australian state of Queensland will host three internationals in one weekend later this year, as part of a revamped schedule for the 2015 NRL season. Brisbane will be the venue for the traditional mid-season Test between Australia and Four Nations champions New Zealand, which will be part of a programme to honour the 100th anniversary of the ANZAC landings ... Read More »