Castleford considering applying for cap dispensation after Gale injury – but insist they have options internally

Castleford director of rugby Jon Wells has admitted the Tigers are considering applying to the RFL for dispensation on the salary cap following Luke Gale’s serious Achilles injury – but believes they have adequate options to replace him already at the club. Gale is almost certain to miss the entire 2019 campaign after suffering a ruptured Achilles in training on…

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Castleford star Luke Gale set to learn injury extent today

Castleford Tigers will learn the extent of Luke Gale’s Achilles injury today as the scrum-half looks set to miss the entirety of 2019. The Tigers’ worst fears are likely to be confirmed when the England international undergoes a scan to determine the extent of the injury picked up over the weekend. Gale suffered the injury during a routine training session,…

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What’s Inside League Express: 7 January edition

It’s the first edition of League Express in 2019 – and we’re certainly starting with somewhat of a bang! There’s been plenty happening in the world of the greatest game in the first week of 2019, and we’ve got it all covered in this week’s edition. What’s more, there’s no need to wait until Monday to read it; from 9:30pm…

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Community-driven Newcastle Thunder aiming for big things on and off the field in 2019

With big names such as Bradford and York securing promotion from League 1 last season, and the third-tier being reduced to just 11 teams, it may be easy for casual rugby league fans to pay less attention to the competition in 2019. However, do so at your peril – because you may well miss one of the most encouraging stories…

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Super League to consider introducing two referee system for 2020 season

Super League will seriously consider the possibility of introducing the two referee system, as seen in the NRL ,as early as the 2020 campaign. The competition will unveil its rule changes for the 2019 campaign on New Year’s Day, as reported in this past Monday’s edition of League Express. Changes that will include the introduction of a golden point and…

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Hull Kingston Rovers confirm signing of Josh Drinkwater on one-year deal

Hull Kingston Rovers have confirmed the signing of Josh Drinkwater on a one-year deal – a transfer first revealed exclusively in League Express. Drinkwater has been one of the most in-demand free agents throughout the off-season, and despite being linked with numerous clubs, has now agreed a deal to link up with Tim Sheens’ side for the 2019 campaign, having…

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Leeds edge out Wakefield in entertaining Boxing Day clash at new-look Headingley

Leeds Rhinos claimed the spoils on the first outing of pre-season as they edged an entertaining, albeit low-scoring, Boxing Day encounter against West Yorkshire rivals Wakefield Trinity. Both sides will have taken plenty of encouragement from their first hit-outs of the new campaign – not least from the performances of both sides’ new half-backs. For the visitors, Danny Brough was…

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Almost 50% of players in survey believe there is an issue with recreational drugs

Rugby league has an ongoing issue with recreational drugs, according to almost half of the players questioned on the subject in the 2018 Rugby League World players poll, while over three-quarters have no confidence in the RFL/Super League hierarchy’s ability to drive the game forward. Almost 250 players responded to the latest annual players poll conducted by the magazine –…

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