Pryce urges Workington to rally together following difficult week ahead of Donny clash

Workington Town coach Leon Pryce has called on everyone associated with the club to pull together, as they prepare to end a difficult seven days with a huge League 1 clash with Doncaster this weekend. Approaching the halfway point in Pryce’s inaugural season as a coach, Town are handily placed just outside the League 1 play-off places – a position…

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THE BIG INTERVIEW: Ian Smith on State of Mind and the struggles of refereeing

These days, rugby league has every right to be proud of its support and enhancement of the game’s handling of player welfare. In such a macho, tough sport, barriers have been increasingly broke down in recent years to encourage players who are struggling with their mental health to speak out – as evidenced superbly by this weekend’s dedicated State of…

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Powell to keep faith in fringe players for Castleford’s clash with Hull KR

Castleford coach Daryl Powell welcomes back two key players for Sunday’s clash with Hull KR – but insists the players who caught the eye so much at Warrington last week will not be dropped as a result. Prop Junior Moors and Jake Webster are expected to be in Powell’s side for the visit of the Robins on Sunday afternoon, both…

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McGillvary calls on whole town of Huddersfield to back the Giants on Friday night

You won’t find many people more proud to be from Huddersfield than Jermaine McGillvary – and the England winger has called on the town to rally behind the Giants on Friday for their huge clash against Catalans. With chairman Ken Davy making it free admission, a crowd approaching 10,000 is expected for a game in which victory would go a…

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We know we can beat St Helens on Friday, insists defiant Brian McDermott

Leeds coach Brian McDermott admits his team will have to reverse their form to beat league leaders St Helens on Friday – but insists they can topple Justin Holbrook’s side if they perform to their potential. The reigning champions are being slowly dragged into a battle to avoid the Qualifiers for the second time in three years; they could be…

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Houston let his team-mates down with red card, insists Cummins after Salford loss

Widnes co-captain Chris Houston let his team-mates down after being sent off for dissent during their defeat to Salford on Thursday, insisted coach Francis Cummins. The Vikings remain bottom of Super League having lost 26-12 at the Red Devils – with a second successive stint in the Qualifiers now appearing increasingly likely. The game was perhaps still in the balance…

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Tomkins admits he has to prove himself to Hull KR amidst “fresh start”

Joel Tomkins admits he has a point to prove to Hull KR and their supporters following his high-profile move to the club – but is confident he can recapture his best form as a Robins player. Tomkins spoke to the media on Thursday for the first time since leaving Wigan to join Hull KR, following the off-field incident which led…

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Bateman insists future will be resolved after Denver – but admits he has NRL offers

Wigan Warriors forward John Bateman has revealed he will decide on where he is playing his rugby in 2019 after England’s Test with New Zealand in Denver: and admits he has offers from NRL clubs. Bateman has a clause in his existing contract with the Warriors which dictates he can move to Australia at the end of this season –…

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Featherstone chairman Mark Campbell slams plans for ‘radical change’

Featherstone chairman Mark Campbell has become the latest club executive to air his views on Tuesday’s controversial Super League press conference – slamming the proposals from some chief executives for ‘radical change’ amidst the scrapping of the Super 8s system. Campbell issued a lengthy statement in which he slammed Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan, new chief executive Robert Elstone and other…

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RFL insist discussions still ongoing about league structure amidst Super 8s talk

RFL supremos Ralph Rimmer and Brian Barwick have issued a statement insisting discussions are still ongoing about the make-up of a potential league restructure for 2019. In a statement issued on Wednesday – 24 hours after Super League chief executive Robert Elstone, among others, said the Super 8s would not return next year, the RFL stressed that no binding decisions…

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