Chester hopeful squad depth will help Wakefield thrive over Easter

Wakefield coach Chris Chester is hopeful his squad’s strength-in-depth can help them navigate the Easter period with greater success than 12 months ago. Last year, Wakefield lost both games over Easter – to Castleford and Wigan – before a defeat the following week to Warrington, too. Trinity begin a run of three games in 10 days on Thursday when they…

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Sean O’Loughlin insists he won’t walk away from international duty

Wigan and England captain Sean O’Loughlin has revealed to League Express that he has no intention of retiring from international duty. The 35-year-old guided England to last year’s World Cup final, but admitted in the aftermath of that defeat to Australia he wasn’t sure what his international future held in store. However, having given consideration to the issue in recent…

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Exclusive League Express Q&A with Castleford head of rugby Jon Wells

EARLIER this month, Castleford announced that their former winger and current Sky Sports broadcaster Jon Wells was to join the club as their new head of rugby. A fortnight into his new role, League Express’ AARON BOWER meets Wells for an exclusive interview. Aaron Bower (AB): I suspect it’s been a whirlwind few days since you joined Castleford – how…

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Rick Stone leaves Huddersfield Giants

Huddersfield coach Rick Stone has become the first coaching casualty of 2018. The Australian has left his position in charge of the Giants after almost two seasons at the West Yorkshire club, following a disappointing start to the new campaign. Chris Thorman, who worked as Stone’s assistant, has been placed in temporary charge of all first team matters. Stone took…

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Ward warns against complacency as London welcome back big guns for Swinton trip

London Broncos coach Danny Ward has warned his side that struggling Swinton Lions will find an upturn in form sooner rather than later – but hopefully not against his side on Sunday as they put their unbeaten record on the line once again. Two sides in completely contrasting form meet in Swinton on Sunday; London have won each and every…

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Forster pleased to see Whitehaven and League 1 showcase itself positively in cup

Whitehaven coach Carl Forster admits he was delighted to see both Haven and League 1 showcase themselves in a positive light in the Challenge Cup last weekend: but insists they are fully-focused on kickstarting their league campaign on Sunday. Haven head into this Sunday’s crucial clash with Hemel without a point to their name so far in 2018, having lost…

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Whitehaven youngster to create history on Sunday against Hemel

Whitehaven youngster Jake Bradley could become the youngest player in the club’s entire history on Sunday if he features against Hemel Stags. Haven coach Carl Forster told TotalRL that the 16-year-old, who has been playing with leading Cumbrian amateur side Hensingham, has signed trial forms with the League 1 side this week and is likely to play. He is in…

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Castleford and Wigan to play rearranged fixture on Denver weekend in June

Last weekend’s postponed Super League clash between Wigan Warriors and Castleford Tigers has been rearranged for the same weekend England travel to face New Zealand in Denver this June. The Tigers will host the Warriors on Friday 22 June at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle, after both clubs agreed they would play the game in the designated international window. It is the…

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O’Loughlin wary of dangerous Huddersfield – as he warns Wigan’s best is yet to come

Wigan may well have started the season in impressive form – but their captain, Sean O’Loughlin, has warned that the Warriors’ best is yet to come in 2018. Shaun Wane’s side have four wins from their opening five games this season, a marked improvement on 12 months ago. They welcome Huddersfield to the DW Stadium on Friday night looking to…

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Chester anticipates battle on Friday with Charnley in Wolves squad

He played a significant role in the path which led to Josh Charnley’s professional debut eight years ago – and Wakefield coach Chris Chester expects to face the winger on Friday night when Trinity travel to Warrington. Charnley is in Warrington’s 19-man squad for the clash, just days after agreeing to return to Super League following an 18-month stint in…

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