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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Occasions like Friday are why you play rugby, says Brian McDermott

Leeds coach Brian McDermott believes occasions such as tonight’s Grand Final rematch with Castleford in front of a bumper Elland Road crowd are why players want to play rugby league. McDermott is hopeful the two West Yorkshire heavyweights can put on a show befitting of what could yet be an all-time Super League record crowd at Headingley, as the two…

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Roberts admits he is slowly adjusting to ‘challenging’ start as Castleford fullback

Ben Roberts has offered a frank admission that life as Castleford Tigers’ first-choice fullback has been a major challenge: but he insists it is one he is slowly warming to. Ahead of tonight’s Grand Final rematch against Leeds at Elland Road, Roberts – who has transitioned from half-back to fullback following the departure of Zak Hardaker, has lifted the lid…

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SQUAD WATCH: All the team news for Friday’s Super League games

Leeds v Castleford (7:45pm, Elland Road – Sky Sports) Leeds are unchanged for Friday’s Grand Final rematch with Castleford at Elland Road. The Tigers, meanwhile, make one change to their squad – but it is a significant one, as prop Jesse Sene-Lefao has undergone MCL surgery which will rule him out for a number of weeks. Jy Hitchcox takes his…

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Marshall admits Halifax under pressure for Toulouse trip as they exit Challenge Cup

Halifax coach Richard Marshall admits both their short turnaround and the fact this weekend’s opponents Toulouse have had a week off puts them under pressure for Saturday’s trip to France, as they exited the Challenge Cup on Tuesday night. Marshall left several big names out of his side for the cup tie against League 1 side Oldham, and Fax were…

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OPINION: League 1 is stronger than it’s ever been: de-regulating it would be a disaster

At first, the sentence ‘de-regulation of League 1 on the cards’ may have passed a few people by. When the story first appeared in League Express several weeks ago, I wouldn’t be surprised if a few people were quickly trying to find out what on Earth de-regulation was. Of course, now most people are aware of what the proposed plans…

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Power Rankings: TotalRL’s in-form rankings for w/e March 18

London (+1) The Broncos are back on top! Danny Ward’s side moved into the fifth round of the Challenge Cup courtesy of a nerve-jangling win at Workington – but with last week’s leaders, St Helens, losing for the first time in 2018, the Broncos climb above them into first. Featherstone (+2)  It’s another big leap up the rankings for John…

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