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Rugby League betting: Who to back this week

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Wigan Warriors v Warrington Wolves Thursday September 11, KO 8pm This is a tough one to call; two in-form teams with a spot in the top four to play for. For me, with a home crowd behind them, Wigan will just about have the edge. The bookies tend to agree, but with odds of 8/15, there’s not much in it ... Read More »

League Express reporter apologises for Carvell controversy

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A League Express journalist has written an apology to Castleford prop Garreth Carvell and his family after writing a match report that credited a dangerous throw on the former Great Britain star as the best tackle of the game. Phil Hodgson, one of the publication’s most experienced scribes, was at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Sunday to report on Castleford against ... Read More »

Cougars seek legal advice over inconsistent RFL rulings

Cougars player-coach Paul March

Keighley Cougars chairman Gary Fawcett claims he is seeking legal advice after the West Yorkshire side were relegated from the Championship yesterday. Fawcett is upset at two key decisions made by the RFL that have directly impacted the Cougars’ season. Firstly, player-coach Paul March was given a two-month stadium ban for questioning a match official, then, more recently, some of the ... Read More »

Off the field interview: Rob Burrow

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The Leeds legend on club sandwiches, Coors Light and Carl Ablett… This article originally appeared in the latest edition of Rugby League World magazine. Click here to download the digital version to your computer, smartphone or tablet What would your last meal on Earth be? I’d have club sandwich with a curly fries upgrade from Trio, a restaurant in Headingley. ... Read More »

Comment: Five half-backs who can replace Kevin Sinfield

Who should Steve McNamara pick in place of Kevin Sinfield?

When Kevin Sinfield announced his retirement from international Rugby League yesterday, he cited wanting to blood the next generation as a reason for the decision. That’s because, despite being nearly 34, he was firmly in coach Steve McNamara’s plans and would have almost certainly started alongside in-form NRL star Gareth Widdop in next month’s Four Nations. There is now a ... Read More »

Shaun Lunt: I’m not going anywhere

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Huddersfield hooker Shaun Lunt has quashed rumours that he is set to leave the Giants by promising to see out the remainder of his contract. The 27-year-old, who returned from a two-month lay-off to inspire Huddersfield to victory over Wakefield in round 23, says reports linking him with a move to Hull KR and Leeds Rhinos are nothing more than ... Read More »

Peacock: Leeds-Bradford derby hasn’t mattered for a while

Jamie Peacock

Leeds Rhinos prop Jamie Peacock believes the derby with former club Bradford lost its potency long before the Bulls were condemned to relegation. The former Great Britain star, speaking to the Yorkshire Post, said: “With Bradford, winning the 2005 Grand Final against Leeds in my last game for them has to be the best. “But for Leeds, if I’m honest, ... Read More »

Hull KR tie down promising academy products

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Hull Kingston Rovers have awarded two-year contract extensions to young back row forwards Aaron Ollett and Steven Holker. Ollett has made 10 appearances for the Robins since his debut midway through last season whilst 18-year-old Holker is yet to feature for the first team. The duo join fellow academy graduates Macauley Hallett, James Green and Jordan Cox in pledging their ... Read More »

Shannon McDonnell set to make Saints debut

Former Hull FC full-back Shannon McDonnell. ©RLPhotos

St Helens full-back Shannon McDonnell looks certain to make his debut for the club this week after a string of injuries has stretched Nathan Brown’s squad. Luke Walsh broke his leg against Widnes last week and is out for the rest of the season while coach Nathan Brown said news on Jon Wilkin’s injury “isn’t ideal”. Add into the equation ... Read More »

Kevin Brown will play in the Challenge Cup semi final

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Widnes playmaker Kevin Brown has been cleared to play in the Challenge Cup semi-final against Castleford a week on Sunday after shrugging off a knee injury. The 29-year-old was hit late by St Helens’ Sia Soliola in last week’s match and was taken off as a precaution. Fortunately for Vikings fans there seems to be no lasting damage and the ... Read More »