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Gareth Ellis in Hull squad to face Giants


Former Great Britain star Gareth Ellis has been named in Hull FC’s 19-man squad to face Huddersfield Giants on Thursday night. The 32-year-old returns from a two-game suspension, but Lee Radford is without Richard Horne, Jason Crooks, Jay Pitts and Joe Arundel. Giants second-rower Brett Ferres has been named in a Giants squad virtually unchanged from Sunday’s Challenge Cup loss ... Read More »

World Cup winner Sheens to rival Wane at Warriors

Australian national coach Tim Sheens. ©RLPhotos

Australia’s national coach Tim Sheens has emerged as Shaun Wane’s biggest rival for the New Zealand Warriors job, which became vacant when Matt Elliott was sacked this week. The 63-year-old’s manager, Wayne Beavis, was very open about putting him forward for the role. He told the Daily Telegraph in Australia: “I will certainly be putting his name forward if the ... Read More »

Nathan Brown could make NRL return in New Zealand

Saints boss Nathan Brown. ©RLPhotos

The manager of St Helens boss Nathan Brown has hinted the Australian might apply for the vacant head coach role at New Zealand Warriors, which Wigan boss Shaun Wane has been strongly linked with. The 40-year-old, who coached St George-Illawarra Dragons and Huddersfield Giants before taking up his role at Langtree Park, is currently third favourite with Australian bookmaker Sportsbet ... Read More »

Salford loss still stings a bit, says Houghton

Hull FC hooker Danny Houghton. ©RLPhotos

Hull FC vice-captain Danny Houghton claims the Airlie Birds are still licking their wounds after a heart-breaking golden point loss to Salford in the Challenge Cup last week. The Black and Whites were in a commanding position against the Red Devils but two late tries from Junior Sa’u and Francis Meli, and a superb touchline conversion from Jake Mullaney, forced ... Read More »

Fax are best Championship side, says Rowley


Leigh Centurions coach Paul Rowley says this weekend’s opponents Halifax are the team to beat in the Championship this season. Although Leigh sit top of the table with an unblemished record, Rowley told the Leigh Reporter: “I have said from day one that I rate Halifax as the best team in the Championship. They have an excellent squad and a ... Read More »

Hull want rid of McDonnell, Bulls tipped to swoop

Former Hull FC full-back Shannon McDonnell. ©RLPhotos

Hull FC confirmed today that they have opened discussions with injury-hit full-back Shannon McDonnell to bring his career at the KC Stadium to an end – and Bradford Bulls are favourite to take the Australian on a free. The 26-year-old has not played for the Airlie Birds since injuring a hamstring against Warrington in the Challenge Cup semi-final last year. ... Read More »

Hodgson: Rovers want revenge for Sunday


Hull KR hooker Josh Hodgson has asked his side to make amends for losing to Warrington in the Challenge Cup on Sunday by defeating them in their Super League clash on Friday night. In a thrilling clash, the Wolves overturned a sizeable deficit to edge the Robins 24-28 at the KC Lighstream stadium. “I’m very disappointed personally and as a ... Read More »

Gaskell has ’80 per cent chance’ of returning this Friday

Lee Gaskell. ©RLPhotos

Bradford stand-off Lee Gaskell claims he is confident of making a return to first-team action this Friday against former club Salford Red Devils. The 23-year-old damaged his MCL ligament against Wakefield Wildcats on February 20. He told the T&A: “I’m 80 per cent confident I’ll be playing on Friday and it’ll be good to come up against some of my ... Read More »

Jamie Jones-Buchanan: Injury isn’t age related


Leeds second-rower Jamie Jones-Buchanan is set for a long spell on the sidelines after rupturing a bicep tendon in his right arm. The 32-year-old sustained the injury in the early stages of his side’s Super League clash with St Helens on March 28. He played on until half-time, when medics intervened. He underwent successful surgery last Friday and is hoping ... Read More »