Thursday, August 28, 2014
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Super League preview: Castleford Tigers V Wigan Warriors

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Historically, this fixture is quite easy to call, and you would usually fancy Wigan to win comfortably. However, after a slow start to 2014, and a disappointing loss to Sydney Roosters in the World Club Challenge, the reigning champions look vulnerable. In contrast, Castleford have enjoyed an unbeaten start to the season and look sharp, organised and motivated under new ... Read More »

Super League preview: Wakefield Wildcats V Catalan Dragons

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This afternoon, Wakefield host Catalan Dragons in what could certainly be seen as a relegation four-pointer. Indeed, both sides are yet to register their first points of the 2014 campaign and have been convincingly beaten in every appearance so far. To say they are in such a similar position, though, there seems only one way this match can go. Catalan ... Read More »

Two-day delay on Harry Siejka arrival

Harry Siejka in his NRL days. ©ActionPhotos

New Wakefield signing Harry Siejka has been ruled out of making his Wildcats debut on Sunday after his flight from Australia was delayed. The 22-year-old former schoolboy international had his visa application accepted on Wednesday and was due to arrive in the country on Thursday. However, he is now set to meet up with his new team-mates on Saturday following ... Read More »

Mataitonga and Duckworth out for ‘up to six weeks’

Nesiasi Mataitonga. ©RLPhotos

London duo Nesiasi Mataitonga and James Duckworth have been ruled out for over a month after picking up hamstring injuries in the Broncos’ Super League clash with Bradford last week. The utility backs join prop James Greenwood, who should recover from a knee problem in a fortnight, and Will Lovell, who snapped ankle ligaments in training and could be out ... Read More »

Solomona named in Broncos squad to face Wolves

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London Broncos have named new signing Denny Solomona in their 19-man squad to face Wolves on Sunday, after it was announced he is set to arrive in the UK tomorrow morning. The 20-year-old full-back or winger has been described by leading Australian journalist Phil ‘Buzz’ Rothfield as ‘freakishly talented’ and ‘faster than Billy Slater’. The New Zealand-born flyer signed from ... Read More »

Chris Riley set for four weeks at Wakefield

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Warrington winger Chris Riley has joined Wakefield Wildcats on a month-long loan. The 26-year-old has made 180 appearances during his eight seasons with the Wolves, scoring 120 times, but has fallen out of favour in 2014, making only one start. Youngster Gene Ormsby has impressed in Riley’s position this season and it seems coach Tony Smith is sticking with him. ... Read More »

Video: Tom Briscoe wins try of the month

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Leeds Rhinos winger Tom Briscoe has won the first Super League try of the month award for the 2014 season. The England international’s impressive solo effort against Warrington in round two narrowly edged out Castleford’s Daryl Clark, who scored from a kick return against Catalan Dragons the same week. The top five can be seen in full in the following ... Read More »

Four-year deal for 17-year-old Crowther

Jordan Crowther in action against Wigan last week. ©WakefieldWildcats

Wakefield have secured the services of England youth star Jordan Crowther, who became the second youngest forward to represent the Wildcats against Wigan last week. The 17-year-old, who played his amateur rugby at Westgate Wolves, came through the Wakefield academy where he was part of the unbeaten under-16s squad in 2013. He has signed a four-year deal that will see ... Read More »

Match report: Oxford Dark Blues 40-0 Cambridge Light Blues

Marcus-Alexander Neil, who scored twice for Oxford. ©VarsityRL

2014 Varsity Rugby League Oxford equalled Cambridge’s record of five successive wins in the annual Varsity clash with a thoroughly convincing 40-0 victory at the Honourable Artillery Company (HAC) ground in central London. The Dark Blues got off to the perfect start, scoring twice in the first 10 minutes to set a platform from which they would go onto dominate. ... Read More »

RFL rename Man of Steel award to honour Steve Prescott

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The prestigious Man of Steel award, which is given to the best player in Super League every season, has been renamed to honour the late, great Steve Prescott. The former St Helens and Hull full-back fought a very brave and public battle with a rare type of cancer that doctors expected to take his life in a matter of months. ... Read More »