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Strictly dazzling opening for World Cup

Rugby League World Cup 2013 organisers have confirmed details of the hotly-anticipated Opening Ceremony at the Millennium Stadium on October 26. Involving specially-designed lighting, original music, and a dance extravaganza created by some of the UK’s leading choreographers, the spectacular opening to RLWC2013 will involve more than 1,500 performers. Noted classical singer Camilla Kerslake will sing ‘God Save The Queen’ ... Read More »

England Academy stars aiming high

England Academy coach John Winder has challenged his young stars to raise the bar even higher when they face Wales Academy in the second junior Test at Taffs Wells RFC near Cardiff on Friday night. The English youngsters delivered an impressive display to defeat their Welsh counterparts 38-0 in the opening fixture at the same venue on Sunday when Winder ... Read More »

Scotland coach prepares winning mix

Scotland coach Steve McCormack is preparing for the arrival of his NRL stars on Thursday to add the final ingredients to what he hopes is a winning mix at RLWC2013. The ten-year veteran coach oversaw his first training session of the campaign on Sunday and enjoyed the combination of new talent and experienced stars at his disposal. “It’s a pleasure ... Read More »

Adamson and Middlehurst stick with Crusaders

The second row partnership of Toby Adamson and Gary Middlehurst will stay intact at North Wales Crusaders for 2014 after both players signed contract extensions with the club. Both played a vital role in Crusaders’ double success last term – forming a lethal partnership – and will be just as important when the Championship campaign comes around. Head coach Clive ... Read More »

Rugby League mourns Ron Earnshaw

The RFL has sent its condolences to  the family of Ron Earnshaw, the President of Batley Bulldogs who died on 12th October after a long illness. Mr Earnshaw had a 70-year association with Batley and held a wide variety of positions including ballboy, programme seller, secretary, general manager, fund-raiser and director. “It is with great sadness that we have learned ... Read More »

Whiting signs new deal at Hull

Hull FC’s Richard Whiting is to stay with the club until at least the end of 2016 after signing a new-two year contract extension. Speaking to www.hullfc.com, Whiting said, ³This is my club, it¹s my home and I am very proud to represent Hull FC. “I have had a great ten years with the club, but I am just as ... Read More »

Last Tackle

First published in Rugby League World, Issue 391 (Nov 2013) If there is a better day of Rugby League anywhere in the world than the Championship Finals, I wish someone would steer me in the direction of it. We are so used to one or more of the matches being an absolute nerve-shredder that we have perhaps become a little ... Read More »

Eagles capture Ben Jones

Sheffield Eagles have announced the signing of prop forward Ben Jones on a one year deal from fellow Championship side Dewsbury Rams. Jones, 25, has previously played at Super League level with the then named Harlequins after coming through the ranks at the Leeds Rhinos Academy. “It’s great to announce Ben is joining the club,” said Eagles Head Coach Mark ... Read More »

Chase relishing first Salford outing

England international and new Salford Red Devils player Rangi Chase has expressed his excitement ahead of playing in his new club home when England face Italy at Salford City Stadium in a Rugby League World Cup 2013 warm-up match on Sunday October 19 (4.30pm). Chase is currently away with Steve McNamara’s England squad in Potchefstroom, South Africa, as part of ... Read More »

Wolves bolster senior Academy

Warrington Wolves have promoted seven rising stars to the U19s Academy ahead of the 2014 season. Brad Stanway (Rylands), James Jones (Rylands), Andrew Philbin (Culcheth), Ben Stansfield (Ince Rose Bridge), Declan Kay (Shevington Sharks) and junior internationals Harvey Livett (Rylands) and Morgan Nicholas (Rylands) have all progressed through the U16s Academy . “It’s a great day for any junior player ... Read More »