Frayssinous plays down Hardaker link

This article originally appeared in League Express, read it first by getting your copy in stores every Monday or online at totalrl.com/le Catalans head coach Laurent Frayssinous has played down speculation linking England international Zak Hardaker with a move to Perpignan. League Express understands talks between the Dragons and Hardaker’s representatives have taken place with a view to bringing the…

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Reports linking Willie Poching with Keighley Cougars job

Keighley Cougars have confirmed that they will appoint their new coach last week – with speculation linking Hull KR assistant Willie Poching with a move across Yorkshire. The Cougars have not yet decided the identity of Paul March’s replacement, but reports suggest that Poching is being interviewed for the role. Keighley chairman Gary Fawcett told League Express this week: “We are…

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Whaling admits Eagles on verge of collapse

Sheffield Eagles chief executive John Whaling has spoken of how “red tape” and “lies” could result in the collapse of his club. Whaling admits the Eagles are on the brink of entering administration after “frustrated” potential investors opted to walk away from talks to help fund a new home for the club. One potential investor in the club was prepared…

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Wigan unsure on O’Loughlin’s England availability

Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane has revealed he is not sure if club captain Sean O’Loughlin will be available to captain England in this year’s Four Nations: saying he has to think about the Warriors as a priority. O’Loughlin has missed Wigan’s last four games due to injury, and will again be absent this weekend as the Warriors travel to…

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Wane says Wigan have “a lot to be excited about” in 2016

Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane has insists there is “a lot to be excited about” for his side and the club’s fans as the business end of the season approaches. The Warriors were beaten 8-6 by Widnes last week in a below-par performance, where their attacking ability again came into question as they registered just one try all night. But…

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Sam Barlow banned by UKAD for four years

Leigh Centurions forward Sam Barlow has been suspended from all sport for four years following an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV). Barlow intentionally disrupted the Doping Control process by obstructing a UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) Doping Control Officer during an out-of-competition test attempt at his home on 31 July 2015. An independent National Anti-Doping Panel found that Barlow had committed an ADRV…

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Wane rages at Wigan performance before ending his press conference

Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane cut a frustrated figure following their 8-6 defeat to Widnes Vikings on Thursday night: before cutting short his own post-match press conference. Wane was speaking after a disappointing performance from the Warriors in which, despite winning 20 penalties throughout the course of the night and seeing Widnes reduced to 11 men at one point, they…

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