Hull FC risk cup chances for international game

Hull FC will go to St Helens for their Challenge Cup sixth round tie on today without two of their overseas stars Frank Pritchard and Sika Manu, after the club agreed to release both players for international duty this. Whilst both have played international Rugby League for New Zealand, Pritchard now captains Samoa and Manu leads Tonga. Hull FC head…

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Leicester makes anything possible in sport – so could Leeds go down?

Every minute matters, apparently. That’s what we were told last year when the Rugby Football League launched their bold, brave new league structure – and for the most part, that was how it turned out. Take last year’s treble winners, Leeds, for example. They would preach to anyone about how every single split second was crucial on their quest to…

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No contact from Bradford over Morrison’s availability

Dewsbury Rams Chairman Mark Sawyer says there has been no contact from Bradford Bulls over the availability of coach Glenn Morrison. The Australian has been extensively linked with the vacant Bulls post since James Lowes resigned last week, and was installed as favourite for the job by bookmakers Ladbrokes. But Sawyer says there has been no approach from the Bulls,…

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Moore heaps praise on Chester

Wakefield hooker Scott Moore has claimed that life under previous coach Brian Smith was somewhat “erratic” and that the feeling within the club has improved under Chris Chester. The Wildcats have moved to within touching distance of the top eight under Chester, picking up wins against the likes of Huddersfield and Wigan since he took charge. “Mainly, yes,” said Moore,…

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Rhinos nearing Kirkstall return

Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington is hoping that his club will be back in its Kirkstall training facility within the next month, and he says its loss has had a much bigger impact than anyone thought it would have. The Rhinos have been without their training base since last December’s floods, which ravaged large parts of West Yorkshire. But…

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Fev to battle through atrocious injury problems

Featherstone Rovers coach Jon Sharp has urged his squad to continue their never-say-die attitude amid a crippling injury list. Rovers handed a debut to young backrower Curtis McDonald on Sunday with Sharp’s already small squad shorn of eight first-choice players. With partner club Leeds also struggling with injuries, Sharp has had little room for manoeuvre. And most of the players…

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It’s unacceptable to breach the cap, says Gary Hetherington

Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington has insisted that it is “unacceptable” to be found to be cheating the salary cap – and says it is nothing other than “pure cheating”. Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, Hetherington would not be drawn on the punishment handed out to Salford Red Devils on Monday after they were found guilty of a…

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Hinchcliffe seeking momentum following Huddersfield breakthrough

Huddersfield Giants captain Ryan Hinchcliffe says it has been a difficult period at the Giants this season, but defeating Warrington should give his team a new self-belief. Huddersfield beat the Wolves 11-0 last Friday, their first victory since round five against Hull KR. It was only their second win in 2016 from eleven matches. “It’s been a tough six weeks. So…

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Giants gain second win – and inflict Wolves second defeat

The competitive nature of Super League was emphasised tonight at the John Smith’s Stadium when bottom placed Huddersfield Giants defeated table-toppers Warrington Wolves 11-0. In a tight game the Giants led 4-0 at half-time thanks to a try by Aaron Murphy after the game had been scoreless for 36 minutes. Danny Brough couldn’t add the goal, but early in the…

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