On this day – when Rugby League was hit by a smallpox epidemic

On this day 113 years ago, on 10 December 1904, Huddersfield and Dewsbury drew 3-3 in what, under normal circumstances, would have been a relatively unremarkable game. But Richard de la Riviere explains why it wasn’t. In fact the game was played behind locked doors, with only members allowed in, because the town of Dewsbury had suffered an outbreak of smallpox!…

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GOSSIP: Canberra to turn to Michael McIlorum to fill Hodgson void?

Could Canberra Raiders be about to launch another swoop on one of Super League’s best hookers? The Green Machine already have former Hull KR and current England star Josh Hodgson on their books – however, Hodgson suffered a serious knee injury while playing for England against Tonga on Saturday. That has not only ruled him out of this weekend’s World…

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Cas Tigers – The Breakthrough Year, in stores now

A new book to celebrate a stellar year for Castleford Tigers will be published next month by League Publications Limited, the publisher of League Express, in association with the Castleford club. Entitled ‘Cas Tigers – the Breakthrough Year’, the book has been written by Tigers fan Callum Walker, who graduated from the University of Leeds this summer with a first-class…

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Bennett refuses to rule out returning to New Zealand setup

England coach Wayne Bennett has refused to rule out returning to the New Zealand setup. Bennett, who is currently preparing England for Saturday’s World Cup semi-final with Tonga, played a crucial role in the Kiwis’ run to eventually becoming world champions in 2008, when they beat Australia in the final nine years ago. Their shock exit to Fiji in this…

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England Women open with win

England’s Women came from behind twice early on to open their World Cup 2017 account with a win over a determined Papua New Guinea side. The Lioness’ took charge of the game after half an hour with three late tries in the first half securing an 18-8 half time advantage. Match Highlights from @England_RL v @PNGOrchids#ENGvPNG#WRLWC2017 pic.twitter.com/zJX8fgpZTs — RLWC2017 (@RLWC2017)…

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Italy sanctioned for off-field incident

The Rugby League World Cup 2017 has today sanctioned the Federazione Italiana Rugby League (FIRL) following the completion of an investigation into an off-field incident involving Italian Rugby League players in Cairns during the tournament. A fracas reportedly broke out between two of their players following the defeat to Ireland. RLWC2017 Chief Executive Andrew Hill confirmed the FIRL was in…

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QUARTER FINAL SQUADS NAMED

Captain Frank Pritchard and halfback Ben Roberts, who missed Saturday’s 14-14 draw with Scotland, will return to the Samoa side for Friday’s quarter-final against Australia in Darwin, while lock Leeson Ah Mau has been recalled to the starting line-up. Papua New Guinea coach Michael Marum has also named star five-eighth Ase Boas for Sunday’s quarter-final showdown with England in Melbourne…

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