Friday, December 26, 2014
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Paul Clough joins Vikings

Paul Clough

Widnes Vikings have signed Paul Clough from St Helens on a season long loan. The prop forward makes the move immediately to link up with Denis Betts’ squad ahead of the Vikings’ next Super League clash with Huddersfield Giants on Friday, 28 February. The 26-year-old has appeared 189 times for Saints since making his debut against Hull FC in 2005, ... Read More »

Mullalley agrees Bulls loan move

Anthony Mullally

Bradford Bulls have signed 22 year old Ireland international Anthony Mullally on a one-month loan deal from Huddersfield Giants. The Lancashire-born forward is in contention for Thursday night’s trip to Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. The former Widnes talent, who impressed while on World Cup duty for Mark Aston’s Ireland last year, is hoping to make a big impact at The Provident ... Read More »

East Leeds take the Easy Road to Wembley

Tetley's Challenge Cup

East Leeds will be hoping to repeat last season’s Tetley’s Challenge Cup exploits by getting through to the third round of Rugby League’s oldest and most prestigious competition when they play ‘local’ rivals Leeds Metropolitan University on Saturday (2.00pm). The second round tie marks East Leeds’s debut at their new home, Richmond Hill on Easy Road in Leeds and captain ... Read More »

2017 Rugby League World Cup announcement due

Rugby League World Cup

The Rugby League International Federation has confirmed that the host of the next Rugby League World Cup tournament, to be held in 2017, will be announced on Wednesday February 19. Two bids to host the tournament were put forward: one from South Africa and a joint bid from Australia and New Zealand. The announcement will be made on the RLIF ... Read More »

Dewsbury Rams in awards spotlight

Kingstone Press Championship

Dewsbury Rams half-back Anthony Thackeray is the first Kingstone Press Championship Player of the Week for 2014. Thackeray marked his debut for the club with a try and the decisive drop goal in their one-point win over Featherstone Rovers. The team display also earned the Rams the Kingstone Press Performance of the Week, while Kevin Penny’s length-of-the-field try at Halifax ... Read More »

Wigan injury blow ahead of World Club Challenge


Wigan half back or hooker Sam Powell has been ruled out of Saturday’s World Club Challenge after sustaining an ankle injury in training. An initial diagnosis has ruled him out of the game with Sydney Roosters whilst the full extent of the injury will be investigated by Wigan’s specialists on their return to the UK next week. Powell, who developed ... Read More »

Time to stop and think about Nines

9s RL is beginning to spread across the world!

  So how good did the Auckland Nines turn out to be? If unpredictability is a prerequisite of a tournament, we certainly got it as North Queensland Cowboys won their first ever bit of silverware, beating Brisbane Broncos in an all-Queensland final. If speed and skill is another important ingredient for a sporting contest, the weekend had it in spades, ... Read More »

Rugby League to be part of Commonwealth Games


The lead up to the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow will feature Rugby League as an exhibition sport, with an U19s 9s Championship involving five of the six Commonwealth Regions. The Rugby League Commonwealth Championship 2014 will be contested by South Africa, Canada, Jamaica, England, Scotland, Wales, Australia and Papua New Guinea, with the teams split into two groups. The matches ... Read More »

Kingstone Press Championship Match Previews


Sunday 16 February Sheffield Eagles v Rochdale Hornets (2.00pm) Sheffield Eagles look set to include Jon Ford and Will Hope when they open their Kingstone Press Championship campaign on Sunday. The pair joined the Eagles on season-long loan deals from Salford Red Devils and will now try to help Sheffield defend their title, but Rochdale Hornets coach Ian Talbot is ... Read More »

Record tumbles for opening match

Jermain McGillvary

Figures out today show the opening match of the 2014 First Utility Super League season, between Wigan Warriors and Huddersfield Giants, recorded the biggest television audience for a Round 1 fixture in the competition’s 19-year history. The match between the defending champions and the the 2013 League Leaders, on Friday February 7 drew a peak audience of 353,000 to Sky ... Read More »