Monday, January 26, 2015
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Author Archives: Paul English

James Roby: A deserved Harry Sunderland winner


When St Helens hooker James Roby was named as the man of the match in the 2014 First Utility Super League Grand Final, not only was it a fitting reward for his efforts over 80 minutes at Old Trafford, but it also recognised his leadership qualities. The loss of team-mate Lance Hohaia in the third minute robbed St Helens of ... Read More »

Academy: Rhinos hit out at new rating


The Rugby Football League has issued its annual assessment of the Academies run by Super League clubs and the governing body claims that they are “performing at an all-time high”. However, Leeds Rhinos chief executive Gary Hetherington has questioned the audit after his club, which was rated as a Grade 1 Academy in 2013, saw its rating drop to 3 ... Read More »

Is Super League set for two referees?

The RFL has been trialling two referee matches at academy level

Super Legue and the Championship could see two referees in action at games next season, if experiments being undertaken at Academy level are successful. Phil Bentham and Matthew Thomason trialled out the system in the Hull FC v Warrington under-19s encounter a week ago. Tim Roby and Chris Kendall continued the experiment as Castleford entertained Huddersfield on Thursday, and two ... Read More »

Gateshead Thunder taken over by Newcastle Falcons


Gateshead Thunder have revealed that the club has new owners in the form of Newcastle Rugby Limited, the company that is owned by Newcastle Falcons Chairman Semore Kurdi. It means that both Thunder and the Falcons, who play in the Aviva Premiership, will be under the same ownership. “We will have the same owner as Newcastle Falcons, but it is ... Read More »

Preview: This afternoon in Championship One


Gloucestershire All Golds v Hunslet Hawks 3.00pm at the Prince of Wales Stadium Sam Te’o could be in line for his Gloucestershire All Golds debut after the club announced his signing earlier this week. Te’o joins from Rochdale Hornets and will pose another threat to Hunslet Hawks in a match Hunslet coach Barry Eaton is labeling as his side’s toughest ... Read More »

Championship preview: Workington Town v Sheffield Eagles


Sunday 3.00pm at Derwent Park Workington Town coach Phil Veivers could be boosted by the returns of Jarrad Stack, Graeme Mattinson and Karl Olstrum for Sunday’s match against Sheffield Eagles. However Elliott Miller, Callum Phillips and Liam McAvoy are all expected to be unavailable. Town are just two points adrift of a play-off place, and will be desperate to claim ... Read More »

Championship preview: Rochdale Hornets v Whitehaven


Sunday 3.00pm at Spotland Stadium Sunday’s meeting between Hornets and Whitehaven is a clash between the two clubs with close links to St Helens, both clubs having made good use of partnership agreements with the Super League outfit and a number of St Helens players have appeared for both clubs. However it is not unique, last season London Broncos had ... Read More »

Championship preview: Swinton Lions v Dewsbury Rams


Sunday 3.00pm at Leigh Sports Village Winger Freddie Walker looks set for a spell on the sidelines after suffering ankle ligament damage against York City Knights, but Swinton Lions coach Ian Watson is hopeful that both Josh Barlow and Luke Menzies will be fit to face the Rams. Chris Atkin is unavailable after being selected for England Students and Anthony ... Read More »

Championship preview: Barrow Raiders v Featherstone Rovers


Sunday 3.00pm at Craven Park Barrow have agreed a dual registration deal with Salford Red Devils and could hand Championship debuts to a number of players. Recently appointed head coach Bobbie Goulding included new signings Mick Govin and Michael Dengate in the Challenge Cup tie at Keighley a week ago. Liam Hulme, son of former Great Britain international Paul Hulme, ... Read More »

Championship preview: Batley Bulldogs v Keighley Cougars


Sunday 2.00pm at the Love Rugby League Stadium Batley Bulldogs fullback Miles Greenwood is on the verge of his 100th career try. Greenwood has 98 tries to his name, 24 in Batley colours. He has previously played with Widnes Vikings, Leigh Centurions, Halifax and Oldham. The Bulldogs will have loan pair Kyle Trout and Alex Brown available after the duo ... Read More »