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RFL confirms Ladbroke Challenge Cup sponsorship


The RFL has confirmed the news first revealed in this week’s issue of League Express, that it has agreed a three-year partnership with betting and gaming company Ladbrokes to become title sponsors of the Rugby League Challenge Cup, which will now be called the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup. The Ladbrokes Challenge Cup will be contested by 78 clubs drawn from the First Utility ... Read More »

Competition: Win one of five Partner Balls


Ever wished you could practise your passing technique without the help of a friend? Up until now it has been virtually impossible to do so due to the unpredictable bounce of a rugby ball, but an innovative invention has changed all that. According to its creators, the Partner Ball allows users to “perfect their spin pass, improve accuracy and efficiency ... Read More »

Hull FC and Doncaster to continue dual registration deal

Hull FC head honcho Lee Radford. ©RLPhotos

Hull FC have extended their dual registration partnership with Championship club Doncaster for a further 12 months, as both sides continue to forge strong links on and off the field. Following a successful first season in partnership, with a number of Black and Whites first team stars appearing on loan for the Dons, the two clubs have agreed to continue ... Read More »

Greg Bird fined for public urination

Bird in action against England at the recent Four Nations

Greg Bird has been fined for urinating on a police car less than 24 hours after getting married. The Australia and New South Wales star, 30, was charged by Byron Bay police on Sunday evening around 7.45pm. “My wife and I caught up with friends and family at The Beach Hotel on the Sunday night for dinner after which we ... Read More »

Crabtree “really excited” to play alongside Huby


Huddersfield Giants prop Eorl Crabtree is hoping he and new signing Craig Huby will form a devastating front-row partnership in 2015. The 32-year-old believes he was overworked last season due to a lack of depth in the forwards, but the arrival of Huby, as well as Jack Hughes and Oliver Roberts, should keep him fresher next year. “I’m really excited ... Read More »

Pitch invasion fine: Widnes and RFL release statement


The RFL and Widnes Vikings have accepted the decision of an independent Tribunal to fine the club £20,000 for serious breaches of the sport’s Operational Rules at the end of a Challenge Cup semi-final at Leigh Sports Village in August. The governing body and Widnes Vikings are continuing to work with all relevant agencies to bring to account the individuals ... Read More »

Oxford sign two force internationals for 2015


Oxford RL’s recruitment drive continues with the double signing of Jordan Andrade and Jamie Milburn, both forces internationals. Jordan had the special honour of carrying out the famous Challenge Cup at Wembley, ahead of this year’s final between Castleford Tigers and Leeds Rhinos. The 22-year-old who can either play as a back rower or as a prop, has served as ... Read More »

Widnes Vikings fined £20,000 for Challenge Cup pitch invasion


Widnes Vikings have been fined £20,000 after an independent tribunal found them guilty of serious breaches of RFL Operational Rules following crowd disturbances at the end of a Challenge Cup semi-final against Castleford Tigers played at Leigh Sports Village played on Sunday August 10. Widnes were found to be in breach of Operational Rule D1.8c (improper conduct), D1.10b (safety/misconduct of ... Read More »

James Feather pays himself out of Hawks contract


James Feather has paid an undisclosed fee to release himself from his contract with Hunslet and re-sign with Keighley. The 30-year-old agreed to join the Hawks and link up with former boss Barry Eaton in early October, when the Cougars were relegated from the Championship and Hunslet won the Championship One Grand Final. However, he had a change of heart ... Read More »

Ben Jones-Bishop should be running before Christmas


Salford Red Devils fullback Ben Jones-Bishop is targeting a return to full training just after Christmas and expects to be able to run without pain towards the end of December. The 26-year-old injured his anterior cruciate ligament playing for Leeds Rhinos in a home loss to Bradford at the start of August and described the problem as a “six month” ... Read More »