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Sean O’Loughlin wins Wigan player of the year award

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Wigan captain Sean O’Loughlin has been voted player of the year at the club’s end-of-season awards dinner. It caps off a great week for the 31-year-old, who signed a new three-year contract last week and has been named England skipper for the forthcoming Four Nations competition. Matty Smith picked up the coaches’ player of the year award, while impressive winger ... Read More »

Reports: Justin Poore may have to call time on career

Justin Poore. ©TonyFoster

Former State of Origin prop Justin Poore may be forced to call time on his impressive career aged just 29. The Hull KR stalwart fractured his knee cap in a match against Catalan Dragons on Easter Monday and was expected to return to action next April. However, the injury is proving difficult to overcome and, according to the Hull Daily ... Read More »

Todd Carney vows to learn from mistakes in Super League

Todd Carney is a former Dally M Medal winner and is recognised as one of the best half-backs on the planet

Former Australia and New South Wales star Todd Carney has vowed to learn from his mistakes as he starts a new life in Super League with Catalan Dragons. The 28-year-old, who was sacked from Cronulla Sharks and deregistered by the NRL following a lewd image of him going viral, penned a three-year deal with the French club last month. The ... Read More »

Hohaia gets one-match ban for Flower incident

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St Helens half-back Lance Hohaia has received a one-match ban for striking Ben Flower in Saturday’s Grand Final. The New Zealander submitted an early guilty plea after being charged with a Grade B offence. We believe Flower will learn his fate tonight. He is guaranteed to be given at least an eight-match suspension after he was charged with a Grade ... Read More »

NRL: Burgess leaves Bunnies with five awards

Sam Burgess

Union-bound Sam Burgess picked up a clean sweep of awards at South Sydney’s end-of-season dinner last night. The 25-year-old, who ended his NRL career in style by winning the Grand Final with a fractured cheekbone, was named fans’ player of the year, players’ player and clubman of the year. He also picked up the George Piggins medal – given to ... Read More »

Escare out as France name 18-man squad for Ireland clash

Morgan Escare is one of Super League's best full-backs but misses out through injury

French boss Richard Agar has named his 18-man squad for this Saturday’s game against Ireland in the European Championship. Catalan Dragons’ star full-back Morgan Escare has been omitted after failing to recover from a hip injury. Despite losing their best player, the French are still clear favourites to win the competition. France’s 18-man squad to face Ireland Jean-Philippe Baile (St ... Read More »

Australia name 10 rookies in Four Nations squad

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Kangaroos coach Tim Sheens has named his squad for this month’s Four Nations. Due to some high profile absentees – Billy Slater and Paul Gallen are among those injured or suspended – a whopping 10 rookies have been named. “We have a really good blend of experience and youth,” Sheens said. “The positive for me is the experience that even ... Read More »

Revealed: England’s strongest 17 as chosen by you

There was no place in your side for Leeds' Zak Hardaker

Last week, we offered our readers the chance to pick England’s strongest starting lineup and substitutes from the 24-man Four Nations selected by Steve McNamara. Nearly 2,000 of you voted – here are the results: Full-back Sam Tomkins (New Zealand Warriors) 67% Nearest challenger Zak Hardaker (Leeds Rhinos) 30% Left wing Ryan Hall (Leeds Rhinos) 83% Nearest challenger Joe Burgess ... Read More »

Flower AND Hohaia charged by RFL match review panel

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Both Ben Flower and Lance Hohaia have been charged with disciplinary offences following their fight in Saturday’s Grand Final. Wigan’s Flower has been charged with the Grade F offence of violent and aggressive punching/punching an off-guard opponent (Lance Hohaia) in the second minute of the match. Hohaia has been charged with the Grade B offence of striking Flower with the ... Read More »

Wane to Wigan: Create mayhem, be reckless

Shaun-Wane

A video has emerged online depicting Wigan coach Shaun Wane winding up his players and encouraging them to “knock people out” in order to win a match. In the aftermath of Ben Flower’s horrific sending off in the Grand Final, our Twitter feeds have been full of people directing us to the below clip, which, we must warn you, contains ... Read More »