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2015 Magic Weekend fixtures set to thrill Newcastle

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The 2015 season marks the start of a new era for Rugby League and a new venue for Magic Weekend when the 12 First Utility Super League teams play a round of fixtures at St James’ Park, Newcastle on Saturday May 30 and Sunday May 31. Magic Weekend 2015 at the home of Newcastle United will feature three games on ... Read More »

Nigel Wood “checks pulse” in Pacific Islands

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To read an exclusive interview with the RFL and RLIF chief Nigel Wood, pick up issue 2,941 of Rugby League Express, available online now, or in all good newsagents tomorrow Nigel Wood has delivered his verdict on the state of international Rugby League after visiting Samoa and the Cook Islands while Down Under for the Four Nations. A release sent to the ... Read More »

Antonio Kaufusi signs with Canterbury Bulldogs

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Former London and Huddersfield forward Antonio Kaufusi has signed a two-year deal with NRL giants Canterbury Bulldogs. The 29-year-old, who has represented Australia, Tonga and Queensland, failed to make an impact with the Giants in 2014 and was at one point sent on a month-long loan to Bradford. With well over 200 games at elite level under his belt, though, he ... Read More »

Shayne Hayne calls time on 14-year career

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NRL referee Shayne hayne has announced his retirement from officiating professional Rugby League matches following 14 years and over 320 matches in charge. The 47-year-old, who will become a mentor to the game’s emerging whistleblowers, went out on a high in the 2014 NRL Grand Final. In total, the Australian has refereed four Grand Finals, 14 State of Origin matches, ... Read More »

James Donaldson out to achieve potential at Hull KR

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James Donaldson is relishing his “fresh start” at new club Hull Kingston Rovers and is determined to live up to the potential he showed as a youngster. The former England schoolboys forward, 23, joined the Robins at the end of the 2014 season following five tumultuous years at Bradford Bulls. With a two-year deal signed, he’s happy to be able ... Read More »

Deacon will be an outstanding coach, says Tomkins

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England full-back Sam Tomkins believes former Great Britain star Paul Deacon will be an “outstanding” coach. The former Bradford and Wigan pivot is currently on the coaching staff with both the Warriors and England, and many feel the 35-year-old is to thank for the impressive attacking exploits of both sides. “Everybody knows he was a great player and I think ... Read More »

Bobbie Goulding: England blew their best chance

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Former Great Britain half-back Bobbie Goulding believes England threw away their “best chance of winning a trophy in a long time” when they were dumped out of the Four Nations by New Zealand on Saturday. The 42-year-old thinks Steve McNamara’s men stuck to their structure too rigidly at times and also questioned leaving out Warrington utility Stefan Ratchford for all ... Read More »

Video: England stars react to New Zealand defeat

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Following another heartbreaking loss to New Zealand at the weekend, England crashed out of the Four Nations tournament. In this video, kindly provided by England TV, coach Steve McNamara and players Sean O’Loughlin, Sam Tomkins, Daryl Clark and Chris Hill offer their opinions. What do you think about this story? Discuss this and much more on or free fans’ forum. For ... Read More »

Four Nations highlights: New Zealand v England

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Extensive video highlights of England’s third Four Nations match of 2014, against New Zealand in Dunedin. For all the latest reaction, analysis, opinion and statistics, download the latest issue of League Express newspaper. What do you think about this story? Discuss this and much more on or free fans’ forum. For more Rugby League news and features, subscribe to League ... Read More »

Peacock: Canberra will be “fuming” with Hodgson

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Jamie Peacock believes Canberra Raiders will be “fuming” after a video featuring new signing Josh Hodgson destroying a door in a student flat was uploaded to YouTube and seen by thousands. The England hooker was with some of his team-mates following the final game of their Four Nations campaign. Speaking on the BBC’s Four Nations highlights show, Peacock said: “No-one ... Read More »