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Wildcats v Broncos: The squads


London boss Joe Grima and new Wakefield coach James Webster have named their 19-man squads ahead of Friday’s night’s crucial relegation clash at the Rapid Solicitor’s Stadium. The Broncos are almost at full strength, with only long-term absentee Keiran Dixon (three weeks from fitness) and Jordan Atkins (shoulder) out of contention. On his side’s chances of getting off the mark ... Read More »

Solly keen to boost Super League’s profile


This is an excerpt from a story published in this week’s issue of League Express newspaper, which is out in all good newsagents right now. If you can’t get your hands on a hard copy, click here to download a digital version to your computer or smartphone. Blake Solly finally got his feet under the table last week as Super ... Read More »

Tim Smith: I feel like a little kid at school again


On-loan Wakefield half-back Tim Smith has likened his return to the Wildcats to a young child going to school. The Australian has rejoined his old club on a season-long loan after failing to impress at Salford Red Devils. In the following video, he admits he wasn’t playing his best at Salford but insists he was putting maximum effort into every ... Read More »

Origin: Thurston unconfident in rookie half-back partner


Queensland stand-off Johnathan Thurston has described the prospect of rookie Ben Hunt filling in at scrum-half for the injured Cooper Cronk and Daly Cherry-Evans as “not ideal”. First-choice number seven Cronk (broken arm) is unlikely to play another part in this Origin series while understudy Cherry-Evans (knee) has a chance of making the second test but admitted he wasn’t confident ... Read More »

Challenge Cup: Semi-final venues revealed


The Rugby Football League (RFL) has announced the two stadiums set to host the semi-finals of the 2014 Challenge Cup. Leeds’ mouthwatering clash with Warrington will be held at Langtree Park – home of St Helens – while Castleford against Widnes will take place at Leigh Sports Village, home of the Centurions. Both ties will be televised on the BBC. ... Read More »

Blake Green agrees Melbourne Storm switch


Outgoing Wigan Warriors stand-off Blake Green has announced he is to join 2012 NRL Premiers Melbourne Storm at the end of the season. The 27-year-old revealed in an honest interview with League Express recently that a move back to Australia was always his plan, and he has penned a two-year deal with the Storm to play alongside the likes of ... Read More »

Daryl Powell proud of resilient players


Castleford coach Daryl Powell has added his voice to the growing campaign against video referees after claiming it cost his side a more comfortable win against Wigan in the Challenge Cup. In Saturday’s clash, which the Tigers won 4-16, Luke Dorn had a 28th-minute try ruled out for obstruction, which was extremely questionable. “The same video referee seems to be ... Read More »

Bulls youngster Bates signs new contract


Bradford Bulls’ utility forward Sam Bates, 18, has signed a new two-year contract with the club and will begin full-time training with the first-team squad later this month. Halifax-born Bates, a star of the club’s under-19s squad, has played two first-team games and aims to break into the squad on a permanent basis. “I am over the moon to be ... Read More »

Agar appointed at Warrington


Former Wakefield Trinity Wildcats coach Richard Agar has been appointed as the first-team coach at Warrington Wolves under the terms of a two-year contract. And head coach Tony Smith has also signed a new contract that will keep him at the Halliwell Jones Stadium until the end of the 2016 season, effectively ending speculation that he would return to Australia ... Read More »

Michael Shenton: England recall was always a goal


Castleford Tigers centre Michael Shenton has expressed his delight at being named in Steve McNamara’s England train-on squad and says it has always been a goal to get another chance at international level. The 27-year-old is one of three Tigers players to have made McNamara’s side and is tipped by many to start alongside Kallum Watkins in this autumn’s Four ... Read More »