Friday, August 29, 2014
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Saints sign seven scholarship starlets

Gen-19

St Helens have secured the services of seven young players, six of which hail from the Club’s ‘Outstanding’ Scholarship programme. Lewis Furlong, Robert Fairclough, Mike Weldon, Josh Eaves, Matthew Costello, Brad Billsborough and Matthew Lees have all put pen to paper on pro terms. Neil Kilshaw, Saints Player Performance Manager, said: “All seven players are a credit to their community ... Read More »

Academy: Rhinos hit out at new rating

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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 »

Academy in last-minute success

England’s Academy side overcame a determined French outfit at Castleford on Friday evening with tries in the final two minutes from Jack Johnson and Oliver Gildart. All looked lost with France leading 30-24 and England seemingly lacking ideas but two brilliant tries with Johnson finishing down the right and then Gildart racing away on the opposite wing left the French ... Read More »

England Academy name squad for France clash

Leeds youngster Elliot Minchella.

England have named a 20-man squad to face France in a one-off Test match at The Mend-A-Hose Jungle, Castleford (6.30pm) on Friday May 16. England coach John Winder, who oversaw two weekend training camps in Sheffield with his 36-man squad in preparation for the Test, said he had faced some tough decisions in selecting the best 20 players. “It was ... Read More »

Former cage fighter named in England Academy squad

Sam-Luckley

North Shields-born Sam Luckley swapped the octagon for the Rugby League field and has been named in England’s Academy squad. The Gateshead College student, 18, was a mixed martial artist before turning his hand to Rugby League. He is now on a one-month trial with Super League club Huddersfield Giants and in the running to play against France for the ... Read More »

England Academy aim for series whitewash

England Academy coach John Winder has challenged his side to improve on their 38-0 win over Wales Academy, when the nations meet for the second and final junior Test at Taffs Wells RFC near Cardiff on Friday evening (6.30pm). The Academy have been in camp since October 11, and Winder wants to round off what has been a so far ... Read More »

Tigers sign ten

Castleford Tigers have announced that 10 players have signed two-year professional contracts with the club, including seven who were on the Tigers’ Scholarship. Lee Alderson, a back row/centre joins from his amateur club Stanley Rangers, James Brown, a pivot/full back joins from Lock Lane while Nathanial Callaghan, a centre is from Hunslet Warriors. Three players have signed from Milford Marlins; ... Read More »

Wigan win Academy Grand Final

Wigan celebrate U19 Academy Grand Final win

ACADEMY UNDER-19 GRAND FINAL LEEDS RHINOS 10 WIGAN WARRIORS 34 PAUL ENGLISH, Headingley Carnegie Stadium, Saturday 28th Sept 2013 Wigan Warriors finished their season in style by scoring 20 points in the last half hour, with skipper George Williams and centre Chris Taylor both grabbing a brace of tries. Williams, the stand-in skipper in the long-term absence of injured captain ... Read More »