Dewsbury dip into the Australian market, but they’re not done yet

Dewsbury Rams have sured up the half-back position after the premature retirement of Gareth Moore, adding Australian Jacob Thomas for the 2019 season. The 25-year-old can also cover at fullback, and arrives at the club from Queensland-based club Normanby Hounds, taking up a teaching position in Leeds after completing a teaching degree back home. Previously playing under the stewardship of Ben…

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Flatman excited by York’s huge Championship opener against Toronto

York chairman Jon Flatman says their mouthwatering Championship opener against title favourites Toronto will be a fitting way to begin the 2019 campaign. The Knights’ first game back as a second-tier side is a tussle against Brian McDermott’s Wolfpack, who are overwhelming favourites to be promoted having narrowly missed out in 2018. And Flatman, who insists York did not formally…

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Batley have smashed Twitter again… with the help of Robert Hicks

A few weeks ago, Batley had Rugby League fans in hysterics when Battler the Bulldog was videoed picking up French ace Louis Jouffret from the airport. Well, they’ve done it again. In anticipation of their annual Boxing Day clash against fierce rivals Dewsbury, Battler is seen on video preparing for the big day. But there’s an unwelcome visitor at the…

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Yorkshire Cup returns for 2019

Championship and League 1 clubs have outlined their plans to resurrect the Yorkshire Cup. Eight clubs from Championship, League 1 and the amateur game will take part in a pre-season knockout tournament to determine the champions of the county. Batley, Bradford, Dewsbury, Featherstone, Halifax and York will take six of the spots, and they’ll be joined by League 1 side Hunslet and…

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Featherstone Rovers confirm Carr as head coach

Featherstone Rovers have confirmed the appointment of Ryan Carr as their new head coach, following the shock departure of John Duffy to Leigh Centurions. The 30-year-old joins on a two-year deal, heading over to the UK from New South Wales Cup side Mounties, having also being involved in the academy set-ups at Cronulla Sharks and South Sydney Rabbitohs, while during…

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Toronto and Toulouse will NOT play in the Challenge Cup

Toronto Wolfpack and Toulouse Olympique have confirmed they will NOT be entering the Challenge Cup next season. The two Championship clubs have omitted themselves from the competition, and will not partake in the Round Four when Championship sides join the competition. Last season saw the Wolfpack crash out to Warrington Wolves in the sixth round, while Toulouse chose not to…

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