Toulouse ace Kheirallah knocks back Castleford interest

Toulouse Olympique star Mark Kheirallah has turned down the possibility of joining Castleford in order to stay with the promotion-chasing French club. Toulouse coach Sylvain Houles confirmed the club had received an enquiry from the Tigers about their star fullback, who has wowed the Championship with some dazzling displays. Cas’ head of rugby was in attendance as the French international…

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Super League clubs ramp up interest in Featherstone half-back Tom Holmes

As many as four clubs are showing an interest in Featherstone half-back Tom Holmes. Holmes, who was recently voted ninth in TotalRL’s list of the top 50 players in the Championship, has impressed during his first season at Rovers, as they push for a place in this summer’s Qualifiers. He has formed an impressive partnership in the Featherstone halves with…

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COLUMN: While the game dawdles over its future, the lower leagues are crumbling

The popular phrase is that while Nero fiddled, Rome burned (or something like that) – and while that isn’t completely and utterly true of British rugby league in 2018, it does ring true to some extent. It would not be an over-exaggeration to say that at present, the sport in this country finds itself at a fascinating, and slightly drawn-out,…

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League Express coach of the month: May nominations announced!

Welcome to the nominations for the inaugural League Express Coach of the Month award! Each month, we’ll be nominating four coaches from across the professional game, with an attempt made to pick at least one candidate from each of the sport’s three professional leagues. Then, we’ll throw the voting out to you for 24 hours on Twitter (you can follow…

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Leigh duo handed lengthy bans at disciplinary hearings on Tuesday

Leigh will be without duo Peter Mata’utia and Matty Dawson-Jones for the next month after both were handed lengthy suspensions by the RFL’s disciplinary panel. Mata’utia was issued a straight red card during the early stages of their Challenge Cup exit to Leeds last Friday, following a dangerous tackle on Rhinos hooker Matt Parcell. And, after pleading guilty to a…

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Remarkable Halifax living proof that money isn’t everything

There’s a general theme in professional sport that money is the key to success. It’s hard to argue with the facts. But there are occasional exceptions to that rule, and there is one living example in the Championship. In a division featuring huge budgets, four full-time teams and clubs with instant Super League aspirations, there’s a genuine threat to clubs…

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