Kilshaw and Rochdale ready for ‘game of the weekend’ against Batley

Rochdale coach Alan Kilshaw believes Sunday’s clash with Batley could be the Championship’s game of the weekend. Hornets are looking to move further away from the Championship relegation zone following victory against Bradford last weekend, and Kilshaw is expecting a much sterner test for his side than earlier in the season. On that occasion, Rochdale lost a thrilling and controversial…

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Diskin keen for Batley to build momentum ahead of Rochdale clash

Batley coach Matt Diskin is eager for his side to begin to build momentum ahead of the split for the Super 8s – after admitting they were “exceptionally lucky” the last time they met Sunday’s opponents Rochdale. The Bulldogs were 38-34 winners in a dramatic and thrilling encounter earlier in the season, winning the game at the death thanks to…

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Wanna be a Theatre Star? Casting call for `Rugby League in the Blood’

‘Rugby League in the Blood’ is a new play, currently at its final draft stage, which is based on the shared memories of members of the Oldham and Rochdale communities and tells the story of the special relationship between Rugby League and those two towns. Rugby League’s official charity arm, Rugby League Cares, is on the look-out for performers and…

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Rochdale seal Summer Bash comeback over Oldham

Rochdale Hornets came from 18-points down to seal a remarkable 38-28 win over Oldham Roughyeds at the Summer Bash. Alan Kilshaw’s side trailed 26-8 shortly after the half hour mark as their Manchester rivals looked certain to take the points but five tries, with only a penalty goal coming in reply, saw them complete a sensational turnaround in front of the Sky…

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Grading every Championship club’s first half of the regular season

Hull Kingston Rovers (1st): A Heading into the season, the Robins couldn’t really win. Everyone expected them to take the Championship by storm, so their current position at the top of the league is no real surprise to anybody. But their efforts so far this season should not be underestimated. The Robins haven’t had it easy in games with London,…

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REPORT: Atkin drop goal seals dramatic win

Swinton Lions 23-22 Rochdale Hornets A late Chris Atkin drop goal sealed a dramatic victory for Swinton Lions over Manchester rivals Rochdale Hornets. Mike Butt put Swinton ahead within the opening minute after the Lions had retrieved an attempted short kick off. Penalties from Atkin saw Swinton 10-0 in front but Lewis Galbraith went over for Rochdale before two kicks…

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Rochdale on the Rise

Gareth Walker, the Championship correspondent of League Express, pays tribute to Rochdale Hornets as they prepare to face Hull Kingston Rovers on Sunday in a clash between two unbeaten clubs. Eighteen months ago, while Hull Kingston Rovers were featuring in a Challenge Cup final at Wembley, Rochdale Hornets were missing out on the League One play-offs. Fast-forward to this weekend, and…

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Hornets ready to welcome Hull KR

Promoted Rochdale Hornets have started life in the Kingstone Press Championship with two impressive wins over Dewsbury Rams and Bradford Bulls and currently sit at the top of table. Coach Alan Kilshaw said: “I expected us to start the season well and nothing surprises me about our group of players, they’re young, hungry and have no fear. It’s two games…

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Hornets face crucial test on Sunday

While Wigan Warriors will face Cronulla Sharks in the World Club Challenge on Sunday, a few miles to the east Rochdale Hornets will face their own mighty challenge, when they welcome Hull Kingston Rovers a Kingstone Press Championship top of the table clash between two unbeaten sides, after they picked up their second win from as many games over Bradford…

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Extra Miles – Rochdale star Greenwood on combining his playing duties with his coaching role

This article was first published in Rugby League World. Want to read more articles like this? Get Rugby League World every month in stores or by purchasing online at totalrl.com/RLW. Ask the majority of Rugby League players what they make of the build-up to the big kick-off, and you’ll get a negative response. However, Miles Greenwood is an exception to…

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