Greece look to Defend Title in 2nd Balkan Championship

Four nations will contest the second Balkan Championship in Serbia, between the 6-8 October. Hosts Serbia and holders Greece will be joined by Bulgaria and Bosnia & Herzegovina for this groundbreaking, now two-year-old, eastern Europe event. The inaugural Championship was played three years ago, Greece – who have since undergone administrative change – defeating Serbia 50-22 in the final. “We…

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Balkan Super League Finalists Decided

Four Serbian sides will contest the semi-finals of the inaugural Balkan Super League on 4 November.  In this, the first international club comopetition of its kind in the region, eight teams were entered: five from Serbia plus Bulgarians, Lokomotiva Sofia, Kadikoy Bulls (the champions of Turkey) and Bosnian side Vitez. “This has been a major boost for the sport here,…

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Leigh name 19-man squad for Widnes clash

Leigh Centurions have named loanee Nick Rawsthorne in their 19 man squad to face Widnes on Thursday night. Rawsthorne goes straight into the squad following his arrival from Hull FC on a month-long deal. The 21 year-old is one of four changes made to the squad that beat Wigan 50-34 last time out. Joining Rawsthorne in to the 19 is…

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Hemel confirm opening friendly

Hemel Stags have confirmed that their pre-season programme will get underway this Saturday, when they face Wakefield Trinity’s Academy side at Castleford Panthers’ ground. The Stags had hoped the game would be played at Dewsbury’s Tetley’s Stadium, but their new pitch was not going to be ready in time. Instead, the Raglan Close ground will host the game, which kicks…

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Printable 2017 fixture cards for Super League, Championship & League 1

We have created special fixture cards that you can download and print completely free of charge. No matter who you support – whether it’s Super League champions Wigan Warriors or League 1 newcomers Toronto Wolfpack – you can find their 2017 regular season fixtures here and print them for your own use. Please note all fixtures are subject to change.…

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Tigers name Boxing day squad

Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell has named a 27 man squad to take on Hull FC in the inaugural Harrison-Bryan Trophy at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Boxing Day. As reported in League Express on December 5, Michael Shenton makes his long-awaited return from injury, while new signings Zak Hardaker, Greg Eden and Jesse Sene-Lefao are amongst those in line for…

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NRL launches 2017 Telstra Premiership draw

The reigning Premiers, the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks, will open the 2017 Telstra Premiership in a blockbuster match against the Brisbane Broncos. NRL CEO Todd Greenberg today launched the 2017 schedule, which includes a reduction in five day turnarounds, the introduction of a 6pm Friday game and matches in every mainland State of Australia. The season will kick off with the Downer…

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Toronto to face five opening away games in League 1

New League 1 club the Toronto Wolfpack have been handed five successive away matches to open their inaugural league campaign in 2017. The Wolfpack will open the season with a trip to London Skolars on Saturday 4 March, and they will then play successive away games against Whitehaven, Keighley Cougars, Doncaster and North Wales Crusaders, before they play their first…

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Hull KR to host Bulls in Championship opening weekend

Hull Kingston Rovers will host Bradford Bulls in the opening weekend of the 2017 Kingstone Press Championship competition on Sunday 5 February, while the season will begin the previous day when newly promoted Toulouse host Batley Bulldogs in France. The Championship season begins a week earlier than the Super League season, and the RFL has produced a first weekend of…

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