Catalans Dragons WILL defend the Challenge Cup in 2019

Challenge Cup holders Catalans Dragons WILL defend their title next season, Total Rugby League understands, after reaching an agreement with the RFL in the last 24 hours. A proposal had been pitched by the RFL to the Dragons, as well as Championship duo Toronto and Toulouse, that they lay out a bond believed to be in the region of £750,000…

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Thomas Minns given 16-month ban after testing positive for cocaine last year

Former Hull KR and Leeds centre Thomas Minns has been handed a backdated 16-month ban for taking cocaine. Minns tested positive following an in-competition test last March, after Hull KR played against Huddersfield. Minns later revealed he took the substance on Mother’s Day, having struggled to cope with the death of his mother. And he has now discovered his fate…

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Donaldson signs one-year deal with Rhinos

Former Hull Kingston Rovers forward James Donaldson has signed a one-year contract with Leeds Rhinos after impressing coach David Furner while on trial with the club in recent weeks. Originally from Cumbria, Donaldson spent four seasons with Hull Kingston Rovers before leaving them at the end of last season. He made 73 Super League appearances for Bradford Bulls between 2009…

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Former directors bid to take over Cougars

Former Keighley Cougars Chairman Mick O’Neill, is spearheading a consortium to save the club. O’Neill has teamed back up with his co-director from the heydays of ‘Cougarmania’, Mike Smith, and company secretary Tim Wood, along with supporters and members who remained solidly behind the club. O’Neill and Smith ran the club in the 1990s, winning two Championships, promotion to the…

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What’s Inside League Express: 7 January edition

It’s the first edition of League Express in 2019 – and we’re certainly starting with somewhat of a bang! There’s been plenty happening in the world of the greatest game in the first week of 2019, and we’ve got it all covered in this week’s edition. What’s more, there’s no need to wait until Monday to read it; from 9:30pm…

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Hull KR switch location of pre-season game

Hull Kingston Rovers have confirmed that their scheduled pre-season game against Widnes Vikings on Sunday 13th January has been rearranged to be played at the LD Nutrition Stadium, the home of Featherstone Rovers, with a 2.00pm kick-off. Following the collapse of a floodlight at KCOM Craven Park the stadium remains closed until further notice, with work on going to secure…

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Super League to consider introducing two referee system for 2020 season

Super League will seriously consider the possibility of introducing the two referee system, as seen in the NRL ,as early as the 2020 campaign. The competition will unveil its rule changes for the 2019 campaign on New Year’s Day, as reported in this past Monday’s edition of League Express. Changes that will include the introduction of a golden point and…

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