Pre-season round-up: Fev overcome Leeds as Saints edge out Leigh

Featherstone Rovers ended their pre-season campaign undefeated as they defeat Betfred Super League champions Leeds Rhinos 18-16. The Rhinos, who fielded a mixed side consisting of a handful of first-team stars, pushed the Championship side throughout and overturned a 14-0 deficit to lead going into the final two minutes. Ben Barba scored twice as St Helens defeated Leigh Centurions 24-20.…

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Salford confirm “suspected serious” injury to Manu Vatuvei

Salford Red Devils are waiting to learn the extent of a training-ground injury sustained by winger Manu Vatuvei. The Tongan international broke down in training on Friday and is feared to have suffered a serious Achilles injury. Salford are now awaiting results of a scan to determine the severity of the injury. “It’s terribly unfortunate that Manu has sustained an…

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Strathmore Silverbacks are flying the flag for Scotland as the Challenge Cup gets underway

FORFAR is probably best known for its bridies, a steak-and-pastry snack said to have originated in the Scottish town in the middle of the 19th Century. Now Rugby League converts Stuart Gray and Dave Vernon, a player development coach for Scotland’s governing body, are aiming to give the game’s oldest amateur side food for thought in the first round of…

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Salford reject Lui bid from Hull KR

Salford Red Devils have rejected a bid from Hull Kingston Rovers for halfback Rob Lui. The Robins have been linked with a move for 27-year-old throughout the off-season, with Tim Sheens keen to reunite with the former North Queensland halfback following their time together at Salford. However, the Red Devils have knocked back the club’s offer, while also stating the…

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New players’ union in talks to remove controversial clause from contracts in 2018

The relaunched players’ union fronted by former Great Britain forward Garreth Carvell have revealed they are in discussions with the RFL about potentially changing the clause which allows clubs to tear up a players’ contract upon relegation from Super League. Carvell is at the forefront of the new-look Rugby League Players Association, which is working in unison with GMB to…

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England set four-year plan for next coach as Denver and Bennett announcements close

Acting RFL CEO Ralph Rimmer has revealed that the sport’s governing body hope to announce the next England coach and a proposed friendly against New Zealand in Denver before the end of this month – before Rimmer also admitted he is interested in succeeding Nigel Wood on a permanent basis. Rimmer, who is in interim charge following Wood’s departure, has…

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