Rugby League’s Greece Lightning: Stefanos Bastas

“I like Greece, I love my family and my friends, my plan is to return there, but only when this crazy and great adventure finishes.” Hemel Stags’ international recruit Stefanos Bastas tells Ash Hope about his “crazy and great“ RL adventure AMID the many comings and goings in League 1 during the close-season, an intriguing signing by Hemel Stags seemed…

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Denis Betts leaves role as England assistant coach

England head coach Wayne Bennett has made changes to his backroom staff following the announcement of his new two-year contract, with Denis Betts leaving his role as assistant coach. Paul Wellens will continue as Bennett’s assistant, with Jamie Peacock remaining as team manager alongside new recruit Chris Black, who joins as England’s Human Performance Lead. Speaking about the changes to…

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Five notable omissions from England’s train-on squads

The RFL revealed the two England Performance Squads on Wednesday and there were a number of surprises. Tom Johnstone earned a well-deserved call-up to the senior squad while London Broncos’ James Cunningham was a shock inclusion in the Knights set-up. But on the contrary, there were some notable absentees. Here are five of the most high-profile omissions from either train-on…

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Johnstone receives first England EPS call-up as first Knights squad revealed

Wakefield Trinity winger Tom Johnstone is among four new inclusions in Wayne Bennett’s England Elite Performance Squad for 2018 – while every English-based Super League club, plus London Broncos, has representation in Paul Anderson’s revived England Knights squad. Johnstone receives his call-up following an impressive start to the new season with high-flying Trinity. He is one of four new faces…

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Australia win Commonwealth Nines

In an outstanding two days of Rugby League, favourites Australia took all three Gold medals in the Rugby League Commonwealth Championships in Moreton Bay, Queensland, Australia on Friday and Saturday, writes Ian Golden. England once again failed to impress and failed to reach the semi-finals for the second tournament in a row, but Wales, who won bronze in 2014, regained…

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Famous Serbian and Russian clubs join forces

The rugby league clubs of Partizan Belgrade and CSKA Moscow have announced a joint initiative that will see Partizan tour Moscow from the 23-26th March, to initiate a twinning arrangement. Both are part of large multi-sport organisations and have a similar history, formed by the armies of Yugoslavia (Partizan) and the Soviet Union Red Army (CSKA). Respective presidents of their…

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