Saturday, December 27, 2014
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BULLS UNWRAP LAUAKI FOR CHRISTMAS

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BRADFORD BULLS have announced the signing of former Hull FC and Wigan prop forward Epalahame Lauaki on a two-year contract. Lauaki, 30, arrives from NRL side Manly Sea Eagles, where he spent the majority of last season after departing Wigan at the end of 2013. Prior to joining Wigan, the New Zealand and Tonga international played with New Zealand Warriors ... Read More »

Castleford & Featherstone name squads for festive clash

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Castleford Tigers and Featherstone Rovers have named their squads for their pre-season clash at the Mend-a-Hose Jungle on Sunday for the ‘XBlades Prince of Wales Hospice Challenge Trophy’. Daryl Powell has named a 20 man squad for a game, kicking off at 2.00pm, that will help raise funds for the Prince of Wales Hospice, with a bucket collection taking place ... Read More »

Featherstone sign NRL star Reni Maitua

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Featherstone Rovers have announced the signing of Australian utility forward Reni Maitua on a two-year deal, subject to Visa. Maitua is vastly experienced, and has made 174 NRL appearances during his career with Canterbury Bulldogs, Cronulla Sharks and Parramatta Eels. He also has three caps for Samoa where he played a part in their 2013 World Cup and 2014 Four ... Read More »

Hull KR and Halifax announce partnership

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Hull Kingston Rovers and Halifax RLFC have announced an exciting new partnership between the two clubs for the 2015 season. In what is the first arrangement of its kind for the Championship side, Halifax are set to benefit from a dual-registration agreement with the Robins next year that will allow them to select Super League standard players as part of ... Read More »

Fawcett: Cougars better spending money on squad than legal case

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Keighley Cougars chairman Gary Fawcett has confirmed the club has ended their legal dispute with the RFL – as first reported in League Express this past Monday (December 15). Fawcett and the Cougars have drawn a line under the issue, and the chairman says that with the 2015 season fast approaching, the club are better served spending their money on ... Read More »

Featherstone sign Wests Tigers star

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Featherstone Rovers have announced the signing of Australian Jy Hitchcox from NRL side Wests Tigers on a two year contract, subject to visa. The 25-year-old, who is comfortable in the fullback, wing and centre positions, played four times for West Tigers in 2014 and made a try scoring debut against Sydney Roosters in Round 23. The former Gold Coast Titans, ... Read More »

Hull FC and Doncaster to continue dual registration deal

Hull FC head honcho Lee Radford. ©RLPhotos

Hull FC have extended their dual registration partnership with Championship club Doncaster for a further 12 months, as both sides continue to forge strong links on and off the field. Following a successful first season in partnership, with a number of Black and Whites first team stars appearing on loan for the Dons, the two clubs have agreed to continue ... Read More »

Broncos: Joey Grima thankful for support

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London Broncos head coach Joey Grima has praised chairman David Hughes for his continued support ahead of their upcoming Championship campaign. The Broncos are remaining full-time despite their relegation from Super League in 2014, and Grima says with Hughes’ support, the club are well placed to gain promotion back to Super League at the first attempt in 2015. “Our chairman ... Read More »

Bulls: Jimmy Lowes relishing Championship challenge

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Bradford Bulls head coach James Lowes believes the club is in a similar position to when he first joined in the mid ’90s. At that time Bradford Northern had just become the Bulls and Lowes became a hero as the club enjoyed its most successful era. Now he has been handed the task of revitalising a Bulls outfit who suffered ... Read More »

Mathers to co-captain London Broncos in 2015

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Nick Slyney and Richard Mathers will share the on-field captaincy of London Broncos in 2015, while Ben Farrar has been named club captain. Wes Naiqama and Luke Adamson will complete a five-man senior players group. “I’m really pleased to have Nick and Richie as our captains for the season ahead,” said head coach Joey Grima. “They both have the respect ... Read More »