Grady happy to be the underdogs as North Wales go hunting history at Blackpool

It seems an unusual set of ingredients when you consider there is rugby league history to be made this weekend. North Wales Crusaders are hardly the highest profile side on these shores. Blackpool is hardly a backdrop steeped in the sport’s history. But on Saturday, Mike Grady’s side head to the seaside looking to win the League 1 Cup for…

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Leeds comfortably dispatch of League One Raiders

Leeds Rhinos recorded 13 tries as they comprehensively dispatched of Barrow Raiders 72-10, booking their place in the Challenge Cup quarter-finals. Joel Moon completed a first half hat-trick with Ryan Hall, Matt Parcell and Ash Handley opening up a 32-4 half time lead, Luke Cresswell with Barrow’s reply. Handley completed his brace early in the second half before Stevie Ward took Leeds over the…

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Barrow Raiders pull off impressive coup with Charnock signing

BARROW Raiders have acted swiftly to plug the gap left by the departed Chris Hankinson by swooping for former St Helens and Bradford Bulls stand-off Lewis Charnock. The 22-year-old, who has signed a two-year deal, is set to partner Jamie Dallimore in the half-backs and he is itching to show his value to the Craven Park outfit. “I cannot wait…

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Martyn Sadler: What next for Cumbria?

For years, the state of Rugby League in Cumbria has been a topic that has generated plenty of interest from around the sport. However, the debate is currently gaining more interest than ever after Workington and Whitehaven suffered relegation to Kingstone Press League 1, where they will compete alongside Barrow should they be unable to achieve promotion to the Championship through…

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PREVIEW: Toulouse and Rochdale clash for automatic promotion

Toulouse Olympique continued their unbeaten run last weekend with a 44-22 victory over Barrow Raiders – and they know one more victory this weekend, against Rochdale Hornets, will secure promotion to the Championship. Coach Sylvain Houles was pleased with his side’s performance against the Raiders and said: “It was a very important win for us against Barrow. We wanted to finish…

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Promotion Play-off would be a ‘logistical nightmare’ for Barrow

Barrow coach Paul Crarey has said his side will give nothing less than 100 percent when they face Toulouse on Saturday, even though a win and a second-placed finish would leave them facing a “logistical nightmare”. Should the Raiders finish second after this weekend’s fixtures, they would immediately face a return trip to the south of France to face Toulouse…

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Warrington’s friendly postponed

Tonight’s game between Barrow Raiders and Warrington Wolves has been cancelled. Warrington confirmed on Twitter that the game had been called off due to the bad weather conditions that have affected most of the country. Sorry to report that tonight’s game v @BarrowRaiders has been called OFF, pitch conditions are not playable. — Warrington Wolves (@wolvesrl) January 29, 2016 The Wolves will…

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