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Kingstone Press Championship

Championship preview: Swinton Lions V Sheffield Eagles

Richard Hawkyard. ©RLPhotos

Sunday February 23, 2014 Kick-off: 3.00pm Richie Hawkyard (pictured) could return for Swinton Lions, but Freddie Walker and Ben Warrilow are both still battling against shoulder injuries. Swinton earned a bonus point at Halifax last week, with two late tries from Andy Ackers narrowing the gap to just 10 points by full time. Lions coach Ian Watson said: “We were ... Read More »

Championship preview: Rochdale Hornets V Dewsbury Rams

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Sunday February 23, 2014 Kick-off: 3.00pm Rochdale Hornets are without Alex McClurg for their season opener, while Dewsbury Rams coach Glenn Morrison could name the same side that secured an 11-10 win over Featherstone Rovers last week. Morrison said: “We’ve built momentum over the pre-season and we’ve got a good result last week, but it’s only one win. “We’ve got ... Read More »

Championship preview: Whitehaven V North Wales Crusaders

Jono Smith, of North Wales Crusaders. ©RLPhotos

Sunday February 23, 2014 Kick-off: 3.00pm Whitehaven centres Stephen Fox and Scott McAvoy face late fitness tests, but coach Dave Woods expects both to be passed fit for Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship clash with North Wales Crusaders. Woods is aiming to make the most of home advantage on Sunday, when he hopes to steer Whitehaven to their first victory of ... Read More »

Championship preview: Featherstone Rovers V Halifax

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Sunday February 23, 2014 Kick-off: 3.00pm Matt James is Featherstone Rovers’ only injury concern ahead of Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship showdown with Halifax. Rovers are aiming to bounce back after a shock defeat to Dewsbury Rams last week. Featherstone coach John Bastian said: “We need to be a little bit smarter, and we’ve discussed that as a group. “We defended ... Read More »

Championship preview: Doncaster V Keighley Cougars

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Sunday February 23, 2014 Kick-off: 2.00pm Doncaster coach Paul Cooke has set his sights on starting the Kingstone Press Championship season with back-to-back victories. Doncaster won their opening match of the campaign, beating Workington Town 22-12 despite trailing 12-0 inside the first 10 minutes. But Cooke said: “A performance as gritty as that is no good if we put a ... Read More »

Stats zone: Milestones that can be reached this weekend

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Player milestones JAMAL FAKIR needs one appearance to reach 200 for his career. Fakir has played 169 games for Catalan Dragons since 2006, to go with 30 for France since 2004. NATHAN MASSEY needs one appearance to reach 100 for his career. Massey has played 79 games for Castleford since 2007, to go with loan appearances for Featherstone (3 games, ... Read More »

This week’s Rugby League fixtures

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Friday February 21 First Utility Super League Leeds Rhinos v Warrington Wolves 8.00 (Sky Sports) St Helens v Hull FC 8.00 Saturday February 22 First Utility Super League London Broncos v Salford Red Devils 3.00 The Tetley’s Challenge Cup East Leeds v Leeds Met University 2.00 Normanton Knights v Royal Air Force 2.00 Rochdale Mayfield v Wigan St Patricks 2.00 ... Read More »

Championship preview: Batley Bulldogs V Workington Town

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Sunday February 23, 2014 Kick-off: 2.00pm John Kear insists Batley Bulldogs are capable of bouncing back from last week’s 52-12 defeat against Leigh Centurions. Batley host Workington Town on Sunday, with both teams aiming for their first win of the Kingstone Press Championship season. Kear said: “As a coach you’ve got to look at what we did well, which wasn’t ... Read More »

Championship preview: Barrow Raiders V Leigh Centurions

Stuart Littler of Leigh Centurions. ©RLPhotos

Sunday February 23, 2014 Kick-off: 2.00pm Barrow Raiders coach Anthony Murray looks set to make three changes to the forward pack that lost to North Wales Crusaders last week. Dan Toal is struggling to face Leigh Centurions due to a dead leg, while Craig Briscoe and Joe Bullock are both unavailable. Murray said: “Leigh are probably tipped to be in ... Read More »

Swinton to play 2014 home fixtures in Leigh

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Swinton Lions will play their 2014 home fixtures at Leigh Sports Village, it has been announced. It is the second time the Lions have used the Centurions ground as their home, the first being when their plans to build a stadium were put on hold in 2012. The financially-troubled club narrowly avoided relegation last year and are tipped to be ... Read More »