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Championship preview: Sheffield Eagles v Barrow Raiders

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Sunday 2 March 2.00pm at Owlerton Stadium Sheffield Eagles make their home bow at Owlerton Stadium – their scheduled opener against Rochdale being a victim of the winter’s heavy rainfall – against a Barrow side who sit at the foot of the Championship table. The Eagles started their campaign with a 30-16 win at Swinton on Sunday with coach Mark ... Read More »

Dates for the diary: This week’s Rugby League fixtures

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Wednesday February 26 Championship Under-20 Leigh Centurions v Featherstone Rovers 7.30 Thursday February 27 First Utility Super League Salford Red Devils v St Helens 8.00 Sky Sports Academy Under-19 Salford Red Devils U19s v St Helens 5.30 Championship Under-20 Keighley Cougars v Sheffield Eagles 8.00 Friday February 28 First Utility Super League Catalan Dragons v Leeds Rhinos 8.00 Hull KR ... Read More »

Championship clubs enter Challenge Cup

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The draw for the third round of the 2014 Challenge Cup took place at the University of Gloucestershire’s Park Campus in Cheltenham last night when the 23 Kingstone Press Championships clubs entered the competition for the first time. The second-tier clubs joined the 11 winners from the second round ties in draw conducted by Maxine Melling, from the University of ... Read More »

Championship preview: Swinton Lions V Sheffield Eagles

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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

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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 »