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Crusaders looking for improvement


Former Bradford Bulls Super League star Michael Platt (pictured) will feature in the North Wales Crusaders side set to take on Leigh Centurions this Sunday as head coach Clive Griffiths looks to improve on their display against Widnes. The Wrexham-based side are likely to face an under-strength Centurions side – due to their game against Salford City Reds on Friday ... Read More »

Ashworth set for Saints debut

Ashworth in action for Rochdale u18s against Oldham

Rochdale based back rower Jack Ashworth is set to make his St Helens debut on Friday evening against Batley Bulldogs, just 12 months after signing for Saints from Rochdale Hornets. Ashworth was brought to the attention of St Helens academy staff following pre-season training with Rochdale last season and hasn’t looked back since, playing with the academy and training with ... Read More »

Featherstone ready to take on neighbours Castleford


Featherstone Rovers are gearing up for their fourth pre-season challenge of the year when local rivals Castleford Tigers visit the Big Fellas Stadium on Sunday. A bumper crowd is expected for the fixture which sees former Head Coach Daryl Powell return to Featherstone for the first time since he went back to Super League. Featherstone Rovers Head Coach John Bastian ... Read More »

Menzies set to be a Swinton leader, says Watson

Swinton player-coach Ian Watson. ©RLPhotos

Swinton Lions coach Ian Watson thinks his latest signing will become one of the club’s leaders this year. Luke Menzies, 25, joined the club from Hunslet following spells with Batley and Hull KR. He is a powerful and impressive prop forward measuring 6’1” and weighing in at nearly 17 stones. Swinton claim he was offered a contract at Widnes, where ... Read More »

Championship preview: Workington hoping for World Cup boost


Workington Town head coach Gary Charlton explains to Paul English why his club is heading in the right direction in the Championship in 2014… Workington Town will look to add to their squad as they continue their preparations for the new season. Town issued their squad numbers at the weekend with the list containing just 20 names and numbers. “We ... Read More »

Championship preview: Whitehaven have eyes on the six


Dave Woods tells Paul English about his hopes for Whitehaven’s 2014 season… Whitehaven coach Dave Woods is hoping that his side can nail a top six finish – a position that seemed likely last year until a slump in form at the end of the campaign. There’s been a big turnover in Woods’ squad, with nine new faces and 13 ... Read More »

A significant week for Championship clubs

Championship outfit Doncaster took on Hull last Sunday.

The future structure of the professional game will go a long way to being decided at two crucial meetings this week, even though they won’t include the Championship clubs. Instead, the Super League clubs are set for two meetings, on Tuesday and Friday, to discuss the future path for the sport. The meetings are likely to tackle two individual key ... Read More »

Championship round-up – 13th Jan, 2014

KEIGHLEY COUGARS’ plans for a £5 million redevelopment of their main stand have been submitted to Bradford Council. Plans are in place to use the current steel frame of the stand as part of a new design offering a host of facilities to the club and local community. The work would see a new capacity of 870 seats with terracing ... Read More »

Ian Watson takes Swinton Lions helm

Swinton Lions have 14 players training under Ian Watson, and the former Wales international is confident they will be competitive, despite the club’s recent troubles. Talks are taking place between the current owners and a consortium of local businessmen who are keen to take over the club. Watson has been kept up-to-date with the discussions, and for the last five ... Read More »

Readers’ poll: The best players, coaches and teams of 2013

Wigan won team of the year. ©RLphotos

SUPER LEAGUE Player of the year Danny Brough 52.5% Sam Tomkins 19% Jamie Peacock 15% Stefan Ratchford 7.5% Danny Kirmond 6% Young Player of the year Liam Sutcliffe 22% Adam Swift 21% Ben Currie 21% Jamie Shaul 20% Theo Fages 16% Mature Player of the year Jamie Peacock 50.5% Mickey Higham 31.5% Francis Meli 8% Jon Clarke 5% Ali Lauititi ... Read More »