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Sheffield Eagles sign Sam Smeaton

Mark Aston has another new player on board.

Sheffield Eagles have confirmed the signing of Featherstone Rovers centre Sam Smeaton on a one-year contract. Smeaton becomes the Eagles eighth new signing following¬† Blake South, John Davies, Steve Thorpe, Jamie Langley, Ben Musolino and former Halifax duo Rob Worrincy and Tony Tonks. Smeaton has endured a frustrating last couple of years through injury, but is looking forward to getting ... Read More »

Hunslet Hawks sign Callum Casey

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Hunslet Hawks have further strengthened their squad for 2015, after confirming the signature of Halifax forward Callum Casey on a one-year deal. The 24-year-old has been a regular in the Fax side since joining the club in 2012, making 60 appearances across three seasons with the club, scoring 14 tries. He has played for Ireland in the European Championships this ... Read More »

Bulls in good hands with Lowes and Harrison, says Noble

Jimmy-Lowes-Bulls

Former Bradford Bulls head coach Brian Noble believes the club’s current coaching setup means the club is looking in good shape for 2015 – and says it’s the best state the club have been in for a “long while”. The shoots of revival under James Lowes were evident towards the end of last season, as the Bulls defeated the likes ... Read More »

Third party could help Keighley’s quest against RFL

Gary Fawcett

Keighley Cougars are considering using a third party to help them in their legal battle against the Rugby Football League, as they continue to seek financial compensation for their controversial relegation from the Championship. Chairman Gary Fawcett believes that the relegation could cost them up to ¬£250,000 in lost revenue, and is still fighting to get some sort of compensation. ... Read More »

Leigh have a “big name” signing to announce

Paul-Rowley

Leigh Centurions are preparing to announce what boss Paul Rowley describes as a “big name” signing at the beginning of December, as the club’s full-time squad for next season nears completion. After the announcement of three more signings last week, Rowley confirmed there is just one face left to announce. However, he assured Leigh fans that after all the hype ... Read More »

Former Bronco Drinkwater signs with NRL side

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Former London Broncos half-back Josh Drinkwater has secured a deal back in his native Australia, after signing for NRL side Wests Tigers on a two-year contract. Drinkwater only arrived in London for the beginning of the 2014 season after signing from St George, but left the capital following the Broncos’ relegation to the Championship. However, he has now managed to ... Read More »

UK Rugby League “not as strong” as it was, says Lowes

James-Lowes

Bradford Bulls head coach James Lowes believes that the standard of Rugby League in this country has “massively” decreased, and the game is not as strong in this country as it used to be. With a huge restructure of the domestic game in this country kicking off next year – a move which saw Bradford slip into the Championship for ... Read More »

Danny Addy: New league structure “not for me”

Danny-Addy

Bradford utility Danny Addy admits he is not a fan of Rugby League’s new structure, but insists the Bulls plan to use the system to return to Super League immediately. Instead of the traditional promotion and relegation method used in soccer, where the same number of teams promoted from a lower division are relegated from a higher division, Rugby League’s ... Read More »

Keighley Cougars victims of terrorist website hacking

Cougars-website

The official Keighley Cougars website was last night hacked by a pro-Isis group. Anti-terrorism police are investigating after the site was replaced with hateful messages and graphic images. A message posted on the club’s Twitter account said: “Apologies, the website has been hacked. The developers are working on it. Will let you know when it’s back up and running.” A ... Read More »

Opinion: Championship to start with a bang

Ryan Brierley

The RFL has copped a lot of criticism recently, and some of it justifiably so. But they deserved to be applauded both for the timing and organisation of the 2015 fixtures release, particularly when looking at it from a Championship angle. Just the simple fact that they announced all three divisions at the same time makes a difference to Championship ... Read More »