Thursday, September 18, 2014
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Eagles and Crusaders win Championship polls

Crusaders

Sheffield Eagles and North Wales Crusaders were the clear winners in the League Express Readers’ Poll for clubs in the Championship. Eagles coach Mark Aston, who coached his side to the Championship title for the second straight year, is voted the Championship Coach of the Year, while his Papua New Guinean centre Menzie Yere wins the Player of the Year ... Read More »

Championship round-up: March to retire, Nixon injured

KEIGHLEY COUGARS coach Paul March has confirmed that the 2014 season will be his last as a player. March looks set for a lesser role on the field in the 2014 campaign. He told the Keighley News: “Obviously with Danny Jones and Paul Handforth being here, they will be the halfback combination and I will cover for them. “Fingers crossed ... Read More »

Leigh Centurions land Jake Emmitt coup

Leigh Centurions coach Paul Rowley admits he wasn’t looking for another forward, but he could not turn down the chance to sign Salford’s Jake Emmitt last week. Emmitt became the fifth Super League player to join the Centurions for 2014, following the captures of Oliver Wilkes, Tom Spencer, Alex Brown and Liam Kay. Wilkes and Spencer had already been joined ... Read More »

Paul Cooke to face familiar foe

Doncaster coach Paul Cooke and his close friend Lee Radford will both make their senior coaching debuts this Sunday. And they will make their debuts against each other. The former Hull FC team-mates and East Hull coaches will be on opposite sides when Doncaster take on the Black and Whites in a pre-season friendly. It will be the first official ... Read More »

My hopes for the 2014 Championship season

Championship

Gareth Walker chooses his key hopes for the Championship in 2014… It is that time when thoughts turn to fresh starts and wishes for the New Year. It’s also a crucial period for the entire professional game in this country – and not least in the Championship, which faces the prospect of being split almost in two by the proposed ... Read More »

Championship news: No more Rovers exits

Featherstone Rovers coach John Bastian says there will be no more departures from his squad, after Liam Finn, Jonny Hepworth and Lamont Bryan all left last week. Finn and Bryan were allowed to leave, with the scrum-half quickly joining Castleford, while Hepworth was forced to retire because of a persistent back injury. But Bastian already had a significant squad for ... Read More »

Championship news: Centurions confirm Kay

Leigh Centurions have formally confirmed the signing of much-coveted utility back Liam Kay. The former Wakefield junior has signed a two-year contract at the club after weeks of speculation. Kay was believed to be wanted by the Wildcats, last year’s dual-registration club Doncaster, and Championship big guns Featherstone and Halifax at different stages of the close-season. But he decided instead ... Read More »

Championship news: Swinton debt revealed

Swinton Lions have debts of over £100,000, a series of meetings last week revealed. The club’s Supporters’ Trust held an open meeting for fans last Monday night during which a series of figures were revealed. Among those was a £17,000 debt to HMRC that is the subject of a winding-up order for January. However, the club also has several other ... Read More »

Rams’ Buchanan banned for offensive tweet

Austin Buchanan in happier days at the Rams. ©DewsburyReporter

Dewsbury Rams player Austin Buchanan has been suspended for five matches by an RFL Operational Rules Tribunal after being found guilty of posting offensive material on the social media website Twitter. Buchanan was found to be in breach of RFL Operational Rule D1.8(c), engaging in conduct which is prejudicial to the interests of the game, and the RFL Respect Policy. ... Read More »

Featherstone youngster banned for racism

An RFL Operational Rules Tribunal has handed down an eight-match suspension to Featherstone Rovers player Bradley Knowles-Tagg after finding him guilty of racially abusing a Salford City Reds player in an Under-20s fixture on June 29, 2013. Knowles-Tagg was found to be in breach of Law 15.1(f) using offensive or obscene language and was charged with the Grade E offence ... Read More »