Broken leg overshadows Wales win

A BROKEN leg suffered by Matty Barron overshadowed a comfortable victory for Wales against a spirited Keighley side. The game – the latest to raise funds for Danny Jones’ wife Lizzie and young twins Bobby and Phoebe – was marred by Newcastle Thunder prop Barron’s injury and Welsh boss John Kear agreed, commenting: “Matty has broken his tibia and fibia so…

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Newcastle appoint experienced Australian as new head coach

Newcastle Thunder have announced that  Michael Mantelli will be the club’s new head coach after agreeing a two year contract ahead of the 2016 Kingstone Press League 1 season. A vastly experienced coach, Mantelli’s credentials include over eight years with the Canberra Raiders as assistant and then head coach of their National Youth Competition (U20) side, alongside international experience from the…

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RFL and BBC agree new Challenge Cup deal

The RFL and BBC have agreed a deal that will see the broadcaster continue to televise the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup and highlights of the First Utility Super League until 2020. The deal ensures that the Challenge Cup final will continue to be broadcast live on the BBC until 2020 and that the BBC will broadcast live matches in the sixth…

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League 1 Previews

Totalrl.com looks ahead to all the games that are taking place in League 1 this week. Thursday, August 20 York City Knights v North Wales Crusaders (7.30pm) Following their 30-22 victory at London Skolars, which keeps them in second place, York City Knights face a busy time over the next few days. Following the game against North Wales Crusaders they…

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Thunder parent company to buy Kingston Park

Newcastle Rugby, the company that owns both Newcastle Falcons and Newcastle Thunder, has agreed to purchase the freehold of Kingston Park Stadium from Northumbria University. The deal will see Newcastle Rugby once again own the ground after it was sold in 2007 to Northern Rock. The University then purchased the ground from Northern Rock in 2008 and the ground has been leased…

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Thunder too strong for York as Newcastle weekend kicks off

Newcastle Thunder raced into a 24-4 half-time lead tonight against York City Knights at Kingston Park before the Knights recovered somewhat in the second half, but not enough to prevent Thunder winning 32-14 and moving into second place in the Kingstone Press League One table behind Oldham on points difference. In front of a crowd of 2,557 Thunder scored four…

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