Workington head to Swinton with reduced squad after dispensation appeal rejected

Workington Town could travel to Swinton this weekend for their winner takes all play-off final against the Lions with only 12 players, after an appeal for dispensation to sign loan players for Sunday’s game was rejected by the Rugby Football League. The Cumbrian side appealed to the RFL on Tuesday evening for the option to draft players in on a…

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Charlton to target local game

Whitehaven Chairman Tom Todd is backing new coach Gary Charlton to become the club’s local hero. Charlton, who replaces Rochdale-bound Carl Forster, played for all four Cumbrian professional teams – Barrow, the long-gone Carlisle, Whitehaven and Workington. He has also coached Workington, but it’s his more recent spells at Egremont and Maryport that attracted Todd. Charlton, who will have former…

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Doncaster release trio

Doncaster have released Aaron Jones-Bishop, Jack Miller and Jason Muranka following the culmination of the season. The trio are all on the lookouts for new clubs after Doncaster finished third in League 1, but failed to reach the Promotion Final after losing to Workington. Chief executive Carl Hall said: “I would like to place on record my thanks to the…

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Bradford back in the Championship following Hitchcox hat-trick

Bradford Bulls secured their place in the Betfred Championship following a 27-8 victory over Workington in the League 1 Promotion Final. Jy Hitchcox scored a hat-trick as the Bulls coasted to victory following Fuifui Moimoi’s red card. John Kear’s side, who had been defeated twice by Workington during the league campaign, established a 12-2 lead at half-time through Hitchcox, George…

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Charlton to take over from Forster at Haven

Whitehaven have appointed Gary Charlton as the club’s new coach for the 2019 season, following the recent departure of Carl Forster, who will coach Rochdale Hornets in 2019. Charlton returns to coaching after having coached Workington Town from 2009 until 2014 and Egremont Rangers in the NCL. He most recently coached Maryport in the Cumbria Men’s League, but after a…

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How York turned pain into gain

York City Knights coach James Ford says the ambitious club turned last season’s pain into this year’s gain. Ford’s team faced Whitehaven as league leaders in Sunday’s big Bootham Crescent clash just short of a year since suffering an agonising 21-20 defeat by the Cumbrian side in a play-off semi-final at the Recreation Ground, which went to extra time. York…

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Championship and League 1 awards round-up

Toulouse Olympique fullback Mark Kheirallah was named the Championship’s player of the year in last night’s Championship and League 1 awards evening. Kheirallah was the top point scorer in the Championship finishing with 20 tries and 127 goals as his side finished in the top four to earn a place in the Qualifiers. Meanwhile, the Championship’s coach of the year…

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Extra play-off game branded ‘disgrace’ as RLPA work with RFL on resolution

The Rugby League Players Association are working with the RFL to avoid players being hit with disciplinary action if they are unavailable for the extra game to determine who plays Championship rugby in 2019 – as the late changes to the system were labelled a ‘disgrace’ by one of the coaches whose side could be involved. As part of the…

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