Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Gareth Ellis has a fresh focus

Gareth Ellis. ©RLPhotos

Hull FC have announced that former Wakefield, Leeds and Wests Tigers star Gareth Ellis will continue as their captain for the 2014 season. Ellis took the role at the beginning of the last campaign, but his season was hampered by an injury he suffered in the warm-up at Headingley before the Black and Whites’ first game of the season. After ... Read More »

BJ Mather heads down under

Barrie-Jon Mather, currently the Head of Elite Player Development and England Team Manager with the RFL, will head to Australia next month to take up new job with New South Wales Rugby League. Mather will become the General Manager, Football of the NSWRL, with a role that will see him overseeing competitions including the VB NSW Cup, the Ron Massey ... Read More »

Talking Rugby League: A league structure that will work


Martyn Sadler suggests a way forward in the debate about new league structures. This week the Super League clubs will meet with representatives of the RFL to discuss the structure of governance of their competition, which they will do tomorrow (Tuesday), and the structure of the leagues themselves, which they will talk about on Friday. The RFL would like to ... Read More »

Leeds Rhinos win Social Media accolade


Leeds Rhinos have been ranked as the fifth best professional sports club in the country in terms of how the club promotes itself via social media. In a report produced by the Sport Social Media Index, the Rhinos were ranked fifth in a ‘league table’ of 148 professional football clubs, rugby clubs of both codes and county cricket clubs in ... 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 »

Sam Thaiday loses Brisbane Broncos captaincy

Sam Thaiday. ©ActionPhotographics

Queensland Origin coach Mal Meninga claims Brisbane Broncos’ decision to strip their captaincy from Sam Thaiday could be a master stroke – even though Meninga knows the World Cup forward will be hurting emotionally. Thaiday agreed to hand over the leadership of the club last week to new co-captains Corey Parker and Justin Hodges. Coach Anthony Griffin told Thaiday a ... Read More »

Wigan fans queuing up for World Club Challenge

Wigan fans. ©RLphotos

Wigan Warriors are expecting more than 1,000 fans to follow them for their World Club Challenge game against Sydney Roosters in Australia next month, with over 700 tickets already sold in the Wigan section (Bay 37) at the Allianz Stadium for the game on Saturday 22 February. Warriors members have been snapping up tickets for the game since November, and ... Read More »

Crucial week looms for RFL and Super League

The RFL and the Super League clubs are facing a crucial week that will determine the format and governance of the Super League competition for the foreseeable future. On Tuesday the Super League clubs will meet at Huddersfield’s John Smith’s Stadium to discuss the demand from a number of clubs that they are able to appoint their own chief executive, ... Read More »

Garry Schofield: My 10 wishes for 2014


Happy New Year to all our readers! In order to celebrate the start of 2014, here are my wishes for the year. 1 I’d love to see Wigan go down under in February and win the World Club Challenge, as they did so superbly in 1994. On that occasion they were too good for an outstanding Brisbane Broncos side, but ... 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 »