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Championship preview: Sheffield Eagles v Barrow Raiders

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Sunday 2 March 2.00pm at Owlerton Stadium Sheffield Eagles make their home bow at Owlerton Stadium – their scheduled opener against Rochdale being a victim of the winter’s heavy rainfall – against a Barrow side who sit at the foot of the Championship table. The Eagles started their campaign with a 30-16 win at Swinton on Sunday with coach Mark ... Read More »

Match preview: Hull Kingston Rovers V Castleford Tigers

Kirk Dixon and Dave Hodgson lock horns in 2013. ©RLPhotos

Friday February 28, 8pm, Sky Sports 1 Table toppers Castleford will be looking to continue in their rich vein of form when they visit the KC Lightstream stadium tomorrow night. They are without Jordan Tansey, who was injured by a Julian Bosquet cannonball tackle last week, but experienced Australian Luke Dorn comes in to replace him. The Rovers are without ... Read More »

Match preview: Catalan Dragons V Leeds Rhinos

Tom Briscoe currently leads the Super League tryscoring charts with five in three games. ©RLPhotos

Kick-off 8pm, Friday February 28. On Sky Sports at 10pm. The Dragons, who have not been in the best of form so far in 2014, are on home soil for the first time this season so have a real chance of finally turning it around. Though without talismanic half-back Scott Dureau, Julian Bosquet (suspended), Olivier Elima (suspended), Louis Anderson (not ... Read More »

Match preview: Salford Red Devils V St Helens

Martin Gleeson taking on Jonny Lomax in this fixture last year. ©RLPhotos

Tonight’s north-west derby is possibly the most tantalising fixture of the week. Indeed, St Helens seem to be firing on all cylinders with the introduction of superb scrum-half Luke Walsh, while Salford have 14 new players, most of whom are internationals, and are looking to reach the top of Super League for the first time ever. The squads St Helens ... Read More »

Championship preview: Swinton Lions V Sheffield Eagles

Richard Hawkyard. ©RLPhotos

Sunday February 23, 2014 Kick-off: 3.00pm Richie Hawkyard (pictured) could return for Swinton Lions, but Freddie Walker and Ben Warrilow are both still battling against shoulder injuries. Swinton earned a bonus point at Halifax last week, with two late tries from Andy Ackers narrowing the gap to just 10 points by full time. Lions coach Ian Watson said: “We were ... Read More »

Championship preview: Rochdale Hornets V Dewsbury Rams

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Sunday February 23, 2014 Kick-off: 3.00pm Rochdale Hornets are without Alex McClurg for their season opener, while Dewsbury Rams coach Glenn Morrison could name the same side that secured an 11-10 win over Featherstone Rovers last week. Morrison said: “We’ve built momentum over the pre-season and we’ve got a good result last week, but it’s only one win. “We’ve got ... Read More »

Championship preview: Whitehaven V North Wales Crusaders

Jono Smith, of North Wales Crusaders. ©RLPhotos

Sunday February 23, 2014 Kick-off: 3.00pm Whitehaven centres Stephen Fox and Scott McAvoy face late fitness tests, but coach Dave Woods expects both to be passed fit for Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship clash with North Wales Crusaders. Woods is aiming to make the most of home advantage on Sunday, when he hopes to steer Whitehaven to their first victory of ... Read More »

Championship preview: Featherstone Rovers V Halifax

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Sunday February 23, 2014 Kick-off: 3.00pm Matt James is Featherstone Rovers’ only injury concern ahead of Sunday’s Kingstone Press Championship showdown with Halifax. Rovers are aiming to bounce back after a shock defeat to Dewsbury Rams last week. Featherstone coach John Bastian said: “We need to be a little bit smarter, and we’ve discussed that as a group. “We defended ... Read More »

Championship preview: Doncaster V Keighley Cougars

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Sunday February 23, 2014 Kick-off: 2.00pm Doncaster coach Paul Cooke has set his sights on starting the Kingstone Press Championship season with back-to-back victories. Doncaster won their opening match of the campaign, beating Workington Town 22-12 despite trailing 12-0 inside the first 10 minutes. But Cooke said: “A performance as gritty as that is no good if we put a ... Read More »

World Club Challenge preview: Sydney V Wigan

Sonny Bill Williams. ©Action

Saturday 22nd February (9.00am, Sky Sports 2) Allianz Stadium WIGAN WARRIORS are aiming to set a new record of being World Club Challenge winners for a fourth time. They previously won the title in 1987 (8-2 against Manly at Central Park), 1991 (21-4 against Penrith at Anfield) and 1994 (20-14 against Brisbane at ANZ Stadium). The Warriors also tasted defeat ... Read More »