Hemel confirm opening friendly

Hemel Stags have confirmed that their pre-season programme will get underway this Saturday, when they face Wakefield Trinity’s Academy side at Castleford Panthers’ ground. The Stags had hoped the game would be played at Dewsbury’s Tetley’s Stadium, but their new pitch was not going to be ready in time. Instead, the Raglan Close ground will host the game, which kicks…

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Hornets all set for Law Cup

In last year’s Law Cup at The Crown Oil Arena Lewis Palfrey and Danny Yates lined up on opposite sides of the field as rivals. However, on Sunday they will be lining up side-by-side. Rochdale Hornets’ new partnership was on show against Salford Red Devils last Sunday as they showed glimpses of what they are capable. New signing Palfrey is excited…

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Tigers name Boxing day squad

Castleford Tigers coach Daryl Powell has named a 27 man squad to take on Hull FC in the inaugural Harrison-Bryan Trophy at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle on Boxing Day. As reported in League Express on December 5, Michael Shenton makes his long-awaited return from injury, while new signings Zak Hardaker, Greg Eden and Jesse Sene-Lefao are amongst those in line for…

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Kangaroos and Kiwis reveal 19-man squads for Four Nations final

AUSTRALIA will be missing back row forward Sam Thaiday when they face New Zealand in the final of the Four Nations at Anfield on Sunday. Thaiday misses out after suffering a facial injury against England last Sunday and he has been replaced by Manly prop Jake Trbojevic in the 19-man squad. New Zealand coach David Kidwell has made several changes to his team…

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Scotland make two changes for Kiwi clash

Scotland coach Steve McCormack has made two changes to his 19-man squad for the Ladbrokes Four Nations clash with New Zealand on Friday night. In come halfback Ryan Brierley and forward Billy McConnachie, who both made their Test debuts in the defeat to Australia in the tournament opener, replacing hooker Callum Phillips and Widnes forward Sam Brooks. Huddersfield’s Brierley has…

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Scots return to “second home”

Scotland Rugby League will return to the Zebra Claims Stadium on Friday night, a place head coach Steve McCormack dubs their ‘second home’. The Bravehearts have appeared at Workington Town’s home ground three times in recent years, helping grow the presence of Scotland Rugby League in Cumbria following two hugely successful games there at the 2013 Rugby League World Cup and…

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Blair to start as Kiwis make two changes to face Australia

New Zealand have made two changes to their side to face Australia in their second outing of the Four Nations tournament at Coventry tomorrow, with forward Adam Blair being promoted to the starting lineup. Jason Nightingale (ankle) and Jared Waerea-Hargreaves (knee) have been ruled out by injuries sustained in the opening 17-16 win over England. Replacing them are Cronulla Sharks star Gerard Beale…

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Scotland make changes for England game

Scotland head coach Steve McCormack has recalled the Phillips brothers of Workington Town and Batley fullback Dave Scott into a 19-man squad for their first ever meeting with England at Coventry on Saturday. Hooker Callum Phillips missed the Ladbrokes Four Nations opener with Australia after being ruled out with concussion, having received a blow to the head in the dying…

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Italy confident of securing final World Cup place

Favourites Italy make two changes for the match that will determine the 14th and final qualifier for the 2017 World Cup, against Russia at the Leigh Sports Village tomorrow night (Friday – kick off 8pm) The Azzurri have already arrived in preparation for the game and bring in Ryan Tramonte, who was part of their 2013 World Cup squad, and…

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Kingston Press League 1 Round 2 Previews

This week the Kingstone Press League One reaches Round 2 of this season’s competition, with two games scheduled for Saturday and four for Sunday, while the University of Gloucestershire All Golds will play a delayed match on Wednesday against South Wales Scorpions. Full reports from each game will appear in Monday’s League Express. Saturday March 12 Toulouse v Hemel Stags (5:30) Toulouse Olympique got…

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