Leeds not far away from being ‘a very good team’ insists McDermott ahead of Catalans clash

Leeds coach Brian McDermott believes the reigning Super League champions are close to being ‘a very good team’ as they aim to end their five-match losing streak in Super League with victory over Catalans tonight. In the space of little over a month, Leeds have fallen from being in the race for the top-four to fears of being sucked into…

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COLUMN: Whatever happens to the league structure, does dual-registration have a future?

Luke Briscoe would have surely been forgiven for getting slightly confused when his former and current employers ran his contractual situation by him earlier this week. The Featherstone winger has signed for Leeds for a third time – only this time on loan until the end of the season. Yet as early as this weekend, he could make his way…

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Graham believes Denver Test could be start of something new for International rugby

England prop James Graham believes their Test match with New Zealand in Denver this weekend has the potential to be the start of something huge for international rugby league. Graham and his fellow NRL team-mates in the England squad took a well-publicised stance on getting the game on this weekend. They issued a signed statement declaring their support for the…

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Powell hits back at ‘crazy’ claims from Wane over Castleford-Wigan fixture on Friday

Castleford coach Daryl Powell has hit back at Shaun Wane’s claims that it is ‘crazy’ Friday’s game with Wigan is going ahead. Wane is unhappy that the Warriors will travel to West Yorkshire next Friday without trio Sean O’Loughlin, George Williams and John Bateman – who will all be in Denver preparing for England’s Test with New Zealand. They did…

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McManus hits out at “unprofessional” reports linking Barba with move back home

St Helens chairman Eamonn McManus has lambasted the ‘incredibly unprofessional’ reports assuming Ben Barba will return to the NRL in 2019 – adding the fullback is ‘very happy’ at the Super League leaders. Barba is the outright favourite for this year’s Man of Steel award following an incredible season thus far. His form has somewhat inevitably attracted a number of…

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NCL War of the Roses clash looms nearer!

THE inaugural War of the Roses match involving players from the Kingstone Press National Conference League will take place on Saturday (23 June) at the Mend-A-Hose Jungle, Castleford. Lancashire will face Yorkshire at 3.00pm while, at 7.00pm, an Origin Legends match will be staged in a benefit game for Michael Shenton and Adrian Morley. The action starts at 2.00pm with a…

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