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O’Loughlin for England captain, says Wigan boss

Sean-O'Loughlin

Wigan Warriors head coach Shaun Wane has led the rallying cry for club captain Sean O’Loughlin to get the nod for the England captaincy in the wake of Kevin Sinfield’s international retirement – saying Steve McNamara shouldn’t look at anyone else. O’Loughlin is naturally considered to be amongst the front-runners for the role after Sinfield announced he was stepping away ... Read More »

Super League player suspended

Joel Moon

Leeds Rhinos’ Joel Moon has been suspended for two games by an independent tribunal, after pleading guilty to a Grade C shoulder charge offence. Moon will now miss the remainder of the regular season for Leeds after the ban – which came after he was sent off for making contact with the head of St Helens back Mark Percival during ... Read More »

Sam Burgess: I spoke to Sonny Bill before signing union deal

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Sam Burgess has revealed he confided in code-hopper Sonny Bill Williams prior to making the decision to switch to rugby union at the end of this season. “We have only talked briefly over in England,” Burgess told the Sydney Morning Herald. “I have always had an ambition to do it but I admire Sonny. I think he is a wonderful ... Read More »

Off the field interview: Rob Burrow

Rob-Burrow

The Leeds legend on club sandwiches, Coors Light and Carl Ablett… This article originally appeared in the latest edition of Rugby League World magazine. Click here to download the digital version to your computer, smartphone or tablet What would your last meal on Earth be? I’d have club sandwich with a curly fries upgrade from Trio, a restaurant in Headingley. ... Read More »

Gareth Widdop best NRL signing, says fan poll

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Australian fans have named England Test stand-off Gareth Widdop as the best NRL recruit of the 2014 season. Some 30 per cent of the 10,000 fans polled by the Sydney Daily Telegraph newspaper reckoned he was the best buy of the year after switching from Melbourne Storm to St George Illawarra at the end of last season. This article originally ... Read More »

Salford Red Devils sign Groat and Menzies

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Salford Red Devils owner Marwan Koukash has confirmed via Twitter the club have signed two more forwards for next year – Matt Groat and Luke Menzies. Groat is an Australian forward who has played for Wests Tigers in the past – and is currently at St George. He has played for Australia’s Schoolboys side in the past, and was in ... Read More »

Is Zak Hardaker set for another lengthy ban?

Zak-Hardaker

The RFL have confirmed to League Express that they are investigating an alleged incident that took place in last Friday’s Leeds Rhinos v St Helens match – with several media outlets reporting it to be involving an alleged use of homophobic language from Leeds’ Zak Hardaker. BBC Look North are reporting that it is Hardaker who is under investigation, and ... Read More »

Comment: Five half-backs who can replace Kevin Sinfield

Who should Steve McNamara pick in place of Kevin Sinfield?

When Kevin Sinfield announced his retirement from international Rugby League yesterday, he cited wanting to blood the next generation as a reason for the decision. That’s because, despite being nearly 34, he was firmly in coach Steve McNamara’s plans and would have almost certainly started alongside in-form NRL star Gareth Widdop in next month’s Four Nations. There is now a ... Read More »

Opinion: Five candidates to replace Sinfield as England captain

James-Graham

The Rugby League world is still reeling from the shocking news that England captain Kevin Sinfield has announced his retirement from the international game – leaving Steve McNamara in search of a new captain for this year’s Four Nations. Sinfield was widely expected to lead England into battle for the tournament, with no suggestion that his international career was about ... Read More »

Championship: Briggs and Payne named players of the week

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Sheffield Eagles’ Kyle Briggs and Gateshead Thunder’s Jason Payne have been named Championship Players of the Week. Briggs scored three tries against his former club in Sheffield’s 40-28 win at Featherstone Rovers, while Payne produced a captain’s performance as Gateshead beat Oldham 40-10. Every week each coach in the Kingstone Press Championships is contacted to compile the awards. Kingstone Press ... Read More »