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“Embarrassed” Hudgell slams “dishonest” Hull KR stars

Hull KR chairman Neil Hudgell. ©RLPhotos

Outspoken Hull KR chairman Neil Hudgell has labelled his side’s 2014 campaign as “dismal” and has blamed the players for underperforming and lacking discipline. Although they finished ninth, the Robins rarely looked liked making the play-offs and endured some embarrassing off-field incidents, including the sacking of both Jonny Walker and Wayne Ulugia. Other low points included a 28-0 drubbing in ... Read More »

Leuluai cleared of blame in Russell incident

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Widnes forward Macgraff Leuluai has been cleared of any foul play in the incident that resulted in facial injuries to Warrington Wolves full-back Matty Russell. Russell was knocked unconscious after spilling a high ball and colliding with Leuluai during the Wolves’ 22-19 Super League elimination play-off victory on Saturday. Leuluai was not penalised for the incident and the Rugby Football ... Read More »

Scans clear “smashed up” Matty Russell

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Warrington fullback Matty Russell has been cleared of any serious injury following his worrying collision with Widnes forward Magraff Leuluai in Saturday’s dramatic play-off game. The match was held up for around ten minutes in the second half and Russell was stretchered from the field in a neck brace after he collided with an on-rushing Leuluai following a high kick. ... Read More »

James Graham could end career Down Under

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England World Cup prop James Graham is enjoying his rugby Down Under so much that he may eventually call Australia home – forever. He made the prediction on the eve of his Man of the Match performance that helped inspire the Canterbury Bulldogs to a ‘golden point’ victory over Manly on Saturday and a place in the penultimate week of ... Read More »

Competition: Win tickets to Huddersfield v Catalan

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We’ve teamed up with ALCATEL ONETOUCH, sponsors of Super League, to give away two pairs of tickets to Friday’s do-or-die play-off clash between Huddersfield Giants and Catalan Dragons at the John Smiths Stadium (8pm KO). CLICK HERE TO ENTER THIS FREE COMPETITION To enter, which is free, simply subscribe to the Total Rugby League newsletter. Two subscribers will be picked ... Read More »

Parramatta Eels confirm Ben Crooks signing

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NRL outift Parramatta Eels have confirmed the signing of Hull FC star Ben Crooks, last year’s Super League Young Player of the Year, on a two-year contract. The move will re-unite Crooks with former Hull coach Peter Gentle, who is now an assistant to Eels coach Brad Arthur. “Ben is a talented footballer who is excited about a chance to ... Read More »

Betts: Play-off exit “tough to take”

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Widnes Vikings coach Denis Betts said his side’s play-off defeat to Warrington Wolves last week was a “tough one to take”. The Vikings led 18-0 at one stage in the first half and 19-6 at half-time but failed to add to their tally in the second half. Betts said: “It was a performance high on effort and energy we would ... Read More »

Billy Slater ruled out of next month’s Four Nations

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Australia’s World Cup fullback Billy Slater is the latest star to drop out of the upcoming Four Nations Tournament in Australasia. He was scheduled to undergo major shoulder surgery in Melbourne on Monday. Slater is the latest in a growing list of withdrawals from the squad that beat New Zealand 30-18 in the Anzac Test in May. Darius Boyd, Paul ... Read More »

Cougars begin legal action; propose expanded Championship

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Keighley Cougars and Sheffield Eagles have begun formal legal action against the Rugby Football League over the ineligible dual-registration players saga. Cougars Chairman Gary Fawcett says that the club has not received any answers from the sport’s governing body over why Batley and Doncaster were reinstated the three points they were initially deducted. Fawcett wants to know why the clubs ... Read More »

Warrington sign six Latchford youngsters

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Warrington Wolves have confirmed the signings of six Latchford players into their U19s Academy for 2015. Jack Fox (centre), Charlie Phythian (centre), Harry Reardon (scrum half), George Moore (hooker), Reece Brunt (stand-off) and Nathan Ainsworth (loose forward) have all progressed through the club’s ranks since being involved from a young age. They all played their amateur rugby with Latchford Albion ... Read More »