Thursday, January 29, 2015
Rugby League News


O’Loughlin flattered by England captain talk


Sean O’Loughlin will go head to head with the man he is tipped to succeed as England captain when Wigan Warriors and Leeds Rhinos do battle in the penultimate round of First Utility Super League tomorrow night. The Wigan loose forward is seen as the most logical choice to lead England on their Four Nations tour of Australia and New ... Read More »

Lee Gilmour to take up coaching role in 2015


Wakefield forward Lee Gilmour will take up an assistant coaching role with the Wildcats in 2015, the club has announced on its Twitter feed. The 36-year-old, who represented Great Britain 15 times, joined Trinity on loan from Castleford this season and has made nine appearances. Click below to listen to what Gilmour thinks about his new role. listen to ‘Gilmour ... Read More »

Championship: Halifax coach Karl Harrison leaves the club

Former Halifax coach Karl Harrison. ©RLPhotos

Championship side Halifax have revealed that coach Karl Harrison and assistant Lee Greenwood have left the club with immediate effect. In a statement, the club said: “Halifax RLFC regret to announce that head coach Karl Harrison and his long term assistant Lee Greenwood are to leave the club. “In the context of current difficulties within the club, for which they ... Read More »

Wigan: Burgess prepared to fight for his place


Wigan winger Joe Burgess is prepared to fight for his place in Shaun Wane’s squad after being overlooked for tomorrow night’s clash with Leeds Rhinos, despite being available after recovering from a knee injury. The 19-year-old has been out since July but made an impressive comeback for Wigan’s academy side in their 22-40 win over Bradford last week. However, it ... Read More »

Wolves move “needed to come out”, says Clark


Departing Castleford hooker Daryl Clark says although his high-profile transfer to Warrington next year “needed to come out”, he is fully concentrating on the Tigers for the remainder of 2014. Clark’s long-suggested move across the Pennines was finally confirmed last week, with the young hooker joining the Wolves on a four-year deal for six-figure transfer fee – believed to be ... Read More »

Brian McDermott stands by Zak Hardaker


Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott has leapt to the defence of full-back Zak Hardaker, who is again being investigated by the RFL for use of homphobic language on the field. The 22-year-old allegedly blew a kiss and made a comment to a Saints player in their match last week and the RFL have employed a lip reader to find out ... Read More »

Hardaker issue not a distraction, says Mac


Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott has insisted that the latest controversy surrounding Zak Hardaker will not be a distraction for Leeds against Wigan tomorrow night – and has said that Hardaker is determined to get it right on the field against the Warriors. The 22-year-old is the subject of an RFL investigation after being accused of making an abusive comment ... Read More »

Comment: Two (referees) is company, three’s a crowd

The RFL has been trialling two referee matches at academy level

Did you see the story coming out of Australia last week suggesting that the NRL is contemplating having three referees on the pitch? Have you heard a crazier idea? How many officials do they want? We are going to get a situation one day in Rugby League where the officials will outnumber the players. And does it do any good? ... Read More »

Opinion: Super League season set to end with a bang


Anyone who likes watching Super League on TV must have enjoyed the two offerings from Sky Sports last Thursday and Friday night, with Warrington and Huddersfield finishing level, and then St Helens edging out Leeds by a single point at Headingley on Friday. The season, at least for TV viewers, seems to be ending with a bang, and it should ... Read More »

Two RL legends to be inducted in Hall of Fame next month


The RFL has announced that two of the greatest players in Rugby League history are to be inducted into the sport’s most exclusive club, the Rugby League Hall of Fame. The identity of the new inductees will be announced at the John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield on Friday October 17 at a special Hall of Fame dinner hosted by Rugby ... Read More »