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Flower’s rehab now “paramount”, says McManus

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St Helens chairman Eamonn McManus insists that the sport must be supportive of Ben Flower during his six month suspension from Rugby League – saying that his rehabilitation has now become “paramount”. In a statement released by the Saints following Flower’s ban being issued on Tuesday evening, McManus says that he must be accepted back into the sport when his ... Read More »

Ben Flower banned until April 14, 2015

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Wigan Warriors player Ben Flower has been suspended for six months by an independent disciplinary tribunal after being found guilty of violent and aggressive punching/punching an off-guard opponent in the second minute of the 2014 First Utility Super League Grand Final. Flower, who pleaded guilty to the Grade F offence on Lance Hohaia of St Helens, was also fined £300. At ... Read More »

Keighley: “We must assume we’re in League 1″

Gary Fawcett

Keighley Cougars have issued a statement regarding their ongoing dispute against their relegation from the Championship in 2014, admitting that they have to “assume they are in League 1″, the third tier of domestic Rugby League, next season. The fixtures for next season will be announced as early as this Sunday, and with no decision yet made on Keighley’s appeal, ... Read More »

James Roby: England can win the Four Nations

Daryl Clark

James Roby has backed both Daryl Clark and Josh Hodgson to step up to the mark for England in the Four Nations – and is even tipping Steve McNamara’s men to win the entire tournament. Roby will not take part in the tournament after revealing he could go in for post-season surgery on his ankle, meaning Warrington-bound Clark and Hull ... Read More »

Gareth Hock withdraws Salford transfer request

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Salford Red Devils forward Gareth Hock has withdrawn his transfer request and will remain at the club, despite having offers from other Super League clubs and even some rugby union outfits. Back in September, the controversial former Wigan man asked to leave the club and was granted permission to look for a new employer. However, following discussions with club officials ... Read More »

Sean O’Loughlin: Wigan must bounce back

Sean-O'Loughlin

Wigan Warriors captain Sean O’Loughlin has challenged his side to bounce back and go one step further in 2015, after their attempt to retain their Super League crown ended in defeat on Saturday night. The Warriors went down 14-6 against bitter rivals St Helens, playing almost the entire game with twelve men after Ben Flower was sent off in the ... Read More »

James Roby: Grand Final victory best one yet

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St Helens hooker James Roby claims that Saturday’s Grand Final victory is the best one he’s experienced, after Saints triumphed in the face of adversity, defeating arch-rivals Wigan 14-6 to claim their first Super League crown since 2006, when they defeated Hull FC. Having lost on five occasions since then, Roby believes that after so many injuries throughout the course ... Read More »

Culture carried Saints to glory, says Nathan Brown

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St Helens coach Nathan Brown said the Grand Final victory against Wigan Warriors was due to the ‘culture’ the club possesses, insisting there isn’t another outfit in the world that has one like Saints. After losing key players Jonny Lomax, Luke Walsh and Jon Wilkin during the course of the season, Saints again had to do it the hard way ... Read More »

Cast your vote: What should Flower’s punishment be?

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Later tonight, Wigan prop Ben Flower will face the RFL’s disciplinary board and be given a ban for assaulting St Helens half-back Lance Hohaia in Saturday’s Grand Final. If you haven’t seen the ruthless attack, Flower reacted badly to an off-the-ball scuffle with the New Zealander in the third minute of the encounter, punching him to the ground before striking him ... Read More »

Sean O’Loughlin wins Wigan player of the year award

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Wigan captain Sean O’Loughlin has been voted player of the year at the club’s end-of-season awards dinner. It caps off a great week for the 31-year-old, who signed a new three-year contract last week and has been named England skipper for the forthcoming Four Nations competition. Matty Smith picked up the coaches’ player of the year award, while impressive winger ... Read More »