Chris Chester hits out at Wakefield fans over criticism of Scott Grix

Wakefield Trinity coach Chris Chester has hit out at the club’s fans who criticised Scott Grix following their Super 8s loss to St Helens last week – saying he is disappointed to be associated with them. Grix’s late error allowed St Helens to steal victory last week at Belle Vue, with Grix being the focal point of criticism from some…

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Toronto make statement of intent with arrival of quartet

Toronto Wolfpack have confirmed the signings of Ashton Sims, Dave Taylor, Josh McCrone and Olsi Krasniqi for the 2018 season. The quartet become the club’s first official signings ahead of their maiden season in the Championship after all four agreed to drop down from the NRL or Super League to join the Canadian club. Sims’ arrival has been heavily speculated…

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Why Warrington should consider utilising the Championship coaching scene

Warrington’s hierarchy have wasted little time beginning their search for a new head coach with senior club figures travelling to Australia to open talks with potential applicants for the job. But perhaps they should look closer to home. The Super League coaching merry-go-round has seen a different type of applicant head through the revolving doors in recent years. More precisely,…

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Sheffield coach Mark Aston suggests increasing the size of the Championship

Sheffield coach Mark Aston has thrown forward his idea for a restructure of rugby league – which involves increasing the size of the Championship and leaving League 1 to become a “development league”. The Eagles are not in danger of relegation to the third tier this year, and instead are heading for the semi-finals of the Championship Shield despite another…

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Stone calls on Huddersfield to move away from “unacceptable” results

Rick Stone has warned his Huddersfield players he is expecting a response at St Helens on Friday night – after declaring performances like the one last weekend are unacceptable at the Giants now. Stone believes the heavy defeat to Salford last Saturday is something that has become part and parcel of the Giants over the last couple of years, and…

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TotalRL’s Super League Team of the Week: Super 8s Round 5

Fullback: Zak Hardaker (Castleford) He may have gone off injured during Castleford’s win over former club Leeds, but Zak Hardaker continues to display the credentials which could yet make him a two-time Man of Steel winner before the season is over. Wing: Manu Vatuvei (Salford) A debut in our team of the week for The Beast – but it’s a…

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Warrington confirm Ashton Sims will leave to join Toronto Wolfpack in 2018

Warrington Wolves have confirmed that prop Ashton Sims will be leaving the club at the end of the current season to join up with ambitious Canadian side Toronto Wolfpack. Sims joined the Wolves in 2015 from NRL side North Queensland Cowboys. The Fiji international was part of the Warrington squad that lifted the League Leaders’ Shield in 2016 and stepped…

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Meninga names six debutants for ARL Prime Minister’s XIII

Australian coach Mal Meninga has named six debutants as part of the Australian Prime Minister’s XIII to take on Papua New Guinea Prime Minister’s XIII in Port Moresby on Saturday 23 September. Valentine Holmes, Andrew Fifita, Api Koroisau, Dylan Walker, Jack Bird and Paul Vaughan will take their place in the team travelling to PNG next week, with the match…

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Joe Burgess not giving up on World Cup dream with England just yet

Wigan star Joe Burgess said he was delighted to meet royalty after Prince Harry visited the England Elite Performance Squad last week. Prince Harry became the Patron of the Rugby Football League in December last year, carrying out his first official engagement at a Sky Try festival at Headingley in July, where he was shown the ropes by the RFL’s…

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