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Benji Marshall excited to take to Warrington turf

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Benji Marshall is relishing the chance to experience the atmosphere of a packed Halliwell Jones Stadium when St George-Illawarra Dragons go head to head with Warrington Wolves in their mouthwatering World Club Series match on Friday February 20 (8.00pm). The former Kiwi international captain knows it will be a massive challenge for the NRL club to make the long trip ... Read More »

Castleford have injury issues mounting

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Castleford Tigers are beginning to pick up a steady stream of injuries ahead of Super League XX kicking off next weekend, with several key players set to miss the season opener against Wakefield. The Tigers lost new recruit Matt Cook prior to the friendly against Widnes, as well as losing two other key players in Oliver Holmes and Ben Roberts ... Read More »

Game set for more growth in 2015, say RFL

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The RFL has today reaffirmed its confidence in the programmes and policies it has in place to increase the number of people who play Rugby League on a regular basis in 2015. Despite disappointing figures in the latest Active People survey announced by Sport England this week, RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood believes the sport is continuing to attract and ... Read More »

NRL to have four themed rounds

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The NRL has announced that there will be four themed rounds during the 2015 Telstra Premiership. The NRL’s Head of Marketing, Lewis Pullen, said the themed rounds will focus attention on important aspects of Rugby League. They will have the following titles. Play NRL (round 3) – encouraging children and families to participate in Rugby League Women In League (round 10) – acknowledging ... Read More »

NRL Nines ready to go

9s RL is beginning to spread across the world.

The NRL’s Dick Smith Nines will kick off tonight at 11.30pm GMT in Auckland – the second successive year that the Nines competition has effectively opened the NRL season. All 16 NRL clubs will take part, although some clubs will not play some of their star players, with last year’s winners North Queensland Cowboys again excluding their captain Johnathan Thurston, ... Read More »

Rhinos pitch being aided by cannabis ‘factory’ lights!

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Rugby League is well known for its unusual stories – but on the eve of Super League XX, this one will surely take some beating in 2015. In a bid to ensure some of the worn areas of their pitch is spot on for the big Super League kick-off, Leeds Rhinos are using lighting equipment seized from a cannabis farm ... Read More »

Challenge Cup First Round preview

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Forty clubs hit the trophy trail this weekend – January 31 and February 1 – as the first round of Rugby League’s oldest and most prestigious competition, the Ladbrokes Challenge Cup, is staged across the country. Twenty first-round ties featuring clubs drawn from the community game, Armed Forces, police and University Rugby League mark the start of a competition which, ... Read More »

Hull FC to scrap all friendlies except one in 2016

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Hull FC owner Adam Pearson has branded the club’s batch of friendlies as ‘pointless’, and says the club will play only one trial match in 2016 – against bitter rivals Hull Kingston Rovers. FC have had a mixed pre-season; losing fixtures to Super League sides such as Rovers and Wakefield ahead of their season opener at Huddersfield next Sunday. And ... Read More »

York City Knights appoint new directors

York City Knights have announced that the club has a new-look Board of Directors that is designed to enable the club to realise its ambitions in 2015 and beyond. Four new directors have joined the board to work alongside Chairman John Guildford. The new directors are local lawyer Stephen Knowles, Dave Baldwin, the managing director of a York-based furniture company, ... Read More »

Second Kiwi NRL team bid gathers momentum

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The charge for a second team from New Zealand to enter the NRL has stepped up a gear, after it was announced that the consortium involved have signed a multi-million dollar deal with Christchurch-based Celebration Lions Sports Trust to enter a feeder team in the NSW or Queensland Cup. Consortium spokesman Robert Picone said the A$10 million 10-year deal, which ... Read More »