Ward expecting huge test as London prepare to welcome Featherstone

It is arguably the standout fixture of the weekend in the Championship – and London coach Danny Ward insists his side will know a lot more about how far they can go this season after Sunday’s mouthwatering tie with Featherstone. The only two sides with perfect records go head-to-head in Ealing on Sunday afternoon, as Ward’s Broncos take on John…

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Kear delighted with tough opener at York as Bradford begin life in League 1

Bradford coach John Kear insists their mouthwatering League 1 opener at York is an ideal test for his new-look Bulls side – and a firm reminder of just how tough life in the third-tier will be for the former Super League champions. Many expect the Bulls to return to the Championship at the first attempt this year, but they have…

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Five things we learned after Melbourne’s World Club Challenge win over Leeds

The Aussie production line is still in rude health Not content with providing the game with some of the greatest players in rugby league history, it seems Australia’s production line is still churning out future stars. Questions were asked about how Melbourne would cope without Cooper Cronk following his move to the Roosters. The answer? Young protege Brodie Croft. The…

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Tough times in 2017 already bearing fruit for Widnes ahead of Warrington clash

One of the loudest messages this pre-season – and there were plenty – came from Widnes Vikings. Yes, 2017 was tough. And yes, the club did came perilously close to relegation from the Championship. But those tough times would stand the club in great shape for a better 2018. Vikings coach Denis Betts and chief executive James Rule certainly weren’t…

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