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Hull FC owner expecting strong 2015 from his side

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2015 is Hull FC’s time – that’s the view of owner Adam Pearson, who says the club are on the verge of something very special next season. Hull have recruited heavily ahead of next year, with the likes of Marc Sneyd and Leon Pryce signing up at the KC Stadium ahead of an important year for the club. And Pearson ... Read More »

Johnathan Thurston out of Four Nations with shoulder injury

Johnathan Thurston

  Current Golden Boot holder Johnathan Thurston is the latest high-profile Australian to be ruled out of this month’s Four Nations tournament. The 31-year-old, recognised as one of the best playmakers in world rugby, has a shoulder injury. He joins Billy Slater, Brett Morris, Paul Gallen, Darius Boyd, Andrew Fifta, Justin Hodges and several more first-team Kangaroo stars who are ... Read More »

Joel Tomkins: It’s like a fairytale for me

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Wigan back-rower Joel Tomkins has described his return to Rugby League as “like a fairytale” after reaching the Grand Final just three months after leaving rugby union. The 27-year-old originally left the Warriors to join Aviva Premiership side Saracens in 2010 and went on to represent England in the 15-man code. In June, he completed his return to Super League ... Read More »

NRL could break the cap to get Sam Burgess back

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NRL chief executive has confirmed he would use his “exceptional powers” to bring Sam Burgess back to Rugby League, and try and lure him away from the 15-man code after next year’s World Cup. Burgess arrives back in England next week to take up a deal with Bath but, after Souths boss Michael Maguire said he would fly to the ... Read More »

Carvell out of Wales squad for European Cup

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Wales have been dealt a huge blow ahead of the upcoming European Championship tournament this Autumn, after prop Garreth Carvell has been forced to withdraw from the squad. Carvell has been forced to withdraw due to medical advice, after suffering a knee injury during his spell with Castleford Tigers this season. He still wants to play on in 2015, and ... Read More »

Bradford Bulls cancel Offerdahl contract

Mark-Offerdahl

American international Mark Offerdahl will no longer be joining Bradford Bulls for 2015. The front-rower has been deemed unable to partake in pre-season training, due to a recurring injury. And as a result Offerdahl has been released from the one-year contract he signed in August. The club, however, have retained the USA Tomahawk’s registration, meaning he could potentially be re-signed ... Read More »

Samoa: Godinet, Masoe in; Soliola, Asotasi out

Sia Soliola

Samoa have named a 23-man squad for this month’s Four Nations tournament – and two Super League stars have been included. Wakefield’s Pita Godinet and St Helens’ Mose Masoe have the chance to line up against England on October 25, but there’s no room for Warrington’s Roy Asotasi. St Helens’ Sia Soliola has also been omitted from the squad list. ... Read More »

Betting: England’s Four Nations odds continue to drift

At 12/1, England might just provide great value

England have very little chance of winning the Four Nations, according to bookmakers across the UK. Indeed, despite those around them struggling to put together full-strength squads for this month’s tournament, Steve McNamara’s men are clear underdogs, priced at a very generous 12/1 with six different companies (see Odds Checker for the latest prices). To put that into context, New ... Read More »

Tuivasa-Sheck, Locke and Waerea-Hargreaves out for Kiwis

RLWC2013 star Roger Tuivasa-Sheck will not play in the Four Nations competition down under this Autumn

New Zealand have named their 24-man squad for the Four Nations later this month, and three of their most recognisable players are not involved. In addition to the loss of Sonny Bill Williams to rugby union, Stephen Kearney has dropped Salford Red Devils full-back Kevin Locke, while Sydney Roosters duo Jared Waerea-Hargreaves and Roger Tuivasa-Sheck are unavailable due to “burnout ... Read More »

Jarryd Hayne unlikely to fill in at full-back for Kangaroos

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Dally M player of the year Jarryd Hayne thinks he has lost the battle to start at full-back for Australia in the Four Nations later this month. The Parramatta Eels star, who enjoyed a stand-out year for both club and state, has been competing with Grand Final winner Greg Inglis for the vacant number one shirt left behind by injured ... Read More »