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Debate: Extended World Club Challenge; Yes or no?

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It’s been revealed this past week that the World Club Challenge could be set for expansion, after Leeds Rhinos’ Gary Hetherington told Sky Sports that discussions are ongoing regarding a potential six-team tournament in the near future “We really hope this is going to happen, “ said Hetherington. “I think it is fair to say that the Super League Clubs ... Read More »

Friday Flashback: Challenge Cup special

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For this week’s edition of the Friday Flashback, we’re only going back a few years, as two great Challenge Cup rivals prepare to do battle once again. The last two occasions in which Leeds and Warrington have locked horns in the cup have been in the final – but this year, they’re both playing for a place at Wembley. Amazingly, ... Read More »

Warrington Wolves boss hoping his side don’t ‘wobble’

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Warrington Wolves boss Tony Smith insists now is not the time to ‘wobble’ with a return to Wembley just 80 minutes away, as his team look to continue their incredible record in the Challenge Cup. The Wolves have won the famous trophy in 2009, 2010 and 2012 – with the two most recent victories coming against their semi-final opponents in ... Read More »

Challenge Cup excites, not worries me – JJB

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Jamie Jones-Buchanan admits his career would be incomplete without a Challenge Cup victory with Leeds Rhinos – but said instead of worrying about it, the challenge of lifting the trophy simply excites him. Jones-Buchanan is part of a core of Rhinos stalwarts that have never lifted the famous Challenge Cup trophy, with Leeds’ last success coming in 1999. However, ‘JJB’ ... Read More »

Form is irrelevant, says Leeds Rhinos boss

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Form means nothing when it comes to the Challenge Cup semi-finals – that’s the view of Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott, as they take on their arch-rivals Warrington with a place in the final at stake tomorrow. The Rhinos are heading into the game off the back of a shock defeat against local rivals Bradford, whilst the Wolves managed to ... Read More »

Bradford Bulls aiming for 30-strong squad in 2015

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Bradford Bulls managing director Steve Ferres has said the club are looking to put together a squad of 30 players for next season, as they continue to prepare for life in the Championship. The Bulls currently have eight players on their books for next season – including four new recruits. And, speaking to the Telegraph and Argus, Ferres said the ... Read More »

Castleford Tigers prop wants to do it for chairman

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Castleford Tigers prop Andy Lynch has targeted a trip to Wembley this weekend – but not just for him, for club chairman Jack Fulton. Fulton is a chairman who rarely takes up any of the spotlight in comparison to his peers, and the in-form Lynch believes it would be an honour to be led out on to the famous Wembley ... Read More »

Batley Bulldogs player charged with using homophobic abuse

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Batley Bulldogs player Lee Paterson has been charged with using homophobic abuse to another player in the 72nd minute of a Kingstone Press Championship fixture against Leigh Centurions played on Sunday August 3. Patterson was dismissed by the referee and will face a Grade E charge when he appears before an independent disciplinary tribunal next Tuesday (August 5). No other ... Read More »

Opinion: London Broncos are shaping up just fine for 2015

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After 23 straight defeats in Super League, you’d perhaps be able to forgive London Broncos for walking around with their tail between their legs. After all, they’re on course to become the first Super League side in the modern era to go a whole regular season without winning a game. However, since their relegation was confirmed, they have quietly gone ... Read More »

Wigan Warriors player banned for doping breach

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UK Anti-Doping has handed down a two-year suspension to Rhys Pugsley after he was found guilty of breaching the RFL’s anti-doping regulations. Pugsley, a player registered with the Wigan Warriors Academy, tested positive for metabolites of methandienone, an anabolic steroid.  Methandienone was detected in a sample provided at an out-of-competition test on April 22, 2014. The suspension applies from May ... Read More »