Thursday, October 23, 2014
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Rugby League betting guide: Who to back before the weekend

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Salford Red Devils V St Helens Thursday, 8pm, AJ Bell Stadium Handicap: St Helens -10 Overview: This week’s televised Thursday night match sees two teams with 100 per cent records go head to head. It should be an intriguing contest. It is no surprise to see either team having made such a positive start, with Salford backed by big-spending Dr ... Read More »

Brooker checks in at Oxford


Oxford Rugby League have strengthened their squad with the signing of 24 year old centre Marcus Brooker. Brooker played for the Gloucestershire All Golds last year in their debut season in Kingstone Press Championship One and went on to make five appearances scoring two tries in the process. He also played for the Bristol Sonics and has representative honours with ... Read More »

Koukash’s marquee player idea rejected

Dr Marwan Koukash. ©RLphotos

Super League clubs have rejected Salford Red Devils owner Dr Marwan Koukash’s idea of introducing a marquee player rule in the competition. Only Wigan, Leeds, Widnes and Warrington voted in favour alongside the Salford club. “Super League clubs voted against the introduction of marquee players,” Koukash revealed on his Twitter account. Koukash wanted to introduce the marquee player in a ... Read More »

What’s on this week: Rugby League on TV and radio


Wednesday February 26 Boots ‘N’ All – 6pm, Sky Sports 2 & 8pm, Sky Sports 3 Eddie Hemmings with guests Phil Clarke and Paul Cullen All the latest rugby league news and views Thursday February 27 Live Super League: Salford Red Devils v St Helens – 7.30pm, Sky Sports 1 Eddie Hemmings, Mike Stephenson, Phil Clarke, Brian Carney, Barrie McDermott ... Read More »

Stats man: The week in numbers

I don't always smash keyboards. Only when the London Broncos lose.

Some say I’m a numerical genius, others a wizard with figures. Whatever way you look at it, all the key Rugby League stats you need to know at any given time will be in my new weekly column. My name is Stats Man and it’s a pleasure to meet you… Follow TotalRL on Twitter to be the first to know ... Read More »

Koukash a breath of fresh air, says Brown

Dr Marwan Koukash. ©RLPhotos

St Helens head coach Nathan Brown has described Salford Red Devils owner Dr Marwan Koukash as a breath of fresh air who is ‘great for the game’. Speaking ahead of the Saints’ visit to the AJ Bell stadium tomorrow night, the Australian said the fixture will be completely different to last year’s. “I think what’s happened there has been great ... Read More »

Alex Walmsley thrilled to be a key figure at Saints

Alex Walmsley won Newcomer of the Year in the League Express Super League readers poll. ©RLphotos

Alex Walmsley has spoken of his happiness at becoming a first-team regular at St Helens. The 23-year-old, who was signed by the Merseyside club in 2012 from Batley Bulldogs as a long-term prospect, was thrust into first-team action to cover injuries and blossomed into a hard-hitting, 60-minute plus prop. He has started all of St Helens’ 2014 Super League games. ... Read More »

Dragons need to clean up their act, says Powell

Castleford coach Daryl Powell. ©RLPhotos

Castleford coach Daryl Powell has criticised Catalan Dragons’ on-field discipline following Julian Bosquet’s four-match ban for a cannonball tackle on Tigers full-back Jordan Tansey on Sunday. “It was a pretty horrendous tackle,” Powell said. “He’s fired himself into Tansey’s legs. There is just no place for that in the game. “He’s a big man to be firing in tackles like ... Read More »

Jamie Langley available for Tigers clash


Hull KR back-rower Jamie Langley looks to have recovered from a head injury sustained against Huddersfield at the weekend and is in line to play against Castleford on Friday night. The former Bradford Bulls forward was stretchered off just before half time in the 24-24 draw but was up and about before the final whistle. Coach Craig Sandercock said: “Jamie ... Read More »

Louis Anderson happy to be back in France


Catalan Dragons back-rower – and former New Zealand international – Louis Anderson has returned to France following time at home for ‘personal reasons’. The 28-year-old said: “I’m happy to be back in France. “I needed to be close to my family and I feel a lot better now. I’m really looking forward to getting back to training with the boys. ... Read More »