Monday, December 22, 2014
Rugby League News


Wigan to begin cup defence at Dewsbury


Wigan Warriors will start the defence of the Challenge Cup with a trip to high-flying Championship outfit Dewsbury, in a fourth-round draw that has thrown up some absolutely huge ties. Arguably the standout tie of the round is last years league leaders, Huddersfield Giants, up against the current table toppers of 2014, St Helens. It is another meeting with former ... Read More »

O’Loughlin misses out on place in Wigan squad


Wigan will be without the services of captain Sean O’Loughlin for at least another week, after he was left out of Shaun Wane’s 19-man squad to face Warrington Wolves this Thursday. The Warriors skipper was absent for last week’s victory over Hull Kingston Rovers, and he will once again be missing in a repeat of the 2013 Super League Grand ... Read More »

Warrington name 19-man squad for Wigan clash


Warrington head coach Tony Smith has named an unchanged 19-man squad for Thursday’s mouthwatering clash against Wigan Warriors, as they look to avenge last year’s Grand Final defeat. It is the first time the two sides have met since Wigan won 30-16 at Old Trafford last October, with the Wolves looking to capitalize on home advantage on Thursday night. And ... Read More »

Super League Round Six: Referee Appointments


It’s round six of the First Utility Super League this weekend, and the RFL have confirmed the refereeing appointments for this weekend’s clashes. The headline game is arguably a repeat of last year’s Grand Final, as Warrington take on Wigan at the Halliwell Jones on Thursday night. That match will be officiated by Phil Bentham, with both sides looking to ... Read More »

Mandy Koukash suggests she has failed in Bradford bid

Dr Marwan Koukash. ©RLPhotos

A new twist has emerged in the race to take control of the Bradford Bulls, with Mandy Koukash suggesting on social media that she has failed in her bid to assume control of the club. Mrs. Koukash – wife of Salford Red Devils owner Marwan – was thought to be at the front of the queue when it came to ... Read More »

Koukash issues Salford warning

Dr Marwan Koukash. ©RLphotos

Marwan Koukash has told his misfiring Red Devils to buck up their ideas up. Koukash is smarting from three successive Super League defeats and has made it plain he expects far better performances. Unbeaten Castleford are next up for Salford, who will be boosted by the return from injury of marquee signing Rangi Chase for the clash with his former ... Read More »

Bulls could be boosted by returning star this weekend

Matty Blythe and Lee Gaskell joking around. ©JoeWhitley

Bradford Bulls are set to be handed a potentially huge injury boost this weekend, as centre Matty Blythe nears a return from injury. The 25-year-old – who has yet to appear for the club this season – tore tendons in his thumb in a training session just before Christmas, and has missed the opening five weeks of Super League XIX. ... Read More »

Seven Super League players charged


The RFL’s Match Review Panel has charged seven players with offences committed in Round Five of the First Utility Super League. Jordan Tansey of Castleford Tigers has been charged with the Grade C offence of making deliberate physical contact with a match official in the 31st minute of the fixture against Hull FC on Sunday March 16. Hull FC player Micky ... Read More »

Eagles net Lillycrop

Tom Lillycrop (left) pictured with Eagles boss Mark Aston

Sheffield Eagles have signed Tom Lillycrop from Championship rivals Dewsbury on a one year deal and could go into the squad to face the Rams when the two sides meet on Sunday. Lillycrop, 22, has previous Super League experience with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats after coming through the ranks at Bradford Bulls and has also played International Rugby League with the ... Read More »

Brough and French honoured by Parliamentary Group


Danny Brough is the Rugby League Parliamentary Group’s Player of the Year for 2013. The award was presented to Brough last night at a dinner inWestminster. Broadcaster and writer Ray French was also honoured with an award named after former group Chairman Geoff Lofthouse for his services to the game. Read More »