Friday, October 31, 2014
Rugby League News


O’Loughlin rested for World Club Challenge warm-up


Sean O’Loughlin has been rested for Wigan’s World Club Challenge warm-up against New Zealand Warriors tomorrow night. The loose forward tweaked a hamstring while warming up for his side’s Super League curtain-raiser against Huddersfield on Friday night and was not risked by coach Shaun Wane. He is expected to be fit in time to face NRL Premiers Sydney Roosters in ... Read More »

Morrison thrilled with Kiwi recognition but focused on Rams


Dewsbury Rams boss Glenn Morrison said he is still committed to his side despite being one of four coaches earmarked for the New Zealand national job. Speaking at the launch of the 2014 Kingstone Press Championships, the Australian, 37, said he did not personally apply for the position but, having made it so far, would be stupid to pull out. ... Read More »

Paul Cooke’s Doncaster ready to hit their straps

Paul Cooke. ©RLPhotos

Doncaster player-coach Paul Cooke says it is just a matter of time before his side hit top gear. The 2005 Challenge Cup winner was speaking at the launch of the Kingstone Press Championships in Manchester and said although pre-season hasn’t been perfect, he is confident of his side’s chances going into 2014. “I think we’re probably a little underdone as ... Read More »

Sky’s the limit for Walmsley, says John Kear

Alex Walmsley. ©RLPhotos

Batley Bulldogs coach John Kear claims one of his finest Super League exports has what it takes to reach the very pinnacle of the game. Speaking at the launch of this year’s Kingstone Press Championships in Manchester, the former Wakefield boss praised St Helens forward Alex Walmsley, who had a superb debut season in Super League after joining from the ... Read More »

Kingstone Press Championships clubs ready for major changes


Details of promotion and relegation for the Kingstone Press Championships have been confirmed as the sport prepares to undergo major change at the end of the 2014 season when the top two divisions will each comprise 12 clubs. Before then the new season, which kicks off with a full round of Championship fixtures this weekend, is likely to feature some ... Read More »

Scoreboard: This week’s Rugby League results


In-depth, detailed reports of all these matches can be found in tomorrow’s League Express newspaper, available online at midnight tonight, and in all good newsagents tomorrow morning. Pre-season friendlies Warrington Wolves 14-8 Salford Red Devils Dewsbury Rams 18-0 Castleford Tigers Rochdale Hornets P-P Hunslet Hawks (waterlogged pitch) Whitehaven RLFC P-P St Helens Select XIII (waterlogged pitch) Barrow Raiders 46-4 BARLA ... Read More »

London Broncos sign France international Gigot

Tony Gigot. ©RLPhotos

London Broncos have secured the services of 23-year-old France international Tony Gigot for the season ahead. The former Catalan Dragons and Harlequins half-back joins from Toulouse Olympique and starred for France in the 2013 World Cup. London Broncos head coach Tony Rea said: “Tony is a player who has an opportunity to take advantages of his experiences. He comes to ... Read More »

Specsavers sign sponsorship deal with Super League

Referees James Child, Tim Roby, Phil Bentham, Ben Thaler Richard Silverwood, and Robert Hicks. ©SimonWilkinson

Specsavers have signed a multi-year sponsorship deal with Super League. The trusted optician will be an official partner of the league while at the same time sponsoring the match officials for Super League, the Championships, the Challenge Cup and even the community game. It’s the latest in a line of lucrative deals struck by Super League, which gives our game ... Read More »

Five reasons why Sam Burgess might not make the switch

Sam Burgess

Despite all the rumours that are circulating, including the story today that South Sydney co-owner Russell Crowe would not stand in Sam Burgess’ way if he wanted to make the switch to rugby union, I think we have a chance of keeping hold of him. Absolutely nothing has been confirmed yet, regardless of what the tabloids write, and one can’t ... Read More »

Super League preview: Wigan Warriors V Huddersfield Giants

Huddersfield and Wigan go head to head at the DW Stadium in 2013. ©RLPhotos

It’s finally here. After what seems like an eternity of waiting, Super League 2014 gets underway this evening when reigning champions Wigan Warriors host Huddersfield Giants at the DW Stadium. This standalone fixture was engineered by Wigan coach Shaun Wane who, with one eye on the World Club Challenge on February 22, requested Huddersfield as his first opponents. Wane believes ... Read More »