Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Rugby League News


El Salvador to make Rugby League debut


IT was Paco Godinez’s first day of school in El Salvador when hijackers stormed the family van and pointed a gun to his father’s head. “This was during the civil war. They said they needed the van and only after my father offered them a lot of money did they let us go,” he says, still with a slight tremble ... Read More »

No pressure on Clark, says Warrington boss Smith


Warrington Wolves boss Tony Smith insists it’s vital there is not too much pressure heaped on marquee signing Daryl Clark, ahead of his debut for the club this Sunday. Clark has been named in the Warrington squad to face Hull KR this Sunday, which will be his first appearance for the club following a high-profile, six-figure transfer from Castleford Tigers. ... Read More »

Cut down on interchanges, says Gallen

Paul Gallen

Cronulla Sharks captain Paul Gallen has called for a radical shift in the way the game uses interchanges, saying that the best way to get rid of wrestling is to reduce them. The rules have been adjusted this year so that all those involved in wrapping up the ball carrier must free him simultaneously. But Gallen believes rather than adopting ... Read More »

O’Loughlin could play against St Helens


Wigan Warriors captain Sean O’Loughlin is aiming to feature in the club’s pre-season friendly against St Helens this weekend. O’Loughlin missed the club’s 18-14 defeat to Leigh after his wife gave birth last weekend – but would have missed that game anyway due to a training ground injury. However, Wane admits O’Loughlin and centre Anthony Gelling could well feature in ... Read More »

St Helens confirm Wilkin as new captain

Jon Wilkin

St Helens have confirmed Jon Wilkin as their new captain for the 2015 season, replacing iconic fullback Paul Wellens. Wellens will remain part of Saints’ playing squad for 2015 with boss Keiron Cunningham insisting he still has an important role to play – but said that the “natural progression” at the club has led to Wilkin getting the role for ... Read More »

RFL announce BLK as new kit supplier

BLK Referees Kit

The RFLhave announced a new partnership that will see world leading performance sports apparel brand BLK become the Official Kit Supplier to the England Rugby League team, the governing body and the sport’s match officials for the next four years. From 2015, all RFL match officials will sport BLK matchday and training apparel, whilst the RFL’s development and performance staff ... Read More »

Gateshead Thunder change name to Newcastle Thunder


The North East’s only professional rugby league club today confirmed a change of name from Gateshead Thunder to Newcastle Thunder. The change, which has been approved by the Rugby Football League, will happen with immediate effect.  The club has also applied to Newcastle City Council to officially change home venue to Kingston Park where partner club Newcastle Falcons currently play ... Read More »

What’s in Monday’s League Express..


With the new season fast approaching, make sure you pick up your copy of League Express on Monday 19 January to get all the gossip, reaction and reports from another jam-packed week in the world of Rugby League. HEAD TO THIS LINK TO READ LEAGUE EXPRESS BEFORE ANYONE ELSE ON YOUR COMPUTER, TABLET OR SMARTPHONE! Here’s what we’ve got in ... Read More »

Friendly results: Sunday 18 January


Clive Sullivan Trophy Hull FC 22-28 Hull Kingston Rovers Leigh Centurions 18-14 Wigan Warriors St Helens 16-20 Widnes Vikings Doncaster 12-32 Castleford Tigers Batley Bulldogs 26-6 Featherstone Rovers Hunslet Hawks 14-28 Leeds Rhinos Salford Red Devils 66-4 Swinton Lions Barrow Raiders 42-4 Whitehaven North Wales Crusaders 20-16 Warrington U19s Read More »

Catalans hold off spirited Broncos in Perpignan


Catalans Dragons defeated London Broncos 32-16 at the Stade Gilbert Brutus in Perpignan this afternoon in the first pre-season encounter for both sides. The big disappointment for most of the 4,357 spectators was the non-appearance of marquee signing Todd Carney, who had picked up an injury in training. But one of the Dragons’ other major signings, Willie Tonga, scored a ... Read More »