Super League wanted to slash £1m off lower league distribution claims Fax chairman Moore

Halifax chairman Mark Moore claims the Super League board wanted to take £1m of funding from Championship and League 1 clubs as part of the proposed new league structure. Members of Super League, including Wigan and St Helens chairmen Ian Lenagan and Eamonn McManus, showed a presentation to their Championship and League 1 counterparts regarding the league structure they would…

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Bateman insists future will be resolved after Denver – but admits he has NRL offers

Wigan Warriors forward John Bateman has revealed he will decide on where he is playing his rugby in 2019 after England’s Test with New Zealand in Denver: and admits he has offers from NRL clubs. Bateman has a clause in his existing contract with the Warriors which dictates he can move to Australia at the end of this season –…

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Featherstone chairman Mark Campbell slams plans for ‘radical change’

Featherstone chairman Mark Campbell has become the latest club executive to air his views on Tuesday’s controversial Super League press conference – slamming the proposals from some chief executives for ‘radical change’ amidst the scrapping of the Super 8s system. Campbell issued a lengthy statement in which he slammed Wigan chairman Ian Lenagan, new chief executive Robert Elstone and other…

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RFL insist discussions still ongoing about league structure amidst Super 8s talk

RFL supremos Ralph Rimmer and Brian Barwick have issued a statement insisting discussions are still ongoing about the make-up of a potential league restructure for 2019. In a statement issued on Wednesday – 24 hours after Super League chief executive Robert Elstone, among others, said the Super 8s would not return next year, the RFL stressed that no binding decisions…

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SQUAD WATCH: All the team news for Friday’s Super League games

Leeds v St Helens (7:45pm, Emerald Headingley, Sky Sports) The reigning champions make three changes for Friday’s huge clash with St Helens. Returning are Joel Moon and Anthony Mullally from injury and suspension respectively – while Harry Newman also comes into the 19-man squad. They replace Mikolaj Oledzki and Richie Myler, who have concussion – and Brett Delaney, who has…

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COLUMN: Robert Elstone and RL’s biggest challenge? Find a structure, and stick to it

Before the shots were fired and threats of war were issued yesterday, it’s probably important to point out that Robert Elstone made some fairly salient points on his first exposure to the sport’s media. With Super League having kept its head under the parapet for over six months, it was refreshing – if nothing else – to hear the competition’s…

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Castleford end interest in Catalans centre Brayden Wiliame for 2019

Castleford Tigers’ attempt to lure Brayden Wiliame to the club in 2019 are over after growing frustrated over an answer from the Catalans centre and his representatives. League Express revealed last month how the Tigers had expressed an interest in the Fijian international – which actually resulted in them tabling an offer to him. However, that deal is now off…

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