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Stats Zone: All you need to know about Magic Weekend

Action from the Hull derby at Magic Weekend 2013. ©RLPhotos

This weekend sees the eighth annual edition of the Magic Weekend, and once again it will take place at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium. With records set to tumble and huge crowds expected to flock through the gates to see some fantastic Rugby League, it seems appropriate to give you the lowdown on the event. Whilst there are all sorts of ... Read More »

Match preview: Hull FC v Hull Kingston Rovers

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The second Hull derby of the season takes place on Saturday at Magic Weekend, with the Robins looking to make it a double by backing up their 21-20 win against the Black and Whites from earlier this year. However, they will be looking to avenge that controversial defeat at Magic last year, when Chris Green scored a dramatically late – ... Read More »

Magic Weekend 2014 set to break records

Etihad-Stadium Magic

The record books are set to be rewritten in Manchester this weekend when the Etihad Stadium hosts the seven-match First Utility Super League spectacular, Magic Weekend 2014. With seven of the most competitive fixtures ever staged in the event’s eight-year history,  demand for Magic Weekend tickets has been unprecedented and fans are being urged to move quickly to secure the ... Read More »

Willie Isa signs new deal with Widnes Vikings

2013 Christmas Friendly Widnes v Warrington

Widnes Vikings have continued their recruitment and planning for 2015 with the news forward Willie Isa has signed a new two-year contract with the club. Isa, 25, becomes the ninth player to sign new terms with the Vikings as Widnes boss Denis Betts stepped his recruitment and retention drive up again this week. And the big Kiwi-Samoan, who has successfully ... Read More »

Newcastle Knights embroiled in financial drama

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Australian Rugby League has been plunged into a financial drama, after it emerged that NRL club Newcastle Knights had failed to pay some its players and staff this month. The Knights – which are owned by Nathan Tinkler and his Hunter Sports Group – have failed to pay at least 20 staff and players on their books on Friday, and ... Read More »

Five things to expect from Magic Weekend 2014

Magic Weekend Fans

The eighth annual Magic Weekend takes place at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium this weekend, and it promises to be an absolutely amazing event. With incredibly hot weather in prospect, the atmosphere will resemble something of a carnival as all 14 Super League sides lock horns at the home of the Premier League champions. After last year’s drama and excitement, it ... Read More »

Hull KR looking to erase painful Magic Weekend memories

Magic Weekend 2013

Hull KR star Travis Burns insists the squad are out to put right last year’s heartbreaking Magic Weekend defeat to Hull FC – even if it did reinvigorate their season. Chris Green’s incredibly late – and incredibly controversial – try settled matters at the Etihad Stadium last year, but the Robins bounced back to go on a fantastic run of ... Read More »

Benji Marshall cleared to make Rugby League return

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Less than a year after quitting the game and heading for Rugby Union, New Zealand star Benji Marshall has been given the go-ahead to make his debut for St George Illawarra this weekend, as they gear up to face Parramatta. The 29-year-old has been training with the Dragons all week and, after the club finalized a package with Union outfit ... Read More »

St Helens expecting Warrington Wolves to bite back

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St Helens captain Paul Wellens is expecting a tough test from Warrington Wolves when his team face them at the Magic Weekend on Sunday. Despite Saints beating Warrington in the opening round of the season, Wellens believes that Warrington possess a quality that should not be underestimated. “Warrington are always a threat, they are a fantastic side and I don’t ... Read More »

Magic win could kick-start season, says Hull FC star

Liam Watts

Hull FC forward Joe Westerman believes that a victory over rivals Hull KR can kick-start their ailing season, as the pressure mounts on the squad after their disappointing start to 2014. The Black and Whites are inside the play-off places on points difference alone – ironically just one place above their bitter rivals at Hull KR. However, whilst Westerman – ... Read More »