Tuesday, September 30, 2014
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Wane: Smith deserved to make Man of Steel shortlist

Matty-Smith

Wigan coach Shaun Wane thinks it is “pretty strange” not to have a Warriors player on the Man of Steel shortlist and believes Matty Smith was more than deserving of such recognition. Super League revealed the four candidates for its prestigious award – Jamie Peacock (Leeds Rhinos), James Roby (St Helens), Daryl Clark (Castleford Tigers) and Chris Hill (Warrington Wolves) ... Read More »

Interview: JJB meets Widnes captain Jon Clarke

Jon-Clarke

Leeds Rhinos forward and Rugby League World journalist Jamie Jones-Buchanan hears the remarkable life story of retiring Widnes Vikings captain Jon Clarke… Having been a BMX junior champion, spent time in prison and being one of Super League’s top hookers for over a decade, Jon Clarke has quite a life story. Now at 35, he is about to embark on ... Read More »

Higham using past defeats as motivation against Wigan

Micky-Higham

Warrington Wolves hooker Micky Higham will be using last year’s Grand Final defeat to Wigan Warriors as added motivation when the two sides meet on Friday in their play-off semi-final at the DW Stadium (8.00pm). Former Wigan and St Helens hooker Higham knows there is not much between the two sides in the final stages of the season and is ... Read More »

Rest has re-energised Saints, says Amor

Kyle-Amor-St-Helens

Kyle Amor believes Old Trafford is in touching distance for St Helens after their week off allowed for much-needed rest and recuperation. Saints take on Catalan Dragons on Thursday night for a place in the Grand Final – a full 13 days after dispatching Castleford Tigers in week one of the play-offs. The Dragons have played twice in that time ... Read More »

Oldfield: Dragons have timed run to perfection

Michael-Oldfield

Catalan winger Michael Oldfield says he knew from the beginning of the season that the Dragons could go all the way to the Grand Final. The French outfit are just 80 minutes away from a prized place in the Old Trafford title decider on Saturday October 11 (6.00pm) with St Helens standing between them and an historic first Grand Final. ... Read More »

Paul Anderson: Changes are coming

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Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson insists the Giants will make several changes – both on the field and off it – after they crashed out of the play-offs at the hands of Catalan Dragons last week. The Giants’ 18-16 defeat ensured their season has ended early once again, and they announced that David Faiumu will leave the club to return to ... Read More »

Why did the John Smith’s Stadium blackout last week?

John-Smiths-Stadium-blackout

The managing director of the consultancy firm responsible for Huddersfield’s John Smith’s Stadium has released a statement addressing the partial black-out during the Giants’ play-off loss to Catalan Dragons on Friday. KSDL’s Gareth Davies said: “The disruption caused to supporters of the Giants on Friday night is extremely regrettable. I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to all ... Read More »

Hull KR: Chester wants better behaviour

Chris-Chester

Hull KR coach Chris Chester says he will not tolerate ill-discipline from his players next season. The Robins boss doesn’t want a repeat of 2014, when off-field issues plagued his side and contributed heavily to a disappointing ninth-place finish. Jonny Walker and Wayne Ulugia were released due to off-field incidents while Adam Walker and Greg Eden were subject to disciplinary ... Read More »

Bulls’ new pre-season model will bear fruit, says Pitts

Jay-Pitts

Bradford forward Jay Pitts believes an “innovative” approach to pre-season training will pay dividends for the Bulls in 2015. The 24-year-old says the schedule being developed by head coach James Lowes, which sees players report back for the start of training as early as next week before enjoying regular breaks leading up to the start of the new season, is ... Read More »

Remi Casty returns to Catalan Dragons

Remi Casty

Catalans Dragons have re-signed Rémi Casty on a four-year deal from the start of the 2015 season. The club struck up an agreement with the Sydney Roosters to release the former Dragons captain from his current contract at the end of this season, enabling him to return to France. The French international prop – who was named in the 2012 ... Read More »