Wednesday, July 23, 2014
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London Broncos CEO Gus Mackay steps down

Gus Mackay. ©RLPhotos

London Broncos have announced the departure of CEO Gus Mackay, who has been with the club for over three years. “It was difficult decision personally but the right one in the interests of the club,” said Mackay, who will officially leave the club at the end of the month. “In some ways the biggest achievement has come in the last ... Read More »

Delaney was a walking ball of pain, says McDermott

Brett-Delaney

Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott claims he had no choice but to leave forward Brett Delaney out of the side that defeated London on Friday night. Delaney was left battered and bruised following the win over Widnes the previous week and, as much as McDermott admires the 28-year-old and his style of play, the coach knows that a rest was ... Read More »

Give Broncos time to gel, pleads Farrar

London Broncos' Ben Farrar. ©RLPhotos

London Broncos utility-back Ben Farrar believes the Broncos need more time to gel as a team after suffering another heavy defeat in Super League. The Broncos were thrashed 54-6 last Friday by Leeds at Headingley Carnegie Stadium, recording their sixth loss of the season. The Rhinos rushed to a 34-0 half-time lead and piled on another 20 points in the ... Read More »

Relegation not on Catalans’ radar, says Oldfield

Michael-Oldfield

Catalan winger Michael Oldfield says the club is not concerned about relegation after posting its first win after five losses in as many games at the weekend, and he is confident the Dragons players will now turn their season around. Oldfield, who joined the Dragons from the NRL’s Sydney Roosters, is in his first season in Super League. The 23-year ... Read More »

Challenge Cup still matters for Mathers and Wakefield

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Wakefield full-back Richard Mathers insists the Challenge Cup is still “massive”, despite the threat of relegation hanging over the Wildcats’ heads this season. Mathers, who has won the Cup twice previously with Warrington in 2009 and 2010, is desperate to lift the trophy with his current Wakefield team-mates. “I’ve got some fantastic memories of playing in the Challenge Cup, and ... Read More »

Anderson adds voice to match review panel debate

Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson. ©RLPhotos

Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson is the latest high-profile figure to criticise the Rugby Football League’s (RFL) disciplinary panel, after Giants star Michael Lawrence was forced to sit out of last Saturday’s clash against the Catalan Dragons. Lawrence, who had not been suspended in over 150 games for the Giants, got the ban after a tackle on Bradford’s James Donaldson was ... Read More »

Micky Higham should be fit for Giants clash

Micky-Higham

Warrington Wolves hooker Micky Higham is confident he will be ready to face Huddersfield Giants this Sunday, despite sustaining facial injuries against Wigan last Thursday. The 33-year-old missed the final moments of the 4-12 defeat after clashing with Scott Taylor’s boot in a tackle, leaving him covered in blood from numerous wounds. However with a long turnaround before Sunday afternoon’s ... Read More »

Hall rejected offers from NRL, rugby union to stay at Leeds

Ryan Hall taking the ball in against Hull KR. ©RLPhotos

Leeds and England winger Ryan Hall admits he didn’t give much consideration to any interest from elsewhere before re-signing for the Rhinos on a five-year contract, rejecting offers from the NRL and rugby union in the process. “I still had three years left on my previous contract so no one was expecting me to leave or walk out the door, ... Read More »

Matty Russell in line to start against Giants

Scotland full-back Matty Russell. ©RLPhotos

Gareth O’Brien could be dropped for Warrington’s trip to Huddersfield on Sunday after Wolves coach Tony Smith hinted that Matty Russell is in line for his first starting appearance. O’Brien struggled to make an impact during Warrington’s 12-4 defeat against Wigan last Thursday, while Russell did well after being introduced off the bench. Russell’s introduction prompted Stefan Ratchford to join ... Read More »

Hull KR chairman slams RFL’s match review panel

Justin Poore has been unfairly treated. says Hull KR chairman Neil Hudgell. ©RLPhotos

Hull Kingston Rovers chairman Neil Hudgell has released a statement suggesting that the Rugby Football League’s (RFL) match review panel is not fit for purpose after being on the end of inconsistent rulings. The match review panel is responsible for charging players who are deemed to have broken the rules when the on-field punishment is deemed insufficient. Here is Hudgell’s ... Read More »