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Powell slams referee Thaler in wake of Saints loss


Castleford coach Daryl Powell has criticised the performance of referee Ben Thaler and blamed some of his decisions for the Tigers’ first home defeat of the season against St Helens last week. Powell accepted that his side’s performance was the biggest factor in the loss, but believes some costly mistakes were made, in particular not going to the video referee ... Read More »

Sean Long relishing second spell at Salford


Former Great Britain star Sean Long says he wants to help establish Salford as one of the game’s biggest forces after joining the Red Devils as an assistant coach for the second time. The 37-year-old, who revealed he was severely depressed and contemplated suicide in January, feels “relaxed and switched on” and claims he is keen to repay Devils owner ... Read More »

Hohaia hails eye-opening comebacks

Lance Hohaia. ©RLPhotos

St Helens stand-off Lance Hohaia claims his side’s late comeback victories against Huddersfield and Castleford in the last two weeks has given them the “kick up the backside” they need ahead of Friday’s derby with Wigan Warriors. The 31-year-old, who won the World Cup with New Zealand in 2008, said: “We’ve not been at our best in the last couple ... Read More »

Hull KR land NRL winger Wayne Ulugia

Wayne Ulugia. ©Action

Hull KR have confirmed the signing of former North Queensland Cowboys winger Wayne Ulugia. The 21-year-old New Zealander is a junior international and scored six tries in his four first-team appearances for the Cowboys. Indeed, he was recognised as one of the NRL’s hottest talents until a string of disciplinary issues, including being investigated by police over the theft of ... Read More »

Scott Grix escapes ban for striking charge


Huddersfield Giants full-back Scott Grix has avoided a ban at an RFL disciplinary hearing this evening, after he was charged with an offence during the Giants’ loss to Hull FC. Grix was summoned to appear before the disciplinary panel on a Grade A charge of striking, after being involved with an altercation with FC captain Gareth Ellis. However, he received ... Read More »

Kearney: Six points in our situation is massive


Bradford full-back Brett Kearney says he was delighted to discover the Bulls have lodged an appeal for the six-point deduction handed down by the RFL as punishment for going into administration in January, and believes it could make a big difference to their fortunes in 2014. “That’s something that’s not in our control but, as a player, at least you ... Read More »

Strong ticket sales for Magic Weekend 2014


The First Utility Super League’s two-day spectacular, Magic Weekend is proving a Box Office smash with unprecedented levels of advance sales for the event at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, on May 17 and 18. Over 30,000 tickets have already been snapped up for Magic Weekend, which sees a full round of seven First Utility Super League fixtures played over two ... Read More »

Hull FC make one change to derby squad

Lee Radford

Hull FC coach Lee Radford has made one change to his 19-man squad for the huge derby clash against cross-city rivals Hull Kingston Rovers on Thursday night. After a resounding victory over Huddersfield last time out, Radford has been given another boost, as half-back Richard Horne comes back into the mix for the game. He replaces Aaron Heremaia, with Horne ... Read More »

Bulls reveal clean bill of health

Francis Cummins. ©RLPhotos

Bradford Bulls coach Francis Cummins has named a full-strength 19-man squad to face Leeds Rhinos in Thursday night’s West Yorkshire derby. Cummins welcomes back Tom Olbison after a two-week absence, while Danny Bridge has been named in the 19-strong lineup following a loan deal extension. The returns of Lee Gaskell, Adam Sidlow and Matt Diskin over the past fortnight means ... Read More »

Warriors support mental health campaign with green socks


Wigan Warriors have announced they are to wear a special pair of green socks for their Easter Monday clash with Bradford Bulls to support local mental health services. The ‘Tackle Your Memory’ campaign is, in Wigan’s words, designed to: “Highlight the availability of support for people who may be concerned that they or someone they know may have a memory ... Read More »