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Scott Dureau applauds Magic Weekend concept

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Catalan Dragons half-back Scott Dureau believes the upcoming Magic Weekend is something that the English game should be applauded for – admitting he is a huge fan of the unique concept. Dureau – who is still sidelined with an arm injury – described the concept as “fantastic”, and admits there is no other sport that could replicate the Magic Weekend ... Read More »

Magic Weekend perfect tonic for struggling Bradford Bulls

Bulls captain Matt Diskin is retiring at the end of the season. (Click image to read more). ©JoeWhitley

Bradford Bulls captain Matt Diskin is certain that the upcoming Magic Weekend will provide a great opportunity for the club to face a different kind of challenge, as their woes at the bottom of the table continue. After back-to-back wins, the Bulls slumped to a 50-0 defeat to high-flying St Helens last weekend. Last year the Bulls were beaten heavily ... Read More »

Opinion: Should Super League bring in ‘rookie rounds’?

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Freelance Rugby League journalist Ben Giles offers a solution to the busy Super League schedule planned for next year… With 2015 seeing an increase in the number of fixtures across the board, and all clubs playing a minimum of 30 games, the already short off-season is set to be reduced further and players are going to be stretched. I believe ... Read More »

Rugby League podcast: Joe Grima on his first week at the Broncos

London Broncos coach Joey Grima

In this week’s edition of ‘Rugby League Down South’, Ian Ramsdale interviews new London Broncos coach Joe Grima, who replaced Tony Rea last week, Nick Slyney, Steve McCormack and Will Lovell. Interviews/features in this week’s episode 01.45: New London Broncos coach Joe Grima on the first week in the job 11.30: Hard working forward Nick Slyney 17.00: Director at Enfield ... Read More »

Rankin could be Radford’s secret weapon on Saturday

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Hull FC coach Lee Radford has hinted he is going to bring back Jordan Rankin into his side for Saturday’s Hull derby at Magic Weekend. The former Gold Coast star, 22, has been a regular starter for the Airlie Birds in 2014 but was dropped for last week’s 44-16 loss against Wigan. With derby experience under his belt, Radford thinks ... Read More »

Joe Westerman: Hull FC form a “joke”

Westerman taking on his former club Castleford.

Hull FC loose forward Joe Westerman has described his side’s latest run of poor performances as a “joke”. The Airlie Birds let a comfortable lead slip to lose against Wakefield Wildcats before getting thumped by an under-strength Wigan side last week. The Black and Whites take on cross-city rivals Hull KR at Magic Weekend and Westerman is hoping for a ... Read More »

Frustrated O’Loughlin unsure of return

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Wigan captain Sean O’Loughlin doesn’t know when he is going to return from his latest injury setback. The England loose forward, who has missed seven of his side’s last 14 games, was set for a return against Leeds a fortnight ago after shrugging off a neck problem but pulled his groin in the warm-up. He missed that game, the following ... Read More »

Hetherington nips Bailey loan claims in bud

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Leeds chief executive Gary Hetherington has made it clear that no Rhinos first-team players are available for loan, putting to an end speculation that Ryan Bailey was set to join Bradford Bulls or Castleford Tigers on temporary deals. He told the Yorkshire Evening Post: “We are running on pretty small numbers. We’ve only used dual-registration once this season, because all ... Read More »

Super League confirms Bowker appointment

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As revealed in League Express on Monday, Super League has appointed Richard Bowker CBE as a Non-Executive Director to the Board of the First Utility Super League. Mr Bowker, 48, will take up his new position with immediate effect. Currently a Non-Executive Director of the Football League, he is a former Group Chief Executive of National Express, Chairman and Chief ... Read More »