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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

Radford-Lee

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

Sean-O'Loughlin

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 »

Magic Weekend 2014: Who’s playing and when

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

Venue Etihad Stadium (formerly know as the City of Manchester stadium and home to Manchester City football club): Ashton New Road, Manchester, M11 3FF Saturday May 17 12.30pm London Broncos v Catalan Dragons Latest odds: Broncos 7/2; Draw 19/1; Dragons 1/7 2.45pm Widnes Vikings v Salford Red Devils Latest odds: Vikings 4/7; Draw 19/1; Devils 8/11 5.00pm Hull FC v ... Read More »

Ben Jones-Bishop to join Salford Red Devils

Ben Jones-Bishop taking on the side he is to join later this year. ©RLPhotos

Salford owner Dr Marwan Koukash has announced on Twitter that outgoing Leeds Rhinos winger Ben Jones-Bishop is set to join the Red Devils at the end of the season. Jones-Bishop, 25, is regarded as one of the finest wingers and full-backs in Super League but has struggled to cement his place in the Rhinos’ starting lineup in 2014 due to ... Read More »

Video: We preview Magic Weekend 2014

Action from Magic Weekend 2012. ©RLPhotos

John Davidson speaks to League Express editor Martyn Sadler about Saturday’s games at the Magic Weekend. They preview the opening fixture involving London Broncos and Catalan Dragons, Salford Red Devils’ clash with fellow north west outfit Widnes Vikings, the fascinating Hull derby and then the mouth-watering curtain closer between Leeds against Wigan. Want more Rugby League news and features? Subscribe ... Read More »