SQUAD WATCH: All the team news for Friday’s games as Ellis eyes Hull return

Hull FC v Huddersfield (8pm, KCOM Stadium) There are two huge boosts for Hull FC ahead of Friday’s clash with Huddersfield: as captain Gareth Ellis and half-back Albert Kelly both return to the squad. Ellis has not played since Hull’s league victory against Castleford back in April, while Kelly missed the trip to Leeds last week. Huddersfield make one change:…

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COLUMN: Why Chris Chester should be among the favourites for coach of the year

When awards season rolls around in a couple of months, we’re going to be more spoilt for choice than perhaps ever before. Who will succeed Danny Houghton as the next Steve Prescott MBE Man of Steel, for example? Take your pick.. Luke Gale, Zak Hardaker, Robert Lui, Ben Murdoch-Masila, Matt Parcell, Adam Cuthbertson, Albert Kelly.. you could go on and…

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Our season starts here, says Rick Stone as Huddersfield eye play-off push

Huddersfield coach Rick Stone has insisted that their Super 8s campaign starts this weekend – and that the next three games will be vital in determining whether they have a chance of making the top four. Having qualified for the top eight with a game to spare, the Giants face fifth-placed Hull on Friday night looking to claw back further…

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Acton handed nine-match ban

Jamie Acton has been handed a nine-match suspension by an independent operational rules tribunal following the high-profile incident with Greg Bird in Leigh’s recent match against Catalans. Acton was charged with a Grade F Other Contrary Behaviour offence following the match in Perpignan on July 1 – with the case subsequently adjourned for the following two weeks after the incident.…

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Salford strengthen their squad with capture of Tyrone McCarthy

Salford have announced the signing of former Hull KR and Warrington forward Tyrone McCarthy on a “long-term contract” with immediate effect. League Express first revealed earlier this year how McCarthy had a number of offers from Super League sides in regards to returning home from the NRL, where he has been playing with St George-Illawarra Dragons. And McCarthy, who captained…

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Salford request further allocation of Challenge Cup tickets following sales

Salford¬†have asked for more tickets ahead of their Challenge Cup semi-final with Wigan following a high demand for tickets. The Red Devils had sold almost 4,500 tickets by Sunday, leaving them close to filling their allocation for the game at the Halliwell Jones Stadium. Ian Blease, the club’s CEO, has confirmed they have contacted the RFL in the hope of…

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Key duo return for Warrington as Widnes make six changes

Warrington Wolves have welcome Kevin Brown and Matty Russell back into their 19-man squad to face Widnes. The pair have missed the last six weeks of action, with England halfback Brown nursing a foot injury while Russell has endured a knee problem. But the duo will return on Thursday as the Wolves look to build on their win over Wigan.…

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