Powell backs Roberts for best year of his career in new role at fullback

Castleford coach Daryl Powell believes Ben Roberts could be set for the best year of his career in 2018 as he prepares for the ominous task of filling the gap vacated by Zak Hardaker as the Tigers’ fullback. With Hardaker facing a well-documented suspension, Castleford have opted to revert Roberts to fullback this year as opposed to acting in the…

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Australian side back down over bizarre situation concerning Frank-Paul Nuuausala

It was one of the more bizarre transfer sagas of recent weeks. Wigan were adamant that prop Frank-Paul Nuuausala was going nowhere. Australian side Western Suburbs Rosellas said he would be leaving the Warriors to start a contract with them imminently. And now, it appears the Australian club has stepped back and backed down – with their coach admitting a…

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Tyrone Roberts says the chance to feel respected convinced him to join Warrington

This story first appeared in this Monday’s edition of League Express. To ensure you don’t miss out on all our content as soon as it’s released on a Sunday night, click here to open your digital subscription – which includes this week’s paper. Warrington halfback Tyrone Roberts admits the opportunity to feel respected – and a glowing reference from Kurt…

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Lo pays emotional tribute to ‘brother’ and PNG team-mate Kato Ottio

New Castleford Tigers winger Garry Lo has paid an emotional tribute to ‘brother’ Kato Ottio – his former team-mate for club and country who passed away on Monday. Ottio, who was due to fly to the UK this week to join up with Super League side Widnes, tragically passed away after what the Vikings described as a ‘sudden health issue’…

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Johnstone admits he worried if he’d return from injury as good as before

This story first appeared in this Monday’s edition of League Express. To ensure you don’t miss out on all our content as soon as it’s released on a Sunday night, click here to open your digital subscription – which includes this week’s paper. Wakefield winger Tom Johnstone admits he had doubts whether he would be the same player after his…

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Widnes create crowdfunding page to support family of Kato Ottio

Super League side Widnes Vikings have created a crowdfunding page to try and raise £5,000 for the family of Kato Ottio following the player’s sudden death earlier this week. At the time of writing, that target was well on the way to being reached, with the rugby league community typically showing overwhelming support in someone’s hour of need. Ottio was…

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Wakefield squad best ‘in a long time’, as Chester shares delight at Johnstone return

Chris Chester heralded the return of Tom Johnstone after the winger ended his nine-month long injury absence with a hat-trick in Wakefield’s win over Halifax. Johnstone missed almost the entirety of last year with a serious ACL injury, but is fully fit for the start of the 2018 season. He wasted little time finding his form in his return match,…

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