Friday, September 19, 2014
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Paul Aiton not offered ASADA deal, Aus media reports

Paul-Aiton

The Sydney Morning Herald are reporting potential bad news for Leeds Rhinos’ Paul Aiton – as well as two other former Cronulla Sharks stars – today, after it was revealed the hooker has reportedly not been offered a backdated ban by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority. Current Cronulla captain Paul Gallen – as well as nine other current NRL players ... Read More »

Wigan Warriors reveal backroom changes

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Wigan Warriors have today confirmed details of changes to the Coaching, Medical and Performance Departments at the Club. The changes will come into effect at the end of this season and see a combination of internal promotions and new staff joining the Club. Within the Coaching Department Paul Deacon will take on more duties as he steps up to the ... Read More »

RFL to meet and decide on Todd Carney contract submission

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The RFL have confirmed that First Utility Super League club Catalans Dragons have submitted for registration a playing contract signed by Australian player Todd Carney. Under the terms of Operational Rule C1:2.3, the acceptance of the registration is at the discretion of the RFL Board of Directors, who will meet within the next seven days to consider the submission. Essentially, ... Read More »

In-form Escaré rewarded with new four-year Dragons deal

Morgan Escaré

Dragons full-back Morgan Escaré has today signed a new four-year deal with the Catalans that will keep him in the south of France until 2018. The 22-year-old scored 27 tries in 27 appearances last season, which broke the club’s record and gave him a real shot at a place in Super League’s Dream Team. Alas, Leeds’ Zak Hardaker was selected ... Read More »

Man of Steel win would be incredible, says Peacock

Jamie-Peacock

Leeds Rhinos prop Jamie Peacock says it would be “incredible” to win the Man of Steel award for a second time, but is not setting his sights on individual glory. The former Great Britain star is considered to be among the frontrunners for the newly-named Steve Prescott Man of Steel award in 2014, potentially becoming only the fourth man to ... Read More »

Anderson: Giants “fully capable” of defeating Warriors

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Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson is fully focused on victory as the Giants prepare to take on Wigan Warriors in their Super League qualifying play-off at DW Stadium tomorrow night. The Giants have beaten Wigan home and away this season but Anderson will not allow history to shape their preparations. “It’s a totally different competition now,” said Anderson. “It’s all about ... Read More »

Six ways to resolve the Championship’s dual registration debacle

Keighley-Cougars

Wherever you stand on the Championship’s dual registration mess – and there are plenty of strong opinions to be found – one thing is clear. Ultimately it needs some sort of conclusion. Keighley’s understandable decision to take the RFL to court over the matter has ensured that it is far from closed at present. But it will have to be ... Read More »

Still no Carney for Castleford Tigers

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Castleford Tigers remain without star winger Justin Carney for this Friday’s trip to St Helens, after boss Daryl Powell named an unchanged squad for the second consecutive game. Carney injured his ankle during the Challenge Cup Final defeat to Leeds Rhinos last month, and has not featured since that game. That means it is likely James Clare will continue on ... Read More »

Play-offs: Matty Smith relishing Giants bout

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Wigan playmaker Matty Smith is looking forward to taking on one of the sport’s form teams when the Warriors host Huddersfield Giants in a Super League qualifying play-off at DW Stadium tomorrow night. The Warriors haven’t beaten the Giants this season and Smith is confident that this won’t be hanging over their heads as they approach the game. “We’ve had ... Read More »

Garry Schofield: How I think this week’s play-offs will unfold

Schoey sees Saints losing to Castleford

It has been one of the strangest ends to the regular season for years, with all the top teams losing matches they were expected to win. That was perfectly encapsulated at the weekend by Saints and Castleford, with neither of them looking like they wanted to finish top of the pile. None of the top six can be happy with ... Read More »