England’s Academy captain issues warning as he leaves for union

A rugby union-bound Castleford player has warned that more players could follow in his footsteps if the sport doesn’t do more to nurture its future stars. Callum McLelland left Castleford last week to take up a contract with Scottish Rugby Union. His conversion to the 15-man code marks the departure of one of the brightest up-and-coming players in British Rugby…

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Pre-season fixture guide 2018

Tuesday December 26 Wakefield v Leeds (11.30am) Dewsbury v Batley (12pm) Castleford v Featherstone (1pm) Bradford v Halifax (3pm) Wednesday December 27 York City Knights v York & District (3pm) Friday December 29 Widnes v Warrington (8pm) Sunday January 7 Hull KR v York (3pm) Rochdale v Oldham (3pm) Saturday January 13 Rochdale v Warrington (3pm) Sunday January 14 Salford…

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Widnes terminate Will Matthews’ contract before he plays a game for the Vikings

Widnes have terminated the contract of new signing Will Matthews on compassionate grounds. Having signed for Widnes Vikings in September, Matthews and his family ultimately struggled to make the move from Australia, with a number of personal family factors meaning they felt unable to leave their homeland. “I would like to apologise to the staff and supporters of Widnes Vikings…

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COMMENT: Would a homegrown, Academy quota give England a greater chance of success?

On the whole, the general consensus among the English rugby league public is that the national side took some significant, and encouraging, strides forward over the last six weeks. Nobody wants a repeat of the scenes that saw our players strewn on the floor, devastated by another defeat to the Australians, by the time the World Cup comes around in…

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Chester insists he would support mandatory break for all international players

This story first appeared in this Monday’s League Express. To ensure you don’t have to wait and get stories like this delivered straight to your smart device every Sunday as soon as the paper is released, simply click here. Wakefield Trinity coach Chris Chester has admitted he would like to see the sport introduce a mandatory break for all players…

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Widnes agree new five-year tenancy to remain at Halton Stadium

Widnes Vikings have signed a new five-year Stadium tenancy extension with Halton Borough Council. The new deal has committed the club to the Halton Stadium until 2022, and created exciting new commercial opportunities for both the Vikings and Halton Borough Council. The agreement, the Vikings say, offers them opportunities to generate new income, through extending the club’s commercial inventory within…

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