Hull FC beat off raft of Super League clubs to land Bienek

Hull FC have won the race to sign highly-rated London youngster Lewis Bienek. The 19-year-old was sought after across Super League, with almost every club in the competition keen to land the 19-year-old forward. But the Black and Whites have prevailed, with Bienek signng a three-and-a-half year deal. Bienek will return to the Broncos for the rest of the season…

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SQUAD WATCH: All the team news for Friday’s Super League games

Leeds v Castleford (7:45pm, Elland Road – Sky Sports) Leeds are unchanged for Friday’s Grand Final rematch with Castleford at Elland Road. The Tigers, meanwhile, make one change to their squad – but it is a significant one, as prop Jesse Sene-Lefao has undergone MCL surgery which will rule him out for a number of weeks. Jy Hitchcox takes his…

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Power Rankings: TotalRL’s in-form rankings for w/e March 18

London (+1) The Broncos are back on top! Danny Ward’s side moved into the fifth round of the Challenge Cup courtesy of a nerve-jangling win at Workington – but with last week’s leaders, St Helens, losing for the first time in 2018, the Broncos climb above them into first. Featherstone (+2)  It’s another big leap up the rankings for John…

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Cumbrian rugby is crying out for fresh investment, insists James Donaldson

James Donaldson believes Rugby League in his native Cumbria is ‘crying out’ for fresh investment and fresh ideas. The 26-year-old made his return to the Hull KR side from another serious knee injury last weekend, during the Robins’ 38-6 win over Huddersfield. And Donaldson, who hails from West Cumbria, says ideas like the one mooted by Marwan Koukash about a…

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Wigan did not make a move for Charnley, insists Shaun Wane

Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane has insisted the club were not among those courting former winger Josh Charnley about a return to rugby league. Charnley signed with Wigan’s rivals Warrington on Monday – but the 26-year-old also revealed that several other clubs had expressed an interest in bringing him back to the sport from rugby union side Sale Sharks. With…

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Nobody knew about Rugby League World Cup in union, reveals Josh Charnley

New Warrington Wolves winger Josh Charnley admits he was shocked to learn that very few people in rugby union were aware last year’s Rugby League World Cup was taking place. Charnley is back in the 13-man game with Warrington following an 18-month stint with Sale Sharks, where he made 32 appearances for the rugby union side. However, he confessed that…

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