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Wolves move “needed to come out”, says Clark

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Departing Castleford hooker Daryl Clark says although his high-profile transfer to Warrington next year “needed to come out”, he is fully concentrating on the Tigers for the remainder of 2014. Clark’s long-suggested move across the Pennines was finally confirmed last week, with the young hooker joining the Wolves on a four-year deal for six-figure transfer fee – believed to be ... Read More »

Brian McDermott stands by Zak Hardaker

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Leeds Rhinos coach Brian McDermott has leapt to the defence of full-back Zak Hardaker, who is again being investigated by the RFL for use of homphobic language on the field. The 22-year-old allegedly blew a kiss and made a comment to a Saints player in their match last week and the RFL have employed a lip reader to find out ... Read More »

Hardaker issue not a distraction, says Mac

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Leeds Rhinos boss Brian McDermott has insisted that the latest controversy surrounding Zak Hardaker will not be a distraction for Leeds against Wigan tomorrow night – and has said that Hardaker is determined to get it right on the field against the Warriors. The 22-year-old is the subject of an RFL investigation after being accused of making an abusive comment ... Read More »

Comment: Two (referees) is company, three’s a crowd

The RFL has been trialling two referee matches at academy level

Did you see the story coming out of Australia last week suggesting that the NRL is contemplating having three referees on the pitch? Have you heard a crazier idea? How many officials do they want? We are going to get a situation one day in Rugby League where the officials will outnumber the players. And does it do any good? ... Read More »

Opinion: Super League season set to end with a bang

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Anyone who likes watching Super League on TV must have enjoyed the two offerings from Sky Sports last Thursday and Friday night, with Warrington and Huddersfield finishing level, and then St Helens edging out Leeds by a single point at Headingley on Friday. The season, at least for TV viewers, seems to be ending with a bang, and it should ... Read More »

Green wants Bulls biggest crowd of the season on Sunday

Bulls owner Marc Green. ©RLPhotos

Bradford chairman Marc Green is calling on fans to form Odsal’s biggest crowd of the season in Sunday’s final home game of the season against Widnes. The Bulls will be saying goodbye to several players including captain Matt Diskin, Brett Kearney, Luke Gale, Jamie Foster and James Donaldson, and Green wants the fans to give the players the send-off they ... Read More »

Tony Smith: We want to delay Saints getting the shield

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Warrington coach Tony Smith wants to delay St Helens winning the League Leader’s Shield by at least another week – and keep his side’s hopes of finishing second alive in the process. The local rivals lock horns tonight in what is set to be a thrilling encounter, with Saints needing just a point to guarantee top spot in Super League. ... Read More »

Nathan Brown: Winning shield would be reward for fans

Saints boss Nathan Brown. ©RLPhotos

St Helens coach Nathan Brown believes winning the League Leader’s Shield would be rewarding for both his players and the club’s fans following some serious injury problems and a recent silverware drought. The Saints, who last won a trophy in 2008, need just one point from their remaining two games to finish atop Super League, which is no mean feat ... Read More »

Pitts quits Hull for Championship bow with Bulls

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Jay Pitts has signed a permanent deal with Bradford Bulls following a loan spell from Hull FC, according to reports. The 24-year-old, who had two years remaining on his contract with the black and whites, is said to have penned a permanent deal with Bradford this week. The reports suggest the former Rhinos youngster was released by the East Yorkshire ... Read More »

Shannan McPherson signs for Parramatta Eels

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Former Salford and South Sydney prop Shannan McPherson is returning to play in the NRL after signing a train-and-trial deal with Parramatta Eels. The 28-year-old was released by the Red Devils in June after two injury-ravaged. His departure freed up enough salary cap to allow Dr Marwan Koukash to sign New Zealand full-back Kevin Locke. Parramatta boss Brad Arthur said: ... Read More »