Chris Ashton admits he’d like to play rugby league for Wigan again

Former Wigan Warriors try-scoring sensation Chris Ashton has admitted he would like to switch codes and return to rugby league with Wigan before his career is over. Now 30, the Wigan-born winger is currently plying his trade in French rugby union with Toulon, having not played the 13-man code since he left the Warriors to join Northampton in 2007. But…

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Powell hopeful Featherstone loss can be ‘kick up the backside’ for Castleford

Castleford coach Daryl Powell admits he hopes their Boxing Day defeat to Featherstone can serve as a ‘kick up the backside’ to his squad after they were well-beaten by the Championship side to kick off their pre-season schedule. The 2017 Grand Finalists lost 32-16 at home to Rovers, with Powell admitting he was disappointed with the performance his squad produced…

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McDermott impressed with debutants as Leeds start pre-season with victory

Leeds coach Brian McDermott expressed his satisfaction with new signing duo Richie Myler and Brad Dwyer after they made their unofficial debuts in the Boxing Day victory against Wakefield. The pair made their first starts for Leeds in the festive friendly against Trinity, with both impressing in spells before Myler’s participation was ended by a head knock at the end…

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Chester pleased with Hampshire debut as they await Randell scan

Wakefield coach Chris Chester admitted he was impressed with debutant Ryan Hampshire’s first appearance in a Trinity shirt during their Boxing Day defeat to Leeds – as they wait nervously on the severity of an injury suffered by hooker Tyler Randell. Hampshire, who only recently signed for Trinity just before Christmas, caught the eye during their first friendly of the…

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Rovers tame the Tigers at the Jungle

A determined Featherstone Rovers laid down a marker for the new season with a convincing 16-32 victory on their visit to the Jungle today to face their traditional rivals Castleford Tigers. The Tigers, playing their first match since their Grand Final defeat at Old Trafford, put out an inexperienced side with several young players and some new signings. But they…

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Rhinos ease to Boxing Day victory at Wakefield

Leeds Rhinos defeated Wakefield Trinity 10-17 today in the Wetherby Whaler Festive Challenge at Belle Vue in the opening game of the Betfred Super League pre-season fixture schedule. Leeds coach Brian McDermott fielded six members of his Grand Final winning squad, with new faces Richie Myler and Brad Dwyer also in the starting lineup, while youngster Owen Trout, who was…

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Trinity confirm decision to stay at Belle Vue for 2018

Wakefield Trinity will continue to play their Super League matches in 2018 at their historic home Belle Vue, according to a statement on the Trinity website. It follows the news that Wakefield Council have met with the owner of Belle Vue, businessman Manni Hussain, the owner of the 88M Property Group, to move forward the proposal for a new Community Stadium…

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