Wellington Albert – Widnes’ new PNG star bringing two unlikely communities together

When Wellington Albert first decided to take up Rugby League, it was frowned upon by his father. “Three times he tore up the consent form in front of me and told me no rugby,” says the Widnes Vikings star, the second-youngest of six children in the household in a remote village near Mendi, capital of Papua New Guinea’s Southern Highlands…

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Totalrl.com’s sponsorship of RL Back Chat ready to roll

TotalRL.com’s sponsorship of the Rugby League Back Chat series of discussion programmes will begin this evening at 6.00pm on the Freesports TV, which can be found at Channel 95 on Freeview or 424 on the Sky platform. The hour-long programme will be repeated at 3.30pm and 10.30pm on Friday and it will be presented on the Totalrl.com website from 9.00am…

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John Bateman breaks silence on discussions with NRL clubs

Wigan Warriors star John Bateman has lifted the lid on his talks with Cronulla Sharks head coach Shane Flanagan in Australia. England international Bateman was photographed with the Sharks head coach during the club’s tour of Australia, alongside Wigan team-mate Ryan Sutton. The 24-year-old still has two years remaining on his Wigan contract, but it contains a clause that permits…

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Leeds’ clash with Catalans abandoned

Leeds Rhinos have confirmed that their Super League clash with Catalans has been postponed. Chief executive Gary Hetherington expressed his fears about the feasibility of the game, and those concerns have now been realised following heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures. The Rhinos have claimed the pitch is playable, but the surrounding areas are not safe to the public. “Postponing a…

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Hull KR’s clash with Castleford postponed

Thursday’s televised clash between Hull Kingston Rovers and Castleford has been postponed, the Robins have confirmed. A pitch inspection took place this morning and the game was subsequently deemed unplayable due to the forecasted weather conditions. The decision was made following a scheduled meeting between the RFL’s match commissioner, the Ground Safety Officer and representatives from both the club and Hull…

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