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Could Sean O’Loughlin be a future Wigan coach?


Wigan Warriors coach Shaun Wane has revealed that captain Sean O’Loughlin is being moulded in a future head coach at the club. With speculation still feverous over Wane’s link with the vacant New Zealand Warriors job, Wane has claimed that O’Loughlin has all the tools to be the boss one day, as Wigan look to prepare for the future in ... Read More »

Why I appointed Iestyn Harris – Koukash reveals all

Dr Marwan Koukash. ©RLPhotos

Dr Marwan Koukash today introduced his new coach Iestyn Harris to the assembled media at the AJ Bell Stadium, the Red Devils’ home ground. He explained in the media conference why he had decided to appoint Harris to replace his former coach Brian Noble, with Noble offered the new post as Director of Football. These are the words that he used. ... Read More »

Alex Walmsley: I agreed with Phil Bentham

Alex Walmsley makes it into Schoey's side. ©MagiHaroun

In his latest TotalRL column, St Helens prop forward Alex Walmsley discusses the controversy surrounding Sunday’s Challenge Cup clash between Saints and Huddersfield Giants, which was decided by a Luke Walsh drop-goal just seconds after Danny Brough had a one-pointer ruled out. Elsewhere in the article, Walmsley mentions Brett Ferres’ spear tackle, says he’s still sore from the Giants game, ... Read More »

‘From my point of view it sailed to the left’


I think there’s only one way I can start this column, and that’s by saying I agreed with Phil Bentham’s decision to disallow Danny Brough’s drop-goal on Sunday. I’m not just saying that – from my point of view on the field I genuinely thought it sailed to the left. It’s a tricky one, and it’s going to split opinion, ... Read More »

Leeds Rhinos have injury doubts for Wakefield clash


Leeds Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott has suggested he may make several changes to his team for this Friday’s clash with Wakefield Trinity Wildcats. After triumphing against the Wildcats in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup last weekend, McDermott revealed at his pre-match press conference that there could be some changes, as a couple of his key players have doubts hanging over ... Read More »

Warrington without several stars for Hull KR rematch

Ben Westwood. ©RLPhotos

Warrington Wolves head coach Tony Smith will be forced into a number of changes for this weekend’s clash with Hull Kingston Rovers, after injuries forced his hand in his squad selection. Ben Westwood is definitely out, as he picked up a calf injury during the Tetley’s Challenge Cup victory over the Robins last time out. Young prop Ben Evans is ... Read More »

Jamie Peacock claims Wakefield game is his 500th


Leeds forward Jamie Peacock has moved to clear up the confusion as to whether this Friday’s game against Wakefield is his 500th career appearance, amid claims there is an unofficial clash in his tally. One of his previous 499 games came for Great Britain against Newcastle Division back in 2006 – a game when GB used an irregular amount of ... Read More »

Shaun Wane rests first-team trio for Broncos visit


Wigan boss Shaun Wane has confirmed he is resting Matty Smith, Ben Flower and Liam Farrell for Friday’s visit of London Broncos. England international Josh Charnley is also ruled out with a knee problem, but both Matty Bowen and Sam Powell are back in contention after recovering from injuries. Wigan’s 19-man squad: 25 John Bateman, 1 Matty Bowen, 32 Joe ... Read More »

Cummins welcomes back Diskin, Gaskell and Sidlow


Bradford Bulls coach Francis Cummins has confirmed that Matt Diskin, Lee Gaskell and Adam Sidlow have returned from injury and have been included in his 19-strong squad to face Salford Red Devils on Friday night. Both captain Diskin and front-rower Sidlow picked up problems in the Bulls 16-0 loss to Hull KR on March 23, while Gaskell injured his knee ... Read More »

Jamie Peacock won’t make 500th appearance against Wakefield

Jamie Peacock

Contrary to countless reports in the last week, Leeds Rhinos prop Jamie Peacock will not make his 500th career appearance against Wakefield Wildcats on Friday night. That’s not because he’s injured, suspended or has been dropped – it was simply a factual error. Peacock has played in 499 matches, but one of those (for Great Britain against Newcastle Division – ... Read More »