Warrington sign Penrith’s Sitaleki Akauola on two-year deal

Warrington Wolves have announced the signing of prop Sitaleki Akauola from NRL side Penrith Panthers on a two-year deal as of next season until the end of November 2019. The 25-year-old Tongan international made his club debut for the Panthers in 2016 having signed from Wests Tigers; for who he previously made his first-grade debut for in 2013. He’s made…

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TotalRL’s Team of the Week: Super League Super 8s, Round Three

Fullback: Zak Hardaker (Castleford) It was another vintage night for the 2015 Man of Steel: who scored twice and was defensively superb during the Tigers’ historic victory against Wakefield. Wing: Greg Eden (Castleford) He’s back. Eden notched up try number 35 during Castleford’s win over Wakefield on Thursday and now looks odds-on to break Denny Solomona’s record of last year.…

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Grant Millington agrees new contract extension with Castleford Tigers

Grant Millington has become the latest player to commit his long-term future to the 2017 Super League leaders. Millington was already under contract for 2018 but this new three-year deal will keep him with the Tigers until the end of 2020. The 30-year old has been an integral part of Castleford’s success since he joined the club back in 2012…

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Barba targeting fullback role and competition for Lomax as St Helens debut nears

St Helens star Ben Barba admits he knows where he will be playing for his new club with his debut little over a week away: insisting he is ready to battle with England’s Jonny Lomax for the fullback shirt. The mercurial Barba will make his debut in next week’s eagerly-anticipated derby against local rivals Wigan – with many expecting him…

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Gale hits out at League Leaders’ Shield critics as he backs Castleford for double

Castleford scrum-half Luke Gale says the only people that devalue the League Leaders’ Shield are the ones who are languishing below them in the Super League table after their historic triumph last week: before backing the Tigers to go on and do the double. The Tigers will finish top of the table for the first time in their history this…

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Hull are the favourites and will be under pressure at Wembley, insists Liam Farrell

This story originally featured in League Express’ Challenge Cup final preview special. To read the full issue, click here – and don’t forget to subscribe to ensure you get our digital edition celebrating this year’s Wembley winners as soon as it is released on Sunday night! It may be mind games, it may be the truth. But Wigan forward Liam…

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Gareth Ellis warns Wigan that confidence is high in Hull camp ahead of Wembley

This story originally featured in League Express’ Challenge Cup final preview special. To read the full issue, click here – and don’t forget to subscribe to ensure you get our digital edition celebrating this year’s Wembley winners as soon as it is released on Sunday night! Hull FC captain Gareth Ellis has warned Wigan that the Black and Whites are…

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Featherstone and Hull KR fans to be segregated following recent crowd trouble

Featherstone Rovers have confirmed crowd segregation will be in place for their upcoming game with Hull Kingston Rovers following recent crowd trouble between the club’s supporters. An incident that took place when the Robins last visited in June is still under investigation by the RFL, which has prompted Featherstone officials to take action. Hull KR fans have been allocated over…

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Power Rankings – August 22nd

1. Castleford Tigers (0) It was a case of ‘when’ rather than ‘if’ for Castleford, but they wrapped up the League Leaders’ Shield in style with a comprehensive win over Wakefield. The enormity of Castleford’s accomplishment has been argued fiercely, but what can’t be disputed is that their capture of the Shield proves they are the most consistent team in…

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