COLUMN | Widnes’ youngsters threaten to propel the Vikings to new heights

Widnes offered fans a glimpse into the future during their recent pre-season match with Warrington. And what the Vikings fans witnessed was remarkably encouraging. Denis Betts named a side with an average age of 21 for the club’s match with their fierce rivals Warrington who, in contrast, fielded seven senior-capped internationals. Despite that, Widnes’ young-guns put in a superb display…

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Widnes confirm they had “genuine interest” to sell their Super League license this year

Widnes Vikings did have “genuine interest” from parties interested in buying their Super League licence and relocating them earlier this season. That’s according to the club’s chief executive, James Rule, who told League Express that there were legitimate offers from parties who were keen to set up a Super League side in a new area – as revealed by League…

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Widnes come out in support of LBGT charity

Widnes Vikings have joined forces with LGBT charity Stonewall. In a significant move, the Vikings have become the first Super League club to come out in support of the LGBT community and have partnered up with the organisation behind the ‘Rainbow Laces’ campaign. As part of the move, the ‘Rainbow Laces’ logo will be displayed on the reverse of the…

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Widnes Vikings to become latest side to launch Women’s team

Widnes Vikings have revealed that they plan on becoming the latest side to create a Women’s Super League team. The Vikings, in partnership with the Vikings Sports Foundation, are spearheading plans to encourage increased engagement in the game, by delivering innovative programmes that support girls as young as seven to participate in the sport – and at the heart of…

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Scout Report: Will Matthews

Our man Down Under, Andrew Ferguson, gives us the lowdown on Widnes’ new signing, Will Matthews. Factfile Name: Will Matthews DOB: March 30, 1988 – 29-years-old Height: 186cm – 6’1 Weight 105kg – 16st 5 Position: Second-row/loose-forward Profile Will Matthews has been used as a ball running utility from the interchange intermittently throughout his decade-long career in the NRL. He…

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Widnes appoint Francis Cummins as new assistant

Francis Cummins has secured a return to Rugby League as Denis Betts’ assistant at Widnes. Cummins, who coached Bradford Bulls for two years between 2013 and 2014, has been selected to become Betts’ new number two with current assistant Brett Hodgson returning to Australia to take up a coaching role at Wests Tigers. The 40-year-old has most recently been the…

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Widnes end London’s promotion hopes

London Broncos’ promotion hopes were ended with a 38-16 defeat at Widnes Vikings. Mark Ioane crashed over to give London an early lead before Chris Houston and Ryan Ince saw efforts ruled out by the TMO. Matt Whitley, Lloyd White and Danny Craven crossed as Widnes opened up a lead before Runciman added a fourth on the half time hooter…

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Kear and London keen to make Betts eat his words

London star Elliot Kear has admitted Denis Betts’ controversial pre-match comments have helped further motivate the Broncos ahead of their do-or-die clash with Widnes. Betts, the Vikings head coach, claimed in his pre-match press conference that not one London player would make his side. The comments quickly made their way to the London players, who already have plenty to play…

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