Lee Radford admits Gareth Ellis is likely to resume playing career at Wigan on Sunday

Hull FC coach Lee Radford has admitted that legendary former captain Gareth Ellis is likely to come out of retirement on Sunday and resume his playing career in their trip to Wigan. Ellis made a cameo appearance in last weekend’s reserves fixture against Wakefield – but on Friday, he was named in the Black and Whites’ 19-man squad for their…

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Farrell to have surgery on torn pectoral muscle

Wigan Warriors forward Liam Farrell will undergo surgery for a pectoral muscle tear after sustaining the injury in Wigan Warriors’ 20-8 defeat to the Sydney Roosters in the Betfred World Club Challenge on Sunday evening. The 28-year old second-rower picked up the injury in the 50th minute of Wigan’s loss to the Roosters on Sunday and is expected to be…

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PODCAST: The Total Rugby League Show – Episode 3

The Total Rugby League Show is back this week as we review all the results from Round 2 of the Super League season. On this week’s show, Ben Hughes is joined as always by League Express Editor Martyn Sadler, Rugby League Journalist Doug Thomson, and by Rugby League World Editor Matthew Shaw. Plus we talk about the World Club Challenge…

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Lam insists timing of points deduction ‘wasn’t good’ – but said it didn’t affect Wigan performance

Wigan coach Adrian Lam refused to blame the news of the club’s two-point deduction for breaching the salary cap as having any sort of influence in their 22-12 defeat to St Helens – but admitted the timing of the announcement ‘wasn’t good’. The RFL announced on Wednesday, 24 hours before the opening game of the 2019 season, that the reigning…

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Tom Davies believes rugby league’s governance is a ‘shambles’ with ongoing reserves row

Wigan winger Tom Davies believes the governing of Rugby League in this country is a ‘shambles’ – and has expressed his concern over the amount of players being lost to the game as the reserves row continues. Davies is arguably one of the biggest examples of how a reserve pathway can develop Super League talent; having been overlooked throughout his…

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Wigan confirm Zak Hardaker’s playing comeback against Salford on Sunday

Zak Hardaker will officially resume his playing career this Sunday. Wigan have confirmed that the fullback will feature for the first time since testing positive for cocaine in September 2017 this weekend, when they travel across Lancashire to face Super League rivals Salford Red Devils. The reigning Super League champions have two friendlies this weekend, with Adrian Lam’s side playing…

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Wigan will play ‘casual’ reserve games despite not entering league, says Kris Radlinski

Wigan Warriors owner Ian Lenagan has revealed that the reigning Super League champions do intend to play some reserve figures in 2019 – despite not formally entering the reserve competition itself. Wakefield, Hull FC, Featherstone, Bradford and Keighley are all scheduled to be in the RFL’s reserve league, with the Warriors revealing late last year they had decided against taking…

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Kris Radlinski backs Zak Hardaker to return to the top of the game after ‘clearing hurdles’

Zak Hardaker still has the potential to become the best player in Super League again, according to the man who put his reputation on the line to sign him for Wigan as Zak prepares to resume his career this weekend. Hardaker will play for Wigan in one of their two friendlies this week (they play London Skolars on Friday and…

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Bateman delighted to be named League Express Player of the Year

Departing Wigan Warriors forward John Bateman expressed his delight after being named the League Express Player of the Year. The 25-year-old heads Down Under to play for Canberra Raiders next season, after helping Wigan win the Super League Grand Final. His personal contribution to that Wigan side earned him a place in the 2018 Dream Team, was shortlisted for the…

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Catalans-Wigan game at the Nou Camp ‘very close’, admits Kris Radlinski

Wigan’s executive director Kris Radlinski admits plans between the Warriors and Catalans to stage a game at Barcelona’s Nou Camp are ‘very close’. The idea has been mooted for several months, with Catalans declaring their intention to play a Super League fixture at the iconic stadium ever since winning the Challenge Cup back in August. They paraded the trophy at…

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