Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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RFL appoints new head of Salary Cap

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The RFL has appointed forensic financial and legal expert Nigel Roberts as the sport’s Head of Salary Cap and Registrations. Roberts, who hails from Eccles, currently works for Manchester-based criminal defence solicitors Stephen Lickrish and Associates and will take up his new role in early November. He has significant expertise in white collar fraud, commercial fraud, money laundering and regulatory ... Read More »

Cougars begin legal action; propose expanded Championship

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Keighley Cougars and Sheffield Eagles have begun formal legal action against the Rugby Football League over the ineligible dual-registration players saga. Cougars Chairman Gary Fawcett says that the club has not received any answers from the sport’s governing body over why Batley and Doncaster were reinstated the three points they were initially deducted. Fawcett wants to know why the clubs ... Read More »

Cougars take to the courts in RFL dual-reg dispute

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Keighley chairman Gary Fawcett has confirmed that the Cougars have placed the dual registration controversy that has surrounded the club’s relegation into the hands of lawyers. The Cougars had been taking legal advice over the matter, and announced that they would join forces with Sheffield Eagles to cover the costs of taking it further if required. And Fawcett confirmed to ... Read More »

Rugby League to hit Indian cinemas next month

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Rugby League is to make its big screen debut in Indian cinema next month, the RFL has revealed. Our sport is set to feature in a new film ‘Govindudu Andarivadele’ about a boy of Indian heritage who is brought up in England. He happens to play rugby and is the star of the team so the production came to the ... Read More »

Cougars and Eagles to take joint action against RFL

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Keighley and Sheffield are prepared to take joint action against the RFL over the non-punishment of other Championship clubs for fielding ineligible players, and the Cougars say they are waiting for answers from the game’s governing body over a host of pertinent questions. In this week’s League Express, Gareth Walker chats to Keighley Chairman Gary Fawcett, who has been in ... Read More »

Magic Weekend moves to Newcastle for 2015

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St. James’ Park in Newcastle will host next year’s Magic Weekend. The event will, as always, see all 12 Super League clubs showcase their skill and athleticism in six matches – three on Saturday May 30 and three on Sunday May 31 – at the home of Premier League football club Newcastle United. Rugby League fans from around the country ... Read More »

Cougars seek legal advice over inconsistent RFL rulings

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Keighley Cougars chairman Gary Fawcett claims he is seeking legal advice after the West Yorkshire side were relegated from the Championship yesterday. Fawcett is upset at two key decisions made by the RFL that have directly impacted the Cougars’ season. Firstly, player-coach Paul March was given a two-month stadium ban for questioning a match official, then, more recently, some of the ... Read More »

Two RL legends to be inducted in Hall of Fame next month

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The RFL has announced that two of the greatest players in Rugby League history are to be inducted into the sport’s most exclusive club, the Rugby League Hall of Fame. The identity of the new inductees will be announced at the John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield on Friday October 17 at a special Hall of Fame dinner hosted by Rugby ... Read More »

Mark Aston calls for vote of no confidence in RFL

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Sheffield Eagles coach Mark Aston has questioned how old evidence could be presented in last Thursday’s controversial points deduction appeals by Championship clubs Batley and Doncaster, and has called for answers from the RFL over the matter. An Operational Rules Appeals Tribunal granted the appeals against the points deductions imposed for breaches of the rules relating to dual-registration. The clubs ... Read More »

NCL to remain a summer competition, says RFL

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The National Conference League will remain a summer competition for the next three years, the RFL has announced. NCL Administrator David Lowe said: “Following on from the survey that we carried out and negotiation with the RFL, the National Conference League will for the next three years continue to run a summer competition. Clubs in attendance were informed of this ... Read More »