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May 21 2013 04:03 PM | League Express in Latest News
Scott Dureau has been given the green light by doctors in Toulouse to resume playing following his recovery from an operation to remove a tumour in January.
“I'm very happy, it's obviously really good news, I was waiting for that decision for a long time,” said Dureau.
“The last five months since the surgery have been very long. I can't wait to be back on the field with my team mates.”
The 2012 Goldthorpe Medal winning scrum-half is set to return to action for Catalan Dragons against London Broncos this Saturday at the Magic Weekend at Manchester's Etihad Stadium.
May 21 2013 10:31 AM | League Express in Latest News
Widnes Vikings winger Patrick Ah Van has signed a contract extension keeping him at the club until the end of the 2015 season. Ah Van joined Widnes from Bradford Bulls in 2012 and made an immediate impression, finishing his debut season at the Stobart Stadium as top scorer with 16 tries and 34 goals yielding 132 points.
May 21 2013 10:21 AM | League Express in Latest News
Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have signed Parramatta Eels prop forward Taulima Tautai until the end of the 2014 campaign and he will join the Wildcats immediately after his release from the NRL club. Tautai has played over 70 first grade games in the NRL for Parramatta and Cronulla Sharks after making his debut for the Eels in 2008 and he will arrive at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium on Wednesday morning.
May 20 2013 03:51 PM | League Express in Latest News
The draw for the quarter-finals of the 2013 Northern Rail Cup will take place live on Premier Sports on Thursday May 23 between 7.15pm and 7.30pm during the free-to-air broadcast in the build-up to the Hunslet Hawks v Batley Bulldogs Championship fixture.
Batley are among the eight clubs involved in the draw and will be joined by Dewsbury Rams, Doncaster, Leigh Centurions, Sheffield Eagles, Swinton Lions, Whitehaven and Workington Town as the competition moves a step closer towards the Northern Rail Finals Day at The Shay, Halifax on Saturday July 20.
May 20 2013 10:42 AM | League Express in League Express
So, all eyes to Manchester this weekend when the world of Rugby League gathers for its second Magic Weekend in the city.
The first, last year, turned out good, with the sun blazing down on the Etihad Stadium, fans turning out in numbers - the aggregate attendance for the two days was almost 64,000 - and there were some excellent games as well, as you would expect.
Though the Magic Weekend concept has deviated since it was launched in 2007, when it was a vehicle to help establish the game in Wales, and subsequently in Scotland, it has always provided a chance for League supporters to enjoy a weekend away alongside fellow fans.
It was that in Cardiff and Edinburgh and it remains so as we look forward to this year's extravaganza.
Though, apart from Sky Sports' Rugby League coverage, the weekend has had little noticeable promotion, at least outside the city of Manchester, we are sure fans of all clubs will find it hard to resist showing their colours at what is a wonderful stadium for Rugby League.
May 18 2013 08:41 AM | League Express in Latest News
The draw for the quarter-finals of the 2013 Tetley’s Challenge Cup has been made and will see cup holders Warrington Wolves take on Huddersfield Giants in the stand-out tie of the round. The Wolves will be hoping to move one step closer to a fourth appearance at Wembley in five years while Huddersfield will be aiming to avenge the Cup final defeat to Warrington in 2009. The draw was made live on BBC Breakfast television and BBC Radio 5 Live by Louise Minchin and Charlie Stayt earlier today and also saw Sheffield Eagles, the only remaining Championship side left in the competition, drawn at home to London Broncos. The other ties in the round will see Hull FC travel across the channel to take on Catalan Dragons while the most successful team in Challenge Cup history, Wigan Warriors, will host Widnes Vikings.
May 17 2013 01:50 PM | League Express in League Express
Last Saturday afternoon I was at Huddersfield's Challenge Cup-tie against Leeds at the John Smith's Stadium.
It was a tremendous match, played in front of a terrific crowd, and must have created a very positive impression for the audience watching the BBC's coverage of the game.
After the match, and the media conference, I went upstairs into the lounge in which Giants supporters and players congregate, and I was assailed with people asking me about the RFL's proposals for changing the structure of the league competitions.
It's fair to say that I didn't find anyone who was in favour of the proposed changes, and many supporters couldn't understand why the changes were being proposed.
So it's hardly surprising that the RFL chief executive Nigel Wood and his fellow RFL director Ralph Rimmer should have taken to the Twittersphere today to try to explain their proposals to an audience that has been fairly sceptical about them so far.
May 16 2013 12:35 PM | League Express in Latest News
Leeds Rhinos have been dealt a double injury blow ahead of their Super League clash with St Helens at Headingley Carnegie on Monday night with the news that centre Carl Ablett and prop Jamie Peacock (pictured) have both been ruled out for up to eight weeks.
Ablett suffered a hand injury in the Tetley's Challenge Cup loss at Huddersfield on Saturday whilst Peacock has injured his knee. The Rhinos could also be without forward Brett Delaney who suffered a shoulder injury at John Smith's Stadium at the weekend.
May 15 2013 09:32 AM | League Express in Latest News
Goal kicking Winger Jamie Foster has signed a new two year contract with the Bulls and will remain at the Provident Stadium until the end of the 2015 season.
Foster, who is 22 years of age, joined the Bulls from St Helens in the close season and immediately made a big impact at the club kicking 38 goals and scoring 2 tries in 10 appearances before he was injured against Rochdale Hornets.
“It’s a massive confidence boost for me to get this new contract," said Foster. “The deal was very easy to agree and I was quick to sign on the dotted line. I'm just really excited about what the future holds now.
“We know it’s a building process here at Bradford to challenge the big clubs again but we’re all hungry for it. I think if you’re have the hunger then you’re halfway there already.
"Omar Khan has come in and bought the club and there is a tremendous feeling here now. The club is certainly going places.”
May 15 2013 09:27 AM | League Express in Latest News
Widnes Vikings forward Gareth Hock (pictured) and Cory Paterson of Hull KR have both been suspended for four matches after they appeared before the RFL Disciplinary Panel on Tuesday evening.
Hock was found guilty of a Grade D offence for making deliberate contact with a match official during the Tetley's Challenge Cup fifth round tie against Workington Town on Sunday May 12.
Hock, who pleaded not guilty to the offence, was also fined £300 by the Panel.
Paterson was found guilty of committing a Grade D reckless striking offence on Blake Green of Wigan Warriors during their Tetley's Challenge Cup game on Sunday.
Paterson was also fined £300 by the Panel.
Leeds Rhinos half-back Danny McGuire was given a formal warning and fined £300 after he was found guilty of a Grade A punching offence during the Cup game against Huddersfield Giants on Saturday May 11.