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  1. St Helens held off an improving Leeds Rhinos at the Totally Wicked Stadium to win a thrilling game 27-22. The game began badly for them, however, when Kevin Naiqama was taken off the field after 90 seconds for treatment for an eye injury. St Helens took the lead when Theo Fages took advantage of a knock-on near his own line… The post Saints hold off strong Leeds challenge appeared first on Total Rugby League. View the full article
  2. Warrington Wolves continued their unbeaten start to the season with a deserved 20-32 victory at Huddersfield Giants tonight. The Wolves went ahead on ten minutes when Ryan Atkins touched down a Blake Austin grubber with Stefan Ratchford adding the goal and they extended their lead six minutes later with a try from Josh Charnley, which Ratchford couldn’t convert. Charnley scored… The post Wolves overcome Giants to retain unbeaten record appeared first on Total Rugby League. View the full article
  3. 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… The post Lee Radford admits Gareth Ellis is likely to resume playing career at Wigan on Sunday appeared first on Total Rugby League. View the full article
  4. There have been no shortage of serious questions and debates for rugby league to have with itself in recent years, let alone the rollercoaster 124-year history of the sport. However, as news of financial problems at another club materialises, you wonder if the most important and unavoidable discussion to preserve the sport’s long-term future is now staring us straight in… The post COMMENT: Has the time come for league to decide whether it can sustain so many clubs? appeared first on Total Rugby League. View the full article
  5. Widnes could be liquidated as soon as next week if investment is not found in the coming days. The cash-stricken Championship club has “no money left” according to the administrators who have been instructed to try and secure the club’s future. The Vikings had already been forced to postpone Sunday’s Championship clash with Sheffield on Sunday, with experienced administrator Peter… The post Widnes threatened with liquidation by the end of week, administrators warn appeared first on Total Rugby League. View the full article
  6. Gareth Ellis, who retired at the end of 2017, has been called out of retirement by Hull FC head coach Lee Radford after featuring for their reserves last week. As well as calling up Ellis, 37, Radford also calls upon new signing Ratu Naulago who recently completed a trial with the club, signing a one-year deal. The Black and Whites… The post Gareth Ellis named in Hull squad for Wigan clash appeared first on Total Rugby League. View the full article
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    Hull FC sign Army trialist

    Hull FC have signed British Army trialist Ratu Naulago on a one-year deal after a successful trial with the club. The Fijian-born star was given a temporary release from active service to pursue his opportunity in professional Rugby League. Naulago has been on the books of Saracens, Bath and Harlequins in rugby union before making the switch to League with… The post Hull FC sign Army trialist appeared first on Total Rugby League. View the full article
  8. There has been quite an influx of big names into Super League this season, and Blake Austin is one of the biggest, signing up for duty at Warrington Wolves. In the new issue of Rugby League World magazine, out now, he talks to Gareth Walker about the transition from the NRL and what made him decide to try his luck… The post Austin powers into Super League and onto the cover of Rugby League World! appeared first on Total Rugby League. View the full article
  9. Chris Chester reserved special praise for Danny Brough as the halfback produced a masterful performance in his 500th career appearance. Brough was in superb form as he scored ten points and set up a try in Wakefield’s 22-12 victory over Catalans. The 36-year-old was named man of the match following his display, and Chester paid tribute to his halfback. “He… The post Chester saves tribute for milestone man Brough appeared first on Total Rugby League. View the full article
  10. Steve McNamara criticised his side’s lack of discipline after Catalans’ defeat to Wakefield. The Dragons fell to a second consecutive away defeat at the start of the season against a Trinity side who had yet to win in 2019. McNamara was unsatisfied with his side’s overall performance. “I thought we were ready to play and I could sense as… The post McNamara bemoans Catalans’ ill-discipline appeared first on Total Rugby League. View the full article
  11. Penrith Panthers and New South Wales halfback James Maloney has revealed he sees the end of his career in Super League. Maloney told the Sydney Morning Herald that its been his plan for years to finish his career in Europe. “As far as I’m concerned, I’ve got every intention of seeing out my contract at Penrith, then play a few… The post Maloney keen on Super League swan song appeared first on Total Rugby League. View the full article
  12. Wakefield secured their first win of the season with a 22-12 victory over Catalans. Danny Brough celebrated his 500th career appearance with a ten-point haul as Chris Chester’s side put in a solid display against Les Dracs. The two teams exchanged early scores through Tom Johnstone and Samisoni Langi, but late tries from David Fifita and James Batchelor, along with… The post Wakefield up and running after Catalans win appeared first on Total Rugby League. View the full article
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    TotalRL Stats Bulletin – Week 4

    Super League takes centre stage once again with a full fixture schedule in the top division. The Championship continues into Round 4, and we have all the facts and figures from League 1 which enters its second week. See the PDFs below: Super League Round 3/Milestones Championship Round 4/Milestones League 1 Round 2/Milestones The post TotalRL Stats Bulletin – Week 4 appeared first on Total Rugby League. View the full article
  14. This week’s Total Rugby League Show takes a look back at Sunday’s World Club Challenge, as well as previewing this weekend’s matches in Super League. Host Ben Hughes is joined by League Express Editor Martyn Sadler, Rugby League journalist Doug Thomson and Rugby League World Editor Matthew Shaw. Plus we have a preview for this season’s National Conference League with… The post PODCAST: The Total Rugby League Show – Episode 4 appeared first on Total Rugby League. View the full article
  15. A former consultant to the RFL has criticised the governing body for its decision not to offer a place in League 1 to the fledgling Manchester Rangers club, which was knocked back by the RFL as reported by League Express in the 11th February edition. Ken Jones, who is currently involved with Bradford Bulls, criticised the RFL’s decision to ignore… The post RFL consultant slams opportunity missed in Manchester decision appeared first on Total Rugby League. View the full article
  16. Widnes’ Championship match with Sheffield Eagles will not be taking place this weekend as the Vikings’ financial struggles continue. TotalRL has learned that the game has officially been cancelled with no rearranged game currently in sight. More to follow. The post Widnes’ game with Sheffield called off appeared first on Total Rugby League. View the full article
  17. Rugby League World has completed the coup of signing England and Castleford halfback Luke Gale as its new columnist. The 2017 Man of Steel winner and three-time Albert Goldthorpe Medal recipient has joined the Rugby League World team as part of the magazine's growing repertoire of bespoke content available every month. Luke will provide exclusive insight into his rehabilitation from a ruptured Achilles injury that he suffered in pre-season, along with sharing his views on other aspects of the game. His first column is in the new edition of Rugby League World, which is available online now and in stores from Friday, February 22nd "As one door shuts another one opens," he said. "I won't be playing rugby, but I've been able to take on the ambassador role for the World Cup, which saw me go and speak during half-time of the Newcastle and Manchester City game. I've taken on a bit of work with Sky and it's even given me the opportunity to write this article every month which I'm really looking forward to." Matt Shaw, Rugby League World's Editor-In-Chief added: "It's needless to say that we're delighted to have Luke on board. He is one of the best players in world rugby and one of the most recognisable in the game given his involvement in the sport's biggest fixtures over the last few years. "We have a product that provides content like nobody else, and Luke will add to that with his experiences of rehabilitation. We all know that the road to recovery is gruelling, but Luke will provide access into the real strains and rigours of overcoming such a serious injury." Read Luke's new column now by buying your edition of Rugby League World at www.totalrl.com/rlw
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    Lebanon RLF elect new board

    Following elections hosted and presided over by the Ministry of Youth and Sport in Beirut, the Lebanese Rugby League Federation has announced its new administrative board. The six-strong group, which is mandated until January 2023, includes four independent directors and two nominated by the clubs. The move towards an independent board was part of a key strategic decision made early… The post Lebanon RLF elect new board appeared first on Total Rugby League. View the full article
  19. Warrington Wolves hooker Danny Walker has led the rallying cry for the England Knights programme to continue, after admitting that the tour to Papua New Guinea changed his life. Walker was part of Paul Anderson’s squad that travelled to PNG for the two-game series against the Kumuls, which was designed to give life experiences, as well as playing ones, to… The post Wolves star praises his Knights’ experience appeared first on Total Rugby League. View the full article
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    Gigot refutes NRL reports

    Tony Gigot has poured cold water on rumours that he is unsettled at Catalans Dragons. Media speculation grew last week that he is about to quit Perpignan to join North Queensland Cowboys as a replacement for Ben Barba, with some suggestions that Gigot was unhappy with losing the Dragons’ fullback role to new signing Sam Tomkins. But Gigot told League… The post Gigot refutes NRL reports appeared first on Total Rugby League. View the full article
  21. England international forward George Burgess has opened up on his decision to stay with South Sydney over a lucrative move to Parramatta Eels saying it was a “heart over head” decision. Burgess has played every single first-team game for South Sydney after moving to the club alongside his brothers, Sam, Luke and Tom. The Eels came in with a $1.8… The post George Burgess opens up on Souths stay appeared first on Total Rugby League. View the full article
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    Wests secure Robert Jennings

    Wests Tigers have signed winger Robert Jennings following his release from South Sydney Rabbitohs. With a cloud still hanging over the club regarding a potential $639,000 deduction from their salary cap due to the NRL’s salary cap investigation, negotiations between the two clubs had halted. But the NRL gave the Tigers the green light on the move. Jennings, 23, enjoyed… The post Wests secure Robert Jennings appeared first on Total Rugby League. View the full article
  23. The BARLA National Cup continues on Saturday with eight second round fixtures. A highlight of the afternoon is the game between West Bank Bears and Hunslet Club Parkside, while Skirlaugh visit Glasson Rangers, who pulled off a surprise victory over Drighlington last week in the first round. Eastern Rhinos, though, have conceded their tie at West Hull. Fixtures Saturday 23 February 2019… The post BARLA National Cup hits the second round stage appeared first on Total Rugby League. View the full article
  24. Chris Clarkson has revealed he began working as a bricklayer throughout the toughest off-season of his career as he searched in vain for a club to offer him a chance in 2019 – and admits now he’s on board at Castleford, he’s determined to prove he belongs at the top level. The former Leeds and Hull KR forward was surprisingly… The post Clarkson eager to make most of Castleford chance after turning to building trade in off-season appeared first on Total Rugby League. View the full article
  25. Huddersfield v Warrington (7:45pm, John Smith’s Stadium) Huddersfield welcome back three big names for Friday’s clash with Warrington – including England star Jermaine McGillvary. The winger was injured in their warm-up game against Wakefield last month, but is back to full fitness and takes his place in Simon Woolford’s 19-man squad for the game. Ukuma Ta’ai and Lee Gaskell also… The post Squad news for Friday’s two Super League games – as McGillvary returns for Huddersfield appeared first on Total Rugby League. View the full article