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  1. Leeds Rhinos have been handed a major boost ahead of this Saturday's massive Tetley's Challenge Cup clash at Huddersfield Giants with the news that prop Kylie Leuluai has agreed a new contract with the club. The former Samoa captain joined the Rhinos in 2007 but had planned to retire at the end of this season however he has had a change of heart now and signed a new rolling contract with the Champions. The 35-year-old has twice now put off retirement plans and has agreed with the club to sign a rolling contract rather than put another deadline on his career. Leuluai has been given a further boost with news that he and his wife no longer require visas to live and work in the UK having satisfied the necessary criteria since moving to the country six years ago. Commenting on the news Leuluai said, "I am really pleased to have got the deal sorted and can now look forward to the future starting with a big game against Huddersfield on Saturday. You are a long time retired and it was a big decision for me. I have to thank my wife and family for their support to stay here in Leeds and carry on playing. I am feeling good and want to continue as long as I can and I am very grateful to the club for allowing me to do that." Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Brian McDermott added, "Kylie has been in great form for us this season so it was a pretty easy decision to offer him a new deal once he decided he wanted to postpone his retirement. He is a leader within our team and works hard with our medical and conditioning staff to make sure he is in the best possible shape on gameday. It is a big boost for the team to have Kylie back on board for next season and beyond." Fellow Rhinos prop Jamie Peacock added, "I think Kylie has been a great overseas signing not just for Leeds but for the Super League competition. He is not one of the star names like people like Lesley Vainikolo, Henry Paul or Danny Buderus but he has brought something special to the Leeds team. It is great that he is going around again and it is a big boost to us at the Rhinos. He would certainly be up there with the best imports I have ever played alongside and I am sure he will continue to produce his very best for Leeds." Phil Daly Media and PR Manager
  2. I am pleased to say that on going discussions are taking place with several interested individuals, all of whom wish to assist the club going forward. I would anticipate that, by early next week, there will be further announcements concerning new appointments to help the club through this difficult trading period. The club finances have been enhanced by the kind donation from Derek and Andy Beaumont which alleviated the short term issue of players’ wages. It is right to say that Paul and the players are totally committed to securing the future of the club and the last two performances clearly demonstrate their intent to do all they can for the cause. The next game, away at Featherstone in the Northern Rail Cup, will be a challenge that everyone believes, despite the uncertainty that currently exists, that Paul and the players will be able to overcome. It would be a tremendous boost to the players, knowing that the fans believe the same, and I would ask that as many fans as possible should make the trip to the Bigfellas Stadium on Sunday 19th May. I would also ask for local businesses to contact Business Manager Rob Parker, if they would be willing to sponsor a coach to boost the number of fans. If you are interested, please e-mail Rob on rob.parker@leighrl.co.uk The club have asked for tickets to be sent over to enable us to sell them from LSV and the Market stall and we will let everyone know when they have arrived. May I finally take this opportunity to thank the people of Leigh and everyone involved with the club for their great loyalty and determination shown over the past few weeks. Keith Freer Chairman, Leigh Centurions
  3. Castleford Tigers and Featherstone Rovers can announce the immediate release of Daryl Powell to become the Head Coach of Super League side Castleford Tigers. Powell said: “Every coaching appointment I’ve had has made me really proud, and this is another proud moment for me. I’m really excited and can't wait to start helping the team and the Club to grow. “Castleford Tigers is such a proud and traditional Club and it has so much going for it. It is highly regarded in terms of developing its young players and the first team squad has an abundance of quality. I am looking forward to driving the standards and consistency of the team. “Danny Orr and Richard Tunningley have done a fantastic job in stabilising the group over the last few weeks as the win v Hull KR showed. “I’ve had a wonderful experience as Head Coach of Featherstone Rovers. I’d like to think that I’ve left them in such a positive place. I’d like to thank everybody at the Club from top to bottom. The board, players, back room staff and the fans have been massively supportive of me and I wish them all the best for the future.” Tigers’ Chief Executive, Steve Gill said: “We have taken our time over the appointment of a new Head Coach because we wanted to ensure that we brought the right man on board and I’m convinced that Daryl Powell is that man. “He is an excellent coach who has proven his skills at Featherstone Rovers over several seasons. He is at the cutting edge of coaching and his previous role as Assistant Coach of the England side shows how highly regarded he is. “We would also like to take the opportunity to thank the Featherstone Rovers Chairman, Mark Campbell for allowing us to speak to Daryl and Chief Executive, Craig Poskitt for ensuring a smooth transition.” Featherstone Chief Executive Craig Poskitt said: "We thank Daryl for his outstanding services to Featherstone Rovers. It was our duty to allow Castleford the opportunity to speak with Daryl and he decided that the move was the right direction for him to take. “I would like to state that the club will now be on the look-out for a replacement that shares our vision and wants to be a part of the long term future of the club in Super League.” Castleford Tigers will be hosting a Meet the Coach Q&A and BBQ for fans at the Wish Communications Stadium at 6pm on Wednesday 8th May. All fans are invited to speak to Daryl over refreshments so simply come along to meet our new Head Coach. Featherstone Rovers will shortly announce a new Head Coach. ENDS Brett Cullen Media Relations Officer
  4. Huddersfield Giants and Leeds Rhinos have combined to challenge all Rugby League supporters to show the watching world that Rugby League is very much alive and thriving with an incredible ticket offer ahead of the game they are describing as ‘Yorkshires Main Event.’ The Tetley’s Challenge Cup 5th Round tie between Huddersfield Giants and Leeds Rhinos takes place on Saturday 11th May (kick off 2.30pm). Tickets are on sale from 9am tomorrow until 6pm on Sunday 5th May for just £8 from both Leeds Rhinos and the Huddersfield Giants. All junior season ticket holders are free of charge (ticket required from the respective club’s ticket offices) and for any other under 16 the price is just £3. Giants Managing Director Richard Thewlis said: “I am utterly fed up of reading negativity towards Rugby League so this is everyone’s chance to show the watching country what a great game Rugby League is. We all know that the economy is tough right now so £8 gives everyone the chance to come down to the John Smith’s Stadium and show your support not only for your chosen club and also for the game at large. Both the Rhinos and the Giants are at the top of our games and the sudden death nature of the Challenge Cup means it really is a vital do or die game for both clubs. As well as Rhinos and Giants lets urge all supporters to come down in their colours and show the country that in Yorkshire the game is proud of its heritage and keen to showcase itself for its number one Cup competition. In the bigger scheme we have a World Cup at the end of the year and we see this year as being pivotal for the game and one that has the potential for great things. Our key message is you can pre-buy your ticket for Yorkshire’s Main Event’ for just £8 (adult and concession) until Sunday 5th May at 6pm so spread the word, get buying and lets see if we can make it a day to remember.” Junior season ticket holders can see this match for free! However in order to do so they must exchange their Tetley’s Challenge Cup 5th Round Final voucher before 5pm on Friday 10th May at the Leeds Rhinos Ticket Office. There will be an option to exchange voucher on match day on the gates at Huddersfield Giants however we do recommend you exchange in advance. For further news and full ticket details click the collowing link: http://matchdaymail.leedsrugby.com/index.php?action=message&l=5&c=1789&m=2047&s=c0e91f50ed21deac93428d96e273cf26 Phil Daly Media and PR Manager Leeds Rhinos
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  6. Chris Bailey and Antonio Kaufusi have been named in the 27-man Exiles squad in the 2013 International Origin Match against England at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington, on Friday June 14. Kaufusi played in the two Exiles games last season while Bailey has been called up to the squad for the first time. London Broncos head coach Tony Rea said: “I’m really delighted for them. Selection in any team is exactly that, they’ve been selected to be the best out of a group of people. They compete in a good elite competition and the reason they’ve been selected is that they’ve shown the attributes and performance levels needed and I’m sure they appreciate that." The Exiles will be coached by former Leeds Rhinos and New Zealand Warriors coach Brian McClennan, who coached the Rhinos to Super League Grand Final success in 2008 and 2009. “I had a great time coaching the Exiles two years ago and I’m looking forward to replicating the spirit we had in camp in 2011,”said McClennan. Exiles 27-man squad: Louis Anderson (Catalan Dragons, New Zealand), Chris Bailey (London Broncos, Australia), Michael Dobson (Hull Kingston Rovers, Australia), David Faiumu (Huddersfield Giants, Samoa), Blake Green (Wigan Warriors, Australia), Rhys Hanbury (Widnes Vikings, Australia), Brett Hodgson (Warrington Wolves, Australia, Captain), Lance Hohaia (St Helens, New Zealand), Antonio Kaufusi (London Broncos, Tonga), Kylie Leuluai (Leeds Rhinos, Samoa), Heath L’Estrange (Bradford Bulls, Australia), Willie Manu (St Helens, Tonga), Manesi Manuokafo (Bradford Bulls, Tonga), Daryl Millard (Catalan Dragons, Fiji), Joel Monaghan (Warrington Wolves, Australia), Michael Monaghan (Warrington Wolves, Australia), Joel Moon (Leeds Rhinos, Australia), Mark O’Meley (Hull FC, Australia), Micky Paea (Hull Kingston Rovers, Tonga), Cory Patterson (Hull Kingston Rovers, Australia), Justin Poore (Wakefield Trinity Wildcats, Australia), Tony Puletua (St Helens, Samoa), Pat Richards (Wigan Warriors, Ireland), Jarrod Sammut (Bradford Bulls, Australia), Iosia Soliola (St Helens, Samoa), Zeb Taia (Catalan Dragons, Cook Islands) and Trent Waterhouse (Warrington Wolves, Australia). London Broncos media team
  7. Leeds Rhinos Head Coach Brian McDermott says his side will face one of the toughest hurdles possble after being drawn away to face Huddersfield Giants in the Fifth Round of the Tetley's Challenge Cup. Leeds will face Super League opposition again in the Cup after defeating Castleford at Headingley Carnegie last Friday. Commenting on the draw, McDermott said, "We are very consistent with our opponents in the Cup! In my time here, we have only ever drawn one non-Super League team and that was a tough Leigh side at their place last year in the Quarter Final. If we are going to get back to Wembley it is going to be the tough route again and I don't think this draw could have been any tougher. Huddersfield will be clear favourites, they are second in the table with only leaders Wigan having scored more points than them this season, they defeated us earlier in the season and will be on their own patch so we know it will take a special performance from us to beat them." Huddersfield defeated the Rhinos 32-8 at Headingley Carnegie back in March in a match played in extremely wet conditions. McDermott added, "The landscape has changed a bit since our last game and the weather had a big part to play in that game, Huddersfield came up with a formula that really punished us and I fully expect them to revert to that formula when we play them in the Cup. "They have been challenging at the top of Super League for a number of seasons now and have been to Cup Finals and I have read comments from Paul Anderson and Ken Davy about how they want to take the next step and win silverware this season so that shows the ambition they have. I would have thought not only getting through to the Quarter Final but knocking Leeds out would be a huge scalp for them and take them a big step closer to that ambition. We are under no illusion about the size of the task in front of us," added McDermott. Phil Daly Media and PR Manager
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  10. Castleford Tigers are delighted to announce that is has brought more quality onto the Board of Directors with the addition of the Managing Director of long-term Tigers sponsor CBR Engineering, Steve Vause. Vause joins the Board as part of the Club’s restructuring plan that will recruit a number of new and experienced business people to help drive the Club forward. Upon confirmation of his addition to the Board of Directors, Steve Vause said: “Tigers CEO, Steve Gill is trying to build a team around him that will make the club successful off the field as well as on it and I want to be a part of that. “I have been a Cas fan for over 50 years and CBR Engineering have sponsored the Club for the last six. This is the next step for me in helping the Club – we want to do a lot more at Cas. “Mr Gill asked me to join the Board and I will help him and the Club and give advice when required. “It doesn’t matter how many hours that need to be put in, I want to see Castleford Tigers be successful and I am determined to help in any way that I can to do that. Castleford Tigers CEO, Steve Gill said: “I am delighted that Steve Vause has agreed to join the Club’s Board of Directors. “His skill, advice, work ethic and commitment are invaluable assets to Castleford Tigers. “He brings with him an undoubted business acumen that is proven through his success with his own business, CBR Engineering. “Fans need to know that the people who are working for this Club have Cas at heart and Steve fits into that category. “One of the key aspects that will make this club successful on and off the field is restructuring the Board of Directors. We’re speaking to business people who share our passion for the Club and selling them the vision of where we want to be. “We need more fresh faces to bring a new added dimension and we’re still working on bringing more quality to the Board – we’re not finished yet.” ENDS Brett Cullen Media Relations Officer
  11. Leigh Centurions can today confirm that highly rated forward Sam Hopkins has penned a new 12 month deal with the club which will keep him at the Sports Village until the end of 2014. Paul Rowley, Leigh Coach said; "I am absolutely delighted that Sam has pledged his future with the club and am looking forward to seeing his meteoric level of progression continue over the next couple of years. Sam like the rest of us at Leigh Centurions has a burning ambition to perform at the highest level possible and build towards a future in our countries elite competition (Super League) and this is without doubt an achievable goal for him. His work ethic is great and he is yet another fine example of the local talent to come through our systems." http://www.leighcenturions.com/files/38/2764/194/sam%20hopkins2.jpg
  12. Hooker Ryan Wright is still unsure when he will return to action for the Rams after revealing he is waiting on the results of a recent ankle X-ray. The 21-year-old suffered the injury during the defeat at Barrow last month and, after making the cut for the game against Leigh, has not featured in the side since. Dewsbury’s number nine is hoping that the results will mean he can make a swift return to action, but acknowledges it may not be that straight forward. “At this stage it’s hard to say when I’m going to be back, I’m down at the hospital on Friday for the results of my MRI X-rays. I just hope they won’t be too bad and I won’t be out for much longer,” explained Wright. “It’s all down to the results because if it’s something or nothing then I could be back in a couple of weeks, but if it’s serious then I might be out for a while longer yet. I’m hoping it’s just a couple of weeks and I can back into action.” Rams media team
  13. http://yorkcityknights.co.uk/news/35572/knights-v-dewsbury-one-hull-of-an-offer/ PLUS Late addition to text Jamie Shaul, Jack Briscoe, Danny Nicklas are all available for selection and Liam Kent will make his comeback from injury. Further players may be made available once Peter Gentle decides on his final 17 for the Salford match. -ends- Gavin Wilson Media Manager York City Knights
  14. Castleford Tigers are delighted to announce that Jordan Tansey has signed a two-year contract extension with the club starting from the end of the 2013 season. The full-back has enjoyed an impressive start to the Super League season and has shown the form which earned him a move to NRL side Sydney Roosters and an England World Cup squad place while at Leeds Rhinos in 2008. Tansey, who joined the Tigers in the off-season on a one-year deal from Championship side York City Knights, is pleased to secure his long-term future with Castleford and knows that the hard work starts now. “I’m very delighted to have been given a two-year extension to my contract starting from the end of the season. I’m very happy. Ian Millward [Tigers Head Coach] has been very good to me since he brought me in from York last season. I’ve had a big pre-season, trained hard and started off not too bad so he’s rewarded me with the extension and I’m happy to have my future here at Cas. Basil told me he would give a year’s contract and that I would have to prove myself in that year to earn a new contract. I didn’t expect it to come so soon after eight games of the season but I’m very happy to sign a long-term deal here and stay at Cas. “I think Cas are going places. The team Basil’s putting together is pretty good; we’re not picking up the wins at the minute but it’s only early in the season and hopefully we can start getting those wins and try and make the playoffs which is our main goal for this season. Castleford Tigers Head Coach, Ian Millward has been pleased with Tansey’s performances since starting his Tigers career and thoroughly deserves the contract extension. “Jordan came to the club in the off-season as a very talented player who had played in the NRL and for Leeds Rhinos. He had been out of Super League for 12 months so he had a point to prove and we gave him the opportunity to do that. He had an incentive based contract and he’s ticked all the boxes on and off the field. He’s an absolute joy to coach. In rewarding Jordan with a new contract we’ve tied him up long-term as he’s taken the opportunity that was in that area.” Castleford Tigers take on Wakefield Wildcats in the `Derby That Means Most' at the Wish Communications Stadium on Good Friday with an 8:00pm kick off. Tickets are available in the club's Carlton Lanes shop until 5pm on match day and online until 5pm today (Thursday). ENDS Brett Cullen Media Relations Officer
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  18. Castleford Tigers Get Active For Comic Relief Castleford Tigers held a sponsored dance-a-thon in aid of Comic Relief at Sunday’s match against London Broncos. In a change from the norm, participants of the Paws Dance Academy paid a fee to perform and also sought sponsorship in an effort to raise money. Further funds were raised through a bucket collection and £250 worth of Golden Gamble takings were also donated to the cause. The Tigers Trust is a direct beneficiary of money raised through the Comic Relief charity. In 2012, the trust was awarded a grant of £97,000 to deliver a two year ‘Sport for Change’ programme. The programme works with disadvantaged young females at schools in Castleford and the surrounding districts. Through a range of sport delivery sessions and interactive workshops covering current lifestyle issues such as drug and alcohol awareness, sexual health, teenage pregnancy and community cohesion, the project aims to help participants make more positive and informed choices about their future. Community Manager for Castleford Tigers and the Tigers Trust, Alex Green said: “Just six months into the delivery stage of the project, Sport for Change has proved incredibly popular with local schools, smashing its targets and reaching 2,000 participants already. “We ultimately want to raise aspirations as well as increase confidence and motivation of young girls in our area and this innovative project is contributing to doing that. The programme allows us to increase participant’s physical capabilities as well as highlight the social, emotional and mental well-being benefits associated with physical activity. The exact figure raised through the dance-a-thon is still to be finalized and donations can still be made through the Castleford Tigers Red Nose Day Page: https://my.rednoseda...astlefordtigers The rearranged Comic Relief Touch Competition will now take place on Wednesday 27th March from 5pm. People interested in entering a team should contact Keith Bullimore on 07952170426. Tigers Team Up With Yorkshire Heart Charity To Help Young Hearts Pupils from Park Juniors, St Benedict's Juniors and Kippax North Juniors were at last weekend's Castleford Tigers vs London Broncos match as part of the 'Tiger Heart Beats' project. Funded by Heart Research UK, the 'Tiger Heart Beats' project aims to improve the Heart Health of Year 5 pupils in local schools by helping them to acquire the knowledge, attitudes and behaviours that lead to healthy lifestyle choices. The project involves four weeks of interactive classroom workshops and physical activity sessions educating pupils on how to take care of their hearts. Alex Green, Community Manager at the Tigers Trust and Castleford Tigers, is delighted to be working with Heart Research UK to deliver this project. "Our aim is to engage pupils with lifestyle messages they will never forget and with the help of our professional rugby players we are able to provide suitable role models for the children to aspire to. In the few months that the project has been running we have received fantastic feedback and schools are beginning to approach us, having heard about the project. We would once again like to thank Heart Research UK for this wonderful opportunity to work in partnership with them." Barbara Harpham, National Director at Heart Research UK, says: "Everyone in Castleford knows Castleford Tigers and it's great to see local role models getting involved in helping to spread the Healthy Heart message. Children need to be educated about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle and projects like this are a great way of focusing on heart health in a fun and interactive way." Castleford Tigers Media Manager
  19. London Broncos chief executive Gus Mackay says he was delighted with the team’s gutsy win at Castleford Tigers on Sunday. The Broncos kept the Tigers scoreless in the second half rattling up 20 unanswered points to win 26-12. The victory lifted the London side to within two points of a play-off spot. “I’d like to praise the team for a big team effort at Castleford Tigers on Sunday,” said Mackay who witnessed the win. “It was great to see Michael Robertson back from an ankle injury and getting a try on his return. He was enthusiastic throughout the game and was replaced by Luke Dorn in the second half who made his 150th appearance for the club. Liam Colbon showed great commitment and power to back up the forwards as we drove out of our half on a number of occasions. Tommy Lee also impressed as he played 80 minutes in the heavy conditions. “I also want to thank the fans that travelled to Castleford to support the team; they stood in the pouring rain and cheered them to an important win. We have some key games coming up and we hope the fans can support the team at The Twickenham Stoop.” Season ticket holders can bring a friend to one of the next two games at the Twickenham Stoop for half price by presenting voucher 1 from their season ticket booklets to the ticket office on the day of the match. The Broncos face Hull FC on Saturday March 23rd kick-off 3pm and Catalan Dragons on Thursday March 28th, kick-off 8:00pm. Fans are asked to show their support and help build the crowd. Standard match tickets can be brought in advance by calling 0208 410 6000 or visiting www.londonbroncosrl.com/buy. Hospitality can be booked by calling 020 8394 6161 or emailing hospitality@londonbroncosrl.com/buy London Broncos Media Manager.
  20. York City Knights have celebrated the history of York Rugby League by launching their first ever Hall of Fame with a glittering sportsman's dinner at Bar 13 in Huntington Stadium on Saturday night. The sold out event was organised by the Knights Independent Supporters Society [KISS] in aid of the York City Knights Squadbuilder initiative, which raises vital funds towards maintaining the best squad possible over a number of years. The first inductees were decided by a committee comprising representatives from the KISS, the Knights club management, ex-players, club historians and the York Press after receiving a huge amount of suggestions from York fans far and wide over the last few weeks. And they have been announced during a highly successful evening with ex-Leeds and Great Britain star Keith Senior as the guest speaker, with inductees, or members of their family, were attending as special guests. To qualify for the York Rugby League Hall of Fame, eligible players must have played for the club for a minimum of four seasons and they must be retired for five years. All eras, from 1868 onwards are considered. The first Seven players to be inducted in to the York Rugby League Hall of Fame are: Geoff Pryce Signed from Queensbury and went straight into the Division 2 Championship winning side, played for Yorkshire and scored a hat ­trick on in county debut. Played in the Challenge Cup Semi-Final in 1984. Debut 28th December 1980 Played 271 games + 15 as substitute Scored 101 tries - (374 points) Inaugurated in Hall of Fame March 2013 Gary Smith Utility player, represented Yorkshire unlucky not to be selected for Great Britain after his performance against Australia at Clarence Street in 1975. Played in the Challenge Cup Semi-Final in 1984 and Yorkshire Cup Final 1978. Debut 3rd April 1972 Played 406 games + 21 as substitute Scored 107 tries - (334 points) Played last game for York 12th December 1985 Inaugurated in Hall of Fame March 2013 Vic Yorke Prop Forward signed for York from Old Priory Youth Club, Outstanding Goal Kicker, Kicked 11 goals in a game playing for Yorkshire. Played in 1957 Yorkshire Cup Final side narrowly beaten by Huddersfield. Debut 19th April 1954 Played 362 games Scored 13 tries & 1061 goals - (2161 points) Played last game for York 19th November 1966 Inaugurated in Hall of Fame March 2013 Norman Fender Back Row Forward Signed from Cardiff Rugby Union, Wales Rugby Union International. Selected for Great Britain RL and toured Australasia Scoring 11 tries on the tour. Debut 29th August 1931 Played 228 games Scored 22 tries & 17 goals - (100 points) Played last game for York 18th September 1938 Inaugurated in Hall of Fame March 2013 Willie Hargreaves Full Back Signed for York from Stanley, Unlucky never to gain representative honours, named in the `shadow' squad many times. Played in 1957 Yorkshire Cup Final side narrowly beaten by Huddersfield. Debut 3rd November 1952 Played 444 games + 2 as substitute Scored 61 tries & 21 goals - (225 points) Played last game for York 20th November 1966 Inaugurated in Hall of Fame March 2013 Baz Watts Back Row Forward Represented Great Britain in 1954 World Cup, Played in 1957 Yorkshire Cup Final side narrowly beaten by Huddersfield. Debut 8th October 1949 Played 354 games Scored 65 tries - (195 points) Played last game for York 6th May 1961 Inaugurated in Hall of Fame March 2013 Edgar Dawson Back Row Forward Capped for Great Britain Played in 1957 Yorkshire Cup Final side narrowly beaten by Huddersfield. Debut 30th August 1950. Played 339 games Scored 55 tries & 1 goal - (167 points) Played last game for York 1st June 1962 Inaugurated in Hall of Fame March 2013. <ends> Gavin Wilson Media Manager, York City Knights
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  22. Ben Jones' bravery in 2012 has meant that the Dewsbury Rams prop-forward has been forced to miss the start of the new Championship season, but the former Leeds, Harlequins and York man says he is close to a playing return. Jones underwent surgery during the close season after playing through the pain barrier to help his team-mates last year, but he is now hoping to get back on the field as soon as possible, and is ready to stake a claim for a first team spot. "It’s coming along well now, I’m ready to go," said Jones. I just need to get some match fitness, but I’ve already told Glenn Morrison that I’m ready. "Missing a lot of pre-season is a pain, but you’ve just got to pick yourself up, train really hard and do a lot of stuff when you’re away from the club. I’m in the gym every day, doing other stuff like that. It has been horrible, but I just can’t wait to get back now. I don’t like watching, I just want to be out there." Despite missing a lot of pre-season training, Jones says he has been impressed with new head coach Glenn Morrison, and the professionalism that he has brought to the club. "He’s a great coach and it’s all very professional. We’ve all got our team programmes, and we’ve got to fill them in and meet our targets. We’ve also got time structures so you can’t be messing about. Training has been great. We have nice and short sessions, which we’ve got to get done right, so I’m really enjoying it." The Rams’ only defeat of the season came in February, when they were narrowly beaten by current league leaders Featherstone, but, while Jones says he is delighted with the start the team has made, he admits it's made the task of earning a spot in the first team much tougher. "It’s tough at the minute because everyone is obviously fighting for a first team spot. With the team performing so well, Glenn can’t really put anyone else in unless someone has a bad game or we start to lose. There’s good competition for places. "Obviously we want to win the league, but there’s still a long way to go and there are a lot of good teams in this competition. If we carry on the way we are then we’ve got a very good chance of getting in the top six, if not the top four." Sunday sees the Rams travel to Cumbria to face Barrow, who currently sit bottom of the Championship table. But despite the Raiders having failed to win a game so far this season, Jones believes that only a very strong performance will be enough for Morrison's men to come home with a win. "It’s a tough place to go," said Jones. It’s a long way and we’ve got to prepare right for it, but I think we’ll come through it and get a win." Joe Whiteley Dewsbury Rams media team
  23. Tony Rea was pleased to see Londoner Tony Clubb return to the field in the 38-4 win over Salford City Reds on Friday night. Kieran Dixon and Chris Bailey bagged try braces as London scored seven tries to one to secure their first win of the Super League season in style. Clubb was a late change to the Broncos 19-man squad, in place of Chad Randall, and recently played for partner club London Skolars following a return to fitness due to a virus which kept him out of the pre-season friendly games and the start of the Super League season. “Tony is a really strong part of what we are trying to do in London,” said Rea after the win over Salford. "He is a terrific footballer and a dominant character in the middle. It was a really late call to put him in tonight and it took a really big effort on his part, but he threw his hand up to play and that says a lot about him as a player.” Rea was also pleased with the attitude show by his players saying: “We have talent across the field and for us it is about focusing as a team and playing as a team. We have to stick close through the good times as well as the bad times. “On both sides of the ball I thought we were excellent - we kept the team spirit alive and strong." Media Dept. London Broncos
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