Sunday, November 23, 2014
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Brian Barwick set for new role in football

Brian Barwick

RFL non-executive chairman Brian Barwick has a new job, after being appointed as the new chairman of the Football Conference – a role which will begin at the end of the current season. The announcement of Barwick in the role – which sees him returning to football after previously working at the Football Association (FA) – will not impact on ... Read More »

State of Origin revenue to break $100 million

Greg Bird on NSW duty

  The impact of State of Origin on Australian – and worldwide – sport is set to grow even more next year, after it was revealed that the revenue the 2015 series creates will break through the $100 million barrier for the first time in history. Australia media are reporting that with three sell-outs in three entirely different states, Origin ... Read More »

International: Russian and Czech champions crowned

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The international scene has seen two new domestic champions crowned this week, as Czech Republic and Russia have hosted their respective Grand Finals to great success. Lokomotiva Beroun defeated Czech Rabbitohs 16-12 to claim a Championship/Grand Final double for the third consecutive season in Czech Republic’s domestic competition. The Rabbitohs, who defeated Beroun on their way to securing both the 2014 ... Read More »

Masoe may return to NRL in 2016

St Helens' Mose Masoe scoring against Catalan Dragons in their Super League play-off semi-final

St Helens prop Mose Masoe admits he may return to the NRL in 2016 after his contract with the club comes to an end, but again insisted he is not going to walk away from his current deal with the Saints any earlier than planned. Masoe signed a two-year contract with the club following last year’s World Cup, with the ... Read More »

Leigh have a “big name” signing to announce

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Leigh Centurions are preparing to announce what boss Paul Rowley describes as a “big name” signing at the beginning of December, as the club’s full-time squad for next season nears completion. After the announcement of three more signings last week, Rowley confirmed there is just one face left to announce. However, he assured Leigh fans that after all the hype ... Read More »

Tom Burgess a doubt for England-New Zealand clash

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England may be forced into a change from their proposed team for this weekend’s crunch Four Nations clash against New Zealand, after it has emerged prop Tom Burgess sat out their latest training session in preparation for the game. England know a win by 10 points will be enough to seal a spot in the Wellington final next weekend – ... Read More »

I would play Whitehead, says John Kear

Elliott-Whitehead

Former England coach John Kear believes England should play Elliott Whitehead in their Four Nations showdown with New Zealand this Saturday – with Joel Tomkins being one the one to miss out in Kear’s mind. There have been growing calls for Whitehead to be involved in Steve McNamara’s side after an incredible first full season at Catalan Dragons, which saw ... Read More »

Former Bronco Drinkwater signs with NRL side

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Former London Broncos half-back Josh Drinkwater has secured a deal back in his native Australia, after signing for NRL side Wests Tigers on a two-year contract. Drinkwater only arrived in London for the beginning of the 2014 season after signing from St George, but left the capital following the Broncos’ relegation to the Championship. However, he has now managed to ... Read More »

Hull FC owe Willie Manu £200,000 amongst others

Willie Manu

Hull FC owner Adam Pearson has revealed the club owe former player Willie Manu a staggering £200,00o in wages, after it emerged the club will be spending almost half a million pounds outside of the salary cap this season. The likes of Jason Crookes, and Shannon McDonell will be paid off – as well as Jacob Miller, who is still ... Read More »

Larne Patrick joins Wigan Warriors on loan

Larne Patrick. ©RLPhotos

Huddersfield Giants forward Larne Patrick has joined Wigan in a loan swap deal, with Warriors back-rower Jack Hughes going the opposite way for the 2015 season. It’s a deal that clearly works for all parties – Wigan have long been pursuing Patrick, while the Giants had made an official enquiry about Hughes. Wigan general manager Kris Radlinksi said: “Jack has ... Read More »

Jamie Peacock wants Rugby League Six Nations competition

Peacock received 47 international caps during his career

Former England and Great Britain captain Jamie Peacock has suggested the possible introduction of a Six Nations tournament into international Rugby League, after admitting more needs to be done to expand the game at the very top level. Peacock believes that players are still keen to play more international games, despite a hectic schedule at domestic level every year. And ... Read More »

Wakefield sign Ian Kirke from Leeds

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Wakefield Trinity Wildcats have announced the signing of Ian Kirke from Super League club, Leeds Rhinos, on a one-year deal. The versatile forward joins the Wildcats with one Challenge Cup and five Grand Final winners’ medals under his belt. “Ian will add size and experience to our pack and will make us a better team,” Wildcats head coach James Webster ... Read More »