Thursday, July 31, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

Australian rugby union duo eye NRL switch

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Rugby League will lose two of its biggest names at the end of this season when both Sonny Bill Williams and Sam Burgess switch codes in time for the 2015 rugby union World Cup. But reports are circulating in Australia that claim two of rugby union’s top stars will be coming in the opposite direction. Former Melbourne and Brisbane star ... Read More »

Thursday XIII: Super League’s greatest overseas side

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For this week’s Thursday Thirteen, we’ve taken inspiration from one of our columnists, Garry Schofield. Schoey published what he believed to be the ten greatest overseas players ever to play Rugby League in England in this week’s edition of League Express (which you can read online here), and it certainly got you talking! So with that in mind, we’ve decided ... Read More »

Declan Hulme extends Widnes Vikings deal

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Widnes utility Declan Hulme has signed a 12-month contract extension at the Vikings. The versatile back, 21, has scored four tries in four Super League appearances this season, and scored two in their run to the Challenge Cup semi-finals. Hulme has spent time on dual registration duty in the Championship over the last two years. “He has so much potential ... Read More »

Cunningham has “bright future” at Hull FC

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Hull FC coach Lee Radford believes young hooker James Cunningham has a long future with the club and thinks he has developed as a player in his time on loan at London. The 20-year-old joined the Broncos at the start of the season and made 17 appearances for them, scoring two tries and assisting four others. A product of the ... Read More »

Oscar Thomas re-joins London Broncos

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Former London Broncos star Oscar Thomas has re-joined the club and has signed a deal until the end of the 2015 season. The 20-year-old began his career at West London Sharks before joining the Broncos at the age of 12. In 2011 he broke into the under-20s team and trained with the first team in 2012 and 2013 while gaining ... Read More »

Newcastle Knights warned over Koukash

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A former chief of Australian Rugby League has warned the Newcastle Knights to be cautious over rumoured interest in the club from Salford Red Devils owner Marwan Koukash – insisting he should stump up a “non-refundable” cheque before the NRL entertain any discussion of investment. The Knights recently cut their ties with Nathan Tinkler’s Hunter Sports Group, and Quayle – ... Read More »

Kris Welham: I didn’t like having to play for Gateshead

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Hull KR centre Kris Welham has described being sent to Gateshead Thunder on dual-registration last month as “disappointing” but called it the “kick up the backside” he needed. The 27-year-old has rarely been out of the Robins’ matchday 17 this season but was sent to the Championship One outfit in June by coach Craig Sandercock after losing form. He played ... Read More »

Hull Kingston Rovers sign Jason Chan on loan

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Hull Kingston Rovers have strengthened their options in the pack with the capture of forward Jason Chan from Huddersfield Giants on loan until the end of the season. The Papua New Guinea international joined Chris Chester’s squad for training this morning and could make his Rovers debut in Sunday’s clash with Salford Red Devils at the KC Lightstream Stadium. A ... Read More »

Stevo: Gareth Hock needs help

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Former Great Britain hooker Mike ‘Stevo’ Stephenson has slammed Salford second-rower Gareth Hock and backed his recent suspension for making deliberate contact with a match official. Hock was handed a seven-match ban this week for colliding with a referee, which is the latest of a long line of disciplinary issues for the former England international, who was thrown out of ... Read More »

Match preview: Leeds Rhinos v Castleford Tigers

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It’s arguably the biggest game between Leeds Rhinos and Castleford Tigers in years – as pointed out by Rhinos head coach Brian McDermott – with the winner claiming top spot on the Super League ladder. And the big story surrounding the clash is the return of Leeds full-back Zak Hardaker, who has completed a five-match ban for using abusive language ... Read More »

Interview: Salford Red Devils star Matty Ashurst

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Salford Red Devils look to be finally producing the performances that make their owner’s bold statement of a top-four-finish in pre season seem less outlandish. Of course, winning the last two outings cannot and will not make up for what has been an incredibly disappointing season. Indeed, many of the players have failed to live up to expectations. One Red ... Read More »