Wednesday, October 1, 2014
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Smith targeting week off with Wigan Warriors

Matty-Smith

Wigan Warriors scrum-half Matty Smith believes the week off that winning in the first week of the play-offs can provide can be important in the long run, and has targeted that by beating Huddersfield Giants in the opening game of the Super League play-offs this evening. The winners of the match that pits second against third on the Super League ... Read More »

St Helens deserve a break, says Makinson

Tom-Makinson

Tommy Makinson is looking to cap off a dream year as St Helens prepare to face Castleford Tigers in the First Utility Super League play-offs on Friday at Langtree Park, saying that despite a turbulent injury crisis, the club deserve a week off for the way they’ve fought and slogged through to this point in the season. Makinson has scored ... Read More »

Ben Crooks heading for the NRL

Ben Crooks

UPDATE: Hull FC have now confirmed the release of Ben Crooks, enabling him to take up a deal with Parramatta Eels. Reports emerged yesterday that Crooks was rumoured to be heading Down Under and, less than 24 hours later, the club have confirmed that Crooks is not part of Lee Radford’s plans for 2015. As expected, though, the club will ... Read More »

Paul Aiton not offered ASADA deal, Aus media reports

Paul-Aiton

The Sydney Morning Herald are reporting potential bad news for Leeds Rhinos’ Paul Aiton – as well as two other former Cronulla Sharks stars – today, after it was revealed the hooker has reportedly not been offered a backdated ban by the Australian Sports Anti-Doping Authority. Current Cronulla captain Paul Gallen – as well as nine other current NRL players ... Read More »

Wigan Warriors reveal backroom changes

Steve McCormack. ©RLPhotos

Wigan Warriors have today confirmed details of changes to the Coaching, Medical and Performance Departments at the Club. The changes will come into effect at the end of this season and see a combination of internal promotions and new staff joining the Club. Within the Coaching Department Paul Deacon will take on more duties as he steps up to the ... Read More »

RFL to meet and decide on Todd Carney contract submission

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The RFL have confirmed that First Utility Super League club Catalans Dragons have submitted for registration a playing contract signed by Australian player Todd Carney. Under the terms of Operational Rule C1:2.3, the acceptance of the registration is at the discretion of the RFL Board of Directors, who will meet within the next seven days to consider the submission. Essentially, ... Read More »

Man of Steel win would be incredible, says Peacock

Jamie-Peacock

Leeds Rhinos prop Jamie Peacock says it would be “incredible” to win the Man of Steel award for a second time, but is not setting his sights on individual glory. The former Great Britain star is considered to be among the frontrunners for the newly-named Steve Prescott Man of Steel award in 2014, potentially becoming only the fourth man to ... Read More »

Anderson: Giants “fully capable” of defeating Warriors

One wonders what Paul Anderson has to say about Schoey's comments

Huddersfield coach Paul Anderson is fully focused on victory as the Giants prepare to take on Wigan Warriors in their Super League qualifying play-off at DW Stadium tomorrow night. The Giants have beaten Wigan home and away this season but Anderson will not allow history to shape their preparations. “It’s a totally different competition now,” said Anderson. “It’s all about ... Read More »

Steve Deakin to coach Whitehaven in 2015

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Whitehaven have announced that former Catalan assistant coach Steve Deakin will coach the club again in 2015, replacing the outgoing Dave Woods. Woods left the club following the end of the Championship season last week, and Deakin – who returned to England after only recently leaving the Dragons – will take up the reins at the club next season. “The ... Read More »

Cougars take to the courts in RFL dual-reg dispute

Nigel Wood

Keighley chairman Gary Fawcett has confirmed that the Cougars have placed the dual registration controversy that has surrounded the club’s relegation into the hands of lawyers. The Cougars had been taking legal advice over the matter, and announced that they would join forces with Sheffield Eagles to cover the costs of taking it further if required. And Fawcett confirmed to ... Read More »

Still no Carney for Castleford Tigers

Justin-Carney-Castleford-London

Castleford Tigers remain without star winger Justin Carney for this Friday’s trip to St Helens, after boss Daryl Powell named an unchanged squad for the second consecutive game. Carney injured his ankle during the Challenge Cup Final defeat to Leeds Rhinos last month, and has not featured since that game. That means it is likely James Clare will continue on ... Read More »

Play-offs: Matty Smith relishing Giants bout

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Wigan playmaker Matty Smith is looking forward to taking on one of the sport’s form teams when the Warriors host Huddersfield Giants in a Super League qualifying play-off at DW Stadium tomorrow night. The Warriors haven’t beaten the Giants this season and Smith is confident that this won’t be hanging over their heads as they approach the game. “We’ve had ... Read More »