Thursday, July 31, 2014
Rugby League News

Rugby League News

Saints make several changes for Wakefield clash

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Table toppers St Helens have named their 19-man squad to face Wakefield this weekend, with back rower Mark Flanagan recalled to the side. The club are set to hand a debut to Matty Dawson, as they prepare to make a raft of changes this weekend – they are without the likes of Luke Walsh, Louie McCarthy-Scarsbrook and Alex Walmsley. However, ... Read More »

Hull KR name squad for Bulls clash

Hull KR boss Craig Sandercock. ©RLPhotos

Hull KR boss Craig Sandercock has named his 19-man squad for the vital bottom of the table clash with Bradford on Sunday, with former Bull Jamie Langley included. It will be the first time Langley will face the club with which he spent 12 years – winning every domestic honour available. However, he is a Robin in 2014, and will ... Read More »

Castleford make one change for Salford clash

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Daryl Powell has made just one change to his 19-man squad to face Salford Red Devils this Sunday, as they look to make it six wins out of six. The solitary change is an enforced one, as the suspended Jordan Tansey is replaced by Luke Dorn, as the Tigers head to Salford in good spirits. Whilst Powell was disappointed to ... Read More »

Rangi Chase returns to Salford squad

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Rangi Chase is in line to end his injury exile against former club Castleford this weekend, after he was included in Brian Noble’s 19-man squad to face the Tigers. Chase has been out since picking up a leg injury in Round One, and has missed the last four games, with youngster Theo Fages stepping up instead. However, Chase looks set ... Read More »

Bradford welcome back key trio for Hull KR trip

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Bradford Bulls head coach Francis Cummins has confirmed three of his absent stars will make their comeback against Hull Kingston Rovers this weekend. Chief amongst them is centre Matty Blythe, who is yet to feature for the club in 2014 after suffering a hand injury during pre-season training. He will provide much needed strike power for the Bulls, with Cummins ... Read More »

Championship Preview: Swinton Lions v Barrow Raiders

Sunday 3.00pm at Sedgley Park Swinton Lions – who are unable to play at their regular venue at the Leigh Sports Village – will make a return to the former ‘home’ at Sedgley Park’s Park Lane ground at Whitefield. Centre Mick Nanyn is set to make his 350th career appearance. Nanyn is in his second spell with Swinton, playing 96 ... Read More »

Championship Preview: Rochdale Hornets v Batley Bulldogs

Sunday 3.00pm at Spotland Stadium Rochdale Hornets are still looking for their first league win of the season but will be in good heart after an impressive performance against the University of Gloucestershire All Golds in the Tetley’s Challenge Cup. Both Hornets and the Bullogs progressed safely into the fourth round with an injury-hit Batley side accounting for amateurs Kells. ... Read More »

Championship Preview: Leigh Centurions v North Wales Crusaders

Sunday, 3.00pm at Leigh Sports Village Centurions centre Stuart Littler, one of the most consistent and durable players of the modern era, is set to play his 100th game for the Leigh club. Littler, after a career that included 247 Super League games for Salford City Reds, joined the Centurions at the start of the 2011 season, making his Centurions ... Read More »

Wildcats can keep improving, says Richard Agar

Former Wakefield coach Richard Agar. ©RLPhotos

Wakefield head coach Richard Agar believes there is even more improvement to come from his side, despite them posting two straight victories in the last two weeks. The Wildcats host table-topping St Helens this weekend – who will be without a number of key players – hoping to get their third win in succession as they continue to push on ... Read More »

Roosters beat Broncos in thriller

In a Nutshell Sydney Roosters somehow pulled a victory from the jaws of defeat when they scored two tries in the final five minutes to snatch a 26-30 verdict at Suncorp Stadium How it unfolded In a game played at great pace throughout, the Broncos took an early lead through their outstanding halfback Ben Hunt, who dummied from near the ... Read More »

Championship Preview: Sheffield Eagles v Dewsbury Rams

Sunday 2.00pm at Owlerton Stadium Sheffield are still looking for their first win in the Kingstone Press Championship on home soil following their return to the Owlerton Stadium. Their homecoming against Rochdale was postponed through a waterlogged pitch and their first appearance at Owlerton was spoilt when they fell to a defeat to visitors Barrow. The Eagles will be without ... Read More »

Championship Preview: Doncaster v Featherstone Rovers

Sunday 3.00pm at the Keepmoat Stadium Doncaster are looking to return to winning ways at the Keepmoat in an intriguing top of the table contest. They lost to Dewsbury Rams on their last home appearance but have since won at Batley Bulldogs, and defeated the British Army in the Challenge Cup. Indeed, both the Dons and Featherstone have only lost ... Read More »

RFL Commercial Director to leave role

RFL Chief Executive Nigel Wood has paid tribute to the contribution made to the sport by Commercial Director James Mercer, who is leaving the governing body to join the Lawn Tennis Association. Mercer, 45, has been a key figure in the delivery of the RFL’s commercial strategy in the last two years, a period that has seen the sport build ... Read More »

Match report: South Sydney 16-25 Wests Tigers

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In a nutshell A fiery tempered game saw the Wests Tigers record their second win in succession, as James Tedesco’s glowing reputation continued to grow for Mick Potter’s men. How it unfolded First half: Despite the result, it was the Bunnies who started stronger, and they led after just three minutes. Ben Lowe went over and Adam Reynolds converted to ... Read More »

Wane praises Wigan defence in victory

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Wigan head coach Shaun Wane paid tribute to his side’s defence, as they ground out a 12-4 victory at Warrington in a repeat of last year’s Grand Final. Defence was very much the order of the day last night, as they restricted Warrington’s star-studded attacking lineup to just a solitary score, and end their run of three consecutive victories. That ... Read More »